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jonbob Monday, November 3rd, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
6 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
V-force shield-On par with this mask, but has a better lenses, better change system, and worse colors (personal opinion)
JT X-fire thermal-Bigger, more restrictive, heavier, worse field of vision
Marker Setup: Proteam micromag with intelliframe, Level 10, CP drop foreward, CP on/off, Dye Stickies, Powerlyte Scepter barrel system, Ricochet AK, nitroduck x-stream 68ci/4500psi
Strengths: Light, low profile, good colors, good field of vision, no fogging on thermal version
Weaknesses: Lenses are really hard to change.
Review: This was my second mask and replaced my X-fire mask and I must say I really liked it. I never had any problems with it fogging (I got the thermal version) and if you play woods ball you really should go with the Olive drab color because it helps alot over the other flashy colors. For about 35 bucks you get a great non-fogging mask that is low profile and has low weight. You really can't complain unless you compare it to the new lens systems that are coming out for masks these days.

It's when you need to change the lenses that this mask really gives you problems. The first time I did it my fingers got so tired and I got so frustrated that I tried to pry the lens out with a metal tool (I know, stupid me) and ended up scratching the hell out of a brand new thermal lens. It was my own fault but the fact is you still have to take the lenses out after every game to clean it and it can be a real chore if you don't know how to do it properly. The other thing about the lens to watch out for is on the non-thermal version. My buddy got it and didn't have too many problems untill one day it rained and everyone who didn't have a thermal lens was SOL. Really you should always go for the thermal or no-fogging version when you buy any mask.

Other than that this is a great mask that gives you the same field of vision as the JT flex-7 masks still used by pros. Again, great for recreational use or tourney play. I also didn't mention that it's comfortable as well. With the light weight, small size, and nice foam padding around the eyes you'll forget you're wearing it sometimes.
Conclusion: I would recommend this product to anyone who is in the market for a new mask. It's roughly the equivalent to a V-force shield mask with a different lens so for this price range it comes down to which style you like and what brand/colors you want. Keep in mind that for 35 bucks this is an excellent beginner price but make sure you don't go cheap and not get the thermal lens. I say again, GET THE THERMAL LENS. I promise it's worth the extra few bucks. I would give this a 10 but because of the lens changing it has to get a 9.
9 out of 10Last edited on Monday, July 19th, 2004 at 2:37 pm PST

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