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Zoggs Reef Explorer Snorkel Set

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Manufacturer: Zoggs / Type: Water Sports - Snorkel Set

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      31.07.2012 14:34
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      Pretty good value for money

      I had a pair of these when i was younger, and i have seen them on sale in various places. I think JJB used to have some for around a tenner. This makes this snorkel very cheap.

      So, whats good. The snorkel is cheap, and cheerful, and is perfect for swimming in calm water, so maybe a calm beach, a swimming pool, something like that. This is really where most swimmers will swim anyway, so this makes this pair of snorkels ideal for the average swimmer i guess, but i would say more so for children.

      The goggles have like a plastic rim around the edge, which causes them to "suck" into place, making them super watertight, which is a really good positive. YOu could buy these, and seperate out the actual snorkel bit, and just let your kids use them as high quality goggles! These don't have the flexy bit in the middle, and thus don't break quite so easily! Note that they will look a little different, and diving with them on isn't the most comfortable thing in the world, but it would work.

      The cons, is that this snorkel doesnt have any sort of valve or anything to stop water coming in through the top. I am no expert, but i imagine that more expensive snorkels could do something like this pherhaps? I am not sure. I doesn't matter during use too much, its just i am no expert in snorkel diving, so maybe other snorkels do?
      Another thing i did not like was the fact that they are sold as adult ones.... yet are not to be used by anyone over 150cm... which excludes most adults? REally this is more for kids than adults, but they cost a tenner, so i guess you get what you pay for. I personally wouldn't get anything more expensive than this unless you are actually planning on more serious swimming, but i doubt most of you reading this are, and if you are, you probably want one of those air tanks instead.

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      09.09.2010 19:49
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      A great snorkel set, but it could benefit from a little tweaking

      I bought the Zoggs snorkel set from the airport when I went on holiday to Mallorca earlier this year. I knew this was a bad idea considering airport prices, but I hadn't been able to go out and buy a set prior to departure, and in any case it would have taken up too much room in y suitcase. When I was browsing for snorkelling products in the airport shopping area there was not a great deal of choice, but of the other two sets I found the Zoggs set was a compromise between a sturdy-looking kit and a decent price.

      The goggles are reinforced with safety glass and feel quite thick, so I was worried that when I used the set for the first time the under water images would appear distorted. However, although there was some mild distortion and stretching of far-off objects, this was only slight and did not hamper my overall enjoyment of using the goggles. They also have a double band for attaching to the back of the head, and this was excellent as it meant I could position one of the straps higher than the other so that the goggles did not put too much pressure on my face and were also fixed securely in position. The strap is adjustable, although being made out of PVC it was a little troublesome to pull the strap through the adjuster. On the other hand, this meant that the strap did not become looser during use, so I suppose all in all this is a positive thing. The goggles have a seal around them to prevent water from leaking in, and in the entire time I used the set I did not experience any water leakage at all. This surprised me, as even with more expensive sets I have had some water leaking into the goggles, so I was very impressed indeed by the effectiveness of the seal. The one thing I would say is that due to this seal quite a bit of pressure is created inside the goggles and this creates a slight feeling of your eyes being sucked out of your head. For this reason it was uncomfortable to use the goggles for more than about 45 minutes.

      The snorkel itself feels quite heavy compared to some others I have used, although because of this it is very durable. The mouthpiece is malleable and it feels comfortable to keep it in your mouth, even for long periods of time. It is also equipped with a purge valve, which is supposed to allow less water to enter than other snorkels. However, I did notice water entering on some occasions, although not every time I used it. This meant I had to remove it and reattach it, which was not always convienient. The snorkel also had a habit of working its way sideways, and once became submerged so that I inhaled some water. This occurred the second or third time I used it, and it did make me wary of this happening again, which hampered my enjoyment somewhat.

      I paid £12.80 for the Zoggs snorkel set, although it can be found online for a few pounds cheaper. I think this is a good set for the price, although it does have some flaws, most notably the design of the snorkel pipe and its tendency to work its way out of position. However, it does exceed many other sets I have used in terms of quality, and I would be happy to use it again in the future.

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        12.08.2010 21:59
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        A good budget set

        In the past when we wanted a budget snorkel and mask set for holiday swimming, we found that the price of this type of thing when abroad can be an awful lot more than the cost to buy a similar set at home. We decided then to make sure to be better prepared in future, so decided to buy a Zoggs snorkel and mask 'Reef Explorer' set for our next trip.

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        Our set comprises of two items, a mask and a snorkel, which are of a reasonable quality for the money we paid. Priced at £9.99 for the two items, this set would have been at least another £6 to £8 at holiday prices. So in terms of value for money its priced well.

        As the set is lightweight and not too bulky, its easily packed into a suit case and doesn't take up too much room. Its also not too heavy, at around 0.335kg, so won't put your bags over the weight limit if traveling abroad by plane.

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        The mask itself is simple and easy to fit as it has an adjustable head strap. The strap does need to be fitted correctly, too tight and ouch it pinches and gives you a headache, too loose and it helps the mask let in water. Its well worth getting used to fitting the mask correctly to suit yourself prior to getting into the water to use it.

        To prevent the mask fogging up during use, you can either use a de-fogging product which you add as a couple of drops to the viewing area of the mask. Glycerine also does a good job of clearing the mask. Or you can use some tooth paste prior to setting off for your dive, to clean the mask lens. You just need to give the viewing lens a good clean with a non abrasive tooth paste and then rise it well. Either of these techniques should help to keep your mask mist free.

        To put the mask on when going skin diving, first spray your de-fogging product on to the mask lens, then wet the mask with some sea water to rinse. If you do not have access to any of the above items, then use the simple but effective age old technique of spitting lightly into the mask and rubbing that around the front. Yes I know that sounds awful to do, but in this case doing so will stop your mask from clouding up once you are out and about using it under or in the water. It really does work.

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        The mask is made from a durable and flexible pvc. The mask has a combination of a blue and black surround with a slightly frosted section which covers your nose. The snorkel is made of a flexible type material and has a clear mouth piece with a blue striped design. It also has a wave guard fitted to it, to help to ensure you don't end up with the snorkel filling with water all the time, when you are just floating on the surface of the water.

        We found the mask to be a reasonable fit and not too uncomfortable to wear. The snorkel was easy to use, but as with any similar item it can take time to get used to if you haven't used a snorkel before. Never try to breath in and out via your nose when using a snorkel and mask, as all you will do is mist up your mask, without getting any fresh air.

        After an under water dive always come to the surface and give the snorkel a quick, sharp blow. This will allow any water that has gotten into the snorkel to be expelled. This snorkel set up does have a purge chamber/ valve fitted which can help with associated water intake problems and can eliminate most issues when used correctly.

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        The Zoggs Reef Explorer set at £9.99, is a reasonable price for both the mask and snorkel together. The set is a budget set, so is more suited to light holiday use rather than any regular or deep dives. Its a very handy set to take away on holidays, as it means you have your own set with you, that you can take to the beach for recreational dives.

        Older children and adults can use this adult sized set, but I know there is also a child sized set that you can buy from the same range. The set is of a reasonable quality and perfect for occasional use, so gets a 4 star rating.

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