Full face snorkel masks just appeared on the snorkel gear market a few years ago, but it seems they are still among the best seller snorkel masks. Market is changing fast, companies adapt to customer needs and come up with regular product upgrades. Original Easybreath full face mask is made by Decathlon. You probably know it as Tribord Easybreath Full Face Snorkel Mask. The latest version runs under Subea brand from this year.
Is Subea Easybreath mask good?
Clear things first, if you don’t know Easybreath, or heard just little about this full face snorkel mask. Why are snorkeling full face masks different than classical snorkel masks?
You might remember your first snorkeling experience… It takes time to learn how to breathe through your mouth, getting comfortable with your mask and snorkel tube. Some people gave up with snorkeling because this way of breathing is uncomfortable. This led Decathlon to make innovation by designing Tribord Easybreath mask years ago. The aim was to revolutionize snorkeling by developing the world’s first full face snorkeling mask, so you can see and breathe in water as easily as on land. Easybreath full face mask was the first full face snorkel mask with patented design.
Decathlon Easybreath mask went through many changes, simplification and upgrade in the past few years. Lately, even the brand name changed and now the whole Decathlon underwater product range runs under SUBEA – means SUBaquatic Experiences are Amazing!
Pros and Cons of Easybreath full face mask
- provides natural way of breathing through nose
- wider field of view
- air circulation system prevents fogging
- dry top snorkel limits water entry to snorkel
- gives more comfort for women (not pulling hair) and men (no need to shave mustache)
- you cannot dive down with it
- recommended only for casual snorkeling in calm water (no intensive swimming – it can lead to lack of oxygen in your mask)
- takes more space in your luggage
- plastic lens is sensitive: can break so store and transport carefully
- sand/salt can cause scratches on the window, always rinse with fresh water
How to choose the right size full face mask?
First of all I mention here that original Subea full face mask now available only in 2 sizes: S/M and M/L. Before they had 4 sizes, but sizes XS and L/XL no longer available since remaining 2 sizes cover 90% of face sizes of users aged over 10. Thanks to this optimization Decathlon managed to reduce the price.
To choose the right size, measure between the bridge of your nose and bottom of your chin with mouth closed. Choose S/M if it measures 10-12 cm (3,9”-4 ¾”) or M/L if it’s 12-13 cm (4 ¾”-5 1/8”).
(This size information valid only on original Subea Easybreath snorkeling mask. Full face masks from other brands might be available is different sizes too, always check the size chart and manufacturer’s recommendation on choosing size)
Easybreath full face mask review – We tested it!
It took us time to get our first real underwater experience with Easybreath full mask. Of course we have seen it many times in Decathlon, dive shops, but we use to freedive so it was not an option for us.
But we have seen snorkelers happily using full face snorkel masks, we became curious about it and decided to try. We got Tribord Easybreath mask and went on a test swim. Compare to classical snorkeling mask + snorkel combo, it was easy to put it on thanks to the wide, soft strap. I use to struggle with my mask strap pulling my hair. Therefore I wear my other mask Cressi F1 snorkel set with multifunctional sport headband.
To be honest, it was such a weird feeling to start breathing through my nose! I totally used to breathe through mouth while snorkeling, it became so natural. I needed some minutes to get used it. We did not experience fogging on the lens – the area where you breathe and air circulates might start fogging, but you won’t notice that since it is not in your field of view. Our Easybreath was not leaking at all – we both tried size S/M.
The only thing that I did not like the increased reflection. I will try to explain what I mean. I found that swimming in very shallow water, over white sand I was squinting, could not open my eyes fully. The reflection is so strong in clear water and I think it became stronger for my eyes because of the big plastic lens of my mask. When I was swimming in deeper water, where the sea bottom was covered with sea grass and corals, it was much better and did not bother me anymore. The field of view is wider than with a normal mask.
About freediving with full face mask… Remember, you cannot dive down in full face masks although some photos will show you can. Also users say often they dove down without having any difficulties. The truth is you are able to freedive with it, but it is dangerous! You can’t equalize the pressure like you do with traditional snorkel mask. We tried it and it is true. As soon as you start freediving you will feel that the mask is sticking to your face because of pressure. This can lead to discomfort, or even panic. Other thing is, that normally you equalize by pinching nose and blowing gently – this you cannot do either in this mask. It can be dangerous for inexperienced snorkelers, they can get stressed because of pressure on face and not able to equalize ears. Don’t freedive with full face mask. Only surface snorkeling allowed! Probably we won’t be full-time Easybreath users since we always dive down while snorkeling, but it was nice to test it! We understand how it works, why many snorkelers use and love it.
Easybreath full face mask parts and extras
Another great thing is, that Decathlon also selling parts to Subea Easybreath mask: if your snorkel tube or strap is broken, need new valves, lost the white cover from your mask, Decathlon is not forcing you to buy a new mask! You just need to order the missing/broken parts, which is great environment-conscious approach.
If you want to record your underwater adventures, you can add GoPro mount to Easybreath snorkelling mask.
Best Easybreath full face mask alternatives
If original Subea Easybreath mask is not option for you (maybe it is not available in your country) these are the best alternatives, having the most customer feedback and best ratings:
SeaView 180 Panoramic Full Face Mask
Seaview is perfect for adults and kids who casually snorkel. I think Seaview has the most color options (12 at the moment) Curved lens gives truly panoramic view.
Octobermoon Full Face mask
Second Generation Snorkel Technology stops all water from entering to the tube and mask. Cheaper than other sull face masks, but based on customer reviews it’s pretty good, has 4.5 stars rating.
SeeReef Full Face snorkel mask
This product comes with upgraded flat clear lensed providing extra clarity, 4 valves air circulation system and extra long breathing tube.
Easy Snorkel Mask
Coming with panoramic lens for wider and clearer view. Available in 6 color variations, which one will you choose?
(Full face snorkel market seems saturated: we can’t even count how many manufacturers are present. We just realized that sometimes sellers appear with very cheap products than disappear few months later. Try to avoid these. Of course more expensive product does not mean better quality, but don’t decide just on the price! Try to look snorkel full face mask with patented design, good quality, reliable seller with trusted ratings)