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GrizGriz Palm Beach Gardens, FloridaPosts: 9,903 Admin
Family is getting interested in starting, we've done the usual cheap things in the past in the pool etc., but want a decent mask and snorkel that won't break the bank. Also, weights. Any suggestions?
The early bird may get the worm, but the Second Mouse gets the cheese. SW



  • quatinquatin Posts: 598 Officer
    Buying masks isn't about price, but fit. If the only mask that fits you is expensive, then you're just going to have to pony up. Don't sacrifice comfort for price, because what feels "slightly" uncomfortable in the store will feel painful after a day of snorkeling.

    Everyone has a difference face, so every mask will fit differently. You'll have to go to the store and try them on until you find at least one that fits. Put the mask on without the strap and breath in through your nose. It should create a vacuum and stay on your face when you look down. Then use your palm and push in on the center of the mask. The frame shouldn't pinch too hard.

    Get the cheap plain snorkel tube. The fancy ones with the flush vent and flow valves are prone to failure due to sand. I wouldn't wear any weights for snorkeling, it's counter productive.
  • BarrellBarrell Posts: 1,259 Officer
    The pre packaged kits (walmart) are a lot cheaper (about $40 for mask/snorkel combo) then buying loose parts at a dive shop. Quality is just as good (almost all masks made at same place in Tawain) But as Quatin said it must fit well. I like black for looking under ledges for lobster.
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