Easy Lense Removal
Size may be issue for some people,
Soft Ears are fragile,
I bought the e-vents because I was not happy with my current goggles, the Proto Switches. I wanted something with sleek looks, and a low profile and the Protos did not offer me that despite performing generally well. I also was fed up with being fogged up in the middle of a game.
So I went on the hunt for a nice pair of goggles. It came down to a choice between the grillz and the e-vents and I ended up going for the e-vents because I prefered the look of them. The price may be an issue for some, I have a limited budget but seeing as the goggles are at the end of the day saving your vision and I dont mind handing over a few more notes for that.
When I first got the e-vents I was amazed how small they were. Having only used the Protos and rental masks I was used to bigger goggles, and wasnt expecting this. They are made from a rubber material and flex very easily which will increase the chance of a bounce if you take a hit to the face. With the goggles you get a brow visor, a normal visor, a smoked thermal lense, a clear anti-fog lense, a urban camouflage mask strap and two microfibre cloths that double up as lense and visor bags. This is a great edition to what was already a great mask and the smoked lenses look really good.
So I put the mask on, I have a average size head and face and it fitted really snug. I had only tightened the strap a little bit and it was a tight fit which might be a problem for those people that have a fat head. The mask has a curve that fits your jawline and chin which makes your neck and throat a little vunerable, I did take one to the throat when I was wearing this, but I guess this is something that you will have to accept when wearing this mask, or get some neck protection. There is a lot of foam in the mask itself which makes it a very comfortable mask, and with the wide lenses you can even forget you are wearing a mask.
I first used the mask in the woods at my nearest field. I stuck out like a sore thumb as everyone else was wearing camouflage overalls and black proto switches and with my white e-vents I felt pretty cool. Someone even came up and said "Thats a badass mask", thats how cool it looks. Even if you play woodsball, the e-vents come in a range of colours so you can get one to suit your situation.
My first impressions when playing were how clear everything was. I had no fog and I was playing 20 minute games and it was reasonably humid. I took a bounce off the chin which I was happy about. Iran into problems though when I tried shouting to my friend who was about 10-20 meters away from me. I could hear him very well, but he couldnt hear me when I replied. This is because there are hardly any openings in the mask front which cause alot of echo. This also causes a breathing problem and I was left winded as I couldnt get enough air. The final problem came from when I was shot in the ear. It hurt alot and I went death in that ear and at the end of the day I had a nice black cauliflower ear. I was expecting more from these ear protectors, but they are made from a thin material that is pretty flimsy and easy to tear.
Despite the problems the e-ventsare probably the best goggles on the market and I reccommend them to anyone.
A great mask with sleek looks, great performance but a few problems. Great for sup air and woodsball.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, March 30th, 2008 at 9:42 am PST