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pfizerreg Friday, July 21st, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
2 years4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
Profiler, Invisions, PMI X-ray
Marker Setup: Phantom - RF, undercocking, bottomline.
TASO Sniper II - WWA pump kit, Edge barrel kit, humpback slider.
2k3 Black Magic - Axis hinge, ergo reg, bomb, tickler, ANS ram, CCM bolt + feedneck.

Strengths: Cheap and effective. No fog, excellent coverage and comfort.
Weaknesses: Mere trivialities.
Review: This is the best mask available at this price, hands down. A Flex-7 with a thermal lense outperforms anything in its price range. I'm serious, nothing even comes close. The only difference between the Flex-7 and the more expensive Pro-Flex is the lack of soft foam ears. I can't say that I have much faith in those, as just recently a guy at a field nearby had his eardrum blown out when he bunkered someone. Hard ears work great for me.

The most important part of a mask is the lense. If you can't see, at all times, despite whatever inclement weather, the mask has failed you. The Flex-7's thermal Spectra lense NEVER fogs. V-force lenses only have a anti-fog coating that eventually rubs off during cleaning. The Spectra lens uses a physical design to stop fog. Two seperate panes of plastic; one strong outer layer and a thinner inner layer are divided at the edges by foam. Fog is most often caused because of a difference in temperature between the inside of the mask lens and the outside. The foam in the Flex-7 evenly manages temperature, so that there is a buffer between the inside and outside. As for durability, Spectra lenses have at least five times the lifespan of the V-force lenses that I've seen.

The foam on newer 'Flexes is very thick and very comfortable. It also comes with a chin strap, which I never really used. Nice touch, though, if you're worried about your mask coming off. The lower soft portion of the mask is actually quite effective at producing bounces at medium ranges. Although it can come back and slap you when you are hit in the face, I have never actually received a welt because of it.
Conclusion: If you need a mask for life, and don't want to break the bank, this is the one. I won't wear anything else.
10 out of 10Last edited on Friday, July 21st, 2006 at 9:16 am PST

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