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Auzzie-Phoenix Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
Less than a month
Similar
Products Used:
JT mask, unknown paint bullet helmet (yes, the helmet was meant for paint tipped bullets used in tactical training)
Marker Setup: Tippmann m98
16" smartparts progressive ceramic
btpaintball sealed bolt system
laser sight w/ pressure switch
Strengths: Decently comfortable
Easy to clean
Weaknesses: does NOT fit over glasses
doesn't cover lower part of cheek/jaw
heat
Review: This is a decent mask in the low budget range. I have used this mask to play, and it is decently comfortable to wear. The lenses don't fog very much. I would still recommend a light coating of anti-fog for the inner lens. This mask follows in the footsteps of the majority of masks and ski goggles that claim they fit over glasses. This is one of the key weakpoints for this mask. The fact is that yes, you can fit glasses under the mask, but the experience is going to be very uncomfortable. When you take the mask off, your glasses go with it. This problem would be solved if even 1/4 of an inch or more was to be added for clearance at the sides of the goggle portion of the mask. The coverage area is decent, but a little lacking on the lower jaw portion.

The only real complaint that I can pose with this mask, however is heat. The mask gets warm very quickly, and on hot days it causes your face to sweat quite a bit, despite the ventilation it has. Meaning that once you start to sweat, it's going to get in your eyes. This can lead to a very uncomfortable situation making it very tempting to remove the mask so that you can wipe the sweat away from your eyes, as well as to rub your eyes to relieve some of the discomfort.

Scott would benefit from making a few small modifications to this mask. However, all minor problems aside, the mask fits very well when not wearing glasses, and is fairly comfortable provided that it's not very hot when you play. If you bought the m98 power pack, then the price was obviously pretty good (free inside power pack). The amount of fogging is fairly negligible. You should be able to play all day with this mask and not have any problems with fogging issues.

As mentioned in previous reviews and in the above text, the coverage of the jaw area is lacking a little but does provide adequate protection, especially if you're playing woodsball where the surrounding cover can pick up the slack where the mask leaves off.
Conclusion: I recommend this mask for recreational and woodsball play, especially if you're on a budget. The protection it provides is fairly adequate, and heat shouldn't be a major factor in cooler weather or in shaded areas as long as the outdoor temperatures aren't scorching. It would be nice if the mask actually fit over glasses a bit better, but contact lenses eliminate that problem. Fogging of the inner lens is negligible and doesn't really become a problem. The amount of fogging that you encounter is actually very little, and shouldn't be a deterring factor for purchasing/using this mask.
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

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