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Carrick Friday, September 25th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Empire E-vents,
Dye i4s (Tested)
JT Proflex (Tested)
Marker Setup: DM8, Dye Rotor, 4500psi 1.1l Pure Energy Tank.

(spare) Tippman A5, Response Trigger, Ricochet R5 Hopper, OPSGEAR M107 Shroud, Total Freak Kit with 14'' All American Front, Walther Red Dot scope, Lapco Sight mount, and a CAR15 6 position stock. + Remote Line
Strengths: Full Head Protection
Looks
Field of View
Foam
Weaknesses: Lens quality
Changing lenses
HOT
Review: These were the first pair of goggles I ever owned and I keep them as a spare set, or goggles I lend to friends.

Lets start with the good. Getting hid in the head is no longer a worry with these, I've actually had shots hit the top of my head and not even notice. I think they look absolutely awesome (nb I have mine in the camo), especially with a pair of the smoke lenses. The spectra lens does give a fantastic field of view, no glare on the front of the goggles from the nose area like the i4's do, and even if you stretch your field of vision you'll never see the sides.
The foam on these is really heavy duty stuff. Over the 3 years I've owned these it's still in great shape. Couple of tiny chunks missing from it but that's about it. Really thick, really comfortable, and it doesn't fall of readily.

The issue I take with these mostly is that they get VERY warm after playing for a while. They are completely covered in vents and gaps to let the heat out on literally every surface except where the lens is; however, this does little to stop you being baked alive inside of that helmet.
As with nearly all JT goggles in their line, the lenses are abysmal to try and change and require a little brute force to remove properly. No quick release here.
As well as that, I take issue with JTs thermal lenses anyway. I always find they break stupidly easily. When cleaning the lens by itself NEVER EVER EVER let water hit the black foam connecting the thermal section to the thicker plastic part as if so much as a drop gets through the foam into the air gap, they're ruined and not worth playing with. That water will stay in there and then cause them to fog up VERY quickly in the future.

I clean my goggles after every time I play and I have broken more lenses cleaning them than anything else. Because of the awkward method of removing the lens and the need for a little force to do it, I often end up loosening or breaking the thermal part of the lens off in my hand as I try to remove it.
It's not impossible to make good quality thermal lenses, it's just that JT hasn't managed it yet.

The only other minor detail I will mention is that these may not be suitable for people with large heads. I'm 6' and the bottoms of my earlobes hang out of them. It's not a huge issue, and I've heard of other people having the same problem. They could just be a little bigger around the ears.

And getting them on if you have long hair can be an issue.
Conclusion: They're a great pair of goggles if you're careful with the lenses and dont mind the heat too much.
As I said, I keep them as a spare set and often give them to my friends to play in who are afraid of getting shot. The extra head protection really helps sometimes too.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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