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sia_simba Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
JT-xfire, JT spectra, JT flex, Dye invision, Vforce profiler
Marker Setup: DM4 w/Dye UL, 68/45 CF, HaloB w/rip

Storm trooper ION w/Freak Kit, 45/45 PMI, Egg2
Strengths: Read review
Weaknesses: Read review
Review: Okay, so to start off with looks and style. This mask is pretty stylish especially if you get the color ones. I have a black one so looks pretty plain. It has a lot of grooves and such which makes it a bit more attractive.

The lense are thermal and taking off the mask itself is very simple and unique. I personally like its design. However, it is still easier to take the lense off of a profiler than this. Proto put a lot of thoughts when making this mask I know as it is a bit more sophisticated than the other masks i've used. Now is this a bad or good thing? well it depends. Its bad in the sense that in order to take everything apart, you'll need more than just 1-2 steps. Good in the way that the manufacturer actually thought about the whole thing thoroughly. But it seems to be personal preference.

The side vision on this is not as bad. Though with the profiler, I can see a bit wider range. I think the vision is comparable to a dye invision. Other than that, the mask stays on your face because it has a lot of cushion. The mask also has enough coverage all along your chin and jaw unlike dye invison, profiler. However, the larger jaw profile makes it look a bit uglier in my opinion, but it does protect. Another good thing is that the bottom part of the mask is soft. Therefore, its ideally set to deflect some paintballs.

This mask also have very good ventilation system designed into it. It has air-holes for warm moist air to escape through the top of the mask and the sides. The ports are built in properly and also at the exact location where moisture and warm air will most likely collect.

The only problem I have with the mask itself is the fact that its heavy. It weighs about 15.5 ounces, almost 1 lb. Now... to most people, its not such a big deal, I mean 1lb, come on. However, comparable to other style masks... it is a big deal. A vforce profiler weighs 11 ounces, and a JT spectra weighs only 7 ounces. Its double the weight of a spectra.

Don't get me wrong. When I first picked up the mask, one thing that came into my mind was... "very well built and sturdy".
Conclusion: If you want to spend $50-$60 on this mask, go ahead. I personally wouldn't get it for that price. If it was dropped down to $35-$45, then yeah, its a great mask for the money. I think over the mask is very good and a lot of thoughts had been put into its design. It also looks pretty disel as well. Besides from the price & weight, I don't see any other downfall in my opinion. As a result, I'll give it a 9/10 for excellent product in the field of user friendly, looks/style, durability, field vision, and ventilation. I am not going to knock it down with weight and price only because those are very subjective.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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