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CAOL_98 Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
4 years
2 years
Products Used:
-V Force Profiler
-Dye Invision
-JT Flex 7
Marker Setup: Stock '06 Red to Black Fade Black Magic

Stock Titanium '05 Karnivor w/E2

Frankensteined Autococker #1:
-2004 Yellow to Orange Fade Kapp Reflex Body Kit
-Kapp Front Block
-Kapp Rhino LPR
-Shocktech Ram
-Eclipse QEV's
-Eclipse E2 Eblade
-Worr Games Black Magic Reg
-Custom Products Flame Drop
-Phat On/Off Bottomline ASA
-Worr Games Locking Feedneck
-Kapp Delrin Ball Detent
-Eclipse Dart Bolt
-Shocktech Rat Valve

Frankensteined Autococker #2
-98' Flat Black Stock Worr Games Body
-Stock Front Pnuematics (HUGE!!!)
-Orracle Tickler 3-Way
-Dye Swing Trigger
-Bud Orr Expansion Chamber
-Dye Locking Bolt/Back Block
-Stock Internals
-Dye Beavertail
Strengths: -Light
-Tight Profile
Weaknesses: -Hard to change lenses
-A little tough to put back together
Review: Okay first off, if someone is reading this and wondering how I can own a mask for 4 years, but have only played for 2...I only played every once in awhile. I didn't get into actually playing fairly consistantly until a couple of years ago. So I just consider my playing experience based off of that.
Alright now that that misconception is cleared up I'll start with my review.
The first thing I noticed about my Proteus was how much easier it was to breath in the thing. My previous masks were a Spectra (first year they came out) and then I upgraded to a Flex 7. Both of which were like wearing a cotton respirator. I would pretty much suffocate in those things! So when I tried out my Proteus it was literally a breath of fresh air (bad pun, I know.)
I also really enjoyed the lower profile, and the fact that this thing was so much less bulky then my other masks.
As for the look, it's not the most amazing looking mask, but I still enjoy it.
Another great feature is the adjustable sound recievers (if you've never used one of these masks, don't get too excited, they are just pieces of plastic.) You can rotate them, depending on what position you are playing. So if you play front, you can swivel them back to better recieve incoming commands from your back line, and vice-versa for back players. Personally I never used them, but they're a nice little touch that might benefit someone who uses them correctly.
Now for the bad...
I HATE changing lenses in JT's systems! Why can't they take a cue from the Profiler or Proto, and simplify the process? The last lense I changed I scratched because I was trying to push one of the tabs in with a screwdriver. No I suppose it wasn't the best tool of choice around a lense, but the tab was like trying to stuff a car through a mail slot. I lost my patience, and gained a scratch...lesson learned, but I still hate the design.
The other thing that kind of aggrivates me is assembling the thing. If you use a visor, I hope the tabs are not as flimsy as the ones on my mask. It takes me about 5 minutes every time trying to push this wiggly little piece of plastic through another amazingly small hole. I guess I could also just bore the hole out a little, but then I'm afraid that it will just pop out...
Other then that everything seems to be in order, and very well put together.
I know that this review is probably a tad bit late (well several years) but I guess if you come across one of these masks, they're not to bad...but by todays standards, and with some of the improvements today (breathability, disassembly, etc) they are a little outdated.
Conclusion: If you can find one cheap (doubt they sell them anymore) or if you get one in a package on ebay or something, you'll definitly be satisfied. There are much better masks out there, but it's still a very reliable product.
8 out of 10

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