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chris in va Friday, January 16th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

3 months
Products Used:
Rental Smith
Marker Setup: CCM Series 5 cocker
Spyder Xtra
Strengths: Somewhat inexpensive, great field of view, comfortable, doesn't fog
Weaknesses: Could use more chin coverage, somewhat wide, minicell foam ear pads dig into temples
Review: I knew right away renting equipment just wasn't going to work. A local sporting goods store (D**ks, can't use the name in here??) had this mask for $45 (cheaper online, but oh well) and the thermal lens sounded like a great idea as most ski goggles have this.

This mask just works good. No complaints really. The 270 degree visibility is fantastic. I was out in 30 degree temps last weekend and didn't fog at all. Nice visor too.

I did have to cut the ear foam at an angle so it wouldn't dig into my temples. No big deal, but something JT could tweak a little. There's nothing else on the mask that is uncomfortable, and you can tell they did their homework on the design. I've tried on $90 masks that weren't nearly as comfy.

The plastic is not very flexible, so plan on having the paint spat instead of bouncing.

UPDATE 2/10: Had this mask out every weekend for 3 months now. Only once did it fog a little, and that was due to running around a LOT in the woods with the foam sucking up the sweat. I recommend getting some sort of headband to keep that from happening. Otherwise totally fog free. Just don't spray anything inside the lens. One thing though, and this may just be normal wear, but the lens is getting progressively more scratched. Goggle hits really do a number on the plastic. It's OK for now but a couple more months and I'll have to get another $20 lens.

Conclusion: I really like it! I don't plan on having to upgrade any time soon. If you just play in the woods or rec ball, this is just fine. No need for an expensive mask.
8 out of 10Last edited on Monday, February 9th, 2004 at 10:14 pm PST

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