A product designed to protect your most important features deserves to be extraordinary. That is why the design team at Dye has harnessed the power of performance and style to create the Invision 3 with Tri-Mold Soft Flex Technology. A firm upper frame, co-molded with a soft dual-density, mask delivers a functional yet stylish advantage over the competition. This new technology sets the standard for comfort, flexibility and safety.
The Dye patented Forward Tab Retention System (FTRS) is the most secure
lens system available. It is the only lens-goggle application that features zero profile tabs with no extruding edges.Delivering safety and a clean looking style, the FTRS securely locks the lens into the frame under the most severe impacts.
2 stage foam is specifically designed to sheet sweat and moisture away from your face. Open and closed cell foam technology provides comfort and moisture wicking properties.
The patented Invision3 Multi-Directional Venting will throw your voice farther and clearer than any other vented mask on the field. Utilizing precise blade angling and a proven venting configuration, the Invision3 Multi-Directional Venting will make communication with your teammates effortless, as if there were no vocal obstructions.
Tri-Mold Soft Flex Technology offers various mask flexibility without sacrificing safety or performance. Utilizing a revolutionary process of co-molding, the Dye design team has developed a firm base frame, coupled with a very flexible facemask and patented venting system.
Silicone is out, woven rubber is in. The Invision3 retention strap system needs to be adjusted once and once only. Designed to fit your head and stay that way, like it should. The elasticity of the woven rubber straps will out last the competition.
Unilateral, audibly efficient ear protection, the Invision3 has a unique sound channeling design that offers unobstructed sound quality, providing three-dimensional hearing.
The anatomically correct Invision3 mask system offers the best of
comfort and performance for the player. Tested at twice the current ASTM
impact standards for safety. Good protection is key.
Low profile and removable, the Invision3 visor adjusts vertically to
provide maximum shade for your eyes and protection for your forehead.
The Invision's compound radius lens gives the player the ultimate in
vertical / horizontal peripheral vision and optical clarity. Setting the standard in visual performance, the dual-bowl lens design offers phenomenal visual performance.
The Invision3 goggle frame is molded from tear-resistant polyurethane and is designed with maximum flow-through ventilation. Designed to be anatomically correct and low profile to your face, the Invision goggle frame is a first in the paintball industry.
Combined with a secure goggle, the patented Multi-Directional Venting drastically reduces re-ventilated fogging. The Multi-Directional Venting also assists you with voice projection.
Adjustable comfort chinstrap to secure goggle during active play.
The Dye i3 Invision 3 Mask is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used. Check out the Places to Buy links below for places to purchase it new.
You don't want to know how I got it, you want to know how good it is, so ill skip that part...
1) Padding- The padding is phenominal. I have a JT Proteus which is great. But this is even better. There is the ear padding which is nicely sized, and is very soft. Yet it doesnt block out sound. The eye section of the foam is great, it fits to your face perfectly. With all of this protection, the only way you know when you are shot in the mask, is when you see it on your lense, or hear a loud pop.
2) Venting- The venting is key. Sure, they sey it makes you easier to hear, but is it really true? YES! Who knows how, but the anglesof the venting makes it seem like you doin't even have a mask on, so its easy to hear anyone who has this mask on. Also along with venting comes heat. I only played one or two games with this mask, but there is the least possible amount of moisture i have ever seen in a mask. Usually, you can see and feel the moisture in the mask (Proteus is a big culprit). Don't get me wrong, the Proteus is a 10/10 as well, but it isn't quite as good as this (its cheaper).
3) Looks- Pretty straightfoward... The mask looks really nice. Serious consideration must have been put into the appeal of this mask, because it is very nice.
4) Bounces- Yes, I have only played so many games with this mask, but so far, it has been very successful. I probably got 4 or 5 bounces off of it in two days of play. The only mask-shot i that broke was on the lense.
5) Protection- For me, this mask protects my entire face, forehead and 3/4 of my neck. With the visor on, nearly my whole head is covered as well. The protection is how every mask should be. It's really one of a kind.
6) Even though it covers your whole face, it is "slim cut" so it just covers perfectly around your face and no extra.
7) Periphrial Vision- Simply put, you will forget it is on...
8) Fogging- Buy one and try to make it fog. It won't. I blew directly up on it, while playing in a game, nothing. It is unheard of.
9) Comfort- Every part of the mask that is touching your face is padding. Even the chin strap is pure padding. That is a first... The foam is soft, and forming, everything feels just right.
This is absolutely a perfect mask. If you really don't have the money, a proteus is also a great choice for around $60 new. However, I think it is worth it to save the extra $20 and get this. I am impressed. 10/10.
A little expensive
Very difficult lens change
Limited chin and jaw protection
One store in my area had the i3 for sale already. I was only able to give a short run through, but it's very similar to the old Invision and Proto Switch. I'll compare and contrast the i3 in various categories to both of those aforementioned masks.
This is by far one of the most important aspects of a mask, and the i3 does well in the first half of this category. The vision is excellent--it's almost as if you aren't wearing a mask at all. The lens gives a very clear view, and the range of vision is easily sufficient. The whole field can be viewed with ease with the i3. The lens itself though is the main weak-point of the i3, and I'm not talking about the vision qualities. I'm talking about the lens change (or lack there of). The lens system is the same as the old Invision, and it's terrible. The lens is very difficult and time consuming to change. I like to change or clean lenses if necessary between rounds, and the i3 doesn't permit me to do that. The much older and cheaper Proto Switch - a Dye product - has a simple, fast, and easy lens change. I don't understand why Dye didn't transfer this technology to their "best" mask. The lack of a speedy lens change is the most annoying aspect of the i3. The lenses however are available in multiple colors and shades and aren't too expensive, so that goes on the plus side.
This is another strong point of the Invision. Dye hasn't changed the fit from the old Invision and the Proto Switch. The mask is very comfortable for extended periods of play, and it's comfortable for most players. The foam is soft and forms nicely to your face, and the weight of the mask isn't noticeable in the heat of a game. Ventilation is very good, and this keeps you cooler on those hot and humid days. Overall the comfort factor of the i3 is definitely one of the best available.
The protection of the Dye i3 is both a plus and minus. For tournament and upper level players, the low profile is a plus. The mask rides closely to the head, and the target profile is low. The i3 might save you that hit to stave off elimination. For lower level recreational players, the i3 is a little scarce on chin and jaw protection. A hit in that area isn't fun, and the i3 leaves those areas a little too exposed for my taste. I would rather have a mask with plenty of protection and allow the user to cut it down if desired. The i3 just doesn't permit this. For both types of players however, the softer rubber lower portion is a nice addition to the Dye i3. It's about the same softness as the Proto Switch, and you might get a bounce or two--bounces that were not remotely possible with the old Invision. The softer rubber is a nice upgrade to the Invision line.
The i3 is simply typical Dye. Awesome is the first word that always comes to mind. The different color pattern and design is really just a minor overhaul from the old Invision, but it only enhanced the appearance. My initial thoughts about pictures of the i3 were of dislike. I thought Dye had ruined the looks from the previous Invision. But after taking a closer look now, the i3 is the best looking mask out there to me, period. This mask can make any player look more formidable, and that never hurts.
Again it's just typical Dye; it means that it's a little expensive. Masks in general are getting too expensive, and Dye used to be the leader in that category. $85 doesn't seem as much now because of masks that are over $100, but the Invision could be a bit cheaper considering the fact that the mask hasn't changed much from the previous version. Overall it isn't a big deal, but the price isn't something to cheer about.
I only recommend the Dye i3 to persons that have to have a Dye mask or people that really want the great looks of the i3. I don't recommend the i3 to anyone else. Before you complain about my rating, I'll explain myself. It has been about two years since the original Proto Switch FS became available. The Switch is still for sale for about $65, and I'll put this frankly: The Proto Switch FS is a better mask than the i3, and has a lower price to boot. The i3's lens system is just too difficult and time consuming to change. I don't understand why Dye didn't harness the easy and quick lens change of the Switch and add that to the i3. VForce has had an easy lens change for quite some time now, the new Vents line also has jumped on that bandwagon, and Dye has already had it for a while now with the Switch. Dye's failure to include this is the single most important reason why the i3 is not the best mask for sale today, and it's not even close to being the best. Along with a few other minor gripes, the i3 gets a solid 8. This doesn't mean it's a bad mask (it's a very respectable choice for a mask), but a 10 rating is reserved for the best mask out there in the identical price range. The i3 is not nearly the best mask, and great looks is more of personal opinion than anything else, so that's the reason behind my rating.
I've used/ tested literally every popular mask system out there.
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The i3 is a vast improvement over previous invison models.
The lenses are STILL very difficult to change.
I recieved the the DYE i3 goggle today, and overall I am EXTREMELY pleased. The i3 system is IMO more stylish than its predicesor, lighter, more flexible (bounces), and better ventilated. In addition, the i3 is a litte larger than the previous invisions, so it offers more protection for us ballers with big heads. ;)
However, the i3 is not without its faults. DYE uses the same exact lens system on the i3 as it did with the previous invisions ... needless to say, changing lenses is very difficult, and you'll find that your fingers will be very sore afterwards. In addition, as with anything DYE, you could argue that the i3 is overpriced.
Overall, the i3 is a fantastic mask system. DYE did a great job imporving the mask, and dealing with nearly all of the faults from the previous invision models (other than the whole lens changing problem.)
As a comparison, the i3 has a very similar weight and feel to the proto switch masks, so if you like them, you'll love the i3.
I hope my review has helped you decide on a new mask.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, November 24th, 2005 at 8:51 am PST
Dye DM5- Blue
SMart Parts Freak kit
DYe throttle 71 ci
blue dye rhino cover 05
Halo rip drive- blue
Made by Dye
Wow, what can i say. this mask has it all. good looks. i got the blue one, and all i can say is that the pictures on the websites look way different. its not as shiny as they show it, and it fits my head very. it is very comfortable with a great feel. U can also talk perfect with this on, its like u have no mask on at all. They also have a new chinstrap with cloth around. i never use those, but if u do it would help. also, it bounces. not just any bounces, but near jt flex bounces. so if u get this, u get the best of both worlds, jt bounces and invision greatness.
It is a humongous step up from the old invision. even if u have the old one, get this one.
I just got this mask on Christmas. This Mask is Great for beginners or pros. It is very comfy and has great ventilation. This mask has a decent price for what it is. it is bouncey stretchy ans seems very durable. It also comes with a waranty card and a vinyl carying bag so your lenses wont get scratched. THIS MASK RULES!
i give this a Flat OUT 10! Its way more comfy then other mask it has great vision and ventaltion. Also its pretty light. THIS MASK RULES
If this review was helpful please rate it
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, February 1st, 2006 at 2:37 pm PST
This mask is the best. It's a top of the line mask. It looks great and it is perfect out on the field. I have only used it once at Skyline Paintball and it was awesome. It was very comfortable I could'nt believe it. And the vision was great I could see everything around me. The mask is great for beginners or pros. It is also really good for its price.
I love this mask. I would definitely recommend it. that is why I am giving it a perfect ten.
JT Proflex (Lighter)
JT Spectra (Worse)
Proto Axis (Same But Better)
Proto Switch (Worse)
Hard To Clean
The lens of this mask provide a great field of vision and are perfectly clear to allow maximum sight, its nearly as if you could see as well as you can without them on.
Pretty good looking if you ask me, they are similar to the old ones but the color was reversed, where the black would be now their is the color that would be in the venting of the mask. Very sleek design and the material is still sturdy, it is like a polymerish kind of rubber that wont break but if dropped will bounce instead of hitting the lens.
It is great! The Padding inside of the I3 are very well constructed, I am not sure what its made out of but i believe their are about 3 layers for great comfort and protection, their is this padding around the ears and lens area.
+Ventilation and Fog+
Simply Amazing. The breathablity on the I3 is great as it has little holes everywhere. Their are about 8 big sections of venting on the front, small holes right below the ear area, and more everywhere else such as around the lens. I have even tried to fog it up breathing heavy and it just wont fog.
Follow the Rules of Play and Wear this Mask and You wont Get hurt.
The process of cleaning it can be very difficult for many, including myself. Then again this might be very easy for some to do so this all pretty much depends on the person.
When I bought these they are $85, Now the price is $65 (Correct me if im wrong) Because of the new Proto Axis. You can buy both and get the same performance but I personally would get the Axis as it is VERY easy to clean but now you have to pay $85 for those. So it all depends on your budget.
Even though the mask does not fog from heavy or warm breathing, their is still a problem with fogging if you happen to sweat alot. The sweat moves into the padding then gets trapped and fogs itself up, so i recommend wearing a bandanna or a hat when using the mask.
Well...Its Been about 4 months since I wrote this review and the mask is still holding pretty strong....sort of.
First Problem Was My Own Fault Of Putting My Mask On To Quick and Being Careless and Stuff. The Foam on the Frame Decided To Start To Peel Off, But This is Due To My Own Sweat, and Pulling against my face when putting on and removing the Mask. I tried to Glue it on about 3 Times But That was a Total No-Go. So I Had to spend 19 Bucks For The Frame
Next Was Right After Frame problem...The Lens. Ohhh boy was i glad they were theyre though, someone bunkered me and got about 3 right in my face. Anddd What Do Ya No.. A big crack right in the middle. So Thats another $20.
The Mask is still working and everything so i still fully recommend you buy it.
The Dye I3 Invision Is a Great Mask Overall and Backed Up by a Great Company. I Highly Recommend this Mask with its New Price but If you Find Cleaning a Mask to be Trouble Some I Would Get a Axis. Hope I Helped.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 at 8:41 pm PST
red black fade paint
14 SP linear barrel
rufus dawg wicked bolt
double trigger (w/ pen spring mods)
Lots of other lenses to choose from
I'd just thought i'd add something that i dont think anyone else put on there review.
the mask is great for adjustability, there are 2 holes on the top left and right of the lense frame that the frame can go into, makin the mask tighter, or looser around your face, and the viso is adjustable vertically to get the maximum shade protection possible.
thats all i'll write cause the rest of the reviews will answer all of your other questions
Great mask, i dont care about the lense change cause everthing else makes up for it :)
Trilogy pro cocker, Evil driver barrel, pmi pure energy 68 4500psi tank, empire reloader 2 hopper, shock tech drop forward.
Looks, comfort, Flexibility
I recently bought the I3 and though I have not worn them at the field yet, I can tell anyone that they are much more comfortable than the old Invision. The foam around the goggle frame and ears feels thicker and the addition of the chin strap is nice, no more mask flipping up if you slide wrong. Obviously the major change of the mask is it is now flexible, it's flexible enough to not be flimsy but it's soft enough to probably cause bounces.
Overall I have to say that i'm glad I purchased it, if you have a fan for your old invision then it will fit the I3 and I think you can also use the lenses from the old ones as well.
I've since worn this mask on the field and still stick by what I say. The mask feels great and true to form i've had a couple of bounces off of it. So far I haven't had to use my fan on it but it is still cold outside so i'll update once summer gets here.
An excellent mask, and a highly reccomended purchase.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, December 27th, 2005 at 7:36 am PST
NEW!!! Promaster,boomstick, realoader b, sticky 3's, invision, throttle air, C5 jersey, MAC tool gloves (try em they work great)
Weight, size, style, price
Its made by dye why is this section here?
I owned the old invision and loved it. I got word from my sponsor about the new ones coming out awhile back and pre-ordered one. All I can say is wow. It fits awesome, has ear padding that doesn't disturb your hearing and looks great. And the price is pretty resonable only about 95 with visor and bag.
I love this, better than the old one and no too pricy, buy it and love it