I just got these in tonight...and I can't take my eyes off of them! This is probably the best mask I have ever seen/owned! So before I ramble on aimlessly...here's the review...
The first thing I noticed about this mask is obviously: the looks. In my opinion it is the BEST looking mask on the market as of today. Dye has an amazing design going already with the Invision and I3, and the I3 Pro just continues that tradition. The mask is bi-molded with a main color and black. I think it would have looked even more amazing with maybe a third color mixed in (like the second issue of I3's) but honestly, I am not complaining with the final result at all.
The next thing I noticed about the mask was the weight. This thing is feather-lite! With the added soft-ears it almost feels non-existant in your hands. I'm really looking forward to this advantage on the field. Running around with all my gear, my gun, a tank, pods, etc. can start to add up, so having a mask that weighs next to nothing will help out immensly!
This mask also has a very slim profile. On your face it feels almost like a second skin. It hugs nice and tight, with just enough room for a bounce or two. The soft ears are also extremely comfortable as well as light. There is also plenty of foam on the inside around the lens that cradles and conforms to your face when you put the mask on. All in all this is also one of the most comfortable masks I have ever put on.
The venthilation is amazing as well. It almost feels as though you are not even wearing a mask. Breathing in and out is very easy. Also I tried yelling in the mask. There was no echo and my voice seemed to carry extremely well. This will be a BIG advantage over my Avatar.
One of the biggest things I'm concerned about with a mask (aside from breathibility) is the view. This mask does not disappoint. You can easily view a wide-angle with your peripheral vision as well as top to bottom. My only complaint is that the Profiler and the Proflex I have used before, seem to have a wider viewing angle. Although, not by much. I would have to say, unless you're really anal, or like to pay more attention to what's almost 90 degrees to either side of you at all times, this mask gives you more then enough viewing angles.
Now for my biggest pet-peeve about the Dye line of masks. The lense change. Why oh why? Why must this be overlooked after every new iteration of mask from Dye? The forward-tab retention system is a finger-bleeding mess. When I ordered my mask I also ordered a new lense. I figured it must not be that bad. The JT lenses are not the easiest walk in the park either...I'll definitely say that the Dye tab system is a few notches higher on the difficulty level, then JT. My opinion, but man are my fingers soar...but the end result of having a mirrored lense in such a sweet mask...priceless!
*edit* Removing the lense is a pain. However replacing it is not as big of a hassle. The forward tab-retention really has a tight grip, but it's a breeze to put back in. Just apply pressure and the tabs snap into place. Although it's still not as easy as the Profiler, Vents or Axis, it is not nearly as horrendous as I previously made it out to be.
Also I wanted to note the price...but it's what you have to pay in the end for a brand-new product. Is it worth it? You might be asking yourself this. Yes and no. Yes because it is AMAZINGLY light, very gorgeous, and over a top performer in every category. No because if you don't want to spend $100 on a Dye mask you can get some nice I3's for about $40 less and basically have the same product just a little heavier (20% according to the packaging.) I'm definitely going to say that this mask was worth every penny I spent on it, and I don't regret it a single bit. It's the most amazing mask I have ever had the privilage of owning!
I thought my Avatar was the end-all mask. I convinced myself I would never buy another...then I caught a glimpse of the I3 Pro on a website and fell in love. This mask is SUPER-LITE, has looks to slaughter, breaths great, has a nice view and is EXTREMELY comfortable. I would recommend this mask to anyone looking for a pristine paintball product that excels in every possible area of critique (aside from lense removal/installation.) I HIGHLY recommend this product!
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, October 25th, 2006 at 7:14 pm PST
Hey, loved the review. I'm really really really wishin I had a pair of these right now... xD
Now the one thing Ive been trying to find is an actual pic of them (Im pretty sure the website ones are photoshopped a little) Would you please chuck a pic up on here so we can see how awesome they look. Plus you've got the mirror lens which adds to the already Damn Sexyness of them.
I am thinking about getting these nice pair of goggles. The only thing is I don't play speed-ball, its just these goggles seem irresistible. I have a blue Dye c6 jersey so I was planning on getting blue Dye googles. I don't have a very good gun, but looking cool and feeling comfortable is what I want. I am probably going to get another gun. Do you think I should spend the money on these for woods-ball?