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sukkingalemon Monday, May 24th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months7 of 9 people found this review helpful.

3 months
Products Used:
JT Xfire, never played in, but worn
Marker Setup: Spyder Xtra, SP 12" Teardrop, Empire Reloader
Strengths: Very clear lenses, lenses easy to remove, comfort, price, no fog
Weaknesses: No soft sections, visor difficult to remove
Review: This is the only mask I've ever actually played in, so I don't have anything to compare too. I can tell you though, that this is a good mask. The lenses create no distortion of vision and I have never had them fog. Last weekend it was 80* outside, pouring rain, no fog. Compared to the JT masks, this thing is the easiest thing in the world to clean. Pull on two tabs, pull out the lenses, clean. All done. Mask has very soft foam that absorbs sweat, very nice. Also, the strap has silicon to keep it from sliding, may want to wear a hat to help even more if you have a problem, I have had no sliding issues.

The downsides of this mask are few, but they do exist. The visor is held in place with 4 o-rings which are right behind the top part of the lense, if that makes sense. You have to put your fingers into where the lense is to take off or put on these 4 tiny orings, which is kinda a pain. However, I have no need to take the visor off now that its on, and I'm sure it wont ever come off by accident. Second downside is the lack of soft areas on the mask that flex and can create bounces.

Also should note that the mask comes with a neck strap and neck guard which you can put on, but I did not, so I'm not sure how those work.

Edit: After using it a few more times, I'm just not sure how great this mask is. although I love the easy removal of lenses, the mask just always seems loose, I tried on a profiler and an invision, and with the DYE mask most of all, it just feels like its hugging on to your face. My shield feels like its just kinda hangin on. No danger of falling off or anything, and yes I know how to tighten the strap, but its just not quite there. Also, Today I played in some rainy, hot, humid conditions and it was getting to the point where it was foggy enough that i could barely see. About everyother game I had to go in to wipe it down, then it went right back to fog.
Conclusion: I would most definetly recomend this mask to anyone going into the sport, or a recball player looking for a new mask. I got my mask for $40, definetly a good deal for such a great mask. Allthough I'm sure you can find better masks, these will be higher prices, so for a best "bang for your buck" can't go wrong with this mask.
7 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, July 3rd, 2004 at 6:09 pm PST

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