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KurtIsMyUncle Sunday, August 20th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

6 months
Products Used:
Crappy rental goggles...
Marker Setup: Irrelevant
Strengths: Comfortable, cheap, thermal lens doesn't fog
Weaknesses: Lens is impossible to change.
Pins fall out.
Review: I got the JT Spectra Thermal mask when ordering my paintball gear because it was a cheap mask, and my friend said he had one and liked it. Now I was super excited because the only masks I had used before were rentals and someone's crappy spare mask. With both of these I found that after only a few minutes I would not be able to see at all from the fogging. With my JT mask I found that I could not fog the lens even if I tried. The mask also sat comfortably on my face, I was not bothered by the foam. Also, the visor is a snap to remove and replace.
The same is not true however, of the lens. After my first and only time playing with it so far, I decided to remove the lens for cleaning as I had been shot once or twice in the mask. Big mistake. I spent a good half an hour struggling to get the lens out, discovering that it was not as simple as the instructions made it sound. The worst part, I have not been able to get the lens back in. This is a serious problem, I don't know if I will be able to get it back in.

Update: I did manage to get the lens back in with a screwdriver, but in the process put two serious scratches in the mask. Also, after playing a couple of time both of the pins on the lower sides of the mask that help to hold the two pieces together have fallen out. The mask still works fine though.

Update again: Since both of the pins fell out, the ear pieces frequently detach from the frame when it's not on your head, which gets really annoying.
Conclusion: The Spectra is a good mask, it offers full protection and comfort, and is relatively light. It's great for its price. However, if you're like me and are neurotic about keeping your gear in prime condition, I recommend otherwise. I am already considering the Vforce Morph goggles for ease of lens replacement. I still give the goggles an 8 because they're fine if you don't plan on removing the lens.
8 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, February 10th, 2007 at 3:25 pm PST

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