Tribord Easybreath vs. Seaview 180 Degree
Comparing the Seaview 180° and Tribord Easybreath Full-Face Snorkel Masks
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 in the past had 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.
In the latest version the Subea Easybreath mask offers an ingenious optional mount for the GoPro camera. It securely snaps onto the snorkel and safely holds the camera there. With that add-on the makers of the Easybreath snorkel mask removed any advantage that other masks had in the past!
A Look Back in Time
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 added 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.
Seaview 180 Degree vs. Tribord Easybreath
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 GoPro 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.
That's where the new camera mounting accessory for the Subea Easybreath mask makes a lot of sense. First, if you don't own a camera you won't need a mount. Second, if GoPro decides to change the mount you won't have to throw away your mask but instead you simply switch out the mount and you're good to go. That certainly does require that there's a matching mount for such a new mounting system.
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.