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MrEPinky Monday, February 17th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month12 of 14 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
JT X-fire - bottom of the line hard rubber mask with limite Vision
JT Spectra - 260* vision, but made of hard plastic (mine ended up breaking)
JT Flex-7 IZE - Great mask, soft rubber, comes in many colors with two lenses, comparable to the Proteus
Marker Setup: -=Weir Rat Impulse=-
Vision - OTB Frame - VFF - No-rise
Vertical Max-flo - Freak - etc.
Strengths: -My favorite thing about this mask is that it fits like a glove. I have noticed that my Flex-7 bounces around on my face quite a bit when I'm running, no matter how tight my strap is. The Proteus hugs my face with it's cushy and comfortable foam even when I'm running, sliding, diving, etc.

-Tight profile. This mask protects your face and contours to it (whereas my Flex-7 flairs out from the lower part of my face.) With less profile, I'm not exposing a whole lot of my head when I'm snap shooting or hugging my bunker. As for getting shot in the neck - it's just as likely to happen with any other mask (unless you buy a Brass Eagle or Diablo mask with a throat protector, which isn't very cool IMHO)

-Sweet look. Because this mask contours, it just looks sharper than my Flex-7. I didn't really notice this until I saw a picture that someone had taken of me. The only other mask I can think of that may rival the Proteus in this department is the Dye Envision.

-Anti-fog. This mask has yet to fog up on me. I used it in a 40* tourney last weekend and had zero problems with foggage.
Weaknesses: -I haven't noticed much of an increase in hearing, so don't expect the multidirectional ear pieces to do wonders.

-The visor is huge! I suppose you could use it to deflect broken paint away from your hair when you take a hit in the forehead, but I'd rather have a smaller profile. I've also seen quite a few visor jewels lost due to a visor hit so I'd question it's integrity. Keep some super glue handy if you're keen on keeping that jewel on ther...

-It's true, your chin will come below the bottom of the mask when you're yelling, but this is a small price to pay for a smaller profile. It may bother some people, but I'm not too concerned about it.

-The bottom half of the mask is less likely to bounce shot's than my Flex-7. This is also a trade off for having a smaller profile. My advice is to avoid getting shot in the face ;)

-I've noticed that these masks gather condensation in the nosepiece. Not really a bad thing, but it gets a bit wet in there.

-Lenses are a bit hard to remove, but this was also the case with my Flex-7. After taking them out a few times, the mask should break in to make things easier.
Conclusion: These are really nice masks which improve upon the Flex-7 mask of yesterday. I'm really digging the smaller profile that hugs my face and the comfortable glove-like fit that keeps mask where it should be - secured to my face. On top of this, these masks are sexy and well made. They use Spectra lenses which are easy to find. The only real downside to this mask is the rather cumbersome visor. Other than that, it's preference between the Flex-7 and the Proteus. The Proteus takes things in a different direction which I feel are more beneficial to my style of play. Take the above comments into consideration when deciding on this mask and ask yourself whther or not it fits your needs. Hope this review helps!
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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