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Craig Niland Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
JT Invader, Scott, other cheap masks.
Marker Setup: 98 Custom:
Hyperstar Bolt
Response Trigger with 1/8 inch Macro line upgrades
Empire 7 piece barrel kit
BT Apex barrel system
12V VL Revolution
Rocket Cockit II
Large Bullet Drop foward
Pure Energy 48 CI 3,000 PSI HPA tank W/ Dye Rhino Cover
Lapco offsets with 30 mm BSA red dot sight.
Palmer Stabilizer with Vertical Adaptor
Strengths: Very sturdy, great protection, nice area of view.
Weaknesses: A little hot, chinstrap is tight if you have a large head.
Review: I was very glad to finally upgrade from the crappy JT Invador.
First off, the Dye I3 comes in excellent packaging, has a clear thermal lens, and comes with a nice Dye logod cloth bag for storing in your gear bag.
I love my Dye I3. It was a battle between the Profiler and the I3, but in the end I went for it, and I'm happy.
The I3 is a very very comfortable mask to wear. It has padding everywhere, and I mean that: the chinstrap is padded, the ears are padded to prevent getting squashed if you take a hit to the side of the head, the actual facemask is loaded with it too. This is great foam too, super soft, yet very durable. Not like the JT masks, where they itch and don't conform to your face.
The field of vision is excellent. You can easilly see you torso to check for hits and such. The lens retention system is a bit of a hassle. It's kind of like JT masks, with tabs and such. I'll put up with this minor annoyance, because I know the lens isn't going anywhere. And in the end of the day, it's saftey that matters. The lens is a great clear thermal. You can pick from a huge selection of lenses: tinted, mirrored, the list goes on.
Venting is pretty good, but it can still get a little hot in there. Only once did I ever have a problem from heat. I was sweating so much from laying still the lens built up condensation. (Not fog, there's a big difference.) This is impart due to all the foam everywhere, along with it being hot and humid that day, and me being in alot of gear.
I don't see alot of bounces coming from this, unless it brushes the bottom part of the cheek where it's really thin and soft. If you want alot of bounces, don't count on it. This mask is geared more towards protection.
As far as looks, this mask is great. They now come in an even greater selection of colors, and online stores sell diffent collor frames too.
The profile isn't like the Empire E-vent or anything, but it's not giant by any means.
Conclusion: Over all, this is an excellent mask. I feel the price tag is justified from my experience in it.
Best of all it's made by Dye; a company renown for it's high performance, high quality products. The Dye I3 is no exception.
8 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, November 5th, 2006 at 8:06 pm PST

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