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Christos Nicolaou
Divemaster and Paddler

PRODUCT REVIEW

Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask

One of the most visually impressive full face snorkel masks, unfortunately the Mares Sea VU Dry mask suffers some critical design missteps.

We found it was uncomfortable and has a complicated strap system.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.2

Reasons to buy

  • Easy breath system
  • Dry top snorkel
  • Anti-fog technology

Reasons NOT to buy

  • Strap can get tangled in longer hair
  • Hard to get on and off

Review

Safety is the main focal point of the Mares Sea VU Dry full face snorkel masks. To this end, the mask has strong and secure straps which keep the mask watertight.

But it’s also for this reason that one notices that the compression effect is unpleasant.

The plastic straps make the Mares Sea VU full face snorkel mask quite uncomfortable and difficult to put on. The complicated system of buckles makes it more difficult to put on than the Ocean Reef Aria or the Aqua Lung Smart, for example.

That said, Mares have used high quality materials and innovative technology to ensure a high quality mask. The design makes for good airflow allowing for easy, effortless breathing with no fogging on the main window.

Only a little distortion around the edges was noticed. Nothing too worrying though.

Our main concern with this mask is that although the straps are secure the mask is a little bit complicated to remove and the plastic straps are not the most comfortable on longer hair.

It’s perhaps for this reason that Mares’ parent company HEAD seems to have replaced this model with a rebranded product, the HEAD SEA VU.

Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask Review

Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask: Key Specifications

  • Strap type: Plastic
  • Field of view: 180°
  • Distortion: A little
  • Dry snorkel: Yes

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Features

The Mares Sea VU dry full face snorkel mask provides you with a wide 180° panoramic view of the underwater world, upgrading the field of view from traditional masks. The Mares Sea Vu Dry snorkel mask includes combined flat beds, for a 3D effect without optical distortion.

The one-way valve system also eliminates the fog on the viewing window removing all possible fogging. It also ensures a natural airflow through the mask reducing CO2 risks.

So despite our struggles with the straps, they’ve done a good job at keeping the good air flowing in, and the unwanted air flowing out.

Mares have also ensured that the Sea VU mask requires no extra effort and promotes easy, natural breathing with a good airflow.

With PVC straps and a soft silicon skirt the Mares Sea VU dry is watertight. The natural airflow and anti-fog system ensure this mask is one of the safest on the market.

For all it’s relative weaknesses, it’s still one of the cooler masks on the market.

Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask Features

Price/Quality Ratio

The Mares Sea VU Dry full face snorkel is not a bad option. It’s safety, first and foremost, combined with the high quality construction make it useful.

The shape, technology and materials used in the construction of the mask make it a great choice and ensure the price point is fair. Mares builds high quality water sports accessories and the Mares Sea Vu Dry maks is no exception.

Unfortunately, this model seems to have been taken out of circulation. If you can find one, it’ll likely be a reasonable price and probably worth it.

Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask Price/Quality Ratio

Do we recommend it?

With reservation, we recommend the Mares Sea VU DryFull Face Snorkel Mask. For people with short hair, getting used to the straps will make up for any initial discomfort.

Breathing through the mask was among the more comfortable experiences, and the reason the Sea VU’s anti-fogging system is the best. We really wish they went with a textile strap material like Tribord or Ocean Reef models we also reviewed.

This is like why the HEAD SEA VU dry mask is more prominently supplied and sold. It does have the textile straps.

After trying and testing around 10 other full face snorkel masks, the Mares Sea VU mask stood out due to its natural airflow and anti-fog system. We tried this mask many times and put it through lots of tests, in which it scored highly, especially in regards to the anti-fog system.

But the earlier noted discomfort we experienced during testing makes alternative products more interesting.

Summary

One of the most visually impressive full face snorkel masks, the Mares Sea VU Dry mask is, nonetheless, not as good as we hoped.

The Mares Sea VU Dry full face snorkel mask uses high quality materials paired with innovative technology to give a high-tech mask which supports natural breathing. The fog free window and one-way valve system ensure air doesn’t stay in the mask and obstruct the view.

The silicon skirt and dry top snorkel also prevent any water from getting inside the mask. Although Mares uses high tech and quality materials the mask is not the most comfortable on the market.

It can compress the face and the plastic straps will often, and unpleasantly, pull longer hair.

What We Like

  • Easy breath system
  • Dry top snorkel
  • Anti-fog technology

What We Don’t Like

  • Strap can get tangled in longer hair
  • Hard to get on and off

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask

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    Is the Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask adjustable ?

    The Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask has an adjustable strap making it ideal for all snorkelers. Read our review to see the pros and cons of this high quality full face snorkel mask.

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    What sizes does the Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask come in?

    The Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask comes in two sizes, S/M and L/XL.

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    Is the Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask sizing for kids?

    All sizing for the Mares Sea VU Dry full face snorkel mask is for both adults and kids. The size determination is made by measuring from the chin to the eyes.

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    Is the Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask dangerous to use?

    The Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask is not dangerous to use as Tribord tests all their products in water for safety and comfort.

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    Is the Mares Sea VU Dry Full Face Snorkel Mask covered by warranty?

    The Mares Sea VU Dry full face snorkel mask is covered by a 2 year warranty.

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