For the longest of times, there has always been the trouble of people using snorkelling or diving masks which prevents them from breathing through their nose, which they are not used to. Thus comes the teaching of breathing in and out only through your mouth.
Many could grasp that concept however there are still a majority of people who are not used to it at first. Where they would occasionally still take their breaths through their noses, which may sometimes to cause them to breathe in some water. Leading to discomfort in their nostrils and sometimes choking and coughing.
From these difficulties, people may not get to enjoy even their snorkelling experience. However, I strongly believe that all these will very soon change since Ocean Reef has come out a full face mask for snorkelling!
With a full face mask where the snorkel is integrated with the mask, it helps that the Aria mask eliminates the age-old problem of not being able to breathe in and out through the nose.
Through the design of the Aria snorkelling mask, the mouth and nose pocket in the mask prevents excess of water that may have leaked through the top of the mask or snorkel to reach the nose/mouth area. Which also allows you to breathe quite effortlessly, and it prevents the mask from fogging up.
The snorkel that comes with the Aria mask would naturally be a dry top snorkel where it will prevent much water from entering through the top of the snorkel.
Should the mask fill with water, there is a dump valve at the bottom of the mask which allows you to effortlessly clear the mask of water.
The Aria mask allows you to separate the snorkel from the mask, for easy storage and transportation.
Check out the video of the Aria Mask.
Having tried the Aria mask myself, I have to say that it is definitely a different experience from the conventional separate pieces of mask and snorkel pieces.
As expected the Aria mask is also light in weight, but unexpectedly strong in construction.
It’s field of vision is great where there is nothing obstructing the view and the volume of the whole mask is not too great, allowing the mask to sit from your face a comfortable distance.
On top of that, the straps that it comes with is identical to that of ski goggles, making the mask easy to slip on.
I tried doing a little bit of skin diving with the Aria mask, and surprisingly the mask doesn’t fill up with as much water as I would have expected. Which I speculate that it is most probably due to some of the air pressure that is within the mask, as well as the dry top snorkel preventing water from entering into the mask.
The only downside to the mask on a whole is the point where you attach the snorkel to the mask. It seems that with excessive putting on and taking off of the snorkel from the mask, it may cause the catch and grooves to wear and may even break.
Overall, the Aria is a great piece of equipment which is comfortable to wear. Eliminating the discomfort of having to constantly have to adjust that snorkel piece by the side of your face and allowing you to breathe naturally while having your face fully submerged in the water.
Having the mask fog-free also makes life much simpler where the needs of defogging the mask with saliva, defogging solutions or baby shampoo is eliminated.
Snorkelling can’t get any easier and simpler after having the Aria mask with you.
Whether you’re an avid snorkeler or just wanting to try it out, your snorkelling experience will be greatly enhanced with the Aria mask.