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Comfortable, but do all aspects meet price and hype?,
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This review is from: Cressi Big Eyes Snorkeling Dive Mask with 100% Dry Snorkel Set Combo (Misc.)
On the plus side, this mask design is significantly more comfortable than other typical snorkelling masks and doesn't mark your face anything like. On the minus side, no matter how I try to position it, and as other reviewers report, a tiny trickle manages to get in under the nose as soon as I stick my head in the water. It's not uncommon, but this mask makes it even worse because there is virtually no gap between where the water collects and your nostrils (look at the pic, how the mask cuts upwards under the nose). What was uncommon, was that it really was nearly every time. As for the 'dry' snorkel, it pretty much did the job, but if you bring your chin to your chest, for example, you can actually suck water down. The purge valve, untypically on the front, worked very well.
-- mask comfort: absolute winner!
-- mask leakage and water snorting: rather average for the hype and price
-- snorkel dryness: rather average for a 'dry' snorkel
So, it's up to you how you balance mask comfort and leakage in importance -- the Big Eyes is so comfortable and all masks can trickle. Then again, trickle with his mask was the rule for me rather than the exception, and the constant inconvenience was... very inconvenient. The snorkel is ok but not fool proof. Another set I can recommend is the Neptune mask (not quite as comfy of course, but what mask would be?) and, especially, the Sahara snorkel (top closes amazingly fast, literally takes your breath away). Go for the Big Eyes set if comfort is really important and you don't mind risking/can deal with minor trickle and are happy with a pretty ok but not necessarily perfect dry top snorkel. For the price and hype, I'd expect better performance from both parts of this set. At the time of writing, the black/yellow is under 40 notes, but some versions are an incredible 80.
(FYI: I'm an average-size adult male with above average nose.)