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KC Rich Monday, November 5th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
3 months6 of 7 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Marker Setup: Proto Matrix Rail
Dye Ultralite Frame
Alloy Back Cap
Dye 70/4500
Halo B w/Rip Drive
Strengths: - Excellent snug fit
- Great peripheral vision
- Good looks
- Very lightweight
- Perfect Packaging
Weaknesses: - Very minor fogging
- A bit less coverage than some masks
Review: I have been playing with the Vents Avatar goggle for roughly 6 weeks now, and I could not be happier with its performance.

Styling and Comfort
The Avatar mask is very lightweight. The padding around the eyes and nose is as comfortable as you will find on a mask. it creates a very snug, but comfortable feel that creates a feeling of confidence, knowing that it will not slide down your face. The bottom edge of the mask runs just below the jaw line. It offers no throat protection. Similarly, the top line of the mask offers little forehead protection, though I'm sure this would depend on the size/shape of your face. Mine may be a little larger than most. Regardless, a hat or beanie is usually worn with masks, so this coverage become irrelevant, in my opinion. Looks are obviously subject to each individual's preference, but I love the agressive lines of the mask. It's sharp angles are a welcome change from the rounded edges of other masks.

The best performance feature of the Avatar is the wide peripheral vision. While scanning without moving my head, I can see everything I need to, without feeling that the corners of the goggle are getting in the way. For those of you that have worn one, the width of vision is much like a racing or motorcycle helmet's lens.

No goggle is perfect, and the Avatar is no exception. While playing in roughly 80 degree, humid weather, I have experienced some minor to moderate fogging when breathing heavy. I guess it is to be expected; just don't think that the goggle completely eliminates fogging.

I have not experienced any shots to the cheek with this mask, but the sides are very 'bouncy' without being overly soft. If the bounce factor is important to you, it would appear that this mask is as good as any.

The packaging of the mask is superb. First, it comes in a large plastic case to eliminate the risk of getting crushed, bent, or scratched in transit or on the shelf. It comes with an excellent manual (if you really need one for a mask), but best of all, it comes with a microfiber carrying case and an extra clear lens. These are luxuries that most masks are not bundled with, and in my opinion, justify a $70+ price tag.
Conclusion: By no means would I be so ignorant as to offer some sort of foolproof guarantee of satisfaction, but I would find it difficult to believe that these goggles would not surpass most people's expectations and needs. Great styling, great performance, very well-packaged bundle, and a competitive price tag. I would recommend this mask to anyone, and will continue to use them for a long time to come.
9 out of 10Last edited on Monday, November 5th, 2007 at 3:05 pm PST

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