Attaching the snorkel is easy with some of the Libera masks, and a lot harder with others. It almost seems like there’s variation within the sizes. Detaching the snorkel is simple.
The snorkel’s dry top has a little ball instead of an arrow shape with a suction cup to keep the water out, like many other masks. What also makes this mask different is that the exhaled air exits the mask at the top.
Putting on the mask is easy, but adjusting it is another story entirely. The nose area is rather wide and doesn’t form a good seal with the face. It takes a lot of adjustment to get the mask to fit right. It takes a long time (and a lot of yanked hair!) because the silicone straps and long hair are not a good combination.
The straps can be unhooked at the bottom of the mask with a clip. This simplifies the process of putting the mask on and taking it off – a good idea. The clips do look somewhat fragile though.
The field of vision during swimming is good, as is the seal. The mask doesn’t fog up so the seal around the orinasal pocket is also good.
The mask offers good breathing comfort but during one snorkeling session during the test, the little ball closed off the snorkel which is not desirable. The result was that the mask formed a vacuum during inhalation. Once the ball finally slipped out again, water entered at first instead of air which is not a pleasant experience.
Exhaling is very easy with this mask, and exhaled air is expelled quickly. The only problem is that the air bubbles make a lot of noise at the top of the mask, chasing away any fish that you had hoped to see through the mask. Calm inhalation and exhalation solves this problem to a certain extent, but it’s still nothing to write home about.
|Sizes:||S/M and L/XL|
|Size marked inside mask:||Yes|