The Spectra ProShield system features the hard plastic Proshield mask, the original and most popular of the Spectra family. This system is designed for those who prefer the protection of a rigid mask. spectra goggle systems represent the most advanced family of modular protection available for the paintball industry. This premiere family goggle system offers 260 degrees of peripheral vision, superior fog elimination, comfort foam and a host of luxury extras, making your choices unlimited. The ProShield is the safest protection for any age or playing level.
The JT Spectra ProShield Mask is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
I love this mask. I prefer this even over the invision. The visibility is awesome. While most masks I think have 180 degrees of goggleness, this has 260 degrees. I can hardly tell that I'm wearing a mask at all.
Although this mask is great, there is one thing that I did not like which is a problem with all JT masks. The lens is very hard to replace and even to clean, but overall, there is more good than bad.
Buy this now or you'll be sorry. Throw out you old mask. Even your invision. this is the best mask out there. If you have the money, get a fan for it.
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Spyder Rodeo, Proto 14 inch barrel, 200 rd hopper, 16 oz co2
A rainy day in Wisconsin, 50 degrees. Thought I was back in Nam it was pouring so hard. Walking through the thick forrest with my task force group, in full camo. It was a 20 v 20 match. Leading a task force of ten, we saw movement. Ambush of the entire opposing team from the bushes at a higher elevation. I dove for cover, thats when it happened, fog gathered so quickly on my lens I was blinded. My task force was lost.
- Replacing the lenses could be a little tricky - but just read the manual!
The JT Spectra Proshield is a great mask for recreational players. I've heard of some pro players use it as well, because it is just such a nice light, comfortable mask, that will refuse to fog up.
I have previously used rental masks and I was getting owned in the field because they would fog up in a sec. That is NOT the case with the JT Spectra.
Oh, and did I mention that the price for this Mask KICKS ASS??
Highly Recommended. You will love the lightness, comfort level, the anti fog lenses, and best of all: THE PRICE
WGP '2K AutoCocker with VL Revolution X,
VL Triton II with 12" Carbon-fiber barrel
Lower visibility that others
Bright around lens
I got this mask in a player's pack along with my Triton II and I knew nothing about masks. I got it home to test it and was very happy to find that it was fully adjustable and had a good chin strap. When I went to play, and because at the time I lived in a humid climate, it fogged horribly. It also was hard to breathe because the bottom of the mask didn't have very good ventilation holes and I ended up re-breathing the air. That was the only complaint with this mask and I was able to cut out pieces of the foam to allow more ventilation in the lens. It was the most comfortable mask to take headshots in I've ever owned and way very easy to clean. This mask is a very good buy and, after some mods, is able to compete with some high level masks.
Great mask, not the best, but still good. I'll give it a 9.
Nice fit to all faces
High vision angle
No fogging (thermal lens)
Difficult to take to pieces
Difficult to clean the lens
The mask is confortable, but the worst thing it have is the assembly system in the lens. There are a piece that "fits" with pressure in a hole, but it's too dificult to get in and out from there. The lens have two layers. The interior one is the piece that gives the thermal propertie to the len, so it's important to have it in a nice condition.
Nice mask to recreational paintball and people who are getting the first steps in Paintball, but I recomend to look for another mask. It's very difficult to clean the lens because the JT assembly system is a design fail. I think JT were not too lucid when they were designing it...
JT Elite "Whippersnapper" (Owned)
I've tried numerous others
1999 Smart Parts Shocker Sport 4x4 S/F (S/N: 001830)
Hard ears and face
Can fog/retain moisture in goggle
Face shield is fairly wide
I have had my Spectra ProShield goggles/mask since it came out in the mid-'90s (the exact same pair). They have served me well through literally thousands of paintball games, for the last decade and a half. The only things they have ever needed was a single ziptie to hold together a crack where the ear shield bolts to the face shield. In the early 2000's I swapped the original lens for a thermal lens. These things are tough, reliable, protective, and worth every penny.
- The foam on JT Spectra goggles is the single most comfortable foam I have ever seen or used. PERIOD. The foam is so soft and plush that you would probably mistake it for t-shirt material if you felt it with your eyes closed. It absorbs sweat extremely well. The foam also forms a complete loop around the goggle, leaving no gaps for paint or debris to enter the goggle. (These include the Flex8 and other masks that use the Spectra goggles.)
- Peripheral vision is very good. I can't really see the edges of the mask (side-to-side) so any more peripheral vision allowed would not be needed.
- The strap has beads of silicone on it, that let it stay in place well.
- The face and ear shields are hard plastic. That has obvious protective benefits. It also has the side effect benefit of being sturdy, and not deforming when stored in a tub with gear piled on it.
- Comes with a visor, and has on optional fan.
- You can get these things for as little as $30 now!
- Because the foam goes all the way around, the goggles probably trap in some extra heat. With the non-thermal lens anti-fog was mandatory or you would experience severe fogging. With the thermal lens anti-fog may be necessary in very hot humid environments.
- The thermal lens is not sealed all the way around between the two layers of the lens, so you can't submerge it to wash it. It also means you must take it out of the goggle to wash the whole mask well.
- The face shield on the mask is fairly wide, and made of sturdy plastic. It probably presents a 1" wider target than necessary, and paint is likely to break on the rigid plastic.
- The goggle strap is difficult to adjust to fit very small people. My wife is tiny, and about 5'2", and I have to take the strap out of the mask, adjust it small, then put it back in because the adjustment buckles need to go past the holes the strap goes through.
Buy this mask! It's a classic, and has stood the test of time for good reason. You will love the comfort of the foam. These now cost about $30, and you could buy a few of these for the costs of other masks. They come in black or green, and will last a long time if taken care of.
Invader- not even close, just a little better protection.
Smart parts Vibe
Invert halo Too
3000 psi hpa tank
Awesome vision, great ventilation almost everything!
This mask is great! Awesome vision, great ventilation, super comfortable, just pure awesomeness. If you are low on cash, this is a great buy, but by all means if you have 20 extra bucks or so, get the thermal version. Its also very customizable, so you'll look just as cool as you feel! (man, that was lame....) So definitely go buy it , its more than worth it. Only one thing, if you get hit in the mouth section, and your mouth is open....... Lets just say it wont taste good.... Anyway, go buy it!
Tippmann Custom Pro
Stock 11" Werks Barrel (NEEDS TO BE UPGRADED)
I didn't get a Visor
Foam Falls Out
This mask is the ultimate for a cheap price. The weaknesses I mentioned are minor! In fact I even took out the foam pieces because the mask wrapped around my head better. It does kind of stink that you dont get a visor but I only paid 20 bucks and when you only play woods ball the sun usually doesnt get in your eyes anyway. The mask fits perfect around my head and never moves and also it breaths really well so you never get hot. The mask never fogs either. I even tested the mask by putting it in my freezer and when I took it out I breathed hot air into the lense. It fogged but w/in 5 seconds it was back to clear. So I guess the only bad thing is that because it breathes so well and you don't get a visor you tend to get paint on the top of your head and through the holes on the side. But o well paint washes off. I would rather be comfortable!
I would definitely buy this product. It is cheap and works perfect. The only downfall for mine was that I didn't get a visor but I usually play with a hood or bandana anyway so it is perfect. Buy it! You will save money and won't be disappointed. I give it a 10!
260 degree Anti-fog lens; extremely comfortable; can wear with glasses; multiple lens selection;
Lenses may be difficult for some people to change.
I've use this mask for over 7 years and I like it so much I now have 3.
One for woodsball - clear / goggle skinz
One for night games - Yellow lens
One for spare
This mask is comfortable enough for extended wear. The 260 degree lens does not interfere with peripheral vision. One of the only masks that has room for glasses to be worn comfortably. Hard shell construction keeps the hits on the mask not on your face.
This mask is so comfortable and the vision range so excellent you can actually forget you're wearing it. Its not flashy but if you're looking for a serious paintball mask this is the one.
I recommend this product to any one who needs a quality mask. Disregard the price. You can pay more but you can't buy better.
I used this make all day, it did not fog at all, i like this mask because it is very cheap in cost and it comes in olive, this is a good mask. there was a blue dog outside, it can fly to, dogs are better than cats. There is a ganster. I think they make you write to much in these reviews.
edit still no fog, i rush everymap too. to solve the ear piece problem i recomend bike helment pads. i did it and it works great
It doesnt deflect paintballs, if you get shot in the face you should be out anyways.
Get it, you won't regret it. i dont recomend the nvader unless your a small kid
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, May 20th, 2010 at 8:26 pm PST