There are some noteworthy differences though that you should be aware of. And they are not only functional.
The advantage of the Ninja mask is that there is a variant that has a GoPro mount. The Easybreath has no such feature which means that you will have to hold the camera in your hand while you snorkel.
Otherwise, both masks look very similar. They are both available in a number of different colors which makes it more fun to use and wear them.
The Tribord was the initial full-face snorkel mask. Many other masks imitated the basic design but not many are able to reach the quality and features of it.
The major accomplishments of the Easybreath design were the panoramic view, the ability to breathe through mouth or nose, the compact design with an integrated dry snorkel and the bright tip of the snorkel for safety.
Additionally, the designers packed a nifty system into the mask to prevent it from fogging up. And they have done a great job which many of the masks since then were not able to replicate.
The Ninja H2O is in many aspects as good as the Easybreath. Yet, the big difference is that it unfortunately costs quite a bit more. And we can’t really figure out why you’d pay so much more just for having a GoPro mount added. In that case you’re better off with the Seaview 180 Degree which offers the same for a more reasonable price.
Both are very comparable masks made from highest quality materials. They sit comfortably and are easy to adjust and use.
The Easybreath has a somewhat better system to prevent fogging. On the other hand, the Ninja H2O offers the GoPro mount. Depending on your needs this can be a big selling point.
However, if you don’t have a GoPro then it’s a moot point to have the mount and at that time it comes down to the Tribord design being superior.
A potentially huge difference is that you get a lot of different sizes for the Easybreath while the H2O only comes in two different sizes. If you’re looking for a mask for your children then it’s more than likely that you will not find a good fitting Ninja mask. You will most likely find a good fit with the Tribord model!
Having a bright tip on the snorkel can be very important in crowded areas. It makes it easy to be seen from the many water enthusiasts that are on the water like for example surfers. The Ninja mask unfortunately does not offer a brightly colored tip and as such the Easybreath clearly is the winner when it comes to that safety feature.
The Ninja H2O is a well-made mask. It has a solid design and uses top quality material. Similar as what you get from the Easybreath.
The biggest advantage of the Ninja mask is that you get the GoPro mount. Yet, the Tribord scores on many (if not all) other important aspects.
It has a better system to prevent fogging, offers a bright snorkel tip to make it safer for you in the water, and it is cheaper.
If you need the GoPro mount then you might want to have a look at the Seaview 180 Degree mask. It offers similar quality as the Easybreath yet has a GoPro mount. The cost of the Seaview is similar to the Tribord mask which makes them quite a bit cheaper than the H2O!
You will not be disappointed if you go for either of these masks. They both do their job and they do it well. The winner in many aspects is the Easybreath and it’s also our recommendation. You will enjoy your snorkeling trips as they are elevated to a new level.
If you hold both masks and look at them you’ll realize that they are both high-quality products. Yet, there’s one big difference. No, not the different colors…
The Seaview 180 Degree has a leg up to the Easybreath simply by having a GoPro mount as part of the mask. No fussing around with 3rd party mounts or having to hold the GoPro in your hands. You put it directly on the mask and it films what you see. It’s hard to see that there’d be anything easier than that.
The first full-face snorkel mask was the Tribord Easybreath. It took the snorkel market and turned it upside down.
The design was simple and removed many obstacles that existed in the past preventing people from starting to take up snorkeling. The major news was the much larger field of view through the panoramic lens and the ability to breathe through mouth and nose.
All that combined with high-quality materials that guaranteed a comfortable fit made it the best choice for any snorkel mask. Well, until another competitor, Seaview, decided to make a mask of similar quality yet add the GoPro mount.
And that’s when it started that at least a large number of people looking for a top-quality full-face snorkel mask turned to the Seaview 180 Degree instead of the Tribord Easybreath. Now, that’s not to say that nobody gets the Easybreath anymore. Far from it. It overall is still one, if not the, most bought snorkel mask you can find.
And when it comes to comfort, visibility and quality, it still sets the gold standard. In our opinion together with the Seaview 180 and not by itself anymore.
You might ask why would you even consider getting a Tribord when the Seaview is just as good and offers the GoPro mount? Well, there’s a few good reasons. If you don’t have a GoProd then there’s no need to have a mask with a mount.
There’s also the point that GoPro might come out with a new camera next year that requires a different mount. Likely? Not really but you never know… In that case you’re better off with a 3rd party mount as you can simply switch that out versus having to buy a completely new mask.
The biggest point for getting a Tribord mask is that it comes in more sizes. Especially if you’re trying to get a mask for your children, then you might not find a good fitting size on the Seaview. You won’t have that problem with the Easybreath!
Another advantage of the Tribord is that it basically is impossible to fog it up. The breathing mechanism is so clever that there’s practically never any fogging inside the mask. The Seaview is nearly as good but there are situations where it can fog up. That can be annoying as you have to take it off and get the fogging taken care of.
Another advantage of the Tribord is that the tip of the snorkel is a bright signaling color. At first glance this might not seem important at all but if you’re snorkeling in crowded waters then it can be a good thing to have that bright orange part sticking out of the water and making you instantly visible to others around you.
If you have a GoPro and want to use it to make videos of your snorkel experience then the Seaview 180 Degree is the mask to go with. Otherwise, it depends. Both masks are of similar quality and make.
If you are a heavy breather then the Easybreath might be better suited for you. It practically never fogs up and breathing heavy won’t change that. The Seaview sometimes does get foggy.
Yet, for small faces the Tribord has better sizing and might fit more comfortable. The bright orange tip of the snorkel is a slight advantage.
No matter which of these two masks you pick, you’ll be happy with your purchase. Both are priced around the same and are overall very affordable. Both will provide you with an excellent snorkeling experience.
Looking at both of these full-face dive masks next to each other, then you certainly can see the resemblance. Some might even think these are twins. Yet, they are not and we’ll have a closer look at their background and differences.
The Tribord Easybreath was and is the original full-face snorkel mask. It introduced this unique design to the world and offered the experience of snorkeling to a whole new group of people.
Before this mask you had to have a standard scuba diving mask and snorkel. For many people this was rather uncomfortable as they couldn’t breathe through their nose but had to use their mouth. And in more than one instance the snorkel would fill up with water and people instead of air sucked water.
It’s also for many people not that much fun to constantly having to bite onto the mouth piece of the snorkel. Your teeth keep it in place and without the bite, the snorkel might just not do its job.
A wrong sitting mouth piece can actually cause quite some discomfort and you might get the inside of your mouth irritated. Or, if you bite too hard your jaws might start to hurt.
This turned off a lot of people from even trying to snorkel. The thought of an uncomfortable mask in combination with water gushing into your mouth was just not doing it.
The combination of all these downsides has led many people to not even try to snorkel or to simply give it up after one or a couple of trips.
Tribord developed the full-face mask and it actually addressed a lot of these issues. First, the mask covers your whole face and you can breathe through your mouth or nose.
The larger mask also allows a larger field of view lifting the underwater experience to a completely new level. You can see pretty much as much to the right, left, up and down as you can without wearing a mask. This is quite a difference compared to a standard scuba mask.
Lastly, this all got combined with a dry snorkel that is permanently attached to the top of the mask. The dry snorkel will not allow water in and the placement allows for a very comfortable snorkeling experience.
They also added a purge valve allowing you to quickly get rid of all water that somehow might have found its way into the mask. Press it and blow and the water is reliably forced out of the mask. Very easy to perform and you don’t have to take the mask off or adjust it in any way.
You might ask yourself why we haven’t yet brought up much about the Ocean Reef Aria. It’s newer in design compared to the Easybreath. One would expect that it should be better.
Unfortunately, it’s not. It just simply a knock-off of the Tribord and doesn’t really add anything that would suggest that you should use the Aria over the Easybreath.
You might certainly prefer the grey and orange color scheme of the Aria vs. the different colors you can get the Easybreath in. However, besides those cosmetics there's nothing that would technically lift the Aria above the original mask.
Having said that, the Ocean Reef is a high-quality mask and there’s nothing wrong with it. It just feels like yet another one that tries to imitate the Tribord design without adding anything at all. Well, except for the additional dollars that are required to get it!
In our opinion, we suggest that you get the original mask for the simple reasons that the purge mechanism in our opinion is slightly better. But that’s not all, the Easybreath is usually also cheaper than the Aria and why would you want to spend more for a knock-off that doesn’t feel as capable as the original?
If you are on a vacation and want to try out snorkeling but can only get your hands on the Ocean Reef Aria, then by all means get it. It’s a good mask and you won’t regret having it!
If you have a mustache then you certainly have wondered with the question on how to get a dive or snorkel mask to site tight without leaking. Which then leads to the next question of what the best scuba and snorkel mask is if you have a mustache. Is there one? What are the options?
The first option is that you shave. Simple as that… Problem solved… Just kidding. While this is a solution it’s most likely not the one you had in mind.
If you are snorkeling and have a mustache then you might be in luck. The newest innovation of full-face snorkel masks can provide a tight seal even if you have a mustache.
It might not or most likely will not create a tight seal if you have a full beard. But for a mustache you should be able to get a full seal as the mask is stretched over your whole face. The best choice that you can get for these masks is either the Seaview 180° or the Tribord Easybreath Snorkel Mask. In our Best Full-Face Snorkel Masks article we specifically highlight the Seaview 180 Degree Snorkel Mask and the Tribord Easybreath as our Editor Choices.
Both of these masks cover your face completely. As such, the mustache is not in the way at all and you get a tight seal around your face.
Some people use Vaseline on their mustache to get it smooth and to tighten it up. We do not recommend that solution as the Vaseline can interact with the silicone of the skirt and reduce the lifetime of your dive mask. You can get specialized products like Mustache Sealer to help with getting the seal between your mask and your mustache to be leak free. Feedback is overall positive but it’s not a bullet-proof solution.
A possible alternative is that you shave a small area right underneath your nose. This usually provides enough clear skin to get a tight seal between the mask and your face. The shaved area typically doesn’t have to be big and is often barely visible to others but it’s something you have to try to see whether it can work for you.
For scuba diving the answer is not as simple as a full face mask. Well, it can be when you look at masks with integrated regulators like the Ocean Reef Neptune Space G. divers mask or the OTS Guardian Full Face Scuba Mask. Both masks are full face scuba masks of highest quality with a 2nd stage regulator built-in. Reviews on both of these masks are incredibly positive so if you have a mustache and you want to go diving then these masks can be your best solution!
For both scuba diving and snorkeling the best solution seems to be to switch to full-face masks if you have a mustache. All other possible solutions have some success but mostly are not bullet-proof.
Full face masks will need some getting used to but they are overall very comfortable to wear. You have to get used to a different way to equalize. The scuba diving masks have a nose block feature for equalizing. In the case of the Ocean Reef mask you push the mask upwards which then blocks your nose and you can equalize. Slightly different than with a standard dive mask but it does work.
If you have a full beard you will most likely have a hard time getting a tight seal even with a full-face mask. You will have to test it out for yourself. Feedback on both the snorkel as well as the scuba full face masks is that it does work for some that have a full beard but not for everyone. In the worst case you might consider to shave your beard a little shorter as this can help tremendously to produce a tight seal.
Full Face snorkel masks have made a real impression on the snorkel mask market in the last few years. They also opened the activity up for many new people as they allow to breath more natural with your face under water.
We evaluated the best available full-face snorkel masks and reviewed them for you. Have a look at the masks below if you are looking to buy one.
Cell 1 / 5
Best Budget Mask
UooCool Snorkel Mask
H2O Ninja Snorkel Mask
The Super Snorkel Mask
Ocean Reef Aria
The Seaview 180° snorkel mask by Wildhorn Outfitters is a staple for full face masks since it came out several years ago. Until this day it is one of the best, if not the best, 180° full face snorkel mask available. It provides a full 180-degree view which lets you enjoy the underwater wildlife and scenic beauty.
You can breathe through your mouth or nose with this mask while having a surround view through the wide-angle lens. The mask comes in two sizes and roughly fits kids 7 years or older if they wear the smaller size.
The Dry Snorkel Technology prevents water from coming through the snorkel into your mouth. No more swallowing salt water and gagging on it. The overall design of the mask is also a lot more comfortable than traditional snorkels as you do not have to bite down on the mouth piece!
The mask skirt is made from silicone which provides a comfortable and snug fit to your face. The wide straps allow easy adjustment and won’t get tangled in your hair.
The mask does not provide the ability to wear glasses as the tight fit would be disturbed by the arms of the glasses. There is also no option to replace the lens with prescription lenses! Also, if you have a beard you might not be able to get a snug fit with this mask or any other snorkel or dive mask for that matter. You shouldn’t have a problem with a mustache though.
The separate breathing chamber is an innovative design. It forces the airflow away from the lens. This in turn pretty much eliminates any fogging on the lens. You can enjoy the view a lot better than with many other masks.
Due to the design of this being a full-face mask, there is a lot of air between the lens and your face. This will provide quite a lot of buoyancy which means that you will have a harder time diving with this mask. As the Seaview 180-degree mask is meant for snorkeling and not for diving, this is not really an issue at all.
The Seaview 180° full face snorkel mask also has the added feature of a GoPro camera mount. It’s your perfect companion if you want to make a video of your snorkeling experience as you don’t need to hold the camera in your hands.
The mask comes in a range of colors. You can get it in Navy Blue/Gray, Plum/Gray, White/Blue, White/Pink and White/Teal. It comes in two different sizes to fit children and adults perfectly.
The Tribord Easybreath is the original full face snorkel mask. And today it’s still every bit as good as it was the first day it came out. It provides and exceptionally big field of view that lets you enjoy all the sights and sea life while you snorkel.
The full-face mask allows you to breath with your mouth or nose. The days of having to force the snorkel into your mouth and biting down on it are gone. This makes for a much more comfortable snorkel experience that is less tiring.
Tribord patented the breathing system in the mask and it is a really cleaver design. The mask has a relief valve at the bottom that allows to easily clear out any trapped water in the mask. It’s a quite ingenious mechanism and quite helpful when snorkeling.
The snorkel itself has a one-way valve which closes the snorkel when it gets immersed in water. This prevents water from coming down the snorkel that end up in your mouth and more often than not gets you to gag. A nice feature is also that the top of the snorkel is kept in bright orange which makes it easy to see by others while you snorkel. This is a great safety feature which does help to prevent collisions while you snorkel!
The window is large and clear. It’s made of a shatter proof polycarbonate which makes the mask a very durable piece of gear. Compared to many cheaper masks you will save money by not having to replace the mask that often due to broken windows, etc.
The Easybreath is not your mask if you require to wear glasses while snorkeling. None of the full-face masks will be good for that as you cannot get prescription lenses for the window. Your fit might also not be perfect if you have a full beard. Otherwise, you can trust to get a tight fit through the silicone skirt of the mask against your face as well as the straps to adjust the mask.
The Tribord Easybreath is a rather large mask. The trapped air inside will make it nearly impossible to use it for free diving or any other sort of diving as it causes to much buoyancy. That should not be a problem considering that it is a snorkel mask and not a dive mask.
The mask comes in various sizes and colors. The sizing should allow to find a perfect fitting mask for any shape of head, even for children. There are four sizes available which is truly outstanding!
You can get the mask in three different colors: Atoll, Blue and Pink. The top of the snorkel is always kept a bright orange to make it easy to see in the water.
The Tribord Easybreath is overall a great mask and would win this comparison if it had a GoPro camera mount like the Seaview 180° full face snorkel mask. Besides that feature both masks are pretty much equally as good.
The Tribord has a slight advantage as it’s basically impossible to fog the mask up. The Seaview mask can fog up a little when breathing heavy but it easily clears when going back to a shallower breathing.
On the safety side the Easybreath also has a tiny advantage through the bright orange end piece of the snorkel. It simply is easier to see in the water and at least in theory can help to prevent collisions.
Besides those small differences both masks are on par. They even look very similar when you hold them next to each other. In our opinion you can’t go wrong with either but if you want to use a GoPro camera then opt for the Seaview model!
The Octobermoon full face mask is definitely the ‘best of the rest’. It’s a similar design as the Triboard Easybreath yet it is somewhat cheaper in price.
One could also call it a cheaper knock-off of the Tribord mask. While there is some truth to it, it’s also not fair to simply categorize the mask that way. It’s a quality snorkel mask that is actually really high quality.
The snorkel is a model that will automatically close when it submerges. The mechanics of this are quite sophisticated as the valve closes the snorkel instantly when you dive down. It also is not one of those cheap mechanisms that sometimes doesn’t work but a really well designed piece of gear.
The snorkel is not in a highly visible color like on the Easybreath. This is not a problem but a highly visible color can help others to see you and to avoid collisions.
The skirt of the mask is made from high grade silicone and it shows when you put the mask on. It fits tight while still being comfortable. It’s so well designed that you even have a chance to get a tight seal if you have a beard!
Even with this great skirt you won’t be able to wear glasses while using this mask. You won’t be able to get a tight fit around the arms of your glasses. There’s also no possibility to change the lens with a prescription lens.
The volume of the mask will make it really hard to dive down. The trapped air produces too much buoyancy and that will force your head to stay afloat. A full-face mask will not be a good choice if you need a mask for both snorkeling and diving.
The Octobermoon snorkel mask comes in two different sizes. The smaller version is intended for children and people with smaller sized heads. The larger size works for medium to large heads.
You also have the choice between two color combinations. You can either get it in black or in blue.
If you’re looking for a great budget priced mask, then you don’t have to look any further. You get a great mask for a lower price than the Seaview or Easybreath masks.
The UooCool mask is one of the latest new masks in the full-face snorkel mask market. And they have designed a solid and high quality full face snorkel mask.
The snorkel is designed to stay dry under water and the design actually works quite well. It stays completely dry under water. Additionally, the mask has a water purge valve at the bottom of the mask to be able to get any water in the mask out easily.
The mask seals well even when you’re not freshly shaved. It provides a comfortable fit with a good skirt. The straps allow to adjust the fit perfectly.
The mask has no attachment for a GoPro camera which seems surprising for a rather new model on the market. The overall design is solid and the field of view is large.
The snorkel top is colored to match the mask. It’s not a bright signal color so it might not be easily visible like for example the Easybreath mask.
The mask comes in two different sizes to fit nearly any size and shape of face. The mask comes in several colors which include black, blue, green and two different pink masks.
It is overall a well-designed mask for a good price.
The Ninja mask is a seriously good and high quality mask. It comes in two editions. The standard version and the GoPro version.
We could write a lot about this mask as it seriously is a good mask. However, the price in our opinion is simply not justified. The Ninja is in no way better than the Seaview or the Easybreath yet it costs nearly double the price.
There’s no reason to spend that much money in our opinion so for a mask that is not in any way better than others we already looked at above. However, if you have too much money to spend then you can be sure to get a great mask for the money you spend.
For this money that you spend you’ll get a mask with a dry snorkel, a great fit, and last but not least one that is fog free. You can count on getting a mask with all the features you’d expect and that we already reviewed for our two top-rated masks. Yet, you’ll spend way more money than you have to…
The name is a mouthful but thankfully the snorkel is not. Being a full face mask means that there’s no snorkel piece to bite onto. You can breathe through your mouth or nose as if you are on land.
This mask is a relatively new contender on the market and their claim to fame is that they have the longest snorkel of all full-face masks. We have not measured it against all of the available snorkels but yes, it is a pretty long snorkel. This gives you a little more leeway when moving around before accidentally submerging the snorkel.
The mask has a soft skirt that provides a tight and leak free fit to your face. You might have trouble staying completely dry if you have a beard. If you end up with some water in your mask, then there is a valve at the bottom of the mask to drain any water that accumulated. You will have to stand upright to enable the automatic draining of water from the mask.
The snorkel is designed to stay dry even if submerged. That will save you a lot of salty or dirty water in your mouth which otherwise will lead to gagging and a less than perfect experience snorkeling.
The mask is designed to give you a full 180 degree field of view. The window is built with impact resistant polycarbonate. It is fog free.
Another great feature of this mask is that it has a mount for your GoPro camera. It’s designed to allow you to get an easy view out of the mask onto the viewfinder or the screen of the camera so you can see what you’re filming while you snorkel.
This is a great mask with good features at a good price. We don’t think it’s any better than the Seaview but it’s also not necessarily worse. It only comes in black and the snorkel does not have a color piece that would make it easily visible when you snorkel.
The Aria mask is a clear knock off of the Tribord mask. And it’s actually a really good knock-off. It’s high quality, fits great and works as advertised. Yet, there’s a real issue. It’s more expensive than the original product and so it doesn’t seem to make any sense to get the Ocean Reef Aria vs. the Easybreath.
There’s nothing not to like about this mask. It comes in a few color combinations that might make you scratch your head though. Ever thought of orange and pink? In one mask? You might want or need this mask if you want color combos like that. It might even be worth to pay more than you’d pay for the original.
One thing to consider is also that technically this mask comes in a large variety of sizes. Four to be precise. Including a XS sized mask for children. However, it seems that specific color combinations will only be found for certain sizes.
This is an overall good full-face mask. It’s a high-quality product that will last you a long time. The price in our opinion is too high. And on top of that you have to pay money if you want to add the GoPro camera mount. You’re better and cheaper off to look at the Seaview 180 Degree.
The market for full face snorkel masks will only get more crowded. So far none of the new contenders was able to knock the Tribord or the Seaview off of the throne. Here’s a list of other masks that are available today. Please be advised that many of these masks are not made of the same high-quality materials and/or are not as well designed. You can expect these masks to not last as long and to potentially leak at times.
Thenice Snorkel Mask
LUOOV 180 Degree View
Some of these masks might save you a few dollars compared to the ones we reviewed above. Otherwise, we don’t think there’s any need to go for a knock-off when you can get the top contenders in the market for around the same price.
When you’re in the market for a new full-face snorkel mask and you only look at the pictures then you quickly will realize that they do look all pretty much the same. If you compare that for example to looking at the different best dive masks then you at least can see a difference between those.
Full-face snorkel masks all are derived from one original design. And that was the Tribord Easybreath. The major updates and innovations you can get are improvements and changes on the breathing chamber and mounts for action cameras. You can find these on the Seaview 180 Degree mask.
Important factors to keep in mind also are to have a snorkel that stays dry and a valve to get rid of water inside the mask. Regarding safety you need to make sure that the window is of high-grade, impact resistant polycarbonate. Another good feature to have is a snorkel end piece that is in a strong signal color. This allows others to see you easily and avoid collisions.
Snorkeling is a very family-friendly activity. It’s relaxing and there’s so much to see under water. You also do not need any skills whatsoever once you know how to swim. It is important to use the right equipment to make it a pleasant recreational activity for you and your family.
Until a few years ago the masks you could get for snorkeling where the same as the ones you used for diving. Technically, nothing wrong with that. You added a snorkel and you were good to go. And that’s where the problem started for most.
The snorkels had a mouth piece that you needed to bite down to keep it in place. Even if it’s your own snorkel, that’s a rather unhygienic piece of equipment. The more important issue though is or was that you had to breathe through your mouth. The old masks and snorkel combinations did not allow for any nose breathing. Many people didn’t like to snorkel because of that as their natural instinct was to breathe through their nose.
Another problem with the old snorkels was that they didn’t keep water out when they got submerged. There’s a lot of drinks that taste better than a nice swallow of salt water. A lot of people tried to snorkel and immediately stopped this activity once they drank a mouthful of salt water and gagged under water. Not only does it taste gross, it also can lead to panic attacks for some people as they immediately fear they’d be drowning. Newer generations of snorkels are dry which means that they don’t allow water to get into the snorkel and your mouth when submerged.
The full-face masks completely took away with those snorkel and breathing problems. As they cover the whole face, they do allow to breathe through your mouth or your nose. Just as if you’d take a stroll in a park. They also are designed to be dry snorkels and will keep the water out of the snorkel and the mask if they get submerged.
Another advantage of a full-face mask is that it is overall more comfortable to wear. As it covers your whole face, the skirt is pressing all around your face. Traditional masks at time can have pressure points in the middle of your face which might make that more uncomfortable to wear. This is true especially when you snorkel for a longer time and also if you use a cheaper dive mask.
Many people, for whatever reason, think that the cheapest dive mask is good enough for snorkeling as they won’t really dive. Technically, that might be true but these cheap dive masks also don’t use the best components and materials and thus are often leaky and/or uncomfortable to wear. A full-face mask, if it’s not one of the cheap Asian knock-offs, will usually use high-quality components and materials which make it very comfortable to wear for long times.
Another advantage of the full-face snorkel mask over the traditional dive mask/snorkel combo is that you can’t forget the snorkel at home. You won’t believe how many people go snorkeling only to find out that they brought their dive mask but forgot their snorkel at home. They had to clean it and took it out and forgot to put it back. Just one of those things that we all tend to do at times. A full-face mask has the snorkel built-in. If you remember to grab your mask for snorkeling, you also will have your snorkel with you. This might not be an obvious advantage but experience shows that it’s one to think about!
Last but not least these kinds of masks are usually also more fog proof than traditional dive masks. As the air continuously exchanges inside the whole mask through you breathing in and out, the humidity level also stays more regulated. This reduces the chance of your mask fogging. In a traditional mask, you have the air sealed around your eyes and nose and it’s not exchanged at all during your snorkel adventure. This increases the chances of the window fogging up and you having issues seeing the beauty of the sea underneath you.
Some full-face snorkel masks also have a mount for an action camera included. Most allow to add a GoPro camera on top of the mask so you can tape the same scenery as you see it while you snorkel. This is a great feature as it allows you to continue to use your hands while filming. If you have to hold the camera in your hand then one of your hands is constantly in use holding the camera.
Full-face masks do not only have advantages though. There’s one disadvantage and that comes from the large volume of these masks. If you snorkel and see something really interesting a few feet below you, it’s much harder to dive down with a full-face mask compared to a traditional scuba mask. Why you ask? The air trapped inside the mask creates a lift under water. This makes it much harder to dive down as the air wants to keep you afloat. Modern traditional scuba masks are designed to minimize the amount of trapped air to make it easier to dive down. The full-face mask traps a lot of air which helps you stay afloat and makes it easier to snorkel but it also makes it nearly impossible to dive with them.
To be honest, the Seaview 180 or the Tribord Easybreath are the overall best masks you can find today. They offer the best performance and quality for the price and will last you for many years to come.
If you are on a budget then try the Octobermoon and you’ll end up happy. The other masks listed in our guide are all good masks but in our opinion do not reach the level of quality ad design that you get from our top contenders.
Having your own scuba diving mask is in our opinion essential. While you certainly can rent one, you will more often than not have to find out that they don’t fit or leak. This can put a big damper on your dive excursion.
It makes a lot of sense to get your own mask. It will fit comfortably and you know it won’t leak because you take care of it yourself. In case you need prescription lenses in your mask you won’t have a choice anyway but to buy your own.
Below you’ll find the best 10 scuba diving masks for 2017. There’s not a single best mask that outshines all others. Each has its strengths and weaknesses and we try to highlight this for you.
There’s a number of factors you should consider before buying a scuba mask. These factors include:
Scubapro Synergy2 Trufit
Dual or Single
Mares i3 Liquidskin
Atomic Aquatics Venom
Mares X-VU LiquidSkin
ScubaPro Spectra Trufit
Aqua Lung Impression
Cressi Big Eyes Evolution
Dual or Single
Tusa M1001 Freedom HD
Let's jump right into the detailed reviews for each mask. At the end of this article you can also find our Scuba Dive Mask Buyers Guide for further information about what you should consider when looking for a diving mask.
Scubapro is one of the most recognized brands in diving. Their gear is outstanding and reasonably priced.
The Synergy2 Trufit is no exception. It offers two high-quality silicone skirts. The inner skirt is soft and provides an exceptional fit and seal against the skin. The outer, more rigid skirt is thicker and provides the support and the rigidity needed around the mask frame.
The Synergy Trufit is a low-volume mask that offers an outstanding field of view. The buckles attach to flexible tabs on the skirt allowing for better adjustments and less pressure points. The buckles and strap system received praise from many divers. The buckles and attachment points are designed to fold flat so you need less space in your luggage when travelling.
The mask comes as a dual lens or single lens design. You can get it with clear or mirrored glasses. While the mirrored glass look is certainly cooler and can help with reflections, do not forget that it might be harder to see your eyes in the case of an emergency.
The tempered glass is designed to provide exceptional clarity and features high light transmission. It is specifically designed to not have any color distortion which results in ultra-clear visibility under water.
Scuba enthusiasts that regularly dive.
Single and Dual Lens models are available
What Could Have Been Better
The Scubapro Synergy2 Trufit is an outstanding mask. It's one of the most comfortable masks available. Pricing is average, yet the quality justifies the price point. A great mask overall for a diver that regularly has a chance to dive.
The Mares i3 Liquidskin is a panoramic mask. It features three different lenses where you have a single front lens and then one lens each on the left and right. This dramatically improves peripheral vision compared to other masks.
The skirt consists of two different types of silicone. The area around the frame is firmer to add stability. The skirt that touches your face is made of softer silicone which provides a perfect fit and prevents leakage. In addition Mares employs the Tri-Comfort Technology which is a softer silicone around the area of the forehead and nose for even more comfort.
The buckles attach to the skirt and not the frame. This allows for a more comfortable fit due to the reduced pressure of the frame against the face.
The tempered glass is clear and the side glasses greatly improve visibility. If you use the mask for snorkeling or simply want the larger view then make sure to pick a color with clear material instead of the black one. This will additionally enhance the visibility up and down.
Divers that want/need to have a huge field of view
Three lenses overall
What Could Have Been Better
The Mares i3 is a mask with a superbly large field of view. The two windows on the sides allow for a panoramic view of the sealife and seascape underneath and besides you. A great mask for diving and snorkeling in clear visibility.
The Atomic Aquatics Venom Mask is one of the most expensive and possibly one of the best scuba masks you can lay your eyes on. It’s a unique mix of a mask that has a sub-frame and one that is frameless. There is an internal frame that acts very much like a sub-frame. It is molded directly beneath the surface of the skirt. This provides to provide rigidity yet features a reasonably low profile of a frameless mask.
The silicone used for the skirt is nicknamed ‘Gummi Bear’ silicone. It’s super flexible and adjusts to the contours of your skin. Many men that have mustaches or beards swear on this mask as it is leakage free even in those cases. Similar to the Scubapro Trufit the skirt consists of two different silicones. A rigid variant around the frame and a super-soft one where it touches your skin.
The straps attach to buckles that need to be squeezed for attachment. This makes them easy to use. The buckles are mounted onto the skirt providing superior adjustment capabilities with increased comfort and fit. They are soft-mounted on the skirt allowing them to be folded flat when you pack them.
Other high end scuba masks use ultra-clear glass to avoid color distortion under water. The Venom goes one step further. It uses Superwhite glass from the German glass manufacturer Schott. This allows even more light to penetrate providing extraordinary vision under water. It’s probably the best glasses you can find in any dive mask to date.
Additionally, the glass features an anti-reflective coating (ARC). This allows even more light into the mask and reduces glare and reflection. This technology can only be found on Atomic Aquatics masks. The outcome is a dramatically increased transmission of light into the mask compared to many other masks on the market.
The most high-end mask there is...
What Could Have Been Better
There's no denying it. The Atomic Aquatics Venom is the most expensive mask in our best of list. However, it is also the best mask, period. The glass is clearer than clear and it's a pleasure to wear. If you dive often and for long times then this is the mask for you.
The X-VU is the first mask with two lenses by Mares featuring the LiquidSkin technology. LiquidSkin practically describes a skirt consisting of two different silicones. A stiffer and more rigid silicone around the frame to provide for the stability required of a mask. The second part is a soft silicone that molds to your face providing great comfort and a tight seal.
The Tri-Comfort Technology featured by Mares masks provides an additional softer silicone layer around the forehead and nose. This makes the mask overall more comfortable to wear and relieves pressure from these specific areas on your face.
The buckles and straps are easy to use and allow for a wide range of adjustments. The buckles mount to the skirt which provides a tighter fit with less pressure on your face. This mounting also allows for a lower profile and volume of the mask.
The overall mask design provides a large field of vision. If you choose a mask with clear silicone instead of black you increase the visibility even more. The mask provides an easy to squeeze nose well that allows to equalize pressure.
Great all-around mask for the recreational diver.
What Could Have Been Better
The Mares X-VU LiquidSkin is a solid mask for a good price. The LiquidSkin in combination with the Tri-Comfort technology make this one of the most comfortable to wear masks.
The Scubapro Spectra uses the same Trufit technology as can also be found on many other models. The skirt consists of two different variants of silicone. A stiffer one around the frame to add support and stability and a softer silicone to provide a tight seal on your face. This provides a tighter fit with less chance of leakage.
The skirt is designed with contoured textured ribs which adjust to nearly any size and shape of face. This practically guarantees a superb fit for any shape of head.
The easy to adjust swivel buckle system is mounted on the skirt for a tighter fit and more comfortable wear. This results in a low-profile and low-volume mask that is easy to travel with. The strap adjustment swivels are even large enough to allow you to
It is a mask with two lenses made from ultra-clear glass. The design offers superb field of view specifically when you look down. The teardrop design of the lenses allows for great visibility to reefs and other sights underneath you.
This is overall one of the best diving masks you can buy. Not as expensive as some other models yet reliable with highest quality materials and build.
Recreational divers that dive regularly in a variety of conditions
What Could Have Been Better
The Scubapro Spectra features Trufit which makes for a very comfortable fit. It's a great mask for divers that regularly and want a high-quality item. It might be a little too small if you have a large head. The fit can become uncomfortable and you might be better off with other masks.
The Cressi F1 Frameless Mask is truly one of the best masks available. It’s very affordable yet offers good quality as you would expect from a mask built by Cressi. It’s a single lens design and the glass provides exceptional clarity under water.
The F1 has a high-grade silicone skirt which has a double feathered edge for a tight fit to your face. The skirt is directly bonded to the single tempered glass lens. Being a frameless mask the Cressi F1 is a low internal volume mask that’s easy to handle. It also folds flat for easy storage and travel.
The skirt is made of flexible silicone and the mask provides a tight fit with your face. The nose pocket can easily be accessed even with gloves on your hands. It’s designed to allow for ear equalization with one hand.
The quick-adjust strap buckles are directly molded into the skirt. This allows for a more comfortable fit and less pressure on your face. The straps also fit tighter around your head which improves the tightness of the fit and reduces the possibility of leaks.
Great and affordable mask for beginners
What Could Have Been Better
The Cressi F1 is an easy to use mask that offers great quality and features for the price. It's one of the most-sold scuba masks available and is perfect for beginners and recreational divers. You might look at some other masks if you dive a lot and have grown out of the beginning stages of diving.
The Aqua Lung Impression is another highly rated mask. It is offers latest technology in its design and manufacturing. Where other masks are molded and snapped together in different stages, the Impression’s Lens, Frame and Skirt are molded together in one single step. This ensures a leak-free seal between all the parts.
This method also allowed to design the mask with the lowest volume possible. This allows to place the lenses closer to the face which helps to maximize the field of vision. It also reduces the buoyancy and it is easier to clear.
The mask sports two lenses which optimize visibility under water. The combination of the tempered glass with the closeness of them to the eye dramatically improves your ability to see clearly under water.
The skirt is made out of silicone and designed with double feathered edges. Together with the wide split strap it results in an extremely tight fit with the best level of leak avoidance. The straps connect at the skirt which allows for a more comfortable and tighter fit with less pressure.
Aqua Lung uses their Advanced Fit Technology (AFT) which uses different silicones and textures around the skirt edge. This allows the skirt to reach farther to the back and create a larger area where it fits onto the skin. The increased contact surface results in a more comfortable fit with less pressure.
The nose pocket is designed to be accessible with one hand. This allows for ear equalization even with thick gloves.
Solid mask for any dive situation
What Could Have Been Better
The Aqua Lung Impression is a great overall mask. It's priced reasonably and offers a great value. The fit of the mask is great but it might be a little small for large heads. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with this mask.
The Cressi Big Eyes Evolution is exactly what the name says. It’s a mask with quite large lenses allowing great visibility under water. The inverted teardrop shape of the lenses allows for a large field of view. In combination with the crystal clear glass it allows the maximum amount of light to penetrate.
In relation to your face the lens of the mask is inclined. The result is that the lens is closer to your face and eyes. This in turn increases the field of view at the bottom which lets you see more sealife underneath you.
The mask is made from a specific hypoallergenic soft silicone. This material is providing a superb fit and is very comfortable. Cressi calls this material ‘High Seal’. The skirt is specifically designed to fit your face and in combination of the soft silicone will not leave any marks on your face even after long use.
The buckles are mounted not directly onto the skirt but onto an elastic element on the vertical plane. This it can be bent sideways up to 180 degrees. This way it reduces the pressure on the face and frame and allows for a much tighter fit. The buckle has full range of motion and allows for easy adjustment. For travel and to store you can fold the mask flat as it has a frameless design.
The skirt is designed with a double feathered edge that fits tight to the skin and prevents leakage. The nose pocket is designed to be handled with one hand. Even with gloves you can get ear equalization easily with the use of one hand.
Cressi designed the mask so that the lenses can be replaced with vision correction lenses. These can be ordered separately. It is easy to replace the existing lenses yourself.
What Could Have Been Better
The Cressi Big Eyes Evolution is a great mask for diving and snorkeling in clear water. The large lenses allow for a lot of light to penetrate and increate the field of view. All in all a great mask for underwater sightseeing!
The Octomask is a special mask as it comes with a mount for a GoPro camera. You can shoot incredible videos while you dive without the need to hold a camera in your hands.
The mask itself is a solidly built diving mask. One would be somewhat skeptical assuming that the only thing good about this mask is the built-in mount but that’s far from the truth.
The mask has tempered glass lenses and a low volume design. It comes in two designs, either with a single lens or with dual lenses. Both variants offer a wide field of view.
The skirt is made out of soft silicone and provides a tight fit. It also is quite comfortable to wear and offers a good seal.
The low volume design results in a close and snug fit. It also allows for easy clearing and reduces buoyancy.
The skirt fits tight and the straps and buckles attach to the skirt. The straps are easily adjusted and you will get a tight fit between the mask and your face.
The mount for the GoPro fits all different models including the Hero 3 and 4 models as well as smaller Session cameras. There’s a few things to consider when you’re diving with a GoPro mounted to your mask.
First, you want to stay as horizontal as possible. Otherwise, the bubbles will go in front of the camera and screw up your video.
A very simple mistake is also to think that you have the camera running but it is not on. Check it yourself before putting the mask on and then have somebody else double-check it before you go in the water! Nothing worse than expecting a great video from your dive and the camera isn’t switched on…
The Octomask is a great mask if you intend to shoot video. Otherwise, there are better masks for diving but there’s no mask better when you want to shoot a video while having your hands free.
You can also check out the model with the single lens by clicking here.
Any diver wanting to shoot video with a GoPro camera
Single or Dual Lenses models are available
What Could Have Been Better
The Octomask might not be the best scuba mask on the planet. It's a good mask overall and the biggest advantage is that you can mount your GoPro camera right onto it. If you want to shoot video then there's basically no alternative if you want to keep your hands free.
The Tusa M1001 Freedom HD mask shines with a large single lens. It’s quite a bit larger than most other masks. The result, as you can imagine, is a large field of view. The glass itself is super clear and you’ll be surprised how much more you can see under water!
The skirt consists of soft silicone. It provides a tight fit to your face. The mask is frameless and the glass sits close to your eyes. Despite the large lens this mask is low-volume and easy to clear.
The buckles can rotate 180 degrees and have proven to be very sturdy. They are easy to use and adjustment of the straps is done without complications.
The nose pocket is designed to be managed with one hand. You can get ear equalization with ease even if you wear thick gloves.
Divers that want a large field of view when diving
What Could Have Been Better
The Tusa M1001 Freedom HD mask has a really large lens. It's also a rather large mask overall fitting pretty much any size of head. The visibility out of this mask is simply amazing.
There’s a few things you need to consider when you’re out buying a scuba mask. The most important is that you get a dive mask in the color you like best. Just kidding…
Here’s what you should consider when you’re going to get a new mask.
Historically dive masks had either one or two lenses. Two lenses results in a separator along the nose. A single lens doesn’t have that separator so you overall have a better view.
If you need your lenses setup with prescription glasses then you can’t have a single lens! Take that into consideration when shopping for a mask and wearing glasses!
Masks with multiple lenses usually have a single lens in the front and then two lenses on the side. This gives you a better side view. Overall, this might feel more natural for some people.
Sometimes you can see old-fashioned dive masks that pretty much run parallel to the face. Modern masks often (usually) have an angle where they slope towards the cheekbones at the bottom. This reduces the internal volume of the mask and more importantly makes it easier to look down.
The majority of dive masks have a frame. Pretty much all components of the mask attach to the frame. These are the lens/lenses, skirt, and the straps and buckles. The frame holds it all together and allows to take it apart for cleaning and maintenance.
Frameless masks have the skirt molded around the other parts of the mask. They are not assembled but become one piece. The result is that they typically are smaller and slimmer. Some of them are small enough to fit into a pocket. The downside is that you can’t take them apart for cleaning or repair. You also cannot install prescription lenses in a frameless scuba dive mask.
It is important to be able to adjust the mask so it fits your face and head. If every head was the same shape then it would be simple to build a mask that fits perfect for everybody. As this is not the case, the masks need straps and buckles that allow to adjust the fit. Most newer masks have the attachment area for the buckles as part of the skirt. This reduces the pull on the frame and allows the skirt to create a tighter seal.
The function of the mask skirt is to provide a tight seal between the mask and your face. This is necessary to ensure that the water stays out of the mask while the air stays inside. If the seal between the skirt and the skin is not tight then the mask will leak.
Some of the best dive masks come with dual skirts to provide a better and tighter seal. Other alternatives are specifically formed skirts that create a tight fit. Modern mask skirts are made from high quality silicone as it is very flexible and durable.
Finding a mask that matches your head and face is very important. The mask has to fit comfortably and has to have the right size for your face. Most dive masks come in different sizes and if your mask is too big then it won’t be able to create a tight fit.
A good fitting mask will stay on your face if you put it on without the straps and then inhale through your nose to create a vacuum. If the mask is the right size for you then it will stay on. If it’s too large then it will fall off as there’s no tight seal.
You might or might not agree with out best of list of scuba diving masks above. Everybody has different experiences and most important, everybody is individual. Your face might or might not fit a certain mask better or worse. And as such, you might prefer a mask that we haven't listed or you might not like one that we have listed.
We try to use objective evaluations to come up with our ranking and we try to find masks that match specific target groups. It is completely understandable that a diver that has the chance to dive 5 times a week will not need a super-expensive mask like the Atomic Aquatics Venom. But, if you dive a lot and can afford it, then go for it.
We hope you get value from our list above and we'd love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or contact us. We're looking forward to hearing from you!
If you are just starting with scuba diving then you want to have a look at our guide to find the best dive computer for beginners.