The Vents Goggle System is a new, low profile goggle system designed to present the minimum target possible while being soft and flexible for comfort and to help keep you in the game by glancing/bouncing paintballs. The soft faceplate of the "top model" is re-enforced by a flexible yet strong mouth guard which allows the front of the mask to flex on impact, but stops full paintballs from pushing through or lifting it up, and thus protects your lips and mouth. The "mid model" has a more rigid one piece faceplate which still maintains a flexible area in front of your mouth for protection.
These goggles have a special Venting system designed to work functionally with the way you breathe. The mouth vents are located correctly via the use of real digitized human heads such that you breathe and shout through the vents rather than into a large mass of plastic or rubber as with other goggle systems. As your breath hits the front of the mask, it either exits directly or is deflected sideways and outwards through specially shaped vents which take the deflected breath and move it out from the face plate. These specially shaped vents project your voice and warm breathe out to the sides, and not up into the goggle. As your breathing warms the front of the mask, it heats up dry air in the "demist guide". This demist guide is specially designed to prevent hot moist air from your breath getting through vents in the bottom of the goggle. Instead, the heat is transferred to dry air in the demist guide making it rise and move up across the lens of the goggle. As this air rises, it draws in fresh, dryer air from the back and sides of the goggle. This allows you to have a flow of air across the lens to help avoid fogging, while ensuring no moist air gets from your breath into the lens area. Side baffles in the faceplate prevent warm moist air from moving up into the goggle so your voice and hot air is expelled in the direction you want it toÖ out through the mask. The ear pieces are designed to cup around your ears so your ears can sit in a very natural position and your hearing with the goggle on is just like it was without the goggle on. We didn't put excessive cosmetic venting into the mask like many other companies do, because it wasn't needed due to the advanced design and to keep the smooth, clean lines that make paint more likely to glance off the goggle and to make it easier to clean when paint does get onto the goggle.
* Empire goggles come with removable soft ear pieces and an even lower profile faceplate for the maximum reduction in target, and ultimate "cool" factor.
* The Vents lens system is a very advanced and optically correct lens. Although at first glance it looks like a "flat lens," it actually changes in thickness to maintain the best optical quality possible. The power imbalance, which means how your eyes see for straight ahead, is 0.00 for both Spherical power imbalance and Astigmatic power imbalance (the value is so small it canít be read with conventional testing equipment). What does this mean? It means what you are seeing is really where you think it is, so you can be more accurate in your shooting.
* The lens is an extremely safe, quick release system. It can be replaced in seconds, yet is held very securely into the mask and frame. Unlike other quick release systems, the Vents lens fits in under the nose piece. This means the nose area doesnít deflect in when shot, so it prevents the ingress of paint into the goggle under the lens. To further lock the lens into place, there is a "tongue and groove" around the edge of the lens and goggle. This prevents shots at the edge of the lens forcing paint up into the goggle and helps maintain a high safety factor. The Lens is held in at the sides with very robust retainers, which also hold the logos. This simply pushes through the lens and the goggle, then secured in place inside the frame by placing the end of the strap clip over the retainer and twisting down into position. The added safety being that you canít have the strap in place if the lens isnít in the goggle properly. So you canít wear the goggle until a lens is in place. Itís a very quick and easy process, so you can pick and choose lenses to suit your playing conditions.
* The goggle has the ability to add a visor or brow shield. These are made of flexible material and are easy to fit or remove without the use of tools, and with no other separate small pieces to get lost in your kit bag.
* The Vents goggles come with a high quality strap with silicon beading to help keep the mask firmly on your head. The Empire goggle has the added EE" logos in silicone for the utmost in grip.
The Empire Event Goggles are newer, so they should be commonly available, both new and used.
-Proto Switch EL
-JT noob mask (came with my brothers gun, i had to use it for a game)
-Extreme Rage 20/20 ahaha, worse mask ever
Pirahna Evo 05
-Boss Blade Trigger
-Boss Blade Bolt
-6 inch Steel braided Hose
-Rap4 Unimount (on/off airport)
-Halo B with rip drive
-3000 psi, 48 ci Pure Energy Tank
-Little to no fog
-Muffles voice (to people in front of you)
-Stock lenses scratch easy
Proflexes vs E vents
Proflexes are cheaper, and more customizable, come with one lens. E vents have more stock color options, and come with 2 lenses. With JT flexes, it feels more like goggles then a mask, so you can hear better, your voice is never muffles and it isnt as warm feeling. However, JT proflexes lack protection, and some find the style not as cool as E vets
(i paid 109$ for my e vents, and i paid 60$ for flexes)
But i wouldn't even compare it that much to the dye i3s.. Dye i3s never get bounces, but they NEVER fog up if you buy the turbine fan. They are also a lot more expensive, for an extra 30$ for i3s i dont think its worth it. because if your not a total noob you would know how to breathe in a mask
Yes, get it or get the flexes, its a matter of style. But JTs i find are better and cheaper
VForce Profiler - Lens change is quicker on Profiler.
VForce Grill - Lens change is just as quick but Grill feels lighter.
JT Proflex - lightest mask i've worn & most customizable but looks wide on my head.
Quick change lens.
Comes with 2 lenses.
Soft Ears are stock.
Muffles voice a little? But not for me. See below.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS - there's way too much plastic used to package this mask. It's a thick plastic base, like a mask display stand, and a thick plastic shell over it that's somewhat molded to the shape of the mask. Looks pretty on display but holy crap Empire/KEE could save so much money using simpler methods.
But i digress. The mask is well-protected in its "armor case." It comes with mask bag, 2 visors (one is more of a forehead shield) and 2 lenses. The second lens is supposed to be a clear single-pane but my local shop switched it out for a clear dual-pane, which is awesome considering i paid more than the average online price for the E-Vent. Oh, and the spare lens comes with its own bag.
QUALITY - The lenses are made very well and are rather thick. They almost feel as heavy as the mask itself (without the lens). But i'm confident that means these things can take some heavy abuse before replacing. Although the lens itself is huge, the viewing area in the mask is not. There's plenty of peripheral vision but when looking at the mask, you'd swear the entire top half is pure viewing area.
Foam looks well-made. It's got 2 layers: regular foam that touches your face and the layer touching the mask that looks like it's more dense, for better glue adhesion, maybe. Very comfortable, regardless. There's also some weird foam "forks" that extend down below the standard foam - my guess is so mask hits don't slap against your face.
The mouth part is somewhat flexible. Not like a Proflex but more like a Grill. The soft ears are a really nice touch, adding to the overall comfort. And while they're larger than even the regular JT soft ears, they flow with the rest of the mask very well. And there are custom E-Vent soft ears available!
The mask & lens bags have tags saying the bags themselves are ideal for cleaning lenses but i wouldn't trust that. They don't feel like they'd clean well at all. And why get your mask bag dirty? Just use a microfiber cloth like normal people.
PERFORMANCE - so i wore this mask all day yesterday. It was hot enough that everyone was sweating from just standing around...
No fogging. At all. Sweat would drip from the foam when i took it off but it never fogged on me. Yay dual-pane thermal lenses!
I like the profile on this mask. It conforms to the face, making it streamlined. Reminds me of the Profiler, how it follows the jaw line instead of sticking out. Both my Grill & Proflex looked like they stuck out a lot along the jaw when i wore them.
Other reviews mentioned the mask muffled voices & shouting, which can be detrimental to back players like me. Someone even said there was an echo in the mask, so bad that at the end of the day his ears were ringing & his teammates were saying they could barely hear him or not hear him at all...
I didn't have that problem. My buddies were able to hear me yelling. And it didn't bother me any. When just talking normal, i could somewhat hear my own voice amplified in the mask but that happens with every mask i've worn. When i'm yelling, my jaw is dropping so the sound isn't going solely through the mask face vents, it's permeating out the bottom of the mask as well. I think those other people need to learn how to yell. ;)
The lens does indeed come out super easy. It's got similar steps to the Grill (remove strap, remove clips, remove lens) but it's done better on the E-Vent, imo, like i can complete those steps faster on them. I like having the soft ears secured to the strap clips, too - no pros or cons about that, it's just neat.
I've worn a few good masks and this is yet another one of them. Some masks have good features but lack good design. Some masks have great design but lack good features.
The E-Vents have both great design & features and right in the same price range as all other high end masks.
Purchased on account of sale. Nicely packaged. Came with a smoke thermal lense, and a clear single lense. 2 visors/forehead protection attachments included. Goggle bag and lense bag also included.
The coating of the clear single lense dissolved into bubbles when my sweat dripped onto it. It was not usable after one use.
The smoke thermal lense is of nice solid constructions.
Field of vision is nice.
Due to the profile of the jaw line, head movement is quite free.
Due to the design of the lense, very low risk of paint or shell fragments getting in behind the lense (unlike the Nforcer).
Forehead protection could be a little better.
This is a nice mask. However, the soft ears are a weakness as they are likely to tear easily. My teamate's soft ears have torn after 1 season of use. The coating of the clear lense is not durable; sweat will dissolve it.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 at 6:38 pm PST
I have a black/red epiphany with virtue board, virtue eyes, smart parts q-lock feedneck, smart parts s-rail, smart parts freak back/all american tip.
Amazing mask, amazing everything
Breathing through ventage can be harder sometimes
I bought these things about 6-7 monthes ago and hope never to go back to another mask. These give you a great field of vision and great hearing capabilities. Lense can be changed in no time and and just stylish. Leaves you kind of exposed in some spots but nothing big. Very comfortable with the foam and strap.
Large Area of View
Price (you get what you pay for)
This was the only high end mask I hadn't used, and my grill was getting a little old, so I decided to give the E-vents a shot. I picked up the carbon fiber vents from my local pro shop for $15 more than the solid colors. When I changed the lens to put in the smoke lenses, I was surprised by how easy it was. It is about as easy as changing the lens to a grill or profiler, although it does take about 1 min longer. The next day I took them out to the field. That particular day it was rainy, cold, and just miserable. My e-vents did not fog. Like, I mean they didn't fog, at all, NOTHING. As you could imagine, i was very happy about that, and i even got a few bounces off the side of the mask, so that added to how much i already loved this mask. I also got a ton of complements on how it looked, the new carbon fiber is really nice, id recommend it to anyone. Now, the only bad, no that sounds to harsh, lets say the only "not great" thing about this mask is the echo. As you've probably seen in pictures, the venting right near the mouth is the only venting throughout the whole mask, but it really didn't effect much during the game. Oh, and one last thing, the profile of this mask is awesome, it has such a tiny little profile, its probably the smallest profile mask you can find.
This was money well spent. You get 2 lenses, a goggle bag, 2 visors, and an awesome mask. This is the only mask i will ever buy again. Good job empire.
Extreme rage mask- Not nearly as great
Scott voltage- A bit lighter, but still not as good
other stuff I can't think of
Spyder electra w/eyes
Evolution lll loader w/ z board
thermal lens (never fogs)
lens change system
To start off I would like to say that this is the best mask I've used so far by a long shot. It comes with a smoke thermal lens and a clear thermal treated lens ( both work very well and look very nice on the mask ). The Mask is very light and comfy. You could wear this for days and never feel any pain.The sides of the mask are pretty flexible and if your lucky you might get a bounce or two out of them. The ventilation isn't the best in this mask, but this doesn't effect me enough to really put it as a negative. It may affect people with asthma or breathing problems. Some people say that it echo's really bad, but I don't the echo bad at all. The lens change on this mask is also extremely easy and that is definitely a plus.
I would strongly recommend this product to anyone because to me it is the ultimate mask. It has everything you would expect in a good mask.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, March 8th, 2008 at 12:34 pm PST
I borrowed this mask for a long while from a friend that was kind enough to give me a mask till I got my new one. The mask was decently comfortable but the foam would somtimes comeoff where the visor would be. Another thing is after a long while the ears will sort of undo from the clips on the side when sitting in my gearbag very easily (not affect me when wearing them) besides those flaws this mask was fairly good in my oppion. The mask also came with two lenses which was a very nice touch it came with a smoke/dark lense that to me would sometimes make my eyes feel werid and it also comes with a clear lense for use in low lights. That was somthing I liked in the mask becuase I did not have to buy a second lense it came with one.
I would recomend this for people that need to change their lense fast and take good care of their gear
-CANT F*#!N BREATH!!!
-Poor protection on ears and jaw line
-Lenses are MASSIVE
Guys PLEASE dont be deceaved by the ratings here on this mask, most of these reviews are from n00bs who just paid their last $100 on this mask, wouldn't dare say anothing bad about their investment, and have fallen in love with the look, and DONT PLAY HARD.
Why? because YOU CANT BREATH in these things! Im not even fat, im skinny and in shape 6 foot 3. I wouldn;t be suprised if a fat kid dies from poor ventilation with these.
Also it has poor protection on the ears and chin line. The bottom of my ear lobes stick out and cant be protected and feels weird, and for 'looks' they take away protection on your jaw line! A ball to the jaw bone F%$#N kills!!
If you play hard, dont buy these, you CANT breath....and they do it just to save on the looks
Poor protection.... I have tried these on right with the Vforce Grill mask, and the Grills are SOO much better. Just go to a store that has both, try them both on, and you will see....
JT Flex- Good fog protection but i didnt like the looks or lens removal
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This is the best mask i have ever come across. It has great visibility and fog protection, and you can literally take the lenses out in 10 seconds to clean them. Not to mention all the extras it comes with! You get 2 lenses, a lens bag, a mask bag, and a protective case. They flex jaw has got me a few bounces, and the ears are super comfortable. These are amazing. Great engineering.
Buy it, best mask out there imo. Empire hit gold with this mask
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None what so ever
I was trying to decide to either buy pro flex or profiler,but these were introduced to me.It is the most comfortable mask ive ever worn. i went to futureball and was playing and got a bounce.I immidiatly fell in love with the mask.BUY IT. i need 50 words so im goingto take up the room........................................................ ............................................................ ..................................
Amazing mask.buy it.You shouldn't regret it.I havent a bit