Expert Tips on Choosing Snorkel Mask.
If you love snorkeling, you should know that the kind of mask you choose will determine whether you will be spending more time fiddling with it or enjoying the sport. That is why you cannot afford to make the wrong choice. The first thing you should determine is how well it fits. The purpose of the rubber area of the mask is to avoid water getting on your skin. If this part is not doing its work maybe because it is not snug, you will fatigue easily and problems like fogging and leaking cannot be ruled out. You will have to stop on several occasions to get rid of the water that has already leaked on your face. Fogging reduces your visibility and this is not something you want.
Silicone masks are much better and if you want to find one that is going to serve you well for years, you need to find a silicone one. You expect a rubber mask to develop lines of weaknesses over time and you will have cracks on it as days go by and you cannot ignore this because it is a danger to your health. Do not pick a mask that does not have a wide skirt. Given that it is wide, you will not have a lot of pressure on your skin which gives comfort but it also allows for a tight seal reducing the chances of leaking, fogging and other related issues which would call for constant stopping to adjust hence taking the fun out of the activity.
You may get the best mask but you should not give up your peripheral visibility for this. This will be compromised if the mask is too large to cover some part of your eyes. It is good to test your peripheral vision with the mask on before making a decision to get it. Some masks will have you feeling like you are sitting before picture windows while others will give you a tunnel vision and neither of these situations is good. The wider the angle of your view the better. Every mask is predisposed to fogging but some have a very low chance of fog formation. It is something you want to check on in buying your mask.
When you are submerged, you will not be able to see as clearly as you would if you were on the ground which is why you need a mask which comes with vision enhancing coatings. It does not mean you will have the ability to see when there is total darkness but the lens will remove glare from the images making them more clear and crisper and this is also enhanced by the fact that you will have some wavelengths removed from the light which is a good thing.