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BTRobertson Thursday, December 8th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
1 year
Products Used:
JT USA Elite mask
Marker Setup: Kingman Spyder Rodeo Green
Kingman IPI 3.0 C.A.M.D. e-frame
Pure Energy 88cu 4500 psi HPA tank
Smart Parts Freak Jr. with .689 bore barrel system
Kingman Xtra Delrin ACS rear-cocking bolt
Empire Reloader II e-hopper
Java remote coil
Scepter 4000-A Grenade Launcher
Strengths: Comfortable
260 degree field of vision
Chin strap
Easy-to-change lenses
Weaknesses: Exposes neck a little bit more than my Elite
Review: My JT USA Elite mask was simply too bulky to keep using, and the lens scratched very easily. It was great for scenario ball because of the level of protection it offered - getting shot from the side or behind didn't pose a problem.

But, the limited field of vision (190 degrees) was WAY too low, and after getting shot many times because of blind spots forced me to look at a new mask. Enter the Flex 8.

The first thing to remember about masks is to try them on in person!! If I wouldn't have, I would've had the Proflex, which I believe is a cheaply made mask (sorry, that's my opinion after trying them on). The Flex 8 fit my head perfectly, doesn't slide around, and is fully adjustable for even more comfort. The chin strap is a great feature that my JT Elite had, so this makes the mask very stable when wearing it in very intense situations.

The mask is constructed very well. It simply "feels" rugged and well-built. It wraps my head just fine, and protects it in all the key places. It leaves a bit more of my forehead exposed, but it's not a big deal because I wear a hat under my mask.

And the field of vision!! Let me tell you, if you have never used a 260 degree lens, you don't know what you're missing. It's like the difference between cable Internet and dial-up - once you go cable, you can't go back. :) It felt like my eyes were opened up to the world around me for the first time. My peripheral vision works a lot better now. :)
Conclusion: No mask is perfect, but the Flex 8 combines comfort, stability, good looks, and tournament-quality field of vision you'd expect from JT USA. I love this mask, and I can't imagine a better mask for the money.
9 out of 10

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