-COMFORTABLE! i used to use a jt alpha wathever mask from wal-mart. i didnt mind the restricting view and the non thermal lense since i had an anti fog solution, but the mask was just too darn uncomfortable. the proto switch mask is so much better. now im able to focus on the game and not my cheek bones! keep in mind though that i can only compare this to the jt alpha. so other masks out there might be as comfortable. the switch mask has a soft foam that consists of a thick layer of very soft foam and a thinner layer of stiffer foam allowing the mask to feel as if its molding onto your face. the foam is located around the goggle as usual and a little behind the top of your ears.
-the switch has a very great field of vision. when comparing it to my brothers spectra mask it does have a slightly smaller view, but not so much as to actually make a difference. parts that are smaller than the spectra are at the top right in between your eyes (which only slightly restricts your view of the sun), and all the way on the sides where it would hurt to turn your eyes to anyways.
-the lense is very easy to replace. to take off the lense, you have to remove the strap from the back of the mask and then piviot the locks that the ends of the strap are connected to upwards. then you have to pop the locks out of the mask frame (i had trouble with this at first but after doing it a few times it will break in and become easier to pop out, just make sure you pivot them all the way upwards before trying to do so) after you got the locks out, you pivot the goggle frame downwards, take it off the masks frame and the lense comes right out. putting the lense back in is even easier than taking it out.
-the rubber area around the mouth area (black) is made of rubber which allows possible bounces-
-the lense is thermal. it has never fogged on me yet
-its a little heavier than most other masks available, but in a game, youll barely notice it.
-the larger profile means that your a bigger target than with other masks but it also means you have more protection. the mask isnt all that much larger than others anyways.
-i noticed a slight imperfection in the shape of the mask. the bottom of the left side is bent a little more outwards than the other side but its not noticable unless you stare at it. it might only be mine anyways, i doubt that all of them are the same way.
great mask for the price. i would recomment this to anyone whos looking for a mask for around $65, wants good protection, and likes how the mask looks. but if you dont mind having only a soft layer of foam covering you ears, and dont mind having to deal with the difficuty of taking off a jt lense, then i would say to check out the jt proflex as its in the same price range. and if you dont mind spending about $30 more, i would suggest checking out the v-force profiler. it has the absolute best field of vision, the smallest profile (which also means minimal protection) , and in most peoples opinions (including mine) it looks the best.
i give the proto switch a 10 considering what you get for its PRICE and the EASE of taking off the lense.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, January 5th, 2005 at 11:58 am PST
the profiler mask does look pretty cool but it is smaller and offers lil protection 2 the very top of ur forehead and reall painful 2 get shot there not 2 mention the mark it leaves ppl though my parents beat me