By Nicole (Terrigal NSW, Australia)
I’ve purchased the Seaview 180° Snorkel Mask, and here is my review of it.
It looks fantastic and is easy to use, however, I found it really difficult to breathe even snorkeling casually. A couple of kicks of the legs and it feels like you’re breathing for a marathon.
I’ve tried contacting the company directly but they haven’t responded. I thought I may have put it together incorrectly but seeing the article about full face masks on this website has made me realize that’s not the case.
I liken it to trying to breathe through a blocked nose when you’ve a cold or flu. I had to take the mask off every couple of meters to get a lungful of air. Not a relaxing time at all.
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Nicole & Galen – Oct 27, 2017
Nicole, thank you for your review of the Wildhorn Outfitters Seaview 180° Snorkel Mask.
We know of no way to modify these masks to make breathing easier. But maybe some other folks do.
As an alternative, you could try a different mask that we talk about on our full face snorkel mask page you mentioned. Some of them approach the breathing tubes differently.
Update – April 15, 2021 – No Longer Available
The original Seaview 180° Snorkel Mask is no longer available. Wildhorn Outfitters came out with another mask called the Seaview 180° V2 Snorkel Mask, which is also now no longer available.
Update – April 9, 2023 – New Version Available
Seaview just released the 180° V3 Snorkel Mask. You can read our thoughts about it on our full face mask page linked to above.
Bob – Mar 17, 2018
I thought the breathing problem I was having was all me. Last week in choppy water in Bonaire, I had extreme difficulty breathing in my Seaview 180° mask. I have sinus problems and although I had used the mask several times in calm conditions, the situation caused me to breathe heavily through my mouth. Lacking air, I couldn’t get the mask off fast enough.
I never before had a problem with conventional snorkel gear, so it will be a while before I venture into open water with the Seaview again.