Proto Switch (doesn't compare)
JT Proflex (a little lighter, not very good ear protection, didn't feel snug against my face)
JT Flex8 (nice solid construction, didn't like it after awhile though)
DYE Invision 3 (awesome mask, only problem was that foam kinda came off)
-This is irrelevant to writing a review for a mask.
-Nice color lens
-Fits snuggly around MY face
-It fogged up the first time I used it
In the past year I've been through 4 different kinda of other masks, this is my 5th one and I am very happy with it. There were little things I didn't like about the previous masks I've owned. Had a Proflex for awhile, sold it and bought a Flex8, gave it to my brother, bought an i3, now I'm trying to sell that and I just bought my new Pro i3.
The Pro i3 is really comfortable. Again, this is all personal preference. I seriously was wearing my mask while I was laying down in bed watching Jay Leno. Wearing the mask for a long duration of time doesn't cause any discomfort. I remember with my old Proto Switch's, the second I put them on I couldn't wait to finish the game and get them off my face. But thats a $20 compared to a $100 mask.
The Pro i3 is also very light. I wish I had a Proflex with me right now so I could compare the two but I will definitely say it is very light. On the field the mask is not at all a nuisance, rather it feels like a part of you. Snapping your head out of a bunker to look isn't a problem.
I don't like chin straps on masks what so ever. I didn't cut off my chin strap on my old i3's, just in case if I wanted to sell it in the future (and I am). In my new Pro i3's, I simply was able to tuck the chin straps inside the mask in a way that it doesn't bother me or put added pressure to my face or block the ventilation. Basically the chin strap is kinda attached to a swivel, so you can move it all the way back and just fold the chin strap a way as opposed to cutting it.
I was disappointed today, the first time I used the mask. It fogged up a little during the beginning half of the day, but then again, the sky was cloudy and the weather was affecting everything and our paint wasn't breaking. I was just thinking to myself that I didn't pay near $100 for a brand new mask to have it fog up on me. Later on the day however it didn't fog up as much, even though the weather stayed the same the whole day and even started to sprinkle at night time.
I know that changing the lens will be difficult but I don't plan on changing the lens until its necessary. I haven't had experience changing the lens on an i3 yet but I don't feel that I should mark down this product because of that.
I would definitely recommend this product, especially to those who are still trying to find that perfect mask. I know that a LOT of people love the JT Proflex, its light, comfortable, easy to breath in and customizable, but if you're looking for something more, that feels better and has more ear protection, try the Pro i3's. It is available in Black, White, Red, Blue, Olive, and Gold and can be purchased at most proshops nationwide for an MSRP of $99.95.