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Snorkeling masks 2019 – SEAC Libera

Full-face snorkel masks are available in all shapes and sizes. This is what the DuikeninBeeld testing team thought about SEAC’s Libera mask.

Click here to see the complete test including explanation.

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.

GoPro mount: Yes
Prescription glasses: No
Spare parts: Yes
Packaging: Bag
Instructions: Yes
Sizes: S/M and L/XL
Size marked inside mask: Yes

The snorkel masks were tested by a team of divers, material experts and non-divers. What our testers felt was a good or bad mask may of course differ from your experience with the same product.

If you plan to buy a snorkel mask, try it on first and better yet, try it before you buy it.

Happy snorkeling!

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