The Easybreath is the first full face snorkelling mask that allows you to see and breathe better in water than in air.
It could be a general perspective that snorkelling is difficult. There are many sticking points: breathing isn’t natural with a snorkel and you might view the mouthpiece as uncomfortable and unhygienic. A mask’s field of vision is relatively narrow and when the mask fogs up, you don’t get the best experience of the amazing underwater world.
This led the Subea design teams to revolutionize snorkelling by developing the world’s first full face snorkelling mask, so you can see and breathe in water as easily as on land.
The SUBEA Easybreath mask is suitable for an entire family (children from 10 years old).
EASYBREATH: HOW DOES IT WORK?
Thanks to Easybreath, you can now breathe naturally through your nose and mouth. The 180° panoramic view provides perfect visibility. Fogging is totally eliminated thanks to double air flow. To stop water from entering the snorkel, the Easybreath mask is equipped with a mechanism that seals the top of the snorkel when submerged. The submerged part of the snorkel is coloured orange, making it more visible.
MAKING SNORKELLING ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE
Every day, the Subea design teams are working to make snorkelling accessible to more people. “We’ve revolutionized snorkelling by creating the Easybreath, but our challenge was to come up with this innovation at an affordable price.” Emily, snorkelling product manager.
From research to marketing by way of design, production and logistics, the design teams strive to optimize costs at every stage.
“During the prototyping phase, we quickly opted for a clip-system for assembling the mask. It’s quicker to put together and therefore less expensive to produce than a glued assembly.”
SMILE, YOU’RE ON CAMERA
Since its release, the Easybreath mask has been reviewed over 3,000 times on the decathlon.fr website with an average rating of 4.5/5. These customer reviews are carefully studied by our product managers, who respond personally. In particular, it was suggested that we should create an accessory to make it easier to take pictures underwater.
To meet this need, by the summer of 2017, the Subea design teams accordingly developed a camera mount that goes around the snorkel.
This accessory fits all Easybreath snorkels and can be used to attach all types of waterproof cameras. It’s the essential accessory for anyone wishing to share their underwater experiences.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF OUR MASK DESIGN PROCESS
The design team ran a study on the beaches of Europe, China and Brazil and the results were very clear: Snorkelling is often seen as difficult.
Based on this observation, the Easybreath project was born. We set ourselves the objective of alleviating these problems and developing a product that would encourage hundreds of thousands people to experience the marvels of the underwater world with us.
Once this need had been detected, the challenge was to bring this idea to life.
Only by developing various ‘monsters’ and testing the design was the design team able to develop the Easybreath that we know today.
Functional prototypes with sometimes unlikely designs provide the team with first-hand knowledge and a chance to develop their opinions on products.
Nearly 50 test protocols and trials were necessary to develop this mask. Most of these tests were conducted in our Decathlon research and development centre.
Mask prototype (or “monster”) #1 is a non-functional scale model that illustrates the concept of the full face mask with integrated snorkel.
After the initial tests on “monster” #2, the design team noted some anomalies caused by its curved glass which created vision disturbances and nausea.
For prototype #3, the field of vision was improved. The anomalies were resolved by replacing the curved glass with flat glass. However, this version did not solve the fogging issue.
For prototype #4, the teams concentrated their efforts on air flow in order to resolve the fogging problem. Many adjustments were needed to find a solution that wouldn’t affect breathing and vision comfort.
The last prototype (#5) is fully functional and includes part of the final design. The design of the glass, which is so characteristic of the Easybreath, and certain aesthetic aspects were adjusted and then validated with this version.
It has the same characteristics as the product now available in the store, #6.