I must admit, I didn’t expect to be putting a snorkel through the DIVER Test treadmill.
I’m a diver who very rarely if ever takes one under water, because the way they rattle around my head, especially in current, drives me to distraction.
I’ve never found a suitable solution to stowing one in my BC or under straps either, so I just don’t take one.
However, if I need to breathe with my head under water when I’m on the surface waiting for a boat I’m limited in choice and have to put a regulator in my mouth and breathe from a diminished gas supply – while wishing that I had a snorkel.
Those clever guys at XS Scuba must have thought the same as me, and subsequently developed and launched a new concept in snorkels. Andy Fenn at European distributor Blue Orb sent me one to try out.

The Design
The Cargo snorkel is made from 100% silicon, which makes it very soft and pliable – so much so that it can be rolled into a small package and tucks neatly into a BC pocket.
When it’s unfurled it looks like a traditional snorkel with a soft mouthpiece, self-draining purge valve and mask-strap clip. What makes it really clever is the special keeper at the open end, which allows the whole thing to be tightly rolled up and held in place until it’s needed.

In The Water
I tried the snorkel in a pool while I was testing the comfort of 17 pairs of dive-boots on a group test. Head down and finning against the edge of the pool, I ended up sucking air quite rapidly as the day wore on and over-exertion took its toll.
The silicon Cargo snorkel performed brilliantly, inasmuch as it didn’t collapse or flop around, and I could easily clear it of water with a sharp exhalation.
When I had finished it took seconds to roll it up and stow it away for next time.
The simplest ideas are usually the best.

SPECS
PRICE £19
CONTACT www.xsscuba.com
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