Saturday, July 13, 2024

Review Extra: AGULHAS Mokarran Freediving Mask and Cepedianus Snorkel

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I love freediving masks with plastic lenses.

I love their weight, the wider field of vision, and the image they give. I don’t love how easily they get scratched and how sometimes a lens pops out, forcing me to spend money on a whole new mask.

Enter AGULHAS.

The AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask and the Cepedianus Snorkel in California Kelp Yellow.
The AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask and the Cepedianus Snorkel in California Kelp Yellow.

They told me the lens is replaceable. That’s it – I must review it! First, with this concept, I’ll save money in the long run by replacing the entire mask once the lens gets too scratched up (I’m not gentle on my masks – I put them in the buoy when I dive with a nose clip). Second, the fewer masks I throw away, the better it is for the environment.

I also received the mask box and a snorkel for review, and now I feel complete – especially after reviewing their backpack. Let’s dive in, shall we?

First Impressions

The AGULHAS Mask has a unique, fun design inspired by the hammerhead shark.
The AGULHAS Mask has a unique, fun design inspired by the hammerhead shark.

Well, this is the first low-volume mask with a single polycarbonate lens that I’ve owned. Immediately cool! AGULHAS has three colors of the MOKARRAN masks and Cepedianus snorkels: Classic Black, Atlantic Blue, and California Kelp Yellow. It’s a very unique design with a smooth frame shaped after the hammerhead shark (who I just learned has 360-degree vision!), making it stand out in the crowd!

The MOKARRAN mask also has a lovely, thick matte skirt and mask strap—both feel very sturdy and have a velvety texture, which gives it a higher-quality feel. The nose pocket is also textured for a better grip and is easy to pinch!

The AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask, Cepedianus Snorkel, and Mask Box.
The AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask, Cepedianus Snorkel, and Mask Box.

The watertight mask box is a rigid cylinder, which ensures you can bump and grind it into anything and the contents stay fully protected. It does take up a noticeable amount of space in your bag, but I like to put socks or gloves inside mask boxes (along with my mask) to save on space, so I prefer the bigger size.

Breathing into the AGULHAS Cepedianus snorkel and wearing the MOKARRAN Mask next to a freediving buoy.
Breathing into the AGULHAS Cepedianus snorkel and wearing the MOKARRAN Mask next to a freediving buoy.

The Cepedianus snorkel is quite sturdy – the build is solid, and, like the mask skirt, it also feels velvety to the touch. It’s flexible, but not too flexible – I’ve held snorkels that can be pinched shut easily and bent in half like nothing. The AGULHAS Cepedianus snorkel has a markedly ‘tougher’ and well-built feel, but ultimately, this will come down to freedivers’ personal preference.

Performance

Taking the AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask and Cepedianus Snorkel for a dive in open water.
Taking the AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask and Cepedianus Snorkel for a dive in open water.

Wow, the field of vision is indeed very wide in the MOKARRAN mask! I usually can see the side edges of my original plastic mask quite clearly, but not so in this mask. I also feel that the mask skirt is a little ‘grippier,’ so it sticks to my skin easily, has a very comfortable fit, and doesn’t leak anywhere. Pinching my nose to equalize is a breeze, and I don’t have to do it so often due to the low-volume build. I also find that the mask’s streamlined adjustable buckle system is ideal for women who dive without a hood, as hair doesn’t get caught and tangled as easily as with other types of buckle systems!

Switching out the lenses on the AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask was incredibly easy!
Switching out the lenses on the AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask was incredibly easy!

But what was most impressive about the MOKARRAN mask was how easy it was to switch out the lens! Armed with a 3mm flathead screwdriver, I easily unscrewed the frame, wiggled it off gently from the mask skirt, replaced the lens with the UVA and UVB protective lens, and fitted the frame back onto the mask skirt. Then I did it again and switched back to the clear lens to make sure it was really that easy. Truly revolutionary! PLUS, you can buy replacement parts in different colors later, if you want, for an even more unique look. This ability to switch out lenses makes it completely worth the cost!

Preparing for a dive at the surface with the AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask.
Preparing for a dive at the surface with the AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask.

As I said, from my first impression, the snorkel is quite sturdy, which is a matter of preference for most. It comes with a ‘figure 8’ snorkel holder, but I prefer tucking it under my mask strap. However, the snorkel felt a little too solid against my head, so I found that attaching it to the mask strap with the snorkel holder was more comfortable. Additionally, the mouthpiece is very flexible, but the bite grip is a little thicker than my previous snorkel, which took some getting used to.

Preparing for a dive with the AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask and Cepedianus Snorkel.
Preparing for a dive with the AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask and Cepedianus Snorkel.

However, just be warned that the snorkel sinks quite quickly if it falls into the water. The only reason I noticed this is because when I go line training, I wear a nose clip and do part of my relaxation breathing with a snorkel. After a while, I switch to breathing with my face out of the water and place the snorkel in the buoy. One of the times, I didn’t place the snorkel inside properly, and it tumbled out – luckily, my buddy was quick enough to spot the snorkel and grab it before it sank to depth.

So, if you are like me and use the snorkel by itself sometimes, I highly suggest getting a neoprene snorkel cover so the snorkel floats (I also have one on my old snorkel).

Final Thoughts

Very happy in my AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask!
Very happy in my AGULHAS MOKARRAN Mask!

As a freediver, I have a responsibility to the environment, and I feel better purchasing gear and putting my money into a company whose beliefs and values align with mine. AGULHAS’ commitment to producing gear that is built to last and to leave a sustainable impact makes me much keener to invest in their equipment. And thankfully, they make it easy with their brightly colored, highly functional, and revolutionary gear. I can’t wait to see what other products they come up with!

Features

MOKARRAN Mask

  • Materials: Polyamide frame, silicone skirt, polycarbonate lens, stainless steel screws, UVA & UVB protective lens
  • Modular design
  • All elements are replaceable
  • All materials are able to be recycled
  • Dimensions: 18cm x 11cm x 7cm (7.1in x 4.3in x 2.8in)
  • Weight: 120g (0.3lb)

Mask Box

  • Dimensions: 19cm x 11cm (7.5in x 4.3in)
  • Cylindrical
  • Weight: 245g (0.5lb)

Cepedianus Snorkel

  • Material: Silicone
  • Dimensions: 38cm x 13cm x 3cm
  • Weight: 130g
  • Easy to adjust mask attachment
  • Durable
  • Modular design
  • Mouthpiece is replaceable

Price

MOKARRAN Mask 

$106 USD | €99 EUR | £85 GBP

Cepedianus Snorkel

$35 USD | €28 EUR | £33 GBP

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AGULHAS Mokarren Mask and Cepedianus Snorkel

SUMMARY

You can't go wrong with a lightweight, low-volume, super-unique mask with a seriously wide field of vision. Plus, the fact that you can change the lens yourself really minimizes waste and can ultimately last you for many years! While the snorkel felt a little too rigid in the build for me to tuck under the mask strap and the bite grip took some getting used to, this is ultimately a matter of preference to each freediver.
Kristina Zvaritch
Kristina Zvaritchhttps://www.instagram.com/kristinazvaritch
Kris is an AIDA/Molchanovs Freediving Instructor, freelance copywriter, and one of the founders of SaltyMind Freediving on the little island of Xiao Liuqiu, Taiwan. She has written 100+ articles centered around freediving for DeeperBlue.com and co-authored the Molchanovs Wave 4 - Competitive Freediving manual. When Kris isn't writing or teaching freediving, you can find her floating on a wave at the beach or struggling to learn Mandarin on land.

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You can't go wrong with a lightweight, low-volume, super-unique mask with a seriously wide field of vision. Plus, the fact that you can change the lens yourself really minimizes waste and can ultimately last you for many years! While the snorkel felt a little too rigid in the build for me to tuck under the mask strap and the bite grip took some getting used to, this is ultimately a matter of preference to each freediver.Review Extra: AGULHAS Mokarran Freediving Mask and Cepedianus Snorkel