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xXxCAPNxCHARxXx Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 years5 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
jt/ tippmann spectras that come with the player pack
Marker Setup: A5 w/ ape board E-Trigger
Offset mount w/ tacticle red dot sight
Flatline with Tacticle shroud -or- Tippmann Straightline Barrel
Tippmann X-36 Folding stock
PMI 64/ 4500 HPA tank with PMI remote
Strengths: good anti fog
extremely comfortable
low profile
Light weight
side ventilation
Weaknesses: front/ mouth ventalation
not really fog but BAD condensation
Review: I have had this mask for 2-3 years now. I got it when it first came out and I have absolutley loved it until now. Usually when I play paintball its no more than an hour or so on average.

Pros:
The mask has never fogged on me while playing for short periods of time, its very comfortable, EXCELLANT vision, and its just so comfortable. The looks on the mask are very good too, thats always an important feature besides safety and functionality. After playing in all weather conditions for this mask has never fogged.... until now... read on.

Cons:
I was recently at the Tippmann World Challenge in Michigan where all the Tippmann owners take on all the other brand guns in the world. This was a HUGE two day event with over 2000 people. Their were 2 games each day each game lasting 3 hours. This is where the cons come into place with this mask, for this event was its final test, and IMO it failed. The weather was 75 with about 70% humidity both days. Towards the end of the first game on the first day it started to fog a little, thats weird it never did that before, no biggie though. It went 3 hours without fogging so I didnt think twice. The second game a few hours later the mask started to fog like crazy 20 minutes into the game. I couldnt see a thing! The last thing you want your mask to do is fog up when your stuck behind a barrier at the bottom of a hill with 300 people shooting down at you. I had to call myself out dozens of times throughout the day just because of my vision problems. This had never happened until now, so after the day was over I went over to the VForce trailer (they were the primary sponsor besides tippmann) and I bought a new lens thinking my old one was just worn out. On the second day I had the same exact problems with the new lens.

The mask has poor ventilation in the front. It keeps all the heat from your mouth in your mask so your mask condensates all over the inside eventually making its way to your lens and condensating/ fogging it up. it gets really disgusting after a while and you have to take your mask off, wash off your lens, dry everything off and air dry a little bit, because if there is any moisture this mask with condensate. Now when your at a major event, this is the last thing you want to do because its extremely time consuming. I never had a problem with this mask but it had never truley been tested until now, and I am very dissapointed. I even took the whole mask to the VForce trailer and talked to the guy there, thinking maybe my mask was defective and didnt have the proper ventiliation, because 90% of the people there had this mask and the people I asked didnt have this problem. I get to the trailer and simply ask the guy if this is supposed to do this and he replies with this: "Im sick of you people blaming our masks for you sweating too much, theres nothing wrong with my product, theres something wrong with you" those were his exact words, which tells me a lot of people there had my problem. and for the record: I do not swear a lot. I am very athletic and sweating isnt something I do alot of without doing hardcore body building or running a marathon. I even had a head wrap and a bandana around my forehead to act as a sweat band.

I dont know about the grillz, I have heard good things, but after a God aweful condensating/ fogging problem, and a serious lack of customer service from VForce, this mask just about ruined the coolest paintball weekend of my life. Im currently looking at the 08 Dye I3 pros with the thermal lens, but I will NOT be going back to what I thought was my trusty profiler.
Conclusion: I would not recommend this product unfortunatly. If your really into paintball and you play for long periods of time, I would not get this mask. Unless you dont mind using the last of your water to splash over the inside of the lens every 5 minutes, then you might like this mask. But if your a casual paintballer who doesnt play for more than an hour at a time, this is a good mask. Especially for the price, I paid $90 when it first came out.

I'm giving it a 5 because its just average. When you need it the most, its too busy condensating on the inside to be useful
Rating:
5 out of 10
 

Review Comments
TheKing187 Friday, November 14th, 2008 | 4:06 pm PST
This has nothing to do with your reveiw but hows your straightline im thinking of getting it for my x-7
   

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