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jwwcalifornia Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested3 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
JT Googles apples and oranges
Marker Setup: Smart Parts EOS
Rampage Remote
Guerilla 70 cu/4500 psi carbon fiber tank
Strengths: Great graphics, Hard Plastic, removable high density foam
Weaknesses: Replacing head piece with visor is very difficult
Review: Complete nightmare to replace head piece with Visor. The holes are tucked in so you have to use a magnetic blunt headed phillips screw driver and contort and manuever in such a small area it's ridiculous. It took me 2 hours to remove and replace 4 tiny little screws. Getting them lined up perfectly with holes you can barely see was nearly impossible. I almost packed the damn thing back up and sent it back. I would recommend having screws come from top or inside the mask rather than from the front and inside where the lens fits. Once in place the visor does seem solidly attached.

I'm not sure about the hard plastic. When hit with a paintball it might cause the ball to break rather than bounce as sometimes may happen with a soft plastic mask. My ears stick out the back about a 1/4 inch, not much but enough to cause minor concerns.

Very easy to remove and replace lens. Which was a nice feature.

BUT Cleaning could be difficult as the warning label says not to use, Ammonia or alchohol based cleaners, in other words Windex, Fantastic, 409 or most other glass cleaners. Warning label also says do not use paper towels, newspaper, etc to clean lens and never let paint dry on lens or mask esp overnight. Never use de-fogger on inside of mask (it's already treated) Never store in hot places, like trunk of your car and keep out of direct sunlight Only use warm water and a Save Phase micro fiber lens cloth to clean. If you clean the lens improperly you will remove the lens coatings. Treat the mask like a fine pair of eye or sunglasses and it will last a long time. (That last sentence may not bode well for me as I go thru sunglasses like toilet paper.)

Seems like it could be a lot of work to keep it clean. But you can buy replacement lens! $18 a piece.

Foam looks to be of a much higher grade than other masks. It is much higher density and therefore washable. The foam is attached to a plastic retainer ring which clicks into place on the inside of the mask so it's removeable which makes for easy washing.

The strap also clicks on and off quite easily.

Feels solid on your face but it's hard plastic and could cause comfort problems if you run into a tree or a branch hits your face.

Also the picture is a bit deceiving, the graphics are not white with a bluish tint. They are white with grey shading and red "blood" on the hose connection graphic. Still pretty dope but definitely NOT lite blue as represented in the photo.

Conclusion: I'm going to give this a 6 mostly because it took 2 hours to install the visor, I'm not 100% sure the hard plastic will be comfortable over the long term and because of the extraordinary lens care requirements.
Rating:
6 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 at 11:28 am PST
 

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