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Snorkeling mask test: Freebreath Blue

DuikeninBeeld tested a series of snorkeling masks. These are the results for the Freebreath Blue mask.

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First impressions and usage
Our test model has a yellow orinasal pocket. This creates the impression that the snorkeler has a beak – not exactly flattering, but that’s a matter of personal taste. The mask looks completely different in another color.
Attaching the snorkel is a challenge because the o-ring moves around and there is no audible click sound when the snorkel is in place. The mask has a reasonable fit, but the ease of breathing is mediocre and the mask starts to fog up the minute you put it on.

The mask also fogs up during snorkeling, doing a surface dive or swimming underwater, and the vision is also very distorted around the nose. The snorkeler’s facial structure also appears to be very important with this mask since one of the tester’s masks filled up slowly when they swam underwater, whereas this wasn’t the case with another tester. The masks did stay dry for both testers during snorkeling at the surface; you just can’t do surface dives wearing this mask.

Score for important features – 1-5, with 1 being poor and 5 good

Attaching/detaching snorkel: 3
Comfort while putting mask on and removing it: 3
Comfort while wearing mask: 3
Ease of breathing: 2
Fogging: Yes
Clear, good vision: No
Field of vision: Large
Dry top: 2

In our opinion, this is a cheap type of mask that you will not really enjoy using – one of the lowest quality masks we tested.

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If you click the names of the masks below, you will see our testers’ findings for each mask.

We conducted the tests with the utmost care, and the findings represent the testers’ personal opinions. Your experiences with the snorkeling masks may vary.

This list is NOT complete, and there may be other snorkeling masks on the market. No rights may be derived from this test whatsoever.

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