What is the best snorkeling gear for 2020?

best snorkeling gear for 2020

Snorkeling is simple, it’s held in your mouth by gently biting down on the mouthpiece that is attached to your mask, so as long as you can do that, you can snorkel! There are so many different types out there, so I wanted to share with you what I think is the best snorkeling gear for 2020!

Whether you’re down the local beach or on holiday somewhere tropical, snorkeling is an amazing way to see the local marine life up close without any expensive equipment and or training whilst keeping fit. There are thousands of different types and brands so I wanted to go through some hints and tips for the best snorkeling gear to look out for and suggest a few products to choose from.

The mask

So, let’s start with your face mask, there are huge variations in design colour etc. You can also purchase full face masks with an integrated snorkel, but as I’ve never used them, I cannot comment on their suitability so they will not be included in this review.

A lot of masks these days are fog resistant, but can add a little anti fog spray before you dive to stop your mask from misting up. The alternative is to spit into the inside of your face mask and rub it around then wash it out with some water just before use. If you find that gross, place some toothpaste on your finger and coat the inside of the mask then wash it out. I don’t know the science behind it but it works for me.

Make sure you get a mask that properly fits your face, I always go for women’s sizes as I have a small head (guys don’t try and be macho about it or they will leak). When you place it onto your face and breath in through your nose it should hold the mask in place, if it doesn’t you don’t have a good seal. Don’t forget to always wash out your mask & snorkel after use to keep them clean and free from grit etc.

The Snorkel

Always check whether you are buying an adult or child snorkel as the specifications are different. When it comes to the snorkel itself, most have curved ends so if you do get hit by a wave it’s less likely to go down your tube and into your mouth. To stop this you can purchase “dry snorkels” which have a ball or similar device that allow you to breath but block water from entering the tube. But they may stop you from breathing out if you dive down so bear that in mind.

Any decent snorkel should come with a purge valve located at the bottom of your snorkel. After your dive down upon returning to the surface blow out hard and it’ll blow out any water that may have started coming down the tube.

Accessories

I always prefer to wear wet suit boots when snorkeling, so when climbing over jagged rocks or coral I’m less likely to cut my feet. However, this will ultimately affect the type of dive fin that you use.

There is a great deal of variety when it comes to types of snorkeling Fins depending on what you’re doing. But personally, I always go for fins that are designed to go over your wet suit boots so you can take them off when you get back to land so you don’t have to leave your shoes at the shore. But you can buy “shoe fins” that you can just slip your feet into if that’s what you want to do. Not really a necessity but I always snorkel with a dive knife as you never know what you might find or bump into (especially in tropical waters).

I’ve summarized the differences below and there is not a great variation in price, but functionary changes quite a bit. Personally, I’d go for the Supertrip as I’m not bothered about side lens’s but the camera mount is really handy as I already have an adventure camera. Let me know which one you went for in the comments below.

PriceDry Snorkel?Bag includedCamera MountSide lens
The karvipark 2019: Dive mask and snorkel Set.£20.99XXX
Cressi : Dive mask and snorkel Set.£43.38XX
Cadrim: Dive make and snorkel set with camera mount.£19.99XX
Supertrip: Dive make and snorkel set with camera mount£24.99X

Last but not least, if you’re serious about snorkeling or water sports I’d highly recommend investing in an action camera. They’re easily attached to your dive mask (some come with mounts) so you won’t miss any rare sightings or events. As I use my camera a lot I went for the Osmo Action as it’s slightly cheaper than a GoPro but is pretty close in terms of it’s specs, plus it has the front screen so you can see the selfie you’re taking and if you’re like me I can never get the position right.

1. Karvipark 2019: Panoramic mask & snorkel

The mask features a single layer of tempered glass lens designed for snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving (it also has anti-fog treatment) and the skirt is made of soft hypoallergenic transparent silicone.

2.Cressi Premium: Mask & Snorkel with side lens

This set comes with a handy travel bag and the mask uses tempered glass and has side lenses so you nearly have an uninterrupted field of view, with a soft double feathered silicone skirt to form a perfect seal on your face.

3. Cadrim: Mask & snorkel with camera mount

The advanced lens shape design and tempered glass with anti-fog treatment means you’ll have a crystal clear underwater experience, especially for beginners. It’s also adventure camera compatible, because it has a mount for an adventure camera to be inserted onto the mask.

4. Supertrip: Mask & snorkel with camera mount

With tempered glass and antifog, this a great mask especially with the added camera mount.

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy your dive!

Alun

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4 thoughts on “What is the best snorkeling gear for 2020?

  1. Hi there, you certainly taught me a bit more about snorkelling. I like in the tropics and I have a basic mask and snorkel which does the job for me. I can certainly see the benefits of having a camera mount included for some really nice images. That may be something that I need to look into in the future but at the moment I don’t go often enough to warrant new snorkel gear. What’s your most favourite image you’ve taken to date?

    1. Hi there, thank you for your comment, ooh my favorite picture I’ve taken would have to be in the UK. I was scuba diving and jusy about to descend and a whale shark just swam by. It was huge, so glad I had my camera with me that day 😀

      Cheers
      Alun

  2. Hi Alun, thanks for breaking that down for me. The tip about the toothpaste is a good one as spitting in your mask doesn’t really appeal to me 😉

    On a recent holiday i couldn’t help but notice kids having a large mask and snorkel combo. I.e the snorkel entered the top of the mask and the mask was the size of your face. I hope you understand what I mean lol.

    Do they do proper ones for adults as I always feel uncomfortable gripping onto the mouth piece with my teeth. Also the masks always chafe around my nose.

    1. Hey thanks for the comment, I know what you mean 😀 They do adult sizes as well and there are loads of brands that are doing this and they’re great for the reasons you mentioned but I’ve not used them personally so I can’t give any tips on them sorry 🙁
      Cheers
      Alun

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