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Snorkeling masks 2019 – Shallow

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

Click here to see the complete test including explanation.

We ran into one problem pretty quickly with the Shallow snorkel mask. Although we ultimately managed to get the snorkel attached to the mask, it was anything but easy. Just like some of the other snorkel masks, a small strip is used instead of an O-ring for the seal. Although we were enthusiastic about this feature with other snorkel masks, in this case, the strip acts as a major hindrance in attaching the snorkel.

The Shallow snorkel mask’s design is unusual. The air channel doesn’t run along the sides of the mask, but down the middle instead. This means you see this channel right in the middle of your field of vision and the curved plastic creates a distorted image. To put it simply, it results in a cross-eyed look.
The air channel in the middle also presses uncomfortably against your face. Not a great design, in our opinion.

Although we didn’t think the mask fit comfortably, the breathing comfort was good.

The silicone straps that keep the mask in place are attached to a central point on the back of your head. This isn’t very comfortable, apart from the fact that silicone straps and long hair are a bad combination.

When we went underwater, another drawback of this snorkel mask became apparent: the dry top worked poorly (when it even worked at all). We also noticed that the mask fogged up.

The testing team’s conclusion: we definitely don’t recommend the Shallow snorkel mask.

GoPro mount: Yes
Prescription glasses: No
Spare parts: No
Packaging: Bag
Instructions: Yes
Sizes: 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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