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EASYBREATH SNORKELING MASK 

 

See and breathe underwater as easily as you would on land

The main obstacle to snorkelling is the difficulty in breathing underwater with a snorkel. Indeed, breathing through your mouth is unnatural, and the snorkel mouthpiece is sometimes considered too intrusive, uncomfortable and unhygienic.

That's why Tribord invented the Easybreath, the first full-face snorkelling mask, for breathing underwater as easily and naturally as you would on land with your nose and mouth. Thanks to its large size, this innovative mask also offers users an unobstructed 180° field of vision, and is prevented from fogging up by a double air-flow system that is identical to the system used in domestic extraction fans.

 

To ensure that water does not enter via the snorkel, the Easybreath mask is equipped with a mechanism that plugs the top of the snorkel when immersed in water. Furthermore, the top of the snorkel is highly visible in order to avoid any collisions on the surface.

Full Face Snorkel Mask
 

Cool Snorkel Gear - Full Face Snorkel Mask

There are a few things about snorkeling that beginners often consider obstacles when first attempting the activity:

1. If you haven't been snorkeling before, it can be really difficult to know all the ins-and-outs of purchasing the proper equipment.

2. It can be tough to get used to new equipment, especially since comfort level depends largely on the on quality of gear and the shape of your face, which varies on an individual basis.

3. Although most snorkelers can get the hang of breathing through the snorkel and exploring amazing spots, some people just don't like the feeling of breathing through a snorkel, holding their breath, etc. For some, no matter how good the equipment is, it's just too uncomfortable of a feeling to deal with, especially if if there are any respiratory issues involved.

Therefore, we decided to feature a full face snorkel mask. These masks are not common, and can be very expensive, but the feedback so far has been excellent. Additionally, for those who want to commit to snorkeling on a regular basis, or are on a vacation and plan on doing lots of snorkeling, it may be well worth the extra few bucks to snorkel in comfort. In any case, we hope to provide enough information to allow you to comfortably make your own decision on whether or not it's worth getting one.

Tribord Easybreath Full Face Snorkel Mask

This is by far the most common full face snorkel mask. To be honest, we haven't come across any other full face snorkel masks that are readily commercially available. The design is simple, yet clever. Here are a few of the cool features:

The company states that you can breathe as easily underwater as you can on land and have the capability to use both your nose and mouth. Consider these types of statements with caution, as you are still wearing a full face mask. However, it is pretty awesome for breathability.

The design is pretty cool in that the "snorkel" sits where it usually would, but it is completely rigid and part of the mask itself. Moreover, it's 100% dry snorkel, which we usually recommend if the budget allows. This means you can breathe through it above water, and as you dive below the surface a valve will automatically close preventing any water from entering the snorkel and mask.

Another really beneficial aspect of this design is the unobstructed 180º field of view. Additionally, the mask doesn't fog up very much at all because it incorporates a double airflow system that is meant to prevent condensation from forming. You may notice a bit of fogging if you are breathing through your mouth, but it's way less of an issue (sometimes not an issue at all!) if you use your nose, which if anything is a little more natural.

You may notice part of the snorkel is orange or another bright color. This is a safety feature designed to make the snorkel more visible, thus avoiding collisions on the surface of the water. It sounds kind of dumb, but I guess if you completely forget you even have a snorkel it could lend itself to more "collisions".

HOW TO CHOOSE THE SIZE OF YOUR EASYBREATH® MASK

 
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To make the most of your EASYBREATH®, it is essential to choose a size that is suited to the shape and size of your head. An EASYBREATH® which is too small will not provide an optimal level of comfort; an EASYBREATH® which is too big could result in water getting into the mask.
The EASYBREATH® is offered in 3 ADULT sizes which cover 90% of men's and women's faces throughout the world (European, Asian, etc.) and 1 clildren size :
- the children size mask, generally for childen : XS

- the small size adult mask, generally for women and teenagers: S/M

- the medium size adult mask : M/L

- the large size adult mask, generally for men: L/XL


1. CHOOSE THE SIZE OF YOUR TRIBORD EASYBREATH® IN A DECATHLON STORE :

The best thing is to try on both sizes in your nearest store. Once the mask has been tightened to fit against your face, if there is no gap between your chin and the silicone skirt, then it is your size.

 

 

2. CHOOSE THE SIZE OF YOUR TRIBORD EASYBREATH® AT HOME :

If you cannot get to a store, you can order your EASYBREATH® on the internet (www.decathlon.co.uk), here is how to choose the right size:

With your mouth closed, measure the distance between the bridge of your nose and the bottom of your chin:

 

 

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If it measures less than 10 cm (3,9"), choose size XS

If it measures between 10 cm (3,9") and 12 cm (4 3/4"), choose size S/M

If it measures between 12 cm  (4 3/4") and 13 cm (5,1")  choose size M/L

If it measures more than 13 cm (4 3/4"), choose size L/XL 

When you receive your Easybreath, put it on to check that there is no gap between the bottom of the mask and your chin. (see video above)


Who Needs a Full Face Snorkel Mask?

 

You may be wondering why a full face snorkel mask is necessary, especially when we've gone so long successfully snorkeling with standard equipment. There are some that would really benefit from this type of mask.

This is kind of weird, but people with large mustaches could find a massive difference when using a full face snorkel mask. When you don't have to worry about your mustache interfering with a rubber or silicone mouth piece, it could be worth the investment.

People who have difficulty controlling breathing through their mouth may also find this useful. With the Tribord full face snorkel mask, you can breathe through your nose, which is much more natural for lots of people.

Anyone who finds a two-piece set (e.g. snorkel and mask are separate objects) to be frustrating, especially those who have tried multiple snorkels/masks, could find this very helpful. Whether it's do to with the straps, the snorkel, the mouthpiece, you name it, the full face snorkel mask is generally more natural and comfortable.

Lastly, if you enjoy testing out new cutting-edge equipment and you have the money to spend, I would recommend trying this out if you love snorkeling. It's definitely a big difference from a standard snorkel set, so even if you don't prefer it, it could be cool to see the difference for yourself (or simply find someone else's full face mask to borrow if possible!).

Are there any disadvantages?

The main disadvantage is the price. These masks used to be more affordable, but the price has recently increased quite a bit. We're not exactly sure why, but my best guess is that the product was still being developed, perhaps a proof of concept. Regardless, it will be difficult to find this item for under $200, especially when including tax and potentially shipping. In fact, you will most likely be looking at something in the $300 range (all in).

Will it look good when I wear it?

Depends on your tastes, but the company definitely put a lot of effort into making it a sleek design that fits the swimwear style. Check out the video below for a really cool description of the design stage:

 

Pros versus Cons

This is a type of product that we cannot recommend across the board. Whether or not you will find this to be worth it is completely dependent on your individual needs. However, we will summarize the pros and cons of this full face snorkel mask in hopes it will allow you to make your own decision more comfortably.

Pros:

  • More comfortable breathing. Can breath through nose and/or mouth
  • 180º unobstructed field of view
  • Limited or no fogging
  • One piece design is sturdy, comfortable, and handy
  • Good quality equipment. 100% dry-top snorkel already built in is pretty awesome

Cons:

  • Price
  • Not as common. Although well reviewed, the sample size is still a little smaller than we would like. We would feel more comfortable recommending this if more than just us and a limited amount of customers provided reviews. However, all the reviews are great, so that's something.

Overall Recommendation

This is definitely a cool product that is sure to open doors for future innovation with snorkeling. At this point, we would only recommend this product if you have tried snorkeling and have issues with standard equipment (especially mouthpieces). It could very likely be well worth the price, just be prepared to throw in a couple extra bucks for this innovative snorkeling mask.

 

 

Easybreath® Snorkelling Mask - Pink

3 AVAILABLE COLOUR(S)    

BLUE       TURQUOSE       PINK

USER BENEFITS

FIELD OF VISION
180° field of vision and shatterproof polycarbonate window for added safety.
 
 
EASY BREATHING
Full mask for natural breathing through the nose and/or mouth.
 
 
ANTI-FOGGING
Exclusive breath ventilation concept prevents fogging.
 
 
IMPERMEABILITY / SEAL
Dry Top snorkel system stops water entering through the top of the snorkel.
 
WATER DRAINAGE
Purge valve at the bottom of the mask to drain water when the head is raised.
 
 
EASY DRESSING
Adjustable elasticated textile strap does not pull your hair out.
 
 
VISIBILITY
Snorkel top can be seen from 4 times further away than a traditional Snorkel.
 
 
SWIMMING DEPTH
Reminder: Surface mask, not suitable for free diving.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Composition
Frame: 100% Polypropylene; Skirt: 100% hypoallergenic silicone; Window: 100% Shatterproof polycarbonate; Easy to put on elastic strap: 40% Polyamide, 26% Polyester, 34% Elastane.
Conçu pour
surface SNORKELLING.
Garantie
2 years

ADVICES

Conseils d'entretien
The Easybreath mask must be hand washed with washing-up liquid after each week of use. Clean the inside of the window well to maintain clear vision and ensure the proper functioning of the exclusive ventilation concept that prevents fogging. Do not wash in the dishwasher.
Conseils de stockage
Wash the mask by hand with washing-up liquid, dry it and store the mask in its net to let the air get to it.
Restriction d'usage
Not suitable for free diving or intensive swimming.

FEATURES OF THE PRODUCT

What precautions should I take with my Easybreath®?

One thing to look out for: SAND. - As for your sunglasses, avoid letting your Easybreath® come into contact with sand as this can scratch the window of the mask. - If sand is present, do not use force to clip the snorkel into place. Rinse the snorkel and mask before connecting them. - Sand can also clog the float valve inside the snorkel. Rinse the snorkel vigorously or use a key that you can fit through the rear vents of the snorkel to unblock the float valve and rinse the snorkel.

Why can't you free dive with the Easybreath®?

It is not possible to free dive because: 1) The dry top system does not work in a horizontal position when duck diving. 2) The volume of air contained in the Easybreath® is much greater than that contained in a traditional mask; from 1 m deep, the pressure of the mask on the face becomes very uncomfortable. 3) When you free dive, you need to equalize the pressure afterwards. With the Easybreath® it is impossible to equalize because you cannot get at your nose.

The float valve in the snorkel is stuck, what should I do?

To enjoy using your Easybreath® for as long as possible, avoid putting it in the sand. If the float valve is stuck, it is most likely because sand has got between the float and the snorkel wall. Use a key that you can fit through the rear vents of the snorkel to unblock the float valve and rinse the snorkel to completely remove the sand. You'll find a video guide at the bottom of the page.

Dry top system to stop water from entering

It was developed to stop water from getting into the snorkel when there is choppy water, small waves on the surface or when the user leans their head too far forward to observe the seabed. Under the same conditions with a traditional snorkel, the user could swallow the water that gets into the snorkel; this is what we wanted to avoid.

Why are there two sizes for adults? What size Easybreath® should I choose?

The EASYBREATH® comes in 2 ADULT sizes which cover 90% of men's and women's faces throughout the world: - the small size, generally for women and teenagers: S/M - the large size, generally for men: L/XL To choose your size: Try on the mask in store. Tighten the mask to fit against your face, there should be no gap between your chin and the bottom of the mask. <a href="http://www.tribord.com/fr/plongee/comment-choisir-la-taille-de-son-masque-easybreath">More details</a>
 
My Easybreath® isn't watertight... it's letting in water.

There are several reasons why water may be getting into the mask: - The most common is due to choosing the wrong size. The Easybreath® comes in 2 adult sizes. S/M for slim faces (80% of women) and L/XL for wider faces. - Warning gentlemen, your beard may be responsible for letting in water. Beards stop the seal between the silicone skirt of the mask and your skin from being properly established. - For those with long hair, be careful not to trap any hair between your forehead and the mask.

Why isn't the snorkel of the Easybreath® very long?

Contrary to what some may think, the snorkel of the Easybreath® sticks out of the water more than a traditional snorkel. A traditional snorkel seems longer because it starts from the mouth and not the top of the head like the Easybreath®. If you try breathing through a snorkel and then through a garden hose you will understand that the longer the tube, the harder it is to breathe. To guarantee a level of respiratory effort that meets current standards, we cannot make the snorkel any longer.

Exclusive anti-fogging concept

It works best in waters over 18°C and is based on the fact that the fresh air breathed in is projected onto the front window before reaching the nose or mouth. This is the same principle as the ventilation of your car windscreen. The moisture laden air that you breathe out takes a different route: When you breathe out, the air is expelled through the silicone connections at the side that drive the air into the white mask surround which then dispels the air into the snorkel.

MY EASYBREATH® LETS IN WATER 

There are several reasons why water may be getting into the mask:
- The most common is due to choosing the wrong size. The Easybreath® comes in two sizes for adults. S/M for slim faces (80% of women) and L/XL for wider faces. Take a look at the section on how to choose the right size
- Warning gentlemen, your beard may be responsible for letting in water. Beards stop the seal between the silicone skirt of the mask and your skin from being properly established.
- For those with long hair, be careful not to trap any hair between your forehead and the mask.

THE FLOAT VALVE IN THE SNORKEL IS STUCK, WHAT SHOULD I DO? 

To enjoy using your Easybreath® for as long as possible, avoid putting it in the sand. If the float valve is stuck, it is most likely because sand has got between the float and the snorkel wall.

Use a key that you can fit through the rear vents of the snorkel to unblock the float valve and rinse the snorkel to completely remove the sand. You'll find a video guide at the bottom of the page.

WHY IS MY BREATHING SOMETIMES BLOCKED? 

If the air supply blocks it is because you have tilted your head too far forward or because a wave has passed over your head. The Easybreath® dry top stop water system is at work preventing water from getting inside. Your snorkel must have been totally submerged, therefore the float went up to plug the hole.
If you had leant your head too far forward with a traditional snorkel you would have been breathing in water.
All of our testers were surprised the first time too.

HOW DO I CLIP ON THE EASYBREATH® SNORKEL? 

If you are having difficulty clipping the snorkel onto the mask, this is because there is sand where the two parts connect, near the seal or in the snorkel. This connection is precise to the nearest millimetre to ensure a perfect watertight seal between the snorkel and the mask.
If sand is present, do not use force to clip the snorkel into place. Rinse the snorkel and mask and make sure that there is no more sand left before trying to connect them again.

WHY IS THERE A SLIGHT BUZZING SOUND WHEN I BREATHE IN? 

To prevent fogging and to stop water from getting in, the Easybreath® has several valves. When you breathe in, some valves open whereas others close. This is why the sound of your breathing is slightly amplified. This is the same thing that happens when using a regulator when scuba diving.
Relax and breathe naturally through your nose to enjoy the wonders of the seabed.

WHY DO I TAKE IN WATER WHEN I GO UNDERWATER? 

We developed the Dry top stop water concept primarily to prevent water from getting into the snorkel when there is choppy water, small waves on the surface or when the user leans their head too far forward. Under the same conditions with a traditional snorkel, the user could swallow the water that gets into the snorkel; this is what we wanted to avoid.
This Dry top stop water system only works when the snorkel and float valve are in a vertical position.
When free diving, the snorkel is in a horizontal position during the duck dive, this is when water can get into the snorkel.

WHY CAN'T YOU FREE DIVE WITH THE EASYBREATH®? 

The Easybreath® was designed for surface snorkelling, which represents 90% of the practice.
It is not possible to free dive for several reasons:
1) The dry top system does not work in a horizontal position when duck diving.
2) The volume of air contained in the Easybreath® is much greater than that contained in a traditional mask; from 1m deep, the pressure of the mask on the face becomes very uncomfortable.
3) When you free dive, you need to equalize the pressure afterwards, i.e. hold your nose and blow through it gently as if you are blowing your nose in order to balance the pressure of the ears so as not to pierce your eardrums. With the Easybreath® it is impossible to equalize because you cannot get at your nose.

IS HAVING A BEARD A PROBLEM? 

Yes. What makes a mask watertight is the contact between the smooth silicone skirt and your skin. As with a traditional mask, beards create tiny spaces that allow water to infiltrate.

 

WHY IS IT FOGGING UP? 

The exclusive anti-fogging system through respiratory ventilation performs optimally in water ≥ 18°C.
It is essential to wash your Easybreath® by hand with washing-up liquid after each week of use. The window of your mask gets dirty due to salt water and the sun and eventually fogs up your mask.

 

WHAT IS THE VALVE BEHIND THE WHITE COVER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MASK FOR? 

This valve lets you drain out any water that has got in without you having to remove the mask. If you have a little bit of water in your mask, raise your head and the water will automatically be let out by the valve.

WHY WON'T THE STRAP TIGHTEN? 

If the strap won't tighten, this is because the strap has not gone through the small elasticated loop which lies along the strap. You'll find a video guide at the bottom of the page.

WHY IS THE MASK SO BIG? 

The first reason is that a large mask that covers the whole face is the only effective way to fulfil the Easybreath® promise: See 180° and breathe naturally underwater just like on dry land.
The second reason is that the Easybreath® complies with many standards including those concerning snorkels and respiratory effort. The dimensions of the snorkel and the white surround meet these regulations (EN 1972).

WHY ISN'T THE SNORKEL OF THE EASYBREATH® VERY LONG? 

Contrary to what many people may think, the snorkel of the Easybreath® sticks out of the water more than a traditional snorkel. A traditional snorkel seems longer because it starts from the mouth and not the top of the head like the Easybreath®.
If you try breathing through a snorkel and then through a garden hose you will understand that the longer the tube, the harder it is to breathe.
To guarantee a level of respiratory effort that meets current standards, we cannot make the snorkel any longer.

WHY CAN'T YOU USE THE EASYBREATH® FOR SWIMMING TRAINING? 

Swimming requires a lot more effort than snorkelling, just as running requires a lot more effort than walking. Swimming training needs a significant amount of oxygen and your body will automatically switch to intensive mouth breathing. At this point, breathing with the Easybreath® would become very uncomfortable.

HOW LONG DOES THE AIR SUPPLY IN THE EASYBREATH® LAST? 

The Easybreath does not have an air supply. You do not breathe in the air in the volume of the mask, you breathe in air from the snorkel.

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1. Un peu de snorkeling aux Philippines

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2. Et si on partait au Brésil ?

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3. Le Easybreath ? Le Top ! 

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4. Un super Selfie Tortue !

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5. Le Seigneur Vador nous honore de sa présence ;)

 

6. A la découverte de la faune aquatique locale !

 

7. Utilisé aussi par des sirènes ! 

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8. Au contact des requins baleines

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9. Même en amoureux! 

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10. Et pour finir, l'ancêtre du Easybreath ;)

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