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DECIM8 Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Rental masks
Profiler
Marker Setup: VS2
48/3000 Aluminum N2 tank
Egg 3
16" barrel
Strengths: - Field of view
- Protection
- Comfortable
- Price
- Fits glasses well
- Doesn't fog
Weaknesses: - Could be softer
- Lens removal <--- Big time
Review: I have the woodland camo full "head guard" version of these. I wanted to cover my bald head which it does quite well.

Strengths and weaknesses sum up most of it. I wear glasses on the field so I needed something that would be comfortable with them on. These fit the bill just fine. The lenses only fogged a little when it was cold and humid. I live in the greater Seattle area so "cold" is about 40° F and "humid" is it just rained but isn't raining. A buddy with profilers was fogging to a point he could no longer play but he was sweating like a pig so take that with a grain of salt. My glasses are a fogging problem with these and every other mask I have ever used so I ended up getting the JT Vortex II fan which works well and installs easily. The switch is accessible through a hole that is already in the visor so upgrading to a fan is insanely easy. Not many masks out there in woodland camo so props to JT for making a great woodsball mask. Coverage is great for me, my ear lobes do not stick out as others have complained of and my chin is covered. This mask is very comfortable, I can wear it all day no problem. It could be definitely be softer to promote more bounces but I am a recreational player and this isn't huge for me. My boddy's profilers are much softer and he gets bounces where I can't think of ever having one bounce.

My one real complaint is that the lens removal is an absolute pain in the posterior with this mask. Other masks on the market are much more easily taken apart and hold just as securely. In the life of mask you are going to have to take out the lens at the very least once or twice. More than likely a lot more if you switch out lenses for different conditions. If you do or plan to switch out lenses often I would look elsewhere for a mask. It is that big of a deal, especially when compared to other masks and the only reason I gave this mask the score I did.

Conclusion: Buy it if you are going to stick with a lens till it wears out. Buy something else if you are going to be switching out lenses. You might be able to get used to doing it but why when there are better solutions available to you at a similar cost.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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