|Setting out to test the Tribord|
I found that the haters all sounded like hard core types who don't consider that there are people in this world who just want to float around on top of the water and gaze at the scenery below without ever diving deeper than a few feet from the surface. For those people... give the Tribord a pass. But for the others... people like me... this is what you've been waiting for!
|Looking for just the right snorkel spot... no... not here!|
That planted the seed... but after speaking to my Dive-Master-Brother about it... I was not ready to commit. He said that we wouldn't be able to dive beneath the surface because it would be impossible to clear our ears... and for that reason alone we shouldn't buy them. So I waited. And I mulled it over.
Tribord Easybreath website... I was sold! I went online to Amazon, read lots of reviews and found several videos that answered that one nagging question about diving below the surface... And then I ordered two... a pink one for me, and a blue one for Bruce!
|This spot looks just right!|
Finally they arrived and we ripped open the boxes and tried the masks on. They felt really funny but seemed to be made well.
|My guinea pig...He's always willing to go first!|
We wore the masks for a little while to see if we felt any restrictions or if they had any sign that the breath we expelled wasn't exiting the mask sufficiently like some of the reviews said... nope. They seem fine. I was a little worried that I had ordered mine too large because I could feel air flowing out the mask up around my forehead when I blew out rapidly... I hoped that it wouldn't leak. Maybe the force of the water will push the mask closer to my face to make a better seal... Maybe I should tighten the elastic straps... A full two days passed before we had our chance to go out and give them a try!
Within seconds Bruce was in the water and swimming away as I watched anxiously for signs of sputtering or choking... All GOOD!
I joined Bruce in the water and asked him if he could swim beneath the surface with the mask on. He immediately proved to me that not only could he do that... but he could also dive down to the bottom... some six feet or so... with very little noticeable difference between this mask and the traditional kind.
I have always had a problem finding a mask that would accommodate my nose. It's big. AND since having a deviated septum surgically altered some years ago, my nose can not tolerate any type of pressure. The discomfort I normally feel where the snorkel mouthpiece pushes up against the mask beneath my nose is usually what ends our snorkeling. I just can't take it for very long. Today... I felt ZERO discomfort in my nose OR mouth. The awful mouthpiece I'm used to wearing while snorkeling is a distant memory...
Unfortunately Bruce can NOT understand me when I speak to him wearing the mask under water... But then maybe he's faking that.
There were some strange sounds that were a little disconcerting at first. They seemed to correspond with my breathing so I assume the sound is caused by the air traveling up through the sides of the mask and maybe the little mechanism inside the snorkel. I got used to it quickly and it wasn't a big deal.
After snorkeling for some time, I began to feel the pressure of the mask on my face between my cheekbones and nose. The one remotely negative thing I can say about the Tribord is that it left warpaint-like red marks on my cheeks from the way the mask fit my face... This might be different for other people, but Bruce experienced the same thing. But I would gladly trade the pressure I'm used to feeling from snorkel and mask for this small amount of discomfort... in a heartbeat!
Bruce was already in the dinghy when I returned and I asked him what he thought. I can't remember the last time I've heard this much enthusiasm in his voice over anything! He was ecstatic. He said he would never use the old type of mask again!
|Back to the boat for one more test...|
We both agreed that keeping our faces dry and having absolutely no salt water in our mouths is the best part!
We can't be happier with our new toys and we wish we had bought them sooner! If you aren't an avid skindiver and are happy with remaining relatively near the surface, we think you will love the Tribord Easybreath!
We have no affiliation with the Tribord Easybreath... we are just happy users!