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JaremyRykker Wednesday, June 16th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
6 months1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

6 months
Products Used:
Same Mask with Thermal Lense
Marker Setup: Tippmann Model 98 Custom
GTA Vertical Adapter (for sale)
Expansion Chamber (for sale)
20 oz CO2
9 oz CO2
Strengths: Cheap-$20ish
Easily Found-Walmart
Weaknesses: Fogs Easily
Single Lense-Can be fixed
Review: Honestly, I don't really care if I get nailed in the head, provided its not in my face, so neck, top of head, or back of head protection were not my concerns. A hood or hat will easily cover those areas, as well as a cloth tied around the neck if you're really that concerned. This mask is relatively cheap, and I picked one up at Walmart for $20. As such, it is also easily found (noting that Walmarts are everywhere). However, as it is a single lense design, it tends to fog very easily, and I have played several games with very poor vision even though I had applied anti-fog. The spray-on anti-fog is useful, but the mask will still fog with it. I recently found a blue-cream-barsoapish sort of anti-fog, and it seems to have improved my visibility, although it still fogs.

When not fogged up, this mask works very well, but it just fogs up way to much. (Note that it has poor ventilation near the nose which makes it worse).

And an update on July 27th|

After I stepped on my damn mask and cracked the lense I went to my local proshop and went lens-hunting. Picked up a thermal lense for another $25 that made this a $40 mask now. Not really worth it, as I could have picked up a mask with a better view radius for $40, and I will probably upgrade in about a year to a JT Proteus 2 Chameleon, but it isn't bad. The Thermal Lense really helps with the fogging, and I can play these summer games no problem without even bothering to use anti-fog. It really is convenient. As such, I have upped my rating of the product to a 5 (average). It is an average thermal mask, but it isn't a bad one. For something to get a 7 from me, it has to be exceptional. For it to get a 9, it has to be top of its class. A 10 must be revolutionary.

The thermal lense though is a huge help. It really is worthwhile, and your eyes will adore you for purchasing it. I can now expect to go through games with no fog, and even go into rainy, cold games and expect very little fogging, although the product is not perfect and like any other thermal mask cannot be expected to not fog ever.
Conclusion: As a mask, this is average. However, it is recommended as an entry-level mask, and honestly in the $20 dollar price range, it is as good as any of the others. If you are intending to buy a mask however and play paintball more than once, pick up a thermal mask. Those will be much more effective although they will cost twice as much.
5 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004 at 4:40 pm PST

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