The JT Spectra Flex-8 Full Coverage completes the next evolutionary step in the JT flex 8 family. This coverage addition to the flex-8 comes directly from extensive focus groups from the field owners and mid-level players. The latest evolutionary step in the JT Flex family. This all new goggle system uses the most widely used goggle and lens combination in the industry (290 Degree Spectra 2). The revolutionary exoskeleton frame is created using JT's exclusive state of the are "dual-fusion" technology, which is allows the system to be structurally efficient, while maintaining the softness, flexibility and the ventilation winning players demand.
The integrated soft ear protection and increased venting, for better communication, makes the insert-molded vents the ultimate in color and protection; their rotated placement is directly related to the maximum deflection angle. With the JT Spectra Flex-8 offering a "smaller target" to your opponent than previous spectra systems and maintaining the ability to accept the vortex ii fan and other popular JT accessories, this latest JT goggle system is destined to take its place in the JT hall of fame!
The JT Spectra Flex-8 Full Headshield is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
-Fits like a glove!
-Does not fog [on almost all occasions]
-Neck area feels vulnerable
-Back part is very uncomfortable [I recommend you remove it]
I was amazed when I put the mask on for the first time. I had been using a JT nForcer for several years, so I expected the same odd fitting, bulky mask. The Flex 8 fits so much better. Sometimes I even forgot I have a mask on. It is very comfortable all around. Plus [so far] I have not had it fog up on me (which seemed to happen a lot with the nForcer). To add to that, the thing looks pretty intimidating (even more so if you get a tinted thermal lens).
The only bad part about the mask is when the description on the package says “full head shield”, your thinking “full head shield”. Which is true for the most part, except for your neck. The sides of the mask barely reaches the bottom of my ear lobes, and the front just reaches the bottom of my chin. Im not sure is that is normal for masks now a days or not, but I was used to the big sides on the nForcer.
Since the time I wrote the review, I have removed the head protection, cut down the visor, and painted it. The things still works great.
All in all, this thing is great. The comfort is unrivaled. If your out looking for a new mask that feels great and looks good, and are tired of getting shot on top of the head when not ducking behind a bunker fast enough (I seem to have bad luck with that…), get this mask.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, January 28th, 2007 at 6:47 pm PST
Jt Alpha 2000, Vforce Armor, Jt Flex-7, brass eagle crap
I recently changed to the Kingman Pilot ACS and am very pleased. <edit> factory defective, broke on second game
No Fog (yet), comfort, safety
Hard to remove lenses, harder to clean
I personally am very happy with the results I got from this mask. My parents bought it as a christmas present so my first few times using it has been in really cold, sometimes rainy weather. There have been no incidences of bad fogging for me, and we play in snow sometimes. The worst was a slight haze around the outer edge of the lens but hey, there was snow on the ground and I had been sweating. Any mask would fog under certain circumstances. As for safety, there is nothing to compare it to. I have been called for playing on just because I took a hit to the side of the head without noticing. (I was wearing a touque underneath, damn cold weather). The only thing I think needs improvement, as with all Jt masks, is the way you have to change the lenses.
Personally, I think this mask is good enough for any type of player; speedball, woodsball, scenarioball, experienced or inexperienced. It makes no difference, this mask is definitely worth every penny.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, January 10th, 2006 at 8:50 pm PST
Icon E w/ 14" Barrel and System X expansion chamber
VL Revy 12v
ACI coiled remote
Complete head protection
Goggle foam could be a little thicker.
This isn't the headshield mask they sell at walmart for $30. It is a lot more comfortable and stylish.
I was in the market for a new mask. I've used a Scott Badass for eons and it was time to retire it. Trip to LPS. Tried on the various $70 masks, proto, dye, etc. for me personally the Spectra Flex 8 Full headshield was the best fit. I also liked it was hard plastic around the entire mask. The dye and proto masks used a softer material around the jawbone/mouth areas, which for me doesn't feel as safe.
on a side note: I tried to attach my goggleflauge to this mask and it doesn't fit.
Also I have not quite yet figured out how to disassemble the mask or remove the strap/goggle from the mask for cleaning and the instuctions are very vague, they only tell you how to remove the lense.
The mask saw it's first game last weekend at SCVillage. It worked very well and didn't fog up on me. The morning temperature was in the 60's and didn't reach above 75. I received several strikes to the mask durning the day and never really felt them.
Since really only play as a walkon/recball player, I really would like to figure out a way to attach the goggleflauge to disguise myself a bit better.
A very good choice for someone who is in the market for a new mask and wants something that offers solid protection.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, October 26th, 2005 at 2:49 pm PST