Having your own equipment in any endeavor has monumental advantages over borrowing or renting equipment with which you are unfamiliar. Your mask is your window to the underwater world. Diving and snorkeling are "visual" sports. Having a good mask makes all the difference in the world - the underwater world, that is. There are several things to consider when selecting a mask. We will try to simplify our explanation of these on this page.
In this blog series we will discuss the different components of the mask. The third installment of the series is The Frame, The Buckle and The Strap.
The Frame - This is the hard material which holds everything together. The buckles are usually incorporated into the frame. Most commonly this part is made of a composite plastic material. Plastic is lightweight and can be produced in colors - allowing the user to have choices to help him or her identify their mask from those of other snorkelers.
The Buckle - These secure the mask strap to your head. It is important to be able to loosen or tighten the head strap with ease, in order to arrive quickly at the most comfortable adjustment. Most of the masks that Snorkel City offers have the mechanism which makes it possible for you to adjust the strap while the mask is on your face - even while you're wearing gloves.
The Strap - The strap can make a big difference in how well it holds the mask to your head. Generally, the more strap there is, the more it holds the mask to your head. It is a good idea to carry an extra mask strap with you on your adventure for the unlikely event that you break yours. Without a strap, you can't snorkel. Many people like to purchase a replacement strap when they purchase their mask.
View available masks at snorkelcity.com: http://snorkelcity.com/masks.html
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