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NYSEguy Monday, November 28th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
1 year
Products Used:
Marker Setup: VL Triad w/After market barrel, 20oz tank, and 2nd hand drop forward
Strengths: Controls the buildup of fog
Weaknesses: Loud
Review: It really does make a difference. I got mine new off of ebay for about $30 including shipping.

I have had awful problems w/my mask fogging up, especially since I like playing woodsball and it seems that the air is more humid and my mask is more prone to fog in the woods than when I'm in the open. I got this and the fogging problem went away. It's a snap (no pun intended) to install, easy to use, and has a low profile. The unit is made of hard plastic, so it can be easy to break one of the tabs that keeps it affixed to your mask. However, there are 4 such tabs, and missing one won't affect the performance in any way.

While the fan cured the fogging problem, it created a new one, albeit less serious, but a problem nevertheless. It is loud. It's not loud in the sense that others can hear you, but it's loud in the sense that you have a tiny motor spinning a fan that is right on top of your head. It' sounds to you that it's as loud as a freight train, but in reality you can only hear the whirr of the motor within a couple of feet. However, because it's so loud to you, it makes it impossible to listen for people moving through the woods and leaf litter, and it makes it difficult to hear the voices of your teammates trying to give you instructions. I found that I would turn it on when starting to fog, then off so I can listen until my mask started to fog up again. Once the shooting starts, it really doesn't matter about the sound, so I then turn it on and leave it on (basically when I don't need to use my ears to try to pinpoint the opfor). I found the noise is louder w/weak batteries, so fully charged AAA batteries helps to mitigate this somewhat.

When you are looking at AAA batteries, look for the highest Milliamperage you can find. I have found that w/my rechargables I use, the ones w/higher M/A seem to spin the fan faster. This not only moves more air through the mask, but because the fan spins a litter faster, it seems to reduce the noise the fan creates. The faster fan overcomes the natural imbalance and "wobble" (vibration) inherent in a spinning object. (ala an out of balance tire which reaches a certain point (speed) where the vibration goes away due to the speed of the spin.)
Conclusion: It is worth it, and the noise factor won't give you away to others, but it also won't allow you to hear the others approaching either. Use it w/fresh batteries and turning it on and off periodically will help control this drawback. It is very good at keeping your mask clear. Even with eyeglasses too.
8 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, July 29th, 2006 at 10:38 am PST

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