unspecific java mask that came with frends spyder imagine select- absolutely terrible
Vforce Shield- tested- Much Better
Proto Switch F.S.- currently own- Much better
Tippmann 98- 32* whisper barrel, x-chamber
32* PT Extreme Jr.
Comes free with tippmann package
Does not fog... terribly
Could be less comfortable
Comes warped and rubberbanded together
Could be more comfortable
difficult to clean
This mask came with my Tippmann power package. Upon removing it from the box it was apart and folded over itself which caused it to be more than considerably warped.
The goggles were very comfortable alone.
I assembled the mask and tried it on only to find that the warping caused the mask to be roughly as comfortable as sticking your head into a mailbox with a nesting badger in it.
I disassembled the mask and reformed it by pouring boiling water over it and bending it back to its natural shape. After this process was done i reassembled the mask and strapped it on a large can of housepaint overnight to continue to stretch it out. (the things we do to save a few bucks)
After all this effort the mask was at last tolerably comfortable... It was still a bit tight on the cheekbones, but i played with it for a couple months anyhow.
I played in cold weather a few times and the mask does fog a bit but not terribly. Any fog is potentially dreadful though, so this is not going to be a sales pitch. however, i have seen much worse.(i never used fog wipes)
Lastly... this a very durable but also a very hard plastic mask. The goggles give you very good range of vision but cleaning paint off of them is very difficult and frustrating.
Hmmm... my jerry springer final thought
These goggles would likely have been much better if not for the boneheaded way they were packaged with my tippmann. Even so they have their obvious faults as mentioned in the review body.
It will not hurt a beginner to play with these for a short while. However, these should be demoted to back-up goggles when fiscally possible.
One of the first things I have learned as a new player is that if there is one thing besides a marker that you should never cut corners on it is your mask/goggles. Doing so can potentially ruin your whole playing experience.
However, these are not terrible. I kept mine and use them to lend to friends I am trying to get involved in this sport. I think they fill that niche perfectly.
Rating should be 5 or 6 because of the time i had to spend unwarping them... but i suppose that is tippmanns fault and not scotts so i gave them a 6.5 and rounded up to a charity 7.
7 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, December 5th, 2004 at 2:53 am PST