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Wraith06 Sunday, February 25th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
JT nVader goggles - larger then axioms, lens tougher to change
Raven NVX goggles - never fog, lens is a pain to change, smaller profile
JT Headshield - HUGE profile, lens sucks, occasional fogging
Marker Setup: BT-16 w/ 20" Smart Parts Tactical Barrel
Remote line to Pure Energy 72/4500 carbon fiber
Halo B
Strengths: Quick change lens
Small profile
Comfort
Fog resistant
Weaknesses: Only two colors/styles
Hard to find
Lens system takes some getting used to
Review: Ive been wearing these goggles for about 7-8 months now and have been very pleased with their performance.

The Good:
The Axioms provide a decent amount of head coverage (more cover then eVents, less then nVaders) for a reasonable price. The goggles cover your chin line but do not extend down to the neck much. The visor is easy to pop off, it comes with removable back straps, and a non removable chin strap. The construction is solid, mostly hard plastics, only slightly flexible. The venting is well done and the foam is comfortable. They stay on your head, once properly adjusted, and offer a wide viewing area. The tabs that hold the goggles are easy to pop out and rotate, but nigh impossible to accidently do during gameplay. The thermal lens are well made and I have only had them fog once during extreme conditions. I would recommend a tinted lens though for bright days. At first the lens change system is tight and takes some getting used to. After changing lens a few times, you get the hang of it and can have your lens out, cleaned, and back in place in well under 10 minutes.

The Bad:
Only 2 color schemes, "clear" and grey. Clear looks horrible, the grey/black isnt so bad if it wasnt for the bright orange lens tabs on the side. For scenario, it doesnt work so well, plus half the time people think youve been goggles on the side of your head when you havent. If you try to repaint the frame, the plastic is smooth coated and wont hold most modeling or plastic paints without flaking. The lens system takes some getting used to and at first it feels like you might break your lens when you are trying to put it in. After some practice this goes away and the lens always held up for me while putting them in. The only place I have been able to find them, except new and expensive online, is at Academy Sports where they currently retail for under $30.
Conclusion: An excellent quick change lens goggle system with a look you will immediately love or hate. Durable, reliable, and vaguely Halo-Master Chiefish. For the price, tough to beat. Just wish they changed that crappy color scheme.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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