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Old 02-10-2019, 11:04 PM   #31
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Re: Full face snorkels

When in the interests of science I ordered one of these full face masks with a “reverse unicorn” snorkel I ordered a black one, but it never showed up, so I ordered the green and white one from another supplier and another brand name. That is the mask which I reported on earlier.

Well today completely out of the blue the black one arrived after spending some time orbiting the planet, so now I can compare the two of them.

At a quick glance they look like two peas in a pod, but they are different plastic moldings as the reinforcing struts on the rear of the mask frames and the rubber face sealing flanges are similar, but different in each case. The clear lenses on the front of the masks are virtually identical as are the protective stickers which you peel off before use. On this black version I can stick my little finger into the clear tube that runs between your eyes and forms the front snorkel, but only just as the entry clip holding their respective frames together is different and the black one does not have that minor extra restriction to its airflow. This black one also has a different shape to its snorkel, but they both use a ball valve to cut the airflow. Performance-wise there will not be much difference as the dimensions that count are much the same in both of them and the other differences are mainly stylistic.

Just found the web page that it came from, there are many different versions of them, but this one had a deeper front to rear top on its snorkel instead of being wider at the top from side to side as many others are.
http://diveswim.com/en/product/Lates...gn-MC6108.html

Some have a colored top on their snorkels, not necessarily a high viz color, but this one is just jet black.
Now I see the advert again I cannot think why it slipped my mind!

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Old 02-11-2019, 02:37 PM   #32
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I guess this image sums up the full face snorkel mask phenomena. Note the pink ear plugs dangling on either side of the mask on their pink monofilaments, that tells you that this mask is not a serious dive mask as ear plugs are a big no-no in diving.
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Old 04-12-2019, 03:24 PM   #33
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Re: Full face snorkels

When sales need a boost, add a "carbon fiber" version to the mix!
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Diving-Mask....c100008.m2219
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Old 04-12-2019, 03:29 PM   #34
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Re: Full face snorkels

Hahahaha $70 death trap
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:33 PM   #35
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Re: Full face snorkels

Here is a bit of a surprise, the well-known Italian company Seac Sub are making these snorkel equipped full face masks. Hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like the snorkel (transparent tube section) does not run down the bridge of the nose as it does on the Asian masks, hence breathing may not be so restricted. As to where the air flows into the mask is not apparent from the images. Even so combining breathing and seeing is basically placing all your eggs in one basket and if kids use these things then they need to be under close supervision and that means in the water with them. Evidently the market for these gadgets is not going away any time soon!
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Old 05-27-2019, 03:14 PM   #36
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Re: Full face snorkels

My ancestors who were pionneering spearfishing in the early thirtees on the french Riviera were using this home made"full face mask" mask....
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Old 05-27-2019, 05:12 PM   #37
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My ancestors who were pionneering spearfishing in the early thirtees on the french Riviera were using this home made"full face mask" mask....
Judging by the pursed lips that front mounted snorkel has a mouthpiece.
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