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JEDerrick Monday, July 18th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month3 of 7 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Dye Invision
Marker Setup: Black Karnivor w E2 Grip, Halo B w/Rip Drive, Pure Energy 68/3000 HPA, Evil Pipe Driver
Strengths: Thermal Lens
Nice Snug Fit
Easy To Change Lens
Easy To Disassemble
Weaknesses: Price
(Only If Purchased Directly From Manufacturer)
Review: Ok, so again, we have another product from Dye Precision. As most players here know Proto is the second line of products that Dye has introduced to the paintball community at lower prices than the main flagship line of C4/C5 products. What makes the Proto line so unique is that fact that you are getting great function and use from what some players call the knock of of Dye Precision main line. I'll do the best I can to break down each function and design element of the mask.

Out Of The Box
Ok so what is the big deal with the sub title out of the box? Let me explain. First off this doesn't effect the overall rating this product receives from me. Though you can consider this some what like "judging a book by its cover", to understand why I have included it in my review.

There are many a product that is sold each and every day to the paintball community that has no clear instructions, packaging, nor time taken to insure that said product is gotten to you, the buyer's hands, in great working condition. Nothing fancy, nothing that would make you scream ohhh and ahhh. Though I was just happy to see that the mask was boxed, and the instructions on maintenance were clear and included.

Thermal Lens
Since I have only had this mask for less than a month home testing was need to insure that the lens was to work as promised. After taking a shower with my new mask right there with me in the bathroom I was able to see if under humid conditions if the mask would fog. The answer was no. Now yes there was some condensation on the outside of the mask due to steam, but no fogging what so ever. So I can safely assume that as promised, and the fact that the lens are thermal playing in hot humid condition should not produce fog.

I also placed the mask in my freezer to see if under cold dry conditions if the mask would fog. The answer this time is yes. Now before you start calling me a fool, I only allowed the mask to sit in the freezer for a short period of time. Roughly 15 minuets. I know that none of us play in such a harsh environment. (Any that I know of anyway) Yet I felt 15 minuets was enough time to some what simulate the conditions of playing outside on a cold dry day. Yes fog was present on the mask, though I feel this isn't that much of a factor due to the fact as earlier stated, that I don't feel a large majority of players play under such harsh conditions. Though I will say that I feel with the fan Proto has released to help with fog, that it wouldn't fog as much or even at all.

That is right folks. It's breathable. "I can breath in my mask moron, so what makes this one so special?" Let me tell you why. Yes any and all mask are breathable. if that wasn't the case we all just as well play underwater, or in the deep vacuum of space. What I mean is the fact that you don't have to worry about feeling cut off from the air supply. There is no constriction on the normal breathing process that we all have been doing since birth. Some mask are stuffy, and become hot & humid once heavy breathing starts. i can safely say this isn't the case with this mask here. I own a Dye Invision C5 mask, and I believe this mask to be more breathable than the Invision!

This one is easy folks. The mask fits very nicely. Even out of the box I found myself not having to adjust the straps to much to insure a nice snug fit. There was no slippage, nor movement at all. Though at the same time the mask didn't hug your face like an alien chest burster straight out of the Alien movies. I did how ever find that with some glasses the mask fitted very well but seemed a little uncomfortable around the ears due to glasses. Please take note! This may be due to the size of said person's head, shape of his/hers glasses, and and how said glasses are worn. It isn't anything that will kill you, but it is something that you can notice if you wear glasses quite a bit. Again this may be just me, and not the mask!

If you can read the instructions then you can change the lens, and take this bad boy apart. It is that simple. I am not even going to go into a detailed explanation on how, cause I feel it a waste of my time to explain such a simple process. That is how easy it is. Plenty more easy than the Dye Invision. Trust me guys and gals, it's easy with a capital E!

Looks huh? Hey who here doesn't want to look pro of hot while ripping your gat into your opponent's throat? (That was a little harsh!) I like the design quite a bit. For me it's the sharp and distinctive contrast between the black, and secondary color or which ever mask you have purchased. It stay true with the beloved Dye Invision stream lined look, yet at the same time, breaks free from it's cousin, and goes its own route. Sleek, smooth, and 100% functional. Hey.... when I'm long gone, you can bury me in one!

The only negative I found with the whole mask is the price. I have seen them move faster on Ebay, and local pro-shops than on-line. The mask is worth the money no matter how much you spend. Money shouldn't be an issue when we are talking about our eyes. I would rather spend $100.00 bones on a mask, than be in the hospital talking about how I should have spent that money instead of loosing one of my peepers! if you shop smart and look around you can beat the MSRP of $85.00.
Conclusion: Dye Precision has gone and produced a great mask for a far better price than it's cousin the Dye Invision. Though at the same time providing the same function if not better. A great mask. It may not have as many lenses or upgrades as the Invision, but it provides the same great function if not slightly better. I would rank this better than the Invision with a 9.5, yet we all know I have to rank a 9. I have yet to see the perfect mask for a ten. No product is perfect. Though in this paintball players opinion the Proto Switch slightly ups the Invision!
9 out of 10

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