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Gastric Wednesday, July 30th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
JT Spetra Thermal, JT Flex7 Thermal, JT IZE
Marker Setup: Smart Parts Vision Impulse, New Designz internals, New Designz LPR, I-Frame, 14" Evil Pipe barrel kit, 72/4500 Max Flow, Evolution II hopper.
Strengths: Excellent price, unique look, clear lense.
Weaknesses: Lense relies on anti-fog coating, foam is not comfortable and falls off eventually.
Review: Though I value my eyesight I cringe at the thought of spending $60+ on a set of goggles, only because I've found most to be simply mediocre. I've always used JT goggles in the past and I was never super pleased with their performance. They were comfortable but the lenses seemd easily scratched and would occassionally fog without the aid of a fan system. So I was ready for a change.

I tried on various goggles (JT, Dye, V-Force) before making my selection of the Game Face (previously Diablo) Skul.

I have to be honest, my primary decision was based on the incredibly low price of under $25 for a set of thermal goggles that appear to be fairly well rated. If they sucked I'd just sell them and buy something else. However, after two days use I believe they're keepers!

The pros obviously include the price. I'd also mention the unique look and simple 1-piece design of the goggle. I'm assuming this will provide a long lasting goggle frame since there are no rivet/hinges to break (like happened on my JTs occassionally). I also find the field of view to be above average when compared to the V-Force or Dye goggles. The V-Force has a high nose piece and the Dye just seemed to be a small lense in general.

I've worn the Skul with contacts and glasses and the glasses, but not the goggles, tend to fog uncontrollably in hot humid weather. Much more so than with my JT goggles. However, when worn with contacts the lenses remained clear and no fogging was reported (thankfully).

Negatives are as follows: no goggle bag, foam isn't as comfortable as the JTs, lenses are somewhat difficult to remove/install but a little less so than the JTs, not everyone carries the goggles and replacement lenses.

All in all I'm more than pleased with my $25 purchase. If the lenses aren't completely beat after 6 months like always happens with my JT goggles I'd increase my vote from a likely buy to a strong buy.

[UPDATE 10/23/03] This week the foam finally fell off my mask. The mask has been used approximaly in approximately 145 (yes, one hundred and fourty five - thanks to the local weekly leagues) 5-minute 3-man tourney-style games since I purchased it. Though I'm disappointed the foam fell off the lense has been very resilient compared to the JT lenses. By now the JT lenses would need replacement due to severe scratching from goggle shots where the Skul has one noticable mark from a goggle shot. I still give this mask a great price-to-value rating.
Conclusion: My vote is a likely buy. Likely the best goggle for under $25 and probably competes with some/most $50 goggles.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, July 29th, 2004 at 12:54 pm PST
 

Review Comments
Sniper63 Saturday, August 20th, 2005 | 2:05 pm PST
Do you have any idea what lense this mask uses? I have one and I can't find any that fit.
   

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