French watersports company Tribord has developed a full-face, all-in-one snorkeling mask.
Dubbed the Easybreath, the mask allows the snorkeler to breathe through the nose as well as the mouth:
“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 mask, 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-degree 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.“
The Easybreath is made up of a silicone skirt with a polypropylene rim, and currently is only available in one adult size. A smaller-sized version is due out in 2015.
The 550-gram mask comes in three colors: translucent blue, translucent purple, and translucent atoll, and retails for €39.95. It will be available through Decathlon Stores, which currently do not have a U.S. outlet.
UPDATE: At the DEMA Show 2015 several manufacturers showcased versions of these new full-face snorkeling masks.