various v-force masks- armor, profiler, and a rental.
what difference does it make? this is a review for a mask
Comfort, Protection, Anti-fog, Field-of-view
Re-assembly, Foam, Cost
This is a review of the Proto Switch FS (Full Sport) masks, not the lower priced, lower value EL (Entry Level) mask.
The Highest selling point of the Switch, is the way that the lenses are changed. I gotta say, that yes...they are VERY easy to take out. And they stay together very well, with no worries of them coming apart in the middle of a game.
*Putting them back together, is a bit of work, till you get used to how to do it. You've got to get that curved retaining peg in there just so, at just the right angle, and then push down; to get outside frame back into place PROPERLY. So that it fits the way that it is supposed to, and not be loose against the lenses. And the locking pieces, attached to the straps, take some breaking in before they will go back into place without feeling like you are forcing them in.
Some people say that this is a big mask. Its not that bad. It doesnt get in my way, when I shoot...at all.
*It stays put, and is comfortable. I've put this thing on and moved in just about every way possible that I can think of, and when I've got the strap tightened correctly, it does NOT move. I moshed with this thing on, and it barely traveled. With some other masks that I've worn, I was constantly moving them around on my face, trying to find a spot where they were comfortable. This mask only takes an adjustment or two and then hey...its good.
*Now...the BIG question. Does it Fog? I put this thing to what I consider an extreme test. I put it on a maniquin head, put it on a stool beside the bathtub, and took a REALLY hot shower. I had it as hot as I could stand it.
When I got outta the shower, the whole room was steamed up. the mirror, the chrome railings, and the chrome trim. everything. EXCEPT this mask.
Before I even grabbed a towel to dry off, I pulled it off the head, and put it on. The outside lense instantly fogged up. I'm not sure if I was surprised or not, since this thing had been subject to a LOT of moisture and humidity.
I grabbed a towel and wiped it off. One swipe, and it was all gone. That cheered me up somewhat. Still wearing it, I toweled off, and came back into my room. 10 minutes later, it still hasnt fogged back up. Inside, or out. I was impressed.
*Field of view- its pretty good. I can see to the side, ALMOST to the edge of my peripheral vision.
*Protection- I've got a long jaw. I've been hit in the jaw once, wearing the v-force profiler. The Switch comes down far enough past my face at the bottom that I'd have to have my head tilted to get shot in the face. And the sides fully protect the ears, and quite a bit of the sides of the head, and even parts of the back of the head.
*strap- the strap stays put when I put it on. It doesnt come loose, like some of them do, and have to re-tighten the strap, once you've got the mask on.
* I've got four piercings in my left ear. Every time I would put on the rental vforce, it would snag my ear. I had to pull the sides out quite a ways to get it not to catch on an earring. And then, I'd have to tighten it back up once I had it on, because the strap would come loose. This Switch is pretty much just like putting on a hat. I just put it on. No fuss with my ears. The foam there is comfortable too.
-Now for the bad-
*Even when fully put back together, the lenses dont look quite right. You can see where the spacer is, between the lenses. Makes it look kinda cheap. But I guess if you play outdoors a lot you could get smoked or mirrored lenses.
*The foam is kinda scratchy at first, if you've got sensitive skin. But after its been worn a few times, and "broken in" then it doesnt bother at all.
*Putting it back together the first few times, until you get used to it, is a chore.
*While they don't scratch up really bad, I've got a few scratches on them, that I dont think should be there, so I'm gonna say that the lenses are made up of a slighly soft plastic.
All around, if I was going to buy another mask, I'd buy another one of these. I dont like the v-force masks because of how they leave parts of the face exposed. And how I am constantly adjusting them. This one stays in place, and is really hard to fog up.
Its a great mask, and I like it a lot.
I'm giving it an 8, because learning to put it back together correctly, is a pain. Till you learn how to do it. And to me, the lenses could be made to be a little more scratch resistant. Even tho they aren't bad. And because there is just a very very slight gap between the frame that holds the lenses in place and the lenses at the very bottom. Even when put on correctly.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, April 11th, 2005 at 8:17 am PST