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CAOL_98 Thursday, July 13th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

3 months
Products Used:
-Jt Proflex
-Dye Invision/I3
-VForce Profiler
Marker Setup: '06 Red to Black Fade Black Magic

'06 Ion Pro w/ ups
Strengths: -Ease of use
-Slim Profile
Weaknesses: -Comfort
Review: First lets start with the bad...then I'll move onto the meat and potatoes of the review.
My first complaint with the Vents Avatar is that the things are hard to find! It took forever to find one online (besides in yellow!) The only others I found were in a shop in Colorado, and they were olive colored...yuck! So I played the waiting game, and my patience paid off with the purchase of a blue mask from compulsive.
The only other thing that was a complaint (if you can even call it one), is the comfort. I mean, granted they are wonderfully padded with foam, but the rubber sides that hold the goggle strap, seem to dig a little on the tops of my ears...but it wasn't by any means horrible to the point where I went home with bloody ears by the end of the day, or even to the point where I had to switch just have to situate them properly on your head to get the best comfort level. Although this is not even anything worth really mentioning (seeing as how it might just be my head size, and it might not effect someone else in the same way), I thought I would address it. If you have the chance to try them on, by all means, try as many masks on as possible. I don't have that luxery (living in Wyoming), so I ordered on a whim, and it payed off.
Now for the good!
These things are beautiful! They are so sleek, and so well built! They also have a very slim profile compared to other masks on the market (but not by a whole lot.) I didn't think they'd impress me as much as they did, but Vents did a VERY good job with the engineering and design of this mask! Definitely hands down as good looking as the I3 or Profiler (okay and the Axis.)
Altough looks may be decieving, the mask has very good ventihilation. I was very suprised! I guess you could say the air flow on the I3 or Profiler are a little better, but I've had no problem breathing in these things. Breathing out seems to work less as effectively as breathing in with them on, but like I said before, it's hardly noticable. This mask also never fogs up...I played with them for the first time in 90+ degree weather, and never had a single problem with them. Also with less air vents, I guess the added payoff, is less spray or paint on your face if you get hit in the goggles, and it makes them easier to clean off at the end of the day (not a million little holes to rinse paint out of.
Lense removal...amazingly easy! Probably as simple as the profiler, just a different method of removal. It makes switching lenses between games, or cleaning them, very simple and effecient. You also get a very wide range of view with this system. On par with the profiler, but in my opinion, not nearly as good as the Proflex. Excellent addition to an already great mask!
Finally one of the best features is the pampering of extras you get with the mask! This is probably just the introduction of things to come from companies in the future, but Vent's really takes care of you! I'm sure this has been said before, but you get a lot of great extras: 2 lenses (1 clear, 1 black (not ninja black)), 2 visors (1 full, and one profiler-esque reversed visor (not as cool looking as the profilers though)), 1 lense microfiber bag, and 1 google microfiber bag.
That's a lot of cool stuff for $80!
Conclusion: Definitely if you get the chance to try on a variety of different masks, find the on that fits you the best, and your style as well. As far as everything that you get with this mask (all the extras, plus the great peripheral vision, light weight, slim profile, and easy lense removal), it doesn't get much better then this! I highly recommend this mask to any player. Vents has created an extremely well thought out, very high quality product with the Avatar.
9 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, July 13th, 2006 at 4:11 pm PST

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