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bigfootimp Tuesday, August 10th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
If you can think of it I have probably tried it.
Strengths: Excellent Vision, Very comfortable, hard to fog , great coverage
Weaknesses: Chin strap, not designed for use with glasses
Review: My profiler was recently stolen so I needed a new mask and couldn't wait for another profiler to come in so my local proshop manager shows me this mask. Cheaper than the profiler, about the same size, a little heavier (like that even matters on a mask), but kind of the same concept...a smaller profile with maximum field and clarity of vision. So I bought it and tried it out.

I was a little skeptical at first because I loved the comfort, clarity, field of vision and lack of fogging that I had come to expect from my profiler and didn't want to waste my money on a mask that I had never tried or seen anybody in the area use and for all I knew was no better than brass eagle. When I first tried it on though I felt bad about even thinking about comparing it to a brass eagle mask. The comfort was great extremely close to the comfort of the profiler. I also thought that the field of vision would be smaller due to the smaller lens but I was exceedingly surprised at the field of vision. The mask doesn't obstruct a person's peripheral vision at all. Also it is easier to hear with this mask on that any other mask that I have ever used.

The proto is also hard to fog. This is because of the dual lens that it utilizes. It isn't anything new on the market but this one works very well. Also the lens is kind of hard to remove at first and it takes some practice putting it back into the mask but once you get the hang of it is is almost as easy as the profiler.

Now the bad. I guess some time recently some of the mask manufacturers decided that a chin strap should be a feature on their mask and while I can understand how some people find them more appealing I personally don't care for them. This one comes with a pad on it to add comfort to the old choker but I still don't like it. Well I know some of you are thinking why not just take it off of the mask? The problem with that is that you cannot do it without altering the strap or part of the mask itself. Not really a big deal but I do not care to alter my masks in any way that is not part of an "optional feature" like a visor. But that is just me. Also I wear contacts but sometimes I have to wear my glasses and this really stinks. I tried the mask on with my glasses and as with any other mask system my glasses fogged right up. But extremely fast. This was the only other drawback because with my profiler I could wear my glasses for at least 5 games before the would fog up. While reading the manual to review the lens removal feature I stumbled across these bold letters that, in summary, said not intended for use with glasses. I kind of thought it was funny but figure that the manufacturer must have some reason for having it in the manual so I thought that I would mention it in the review.
Conclusion: All in all I find this mask surprisingly well designed and it gave great performance. None of the cons are large enough to even degrade this product and I would recommend it to anyone who asked me. I have to give this product a 10 out of 10 because it is really that good.
10 out of 10

Review Comments
proto face Wednesday, January 5th, 2005 | 11:54 am PST
mine didnt have a chin strap

SuperTrooper_OT Wednesday, January 26th, 2005 | 4:26 pm PST
neither did mine

~Jayger~ Thursday, August 18th, 2005 | 10:04 pm PST
mine did
Its kinda awkward
but i dont really mind it

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