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. Check out the Places to Buy links below for places to purchase them new.
Price (read review)
Very, very light. I'm not sure of the exact weight, but from personal experience I think its lighter then the Profiler and around the same weight as the ProFlex.
This is personal preference of course, but I think that the E-Vents are the best looking pair of goggles out there. I've owned and seen just about every pair out there, and these are defiantely my favorites.
The foam on the E-Vents is very soft, similar to that of a ProFlex. When I first got them I couldn't help but walk around with them on everywhere I went (inside the house of course)
I was very impressed with the strong and solid plastic housing the E-Vents came in. This ensures that there is no way your mask is going to be damaged during shipping, and it also doubles afterwards as a nice storage case.
The slits in the front made it very easy to breathe.
After a full day of playing I didn't have one issue with the lense fogging up. In fact, I would intentionally breathe heavily to see what would happen, and still no fog.
Great field of vision, plain and simple.
Along with the E-Vents you get 2 lenses (smoke and clear), 2 visors, microfiber cloth, and a bag for travel. No other mask on the market comes with that many goodies with it, which was a huge plus.
To be quite honest, I think the price is justified. When you think about it, ProFlex owners, between the mask, a new lense, strap, and frame, can spend all the way up to $120 on their mask. With the E-Vents, there is nothing you need for it, because it comes with a very nice Empire Camo Strap, Smoke Lense, and pre-cut soft ears out of the box.
Overall, the E-Vent's are great masks. They are very light, offer a wide field of vision and superb ventilation, and are definately head-turners. I've owned Dye Invisions, ProFlex's, Flex 8's, and Profilers, and I would take these over any of them any day.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, April 10th, 2006 at 3:15 pm PST
Dye I3 Invision, Proto Switch FS, V-Force Profiler, JT Flex 8
Not Included In This Review
I used the Empire E-Vents last weekend at my local field and it is about the best feeling mask I have used. They are comfortable and look great; as well as the vision being perfect and the great ventilation. I would buy one of these masks soon to use during tournaments.
Buy one of these masks for the comfortability, ventilation, and vision.
Field of View
Acessories come with it
Easy to maintain
None... maybe the price, but thats it
As soon as these came into my proshop, I snached them right up. The white ones looked really nice with my black/white LV headband and black sandana. They looked amazing with both lenses on them. The smoked ones were really nice. Replacing the lenses is a breeze, you can replace lenses in about 3 minutes. The soft-ears fit it really nicely, they look amazing, and the foam! Oh, i never wanted to take em off after i put them on. Your voice is really easily projected, the lenses never fogged for me either.
If you have an extra 90 lying around and you're an equipment whore like me, these are for you. Not only will you look sexy as you mow down people, you do it in comfort.
Probably the weak "bouce" stuff on the side of the face plate. Price
The E'Vents are nothing short of awesome and everyone who tries them seems to agree. The only real weaknesses are the price (104.99 in Canada eh) and the weak plactic on the sides that is supposd to cause bounces. When a Paintball hits the mask in that area it will mostly bounce though, I found the stuff would actually hit my cheek. It didn't hurt that much or anything major but to me that says that the goggles are pretty thin and subject to breaking. Even so, I would say that the Vents won't break and they are strong though the weak plastic can make bad impressions. I would buy these goggles any day so that whole thing isn't that big of a deal.
If you have the $$ buy them they won't let you down.
V force Profiler- about the same weight but after that it pails in comparison
Flex 8- a bit lighter than the e vents....e vents is more flexible and comfortable
E vents > all
Species alien timmy
Everything...this mask is perfect...this is my last mask
Nothing....this mask is perfect....this is my last mask
Well the NPS mobile show room came to my local field so i went down there (along with like 30 other people) to pick up a pair since they advertised them on the flier but when we all got there they said they weren't selling them just showcasing them...to make a long story short we were extremely mad....and again to make a long story short though my connections i was able to get the guy to sell me a BNIB white pair of E Vents....
This is the last mask i will buy...its amazing...its very flexible and never fogs... it also came with a free clear lens...it has very nice padding and is extremely comfortable....i give it a 10 out of 10....because it IS perfect....the only bad thing is its a bit pricey but its worth it....
Buy this mask...its a little bit pricey but its worth every penny
Dye Invisions Proto Switch Both very nice masks but these are amazing
Fits very snugly on your head
COmes with two lenses stock
basically a perfect mask
A little pricey at 90$
steep for a mask
I mainly boght them because i thought they just looked amazing even though I typically tend not to care about looks that much
THE WHITE STORMTROOPER ONES ARE AMAZING
Love the curves covers everything very closely and just enough
The angles are great
However i must say that they are quite sick looking
I love the curves and the way it sits very snuggly
If you dont mind spenind 90 bucks on a mask you wouldnt regret it there amazing