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Jaxson017 Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Dye i3
Marker Setup: BT Delta
- Delta Elite Shroud
- Apex Tip
- Revvy Hopper

Spyder Pilot ACS
- Dye 3 Grips


Strengths: Light
Durable
Comfortable
Low Profile
Comes with nice HD lens
Soft ears
Weaknesses: Lens Removal \ Cleaning
Fogging
Expensive
Uncomfortable with glasses on underneath
Review: Last Xmas, I asked my wife to purchase me a new mask as I had been out of paintball for quite a few years and I wanted a quality mask to last me. After giving her a number of ideas she purchased me a set of White/Black i3 Pros. I love this mask especially in winter games in NW Pennsylvania, it blends in well with the snowy landscape.

The i3 pros are a great mask, they are light and durable. Unlike old style cheaper masks I dont feel like I am wearing a motorcycle helmet . They move extremely well with me and they very rarely get in the way. They provide a low profile when under cover, except for the visor which sometimes sticks out alittle too far. The HD lens and Soft ears included with the i3 pros are a nice addition, but the HD lens can be tough to look through on sunny winter days, due to glare.

Now for the negatives, the lens suck to remove. Plain and simple. Granted they are slighty better than the original i3s. I had a set of each this year to play with and I think it took me 15 minutes to remove the lens from the i3 and 10 for the i3 pro. This is a marked improvement, but pretty pathetic compared to people with a vForce profiler/grill or sly profit who could remove their lens in 15 secs. There is also a fogging issue that is tough to deal with from time to time. If you sweat or if the weather conditions are right, you fog up all the time, and once it starts if never stops it seems. I always need to keep a second mask around to counteract this. Typically I last half a day before needing to switch out masks. A fan is available to fix this but it $50-60 more on top of the 80-90 I spent on the mask. The only other negative I have found is that if you wear glasses, the soft ears / foam can press your frames into your temples, and that hurts. I realize though that this can be solved by swtiching to contacts.


Conclusion: The i3 pros are a top notch mask for the paintball world, but they are not without their flaws. The lens are absolutely absurd to remove and install, and fogging issue are something to worry about if you play in less than ideal conditions on a regular basis.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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