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Unregistered User Friday, March 29th, 2002
Period of
Product Use:
1 year34 of 34 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Scott (various) - Armor better
JT (lower end) - Armor better
PMI - Does anyone really think those masks are good?
Brass Eagle - I'm not a B.E. basher...I use some of their stuff, but masks aren't their forte.
Marker Setup: Model 98 Custom, Homemade dropforward, 12v Revvy, 32* 14" Carbon Fiber barrel
Strengths: First of all, this is a $20 mask, so it wouldn't be doing it justice to try and compare it to its big brother Morph, JT Proteus, or any other "Pro Level" mask. However, I feel that this mask ranks up there with them...this is only my opinion though. The mask is only around $20, of course the lens itself is a good 19.99. This makes me wonder, should I get a new mask each time, or just replace the lens. But anyway, the foam on this mask is the firmer type. Many people don't like it, however, I prefer it and it's one reason I went with this mask. I feel the softer foam is itchier, absorbs more sweat, and breaks down after time. The more firm foam doesn't absorb as much sweat, very durable, and I just like the firmer feel. The anti-fog works really well. I live in Kentucky and for those that don't know, it gets about as humid as you can imagine. Of course, I haven't even come to the glorious part yet. If you aren't already aware, the innovative people at Vforce have redesigned the lens system. In order to remove the lens, you just lift a tab on each side, press in the edges of the lens, and it pops right out. NO tools or a special barrel plug or anything needed. As we all know, when you are pressed for time to get ready for the next match, the last thing you want to be doing is fooling around with your mask...with Vforce, that problem is non-existent. Overall it provides great protection and relatively low profile. It should also come standard with a visor. Although this isn't really an issue these days, it was when I started playing paintball, but there is very little loss of peripheral vision, if any.
Weaknesses: It costs $20 so if the guys that know a lot about paintball see you wearing it, they could think you are a noob. However, everyone I play with knows I'm not...besides that, I think it's to your advantage if your opponent underestimates you. Why pay $80 for a mask when this one is just as good? Take the extra money and upgrade your marker. Honestly, there isn't much to complain about with this product. Although it doesn't cost much and people may think you are a noob, the mask still looks great...it doesn't look like a $20 mask at all. The first time I wore it out my friends thought it was awesome and asked how much it cost, I told them $50 and they were like, dude, that is a good deal...well, they looked it up on-line, but at least I had them fooled for that day. Only comes in black, which doesn't bother me, but it might for some people...I mean, common, it's just a color.
Conclusion: I'm on a tournament team and 2 of my teammates have liked this mask so much, they went out and got one, even though one was using a JT Proteus and the other had a Raven Nuvis. The anti-fog works great...if you read reviews about guys having problems with fogging, it's possible, but you don't know how they maintain their mask. I only use water and try not to clean the inside if I can avoid it (because of the anti-fog coating). I think that repetitive cleaning/rubbing of the inside of the lens could cause a loss of the anti-fog coating, and eventually lead to fog problems, however, why would you need to clean the inside of the lens? Paint only gets on the outside, so if you clean it like you should, I feel you won't encounter any problems. I always find it hard to give a product 10's, however, this is a superb mask which would bring it to a 9...but then it's only $20 when you are getting the quality (or even better) of some of those $40 and $50 JT masks, so that brings it up to 10. If anything else, get this mask just to stand out from the crowd. I don't know about you guys, but everywhere I look I see JT masks, jerseys, gloves, etc. I have nothing against their products at all, I have used and enjoy many of them, however, I like to be original and have stuff that not everyone else on the field has. That's why I went looking for a mask other than JT, and found this beauty...it's a great deal. BTW, if you want a more professional looking mask, the Shield and Morph have the same quick change system, however, the lens is bigger so better vision, and they carry a more creative design (and come in colors). They do pack a bigger price tag as well.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

Review Comments
P8ntball 111 Sunday, June 25th, 2006 | 10:52 pm PST
What does a barrel plug have to do with taking your lens off????
   

BigBadBaller#3 Sunday, June 25th, 2006 | 10:54 pm PST
and why would someone call you a noob for wearing it?
   

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