Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask – 2017 New Sizes & Colors

Ocean Reef Aria full face snorkel mask in water

Many people enjoy the leisurely pace of snorkeling but are put off for various reasons. Full face snorkel masks have come a long way in recent years to overcoming most of the negatives.

The latest innovation in snorkeling is full face masks. Many new brands have entered the market recently and the prices really vary.

Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask - Camera MountClick on the table below to go to the answers of your most pressing question, or continue to scroll for the entire review.

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Why choose the Ocean Reef Aria over other full face Snorkel masks?

This Summer, the 3 most popular full face masks are the Ocean Reef Aria, the Seaview 180 and the Tribord Easybreath snorkel mask.

The Ocean Reef Aria is an excellent full face mask that goes a long way to overcoming many of the pitfalls of regular masks and snorkels. The Ocean Reef Aria also has a greater variety of colors, accessories and sizes available, in comparison to other full face masks.

Ocean Reef makes a lot of aquatic equipment, including advanced scuba diving equipment and full face scuba masks. Given that, you just know this is going to be a top quality product.

The panoramic view that these masks provide will make your snorkeling experience an astonishing and unforgettable one. This mask is so comfortable and easy to use.

 

PROS | All the good things about full-face snorkel masks

The Ocean View Aria is designed to make it very easy and natural to breathe through your nose and mouth.

As there’s no mouthpiece, there’s also no jaw fatigue. Anyone who suffers from jaw fatigue knows the pain after clamping down on a snorkel mouthpiece for a period of time. It can really take the enjoyment out of snorkeling. There’s no jaw fatigue with full face snorkel masks even after hours of snorkeling.

Due to the way their clever design, there’s no fogging at all with the Ocean View Aria full face mask. All fogging takes place in the lower part of the mask, which is a separate area from the viewing area.

Full face snorkel masks have an 180° field of vision. This is so much broader than a standard snorkel or diving mask.

The snorkel has a ball float system that stops water from entering the snorkel as soon as it’s submerged. This means no more annoying water getting into your snorkel.

Full face snorkel masks have a drain valve located in the chin area. If a small amount of water does enter the mask, this will drain away through the chin valve as soon as you lift your head above the water.

 

How does the mask and snorkel work?

Ocean Reef developed the first full face snorkel mask in collaboration with Tribord who first hit the market with the Tribord Easybreath.

There is no fogging thanks to the one-way air circulation system. The circulation system also keeps fresh air for inhalation completely separate from the CO2 exhaled.

The straps are elastic and don’t get caught on your hair. It may look tricky to get the mask on initially, but it doesn’t take long before you have the hang of it. It quickly becomes very easy to put on and adjust, and is very comfortable once in position.

 

What Accessories are available?

The Ocean Reef Aria snorkel mask has a wider range of accessories available in comparison to other full face masks.

Accessories Support with Camera Holder – The camera support mount will allow a GoPro and other similar sports cameras to be mounted to the top of the snorkel mask. The Camera Support is designed to be taken off and handled, to allow you to decide where to aim your filming. Tip: It’s always a good idea to have a float on your camera. Camera floats can be purchased for under $10.

Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask - Camera Mount

Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask - Camera Mount

Optical Lens Support – this is a frame that can be inserted and removed from side slots that allow the use of standard optical lenses. The optical lens support is easy to add and remove giving the mask the ability to be shared with anyone. This accessory is compatible with ARIA sizes S/M and L/XL.

Ocean Reef Snorkel Mask Optical Lens Support

If you’re a fan of sunset snorkeling, a variety of sizes of chemical lights can be fitted on the accessory holder.

Marker wings – Customize colors for better recognition when the head of the snorkeler is in the water. Maker Wings also convert the accessories supports into selfie sticks.

Additional Mask Straps – Additional straps are available in a variety of colors.

Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask

 

How to choose the correct size snorkel mask?

Ocean Reef ARIA Sizes - size chart

Ocean Reef has released additional sizes for children, so now the Aria snorkel mask is available in 3 sizes.

With your mouth closed, get someone to measure the distance between the bridge of your nose and the bottom of your chin.

Size L/XL – If it measures more than 4.5″ (11.5 cm and above), select Size L/XL – this is a wider face, fitting mask and generally for men.

Size S/M – If it measures between 3.9″ – 4.5″ (10 cm – 11.5 cm), select Size S/M – this is a small adult mask and covers most women and teenagers. It also fits slim faces.

Size XS Kids – If it measures less than 3.9″ (10 cm), select Size XS Kids – This is a Junior size for children.

When you receive your mask, put it on to check that there’s no gap between the bottom of the mask and your chin. This is the most common reason for the mask letting in water.

 

General Care and Maintenance – Things to Avoid

Sand and rough surfaces will scratch the visor of the snorkel mask. Make sure that it’s always resting visor-side up.

Rinse the mask after each use, as sand in the snorkel area can cause the float valve to stick. If there’s sand on the mask, don’t use force to clip the snorkel into place. Give it a rinse in fresh water before connecting.

Don’t wash in the dishwasher, as this will damage the mask. A simple rinse in fresh water is all that it needs.

Keep the mesh bag that the mask comes in, as this is ventilated and ideal for storage. Always rinse the mask after use even if it’s only been in a swimming pool. Store the mask in the mesh bag and away from sunlight.

 

CONS | The things that full face Snorkel masks aren’t so good at

Sorry, there’s just no getting around this one…. beards and hair will cause water to enter the mask.

Whether it’s a traditional mask or the Ocean Reef Aria, water will get in if there’s hair between the silicone skirt of the mask and your skin. Beards create tiny spaces that will allow water to get through.

Water will also leak into the mask if you don’t clear long hair away from your face when putting the mask on. It may feel like a tight seal, but a fringe or long hair trapped between the mask and your skin is going to allow water to seep into the mask.

Snorkel masks are designed for leisurely surface snorkeling in relatively calm water. As with a traditional snorkel and mask, if you lean your head too far forward water will enter the snorkel. The float valve system only works when the snorkel is in a vertical position. It can let water into the snorkel when free diving, or duck diving.

These are not designed for Free Diving. There’s too great a volume of air inside the face cavity of the mask, and it will quickly become uncomfortable under the pressure of deep diving.

 

The Verdict?

The Ocean Reef Aria full face snorkel mask is well designed and made with quality materials. It’s not a cheap version of an expensive brand. This is a great mask made by professionals.

These are an excellent mask and compares well in price to other quality full face masks. The Aria has a greater choice of accessories including optical support.

Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask

Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask

 

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