Lens clips (see main review)
OK, to begin with, I only see the JTs as similar in that they also have a soft face for potential bounces off the mask. To be honest, the JT Flex systems will probably provide better bounce do to more give than the Profiler. Other than this, the only other likeness is the quick change option on the new JT FX-10.
The Profiler is an awesome mask in my opinion. Granted, I do need to use it more but 1st impressions have me sold...
The mask has a very nice fit. It is very comfortable and doesn't cause any discomfort such as some masks will do around the ears or nose area. At the same time, it keeps a tight profile around your head which I like much better than the flared look of other masks. The tight profile is perfect for bringing your marker up close since it won't come in contact with the mask as easy. Turning my head left and right was the best I have experienced with only the Raven mask being able to compete.
The Profiler also provides good hearing and doesn't seem to muffle your voice when talking to others.
Protection is very good with the Profiler. Even though it gives you the tight profile, it also does a good job of covering your head. On me, it covers the side of my head and the whole front as well. My chin doesn't stick out like it does on the Dye mask (I've only tried the Dye on). It does leave the back of your head open and upper foerhead but then again, most masks do. This is not a negative to me. The only other area I can pick on for lacking protection would be the neck but the Profiler wasn't made for this. If you want neck protection, you could always get the VForce Shield.
The quality is superb on my mask. Everything fits tight. There were no broken/deformed parts and there was no discoloration anywhere. All parts were present and well packaged. I was not able to find any flaws in the mask.
The Lens quick change system is well made. Though it hurt my fingers trying to follow the instructions that were enclosed. I found an easier way for me. Lens replaceament will be quick. Just pop 2 tabs, pop out lens, pop in new lens, and pop tabs back in. I love the fact that it is this easy to replace the lens because I can also clean the lens much better using this method VS. lens on mask. The only negative is that the tabs do come off the mask completely and if your not careful, you could lose them. This should be a minor thing because when you change/clean your lens, you should know to complete the process by setting the tabs back in.
Another strong point about the lens is the no-fog. I sweat pretty bad and can really put the no-fog part of a mask to the test (even thermals). I played in 17* weather recently which kept the sweat down A LOT, but didn't stop the heat from my face from causing the mask's lens to become wet inside. This would have caused fogging eventually but not in my Profiler. The only reason I had any viewing issues is that when I took the mask off, the water buildup literally froze... again, it was 17* out there. So no fogging as of yet and I don't expect it anytime soon considering the VForce rep on this.
The look: The Profiler has a spacy look to it but it's not over the top. I actually love the clean look (I have the grey). No issues here.
Last thing... I got my Profiler at a great deal considering that they are a bit pricey when compared to other masks. Got mine for just over $90 shipped from Canada to NJ.
This is a very well made, tight profile mask that delivers on just about everything the company states. Very comfy and gives good protection while looking good.
Only thing I don't think will happen often is the bounce effect. I just don't see the mask flexing enough to cause a lot of bounces. You may get the odd bounce here and there but I wouldn't buy the mask for this reason.
Other than that, I think this is the best mask I have used to date and highly recommend it to anyone regardless of playing level.
It gets a 9 only because I can't give a 9.75.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, July 15th, 2004 at 8:20 pm PST
Woodsy are you f'ing retarded? Have you missed the other 100+ reviews? I think you're one of the biggest idiots I've ever seen. Also, yes, the Profiler's lense is somewhat wraparound, so it has vision as far as you can see, and that includes turning your eyes to the extreme in either direction.
quote:Originally posted by supersam08 i love how he was talking about being able to bring in your gun closer, cuz i have an autococker and any other mask gets hit by my back block... hint hint to cocker owners
I have hit my mask quite a few times with my back block... no damage but makes you feel like you got shot in the head. I am seriously thinking about picking up a profiler this weekend since they are only $70 now.
Nice review, I agreed with almost everything. The V-Force Profiler is definitely worth the extra money. Although you may want to clean your lenses after ever game or the lenses may become stained from the paint (happened to my friend because he didn't clean his after a few hours)