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schuby Friday, May 29th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
1 year7 of 12 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
Marker Setup: Too many
Strengths: Foam is replaceable
Really nice anti-fog coating
Weaknesses: Have to put it on the "right" way

Review: Let me say first that this was my first fairly high end mask(my other was a Proto Switch El, which was a POS).

Having said that, I love this mask. I've been using it over a year, and have had hardly any real problems with it. I've played in the hottest weather(OK D-Day 2008), cold weather(mid-30's), and everything in between. I'll admit, it has fogged on me on occasion. Always in hot, humid weather, when I'm running a lot. But the thing is, everyone around me was also fogging. People in flex's, I3's, I4's, E-vent's, and the like. So I think that's just that at a certain point, all masks fog. No matter what fog coating they have. And, even when these do fog, on occasion, all you have to do is breath through your nose for maybe 30 seconds, and they unfog. Or force your breath down out of the mask.

I've also had lots of people ask me about the whole "bounce" issue with hard shelled masks. And I will say this in response: It's not about the mask, it's about the angle of the ball. If the ball is angled right, it will break. Whether it's on the mask, or on the humans face(I've seen and talked to plenty of kids with soft masks who get hit in the face and it hurts like a b**** because it just folds the mask and breaks on their cheeks). Personally, I'd rather have a mask that will protect my face when a ball is going to break. Having said all that, I'll also say that I, and my team mates, have gotten a LOT of bounces off the top part of this mask. I've actually seen balls hit my team mates IN THE MASK, and I look and look and look and they don't break. These aren't long balls either. These are fairly close quarters(maybe 15 yards, in one instance). So hard shelled or not, they do bounce. I'd say about as much as other masks.

My favorite part of these, though, is the replaceable foam. Why? Because it's incredibly easy to replace! You can play the first part of an all day scenario, go out for lunch, switch foam, and come back in and have no wet foam, no sweat issues, nothing!

Another thing I really like is how easy the lens is to clean. It's ridiculously simple. Most of the guys on my team use one paper towel, dry, one swipe, and it's clean. Personally, I use microfiber cloth(no, it doesn't scratch the lens) and with one swipe it's all gone. Crystal clear.

The one thing that I'll say about these is the issue a lot of people have, which is putting them on right. It takes a few tries, and sometimes some mid game adjustments(as do other masks, I might add). You just have to make sure they ride lower on your nose than other masks do. This also helps with air circulation, I might add(this is because the air holes are designed so the mask is lower on you face). But once you get used to putting them on, it's as easy as any other mask. If they're on right, it also covers up your chin which is one thing a lot of people complained about when they first came out.

Which brings me to my last point, the people saying these are too small and leave areas of your face exposed. I have one question: people who complain about that, have you EVER worn another high end mask? EVER? I compared these to my friends Vents, and THE VENTS LEAVE MORE AREA exposed. They leave his ears out a little, his chin is almost completely exposed, and he has told me he has even been hit in the jutting part of his chin before, without the paintball hitting the mask. So don't b**** about that until you give me some solid evidence that they are smaller.
Conclusion: Buy it. It's amazing, the companies customer service is excellent(Jerry, the owner, is an awesome guy and truly cares about his product being amazing). I can honestly say I don't really want any other mask. I don't think I'll ever need one.

Oh, and for larger headed people, be patient. The 2nd generation masks are coming soon. And they are made for fitting all people, including those with pumpkin sized heads. They're also going to have a ton of other awesome improvements.
9 out of 10

Review Comments
Donster 125 Thursday, July 16th, 2009 | 6:26 pm PST
correct me if im wrong, but i was under the impression that these masks have been out for less than a year.

scrounger Saturday, July 31st, 2010 | 11:57 pm PST
I must disagree with your comment you need "evidence" if it being smaller.

The company rep who emailed me (very EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE) admitted people with longer faces it would be short on them. He stated as the economy improves there is a EX model with more protection in the works.

Also the trend in ALL MASKS is the speedball minimal coverage. So this is not unusual.

Lastly your comment (which I won't repeat) was rude and uncalled for. Simple request for proof would be the ADULT way of asking

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