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Full-Face Snorkeling Masks: Sizing and Care

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full-face snorkeling mask sizing and care

Afew weeks ago we have discussed the pros and cons of using full-face snorkeling masks. Today we will expand on the topic and cover how to choose the correct size and care for this type of mask properly.

SIZING

Choosing the right size of a full-face mask is crucial for your enjoyment during snorkeling. If the mask is too small, it may rub on the bridge of your nose, squeeze your face and generally cause discomfort. In case the mask is too big, you will most likely end up with constant leakage.

So how do you choose the correct size of a full-face mask?

To work out the size that will fit you best, simply measure the distance between the bridge of your nose and the tip of your chin. You can do it yourself or ask someone to take the measurement.

Because different brands use different sizes as their standard, you will need to check the size chart of the specific mask model you choose. Below you can find the size charts for some of the most popular full-face snorkeling mask models.

 

XS / Kids

S/M

M/L

L/XL

Ocean Reef ARIA

< 10 cm

< 3.9 in

10 - 11.5 cm

3.9 - 4.5 in

11.5 - 12.5 cm

4.5 - 4.9 in

> 12.5 cm

> 4.9 in

Head Sea Vu Dry

< 10 cm

< 3.9 in

10 - 11.5 cm

3.9 - 4.5 in

-

> 11.5 cm

> 4.5 in

Aqua Lung SmartSnorkel

-

< 10.5 cm

< 4 in

10.5 - 12.5 cm

4 - 4.9 in

> 12.5 cm

> 4.9 in

If you are uncertain, always go down a size.

One final thing to remember is that the width of your face and the size of your nose also count for comfort and good fit. So, when at the store, or after you receive your mask, if you prefer to buy online, put it on and check that the mask sits comfortably and there are no spaces between your face and the frame of the mask.

CARE

Good maintenance on your full-face snorkeling mask is essential to ensure that it lasts a long time. Perform the following steps after each use:

  • Rinse the mask with clean water to get rid of the sand, salt or other debris that may have entered the snorkel. If some residue gets trapped between the joints of the mask and snorkel, they may not snap together properly during assembly.
  • If the snorkel float is blocked, rinse thoroughly and vigorously to release it.
  • Let the mask air dry in the shade, away from direct sunlight.
  • Remove the snorkel after each use and place it in the mask.
  • Once the mask is dry, put it in the bag to protect it from the sun and sand (it will scratch the lens).
  • To avoid mildew growth, make sure the bag or case you store your mask in is well ventilated.

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