Tusa Geminus Mask Review

Tusa Geminus Snorkel Mask

I recently had the opportunity to take a trip to the Florida Keys for some snorkeling and various other water sports. I took out my new Tusa Geminus Snorkel Mask (and Tusa’s Platina Hyperdry II Snorkel) for a test-run. Here are my thoughts on the mask:

The Tusa brand is a trusted leader in snorkeling and diving equipment with everything from masks and wetsuits to regulators and diving knives. As such, I already had faith in their ability to design and create an effective snorkel mask, but giving it a try in the open ocean was a must. To begin, the mask and accompanying snorkel – although sold separately – were integrative and quite easy to set up without the instruction manual. Once I was in the water, I found the mask to provide excellent underwater vision (ideal if you want to see any fish!).

I did not have any major issues with fogging, but you should anticipate this type of potential problem with any mask or goggle. If you are planning to snorkel in deep water or over delicate coral, you should definitely apply some anti-fog solution beforehand so that you won’t have to remove or adjust the mask at all. I was able to tread water while adjusting or clearing my mask, but this may not be ideal for everyone.

Although this site is dedicated to goggles, I think I should mention that the snorkel was one of the best that I have tried. It truly performed as I expected – blocking water from entering the snorkel from any angle. After diving to the bottom, I also found the Platina Hyperdry II to be ridiculously easy to clear. (It features two purge valves to make clearing simple.) Usually, I have issues with snorkel mouthpieces as well because my jaw tends to get tired after a while. This snorkel, however, made for a truly amazing experience. With nothing to preoccupy me, I was able to enjoy the beauty of Florida’s reef systems.

My only complaint is that the mask was a tad large for my face. If you consider yourself to have a smaller-than-average face, you may want to check out the junior version of the Tusa mask (these come in a set with both mask and snorkel). Although only a bit of water entered my mask, it was enough to make me consider a smaller mask.

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Speedo Rift Pro Goggle

The Speedo Rift Pro goggle seems to be one of many in a new “oversized” goggle category. This type of swim goggle often features a larger frame with soft gaskets and enhanced peripheral vision. Ideally, this type of goggle is meant for swim practice. The main focus of the goggle seems to be comfort. As such, it would be best suited for athletes in need of a comfortable, long-wearing practice goggle.

The Speedo Rift Pro is definitely an attractive-looking goggle. Although it is larger than a traditional competition goggle, the Rift Pro goggle still offers a low-profile fit. Its shape contours the face nicely and allows for a wide field of vision – making this goggle an excellent option for recreational and open-water swimmers as well. The frame is a one-piece design with easy pliability. The gaskets are large enough for a bigger-than-average face but contoured enough to accommodate a smaller-than-average face, meaning that the Speedo Rift Pro is a highly versatile design.

The available mirrored lens provides terrific bright-light visibility and crisp, clear vision underwater.

Although less suited for competition, it seems that the Speedo Rift Pro goggle offers both comfort and style for long practice sessions and open-water swims.

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