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prep21 Sunday, February 24th, 2002
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
JT Spectra
Marker Setup: 68ci/4500 Pure Energy
Dye Titanium Boomstick - 14
12V Revolution
Custom Products Drop Forward
ANS Quick Pull Venturi Bolt
Strengths: When I first wrote this review, there was no category for the Nuvis-1, so now I am putting the review in the proper section.
This mask has THE most advanced lens on the market today - period. The photochromatic lens is the most stunning feature. Its uncanny ability to react to UV and sunlight intensity and give corresponding tint is remarkable. This will save you an unbelievable amount of hassle and trouble when conditions change. The most intense feature about this mask is most notable on days when you have clouds and sun alternating sky time. I cannot say enough great things about the photochromatic lens! IT RULES OUTRIGHT! This is especiall important for tournament players who can get glare on hyperball and sup air fields.
Weaknesses: Despite this masks remarkable photochromatic lens ability, it is not thermal. I go to college in Washington DC and when we play in the woods under tree canopy's with any temperature over 70 and humidity over 60 (particularly after a day of rain, and that is often), this mask needs to be retired. It outright sucks in foul conditions. Speedball, hyperball, tourney play - all not impacted by this condition however. The open air, even in very humid conditions, will not fog the Nuvis-1. So moral of the story, GREAT tourney mask, anywhere. BAD mask in hot and humid conditions under tree canopy's in the south, northeast, midwest during summer. I live full time in California, and let me tell you that I have yet to have a SINGLE fog issue here in well over 30 times out. Also, the visor needs trimming because it comes too far back, not a big deal at all though if you have ever used a sharp edge - just cut the darn things down to fit you.
Conclusion: If you live in one of the aforementioned areas, make sure you have a thermal as a back up so your day is not ruined by foul weather. Use this mask when the humidity is low and moisture is not locked in the air by things such as tree canopy's. If the day is not that humid, and you are playing in open areas (ie. Speedball, or open woods games), THERE IS NOT A BETTER MASK ON THE MARKET. Conclusion, the Raven Nuvis-1 is the best mask in the world, provided the conditions are not too abhorent. However, because of this lack of versatility, it simply does not rate the top spot. Its performance is so outstanding when conditions are right that I am tempted to give it a 10, but since it is a "conditions specific" mask, then I have to deduct two points.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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