You've heard of a dry snorkel but aren't sure if it is for you? We'll take you through the pros and cons of this snorkel and hopefully make that decision a bit easier.
If you've been shopping for snorkels, you know there are tons of styles and features out there.
When you think about it, it's pretty amazing there are so many out there since the snorkel is the most basic piece of scuba gear you can find. But now there are lots of bells and whistles you can choose from in a snorkel.
(You can read our page on all the features of a scuba snorkel available to choose from for more information.)
OK, let's start with the basics - what is a dry snorkel?
It is a snorkel that has a mechanism that lets a minimal (or no) amount of water into the snorkel. This includes when you accidentally submerge the snorkel or when the snorkel goes underwater while you are skin diving or scuba diving.
If some water does get into the snorkel tube, it is channeled out of the tube so it does not interrupt the flow of breathing.
There will be some type of float valve mechanism on the top of the snorkel that will close when the snorkel is submerged and open when the snorkel is on the surface.
With this type of snorkel the diver should never have to clear the snorkel of water. This will save some energy and should make for a comfortable surface swim.
So what are the advantages of a dry snorkel?
What about the disadvantages of a dry snorkel?
Reading about people's opinions and reviews of these types of snorkels online, there seem to be 2 themes that reoccur.
The first is "I absolutely love this snorkel" and the second -"I haven't used it in a long time, want to buy it?"
I found more positive opinions of the snorkel when people were using them for pure snorkeling and not for scuba diving. This may be something to take into consideration if you are thinking of using this type of snorkel while diving.
These picks were updated as of November 2015.
We have looked at and read many reviews and ratings of the dry snorkels that are available. Given the pros and cons of each snorkel and the overall satisfaction of users, we have narrowed our choice to the best overall one.
This Cressi model gets great reviews from users and has earned a rating of 4.8 out of 5.0. Can't get much better than that.
The snorkel has a soft silicone mouthpiece and a flexible tube making it very comfortable for users.
It does a great job of keeping water out of the tube while you are snorkeling in all conditions.
After reading through the numerous reviews, I see the pros and cons of this best snorkel as follows:
Overall, we thought this snorkel earned the top spot since it gets very high marks for comfort, resistance to flooding and its purge valve. All of these are important features in a dry snorkel and they will help make your snorkeling experience that much more comfortable.
Coming in a very close second is this other model by Cressi. It also gets rave reviews by lots of users scoring an impressive 4.6 out of 5.0. I don't think you would go wrong with either of these snorkels, but I had to pick one!
If you also need a mask for snorkeling, Cressi offers a great deal on a mask and dry snorkel set. This set has earned a solid 4.5/5.0 rating and has almost 600 reviews.
The mask is a low volume mask with a silicone skirt and gives a great field of vision.
After my old mask started leaking, I purchased a low volume mask (a higher end product, not this model) and absolutely love it. The field of vision on these masks are great. I don't know if I can go back. LOL.
(If you are interested, I purchased this Atomic mask).
The snorkel has the same features as I highlighted above and gets great reviews.
And the price really can't be beat.
The manufacturer also states that this is a good back up mask as it can fold up and fit in your BC pocket. Can't say I ever have a back up mask with me, but if you want one this should fit the bill.
The pros and cons of this mask and snorkel set as I see it are:
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