While I dug my JT nVader, taking the lens out to properly clean the thing was a nightmare. It was also heavy, bulky, and it tended to fog up fairly easily.
Enter the E-Vents. I was a bit stupid, I suppose, by blind-buying this thing online. But it just looked so friggin' awesome and the reviews seemed pretty damn good. Also, the idea of a quick-change lens was a key selling point.
So, how do I like it after using it for some time? I love it. It's incredibly comfortable, it's very lightweight, and it came with two lenses (a dark one and a clear one), a lens bag, and a mask bag as well - added value for spending $90 for one.
Changing the lens is a 30-second affair. The instructions are clear, concise, and swapping lenses so quickly will make the envy of your team. Not only that, but lenses themselves are the best I've used. You can see everything in this mask, your peripheral vision is in no way compromised.
Of course, the mask has a very low profile and I wonder about how well it covers my whole face. I've gotten hit a few times, but only straight on - I can't confirm how well a ball would bounce off the side (if at all).
Also, the foam ear-pieces (the only thing covering your ears...another thing I wonder about) tear very easily off the mask. They're held on by the strap as well so they won't just fall off, but simply putting the mask on can tear it. It's a little annoying but with a little glue and patience, you can fix it. Something that shouldn't be necessary with a $90 piece of equipment. However, the good outweighs the bad so I can live with that.
EDIT 05/14/06 - Wrote an e-mail to Empire about the ripped ear pieces. Took about 4 days to get a response, but once I replied with my mailing address, I got the new parts in just a few days (dealt with National Paintball Supply). This time, I reinforced the holes where the foam ears are attached with a little packing tape (which you can't see as they get covered) and now the sucker is nice and strong!
Played all day today with 'em and nothing ripped, nothing felt weak. I think this mask is just about freakin' perfect now.
Oh, an interesting question someone asked me on the field today: Does the white mask stain after getting hit? So far, no. But then again, as soon as I get it home I clean everything so I'm not about to let it sit overnight just to test it out.
Still giving it a 9 because I only give 10s out if the thing does my taxes as well.
All in all, this is the best mask I've had protecting my face. I've tried my other teammates' Dye Invision and JT Proteus masks and while they are excellent, the Events beats them both. If you're not afraid of foregoing full-coverage for visibility and a lighter weight, this is the mask for you.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, May 16th, 2006 at 1:50 pm PST