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Athalon Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
1 year5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Java V-Type
JT nVader
Marker Setup: Smart Parts Ion
Viewloader Revolution 12 Volt with X-board
48/3000 Pure Energy HPA
Freak 12" w/ Aluminum Insert Kit
Strengths: Extremely Comfortable
Large Field of View
Close to your Head
Rubber can cause bounces
Weaknesses: Doesn't vent well (see review)
Poor forehead coverage (see review)
Review: Let me start with saying that the Profiler is an incredible mask for the money. I got this for my birthday earlier this year, and i've used it quite a bit. I do think that it is a bit pricey though, and 80-90 dollars is a good bit of money to spend on a mask.

In the Box
When you get your profiler, it comes in a well designed flip-up box. Inside the box, you'll find the profiler with lens, visor, the Vflector, 4 visor securing loops, and a carrying bag.

The mask is made of what seems like a thick rubber with hard composite plastic running up both cheeks of the mask. The Vflector and Visor are both rubber.

I put both the visor and Vflector on the mask to see how they looked, then tried them both on to see how each affects my field of view. I went with the Vflector, because i like the no-visor look, and the visor blocked my upward field of view a little bit, but it's not something that takes away from the quality of the mask. Only downside to the Vflector is that it leaves a little bit of your forehead exposed.

The o-rings that secure the visor and Vflector are a little difficult to get onto thte securing posts without pliers, but it's do-able with some help.

In-Game Performance
The Profiler fits very well. Bottom line. The 2-stage foam around the eye opening is very comfortable, and forms to your face to create a very comfortable fit. The strap stays put on the back of your head, even without a hat or headwrap.

The 2 other masks i've had slip around if I sprint at the start of the game, but the Profiler didn't. It stayed put all the way to my first bunker, and didn't move the entire game.

After a few minutes of playing, i began to sweat (it was hot, like 93°F), and my first worry was the sweat getting into my eyes, but it never did, the foam absorbed it, and kept it from getting to my eyes.

I was playing woodsball, so it was naturally a long game. After quite a bit of running, diving, and trying to stay still, i began to breathe heavily. It was then that i noticed that the mask didn't vent very well, and i kept inhaling what i just exhaled, which make me sort of lightheaded.

EDIT: After one year of use with the Profiler, I'm looking for a new mask due to the venting issues. I recently had to back out of a game because I began to get disoriented while breathing in the mask.

The next game was on a speedball field, and again, the mask stayed put on the break. Througout the game, i was able to see almost all of the field, and the mask was in no way restrictive in my field of view. During this game, i got hit on the mask, which in my opinion is the ultimate test for a mask.

The first ball that hit the mask bounced off the rubber portion or the lower rear jaw. Yes, it bounced. I still felt it, but it bounced. The second ball that hit made contact with the Vflector, which didn't really deflect anything. Another ball (don't know where it came from), hit the lens. On my old Java mask, a lens hit hurt, and on the JT, it hurt like nobody's business, but this review isn't on those. The impact sent a shock through the mask, but didn't put a ring in my ears or anything like that, unlike my other masks.

Post Game
Cleaning off the mask was extremely easy, and washed off with just a good spray with a water hose. The lens removal worked flawlessly, and i could get the lens off in under 15 seconds.

EDIT: I still believe the lens change system to be a top-quality feature of this mask, but I installed the lens incorrectly once and took a shot in the lens. Long story short, the the lens popped out of the mask, and I had to chase it down. My lens has an anti-fog coating on the inside which basically no longer works, and if any condensation gets on the inside, it's going to cloud your vision until you take the lens out and wipe it down.
Conclusion: I have been quite pleased with the Profiler, and other than the venting problem, i've found no other imperfections in the mask. It's performed very well, and unlike some of the other reviews, the lens hasn't stained from paint. I'm very prone to getting shot in the face, and the Profiler has performed better than i had expected.

EDIT: I've lowered the rating of the mask due to the smearing on the inside of the lens and the severe disorientation I experienced earlier this year. I recently helped a friend get into paintball, and I recommended that he NOT get the Profiler, due to the problems I've experienced, and I would not recommend it to anyone. I'm currently looking for a mask to replace it.
Rating:
6 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, January 7th, 2010 at 4:57 pm PST
 

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