The Ergo gets its name in part from a specially angled mouthpiece that reduces jaw fatigue and, along with a low drag top and a lower purge valve below, helps ensure dry, comfortable breathing for extended periods of use. CONTACT mares.com
A float valve virtually eliminates water entry up top from overhead waves or during brief dives below the surface while snorkeling. Any water that does enter the breathing tube is easily expelled thanks to a large purge valve below the mouthpiece. CONTACT baresports.com
A streamlined bore design helps the Contour slice through the water with minimal drag, and the internal scupper valve directs water away from the breathing tube and down toward a lower purge for reliably dry breathing. CONTACT atomicaquatics.com
A storm approaches across mangroves in Belize ... the sun peeks through clouds over the warm Indian Ocean off the Maldives ... a mother and son suit up for a shore dive on Curaçao's Porto Marie Beach ... a new diver basks in the glow of her first dive and a golden Florida Keys sunset.
The low-volume Solara mask has extra-large lenses for a great field of view and is paired with a semi-dry Siren II snorkel. For propulsion, the Odyssea fins are responsive for surface work, and the open-heel foot pocket is available in two sizes.
A semi-dry top deflects most water from entering the SV2, but any liquid making it through is quickly isolated by a scupper valve in the lower breathing tube and expelled via an extra purge valve at the bottom.
A snorkel seems out of place in minimalist tropical diving. Some divers hate them right up until the moment they have a quarter-mile swim through chop against an outgoing tide with an empty cylinder. Then they'd trade their titanium ...