So Phat Series Feature:
Comes with a Clear Single Pane Lens and an additional Colored Replacement Lens
Tough, durable plastic
Interchangeable polycarbonate lens with military grade AF+AS+UV coatings
Soft Plush R.W.I. (Replaceable, Washable, Interchangeable) Foam
Adjustable strap with Sure Grip Technology
Comes with Nice Stuff Bag
30 day limited manufacturer's warranty
The save phace BC7 is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
Rental Masks (Whatever Brand is cheapest is usually what's rented out) - In terms of comfort this mask is obviously superior to Rental's. Because it hasn't been worn by hundreds of other players.
Still Building my Setup
Range of Vision, Comfort, Graphic, Lenses easy to change, Feels Secure
Hard Plastic/Bounce Factor, Price
Note: I actually own the "Warlord" version of this mask, however the build is identical. The graphics are the only difference.
To the high level tournament player, this mask is something probably looked down on, given it's fairly large with the forehead shield on, it's solid plastic throughout, and in general doesn't feel like a tournament mask. However, it really is a great product. I'm a new player in Paintball, and this is my first mask. I couldn't be happier. The protection it provides really outweighs the need to play as tight as possible for me. And should I ever want to make it a smaller target, the forehead guard comes off to make for a pretty damn small mask.
The Graphic, which let's be honest: it's probably the main reason to buy this mask, is awesome. It's very detailed. Like I said before I have the Warlord model, and it really does look intimidating. I played a few games, and I would have players that refused to get near me just because it was so intimidating.
However there are two downsides that make this mask difficult sometimes. There is the "bounce" factor. Most masks are built with a rubber like plastic, and therefore the odds of a ball bouncing off the mask (rather then breaking) are increased. However, with that said I have never really experienced a ball bouncing when wearing a rubberized mask. It seems like a Paintball traveling at 260FPS is going to break when it impacts your mask, rubber or not. However, it is worth noting, that if a ball were to bounce, it probably wouldn't be on this mask. The other issue is the lower jaw area. I have a big head, I'm willing to admit this. But if I open my mouth wide enough, I can see my bottom row of teeth. It just seems to jut out a little to far from the face. I know I'm going to get hit in the chin eventually running this mask, which is a little worrisome. There's also no real way to make up for this short coming. I'll probably end up buying a second larger (and cheaper) mask for Speedball, and use this mask for Recball.
ALSO: As a note. If you plan to get this mask, ***heed the warning of cleaning***. I have followed the instructions very carefully (warm water and soft non-lint cloth to clean) and the mask is holding up fine. If you use paper towels and windex, expect the mask to be trashed after the first use. You will have a very sturdy, very hard to see out of, mask then.
I love this mask, and don't regret getting it at all. For speed ball and tournament like play, it's probably not optimal, but given it's comfort, and design it's great for Recball and just Paintballing in general.
My brother bought this mask and it has to be the best mask I have ever tried on. The foam isn't really foam but more like foam rubber so it stays in place and comes out so you can clean it. Lens removal is a snap, the mask itself also comes in different patterns and even one you can customize. Up and till 15 minutes ago I was going to state a weakness that it didn't cover all faces that are longer because my jaw line and ear lobes ar exposed when I wear it, but I just got an email from Jerry at Save Phace and he tells me in Sept. they will release an XL version. So no weaknesses
Best Mask you can buy also comes with mask bag and a smoke lens
Smart Parts EOS
Guerilla 70 cu/4500 psi carbon fiber tank
Great graphics, Hard Plastic, removable high density foam
Replacing head piece with visor is very difficult
Complete nightmare to replace head piece with Visor. The holes are tucked in so you have to use a magnetic blunt headed phillips screw driver and contort and manuever in such a small area it's ridiculous. It took me 2 hours to remove and replace 4 tiny little screws. Getting them lined up perfectly with holes you can barely see was nearly impossible. I almost packed the damn thing back up and sent it back. I would recommend having screws come from top or inside the mask rather than from the front and inside where the lens fits. Once in place the visor does seem solidly attached.
I'm not sure about the hard plastic. When hit with a paintball it might cause the ball to break rather than bounce as sometimes may happen with a soft plastic mask. My ears stick out the back about a 1/4 inch, not much but enough to cause minor concerns.
Very easy to remove and replace lens. Which was a nice feature.
BUT Cleaning could be difficult as the warning label says not to use, Ammonia or alchohol based cleaners, in other words Windex, Fantastic, 409 or most other glass cleaners. Warning label also says do not use paper towels, newspaper, etc to clean lens and never let paint dry on lens or mask esp overnight. Never use de-fogger on inside of mask (it's already treated) Never store in hot places, like trunk of your car and keep out of direct sunlight Only use warm water and a Save Phase micro fiber lens cloth to clean. If you clean the lens improperly you will remove the lens coatings. Treat the mask like a fine pair of eye or sunglasses and it will last a long time. (That last sentence may not bode well for me as I go thru sunglasses like toilet paper.)
Seems like it could be a lot of work to keep it clean. But you can buy replacement lens! $18 a piece.
Foam looks to be of a much higher grade than other masks. It is much higher density and therefore washable. The foam is attached to a plastic retainer ring which clicks into place on the inside of the mask so it's removeable which makes for easy washing.
The strap also clicks on and off quite easily.
Feels solid on your face but it's hard plastic and could cause comfort problems if you run into a tree or a branch hits your face.
Also the picture is a bit deceiving, the graphics are not white with a bluish tint. They are white with grey shading and red "blood" on the hose connection graphic. Still pretty dope but definitely NOT lite blue as represented in the photo.
I'm going to give this a 6 mostly because it took 2 hours to install the visor, I'm not 100% sure the hard plastic will be comfortable over the long term and because of the extraordinary lens care requirements.
6 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 at 11:28 am PST
Hard plastic makes for great protection
very good antifog
Very easy to clean
Hard to change visor out
Bought one of these masks when they first came out. I really liked the ease of use as far as cleaning the mask goes the lens comes out easy and the lack of a lot of vents makes cleaning the paint off the mask easy.
The screws to remove the visor are hard to get to with anything other than the took that is provided with the mask and it's not easy to do with that either.
The jawline of the mask is very tight the nice part of this is that it alows you to tuck your chin or "shoulder" your marker without your mask shifting the downside is that it provides little neck protection (thats what neck protectors are for)
The anitfog is very nice
The hard plastic offers great protection but your not likely to get any bounces off it.
If your looking for a soft mask that balls will bounce off keep looking.
If your looking for a mask that will protect your head and face, one that won't fog on you, give this a shot you may have found your mask.