I3 Pro Features:
* Soft Ears with CoolMax backing, super light injected material. Deflect many of those ears shots without a break.
* Comes standard with advanced anti fog High Definition Single Lens.
* 2 stage foam is specifically designed to sheet sweat and moisture away from your face. Open and closed cell foam technology provides comfort and moisture wicking properties.
* The patented Invision3 Multi-Directional Venting will throw your voice farther and clearer than any other vented mask on the field. Utilizing precise blade angling and a proven venting configuration, the Invision3 Multi-*Directional Venting will make communication with your teammates effortless, as if there were no vocal obstructions.
* Tri-Mold Soft Flex Technology offers various mask flexibility without sacrificing safety or performance. *Utilizing a revolutionary process of co-molding, the Dye design team has developed a firm base frame, coupled with a very flexible facemask and patented venting system.
* Silicone is out, woven rubber is in. The Invision3 retention strap system needs to be adjusted once and once only. Designed to fit your head and stay that way, like it should. The elasticity of the woven rubber straps will out last the competition. .
* The anatomically correct Invision3 Pro mask system offers the best of comfort and performance for the player. Tested at twice the current ASTM impact standards for safety. Good protection is key.
* Low profile and removable, the Invision3 visor adjusts vertically to provide maximum shade for your eyes and protection for your forehead.
* The Invision's compound radius lens gives the player the ultimate in vertical / horizontal peripheral vision and optical clarity. Setting the standard in visual performance, the dual-bowl lens design offers phenomenal visual performance.
* The Invision3 goggle frame is molded from tear-resistant polyurethane and is designed with maximum flow-through ventilation. Designed to be anatomically correct and low profile to your face, the Invision goggle frame is a first in the paintball industry.
* Adjustable comfort chinstrap to secure goggle during active play.
The Dye i3 Invision Pro Mask 2007 is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
Comes with nice HD lens
Lens Removal \ Cleaning
Uncomfortable with glasses on underneath
Last Xmas, I asked my wife to purchase me a new mask as I had been out of paintball for quite a few years and I wanted a quality mask to last me. After giving her a number of ideas she purchased me a set of White/Black i3 Pros. I love this mask especially in winter games in NW Pennsylvania, it blends in well with the snowy landscape.
The i3 pros are a great mask, they are light and durable. Unlike old style cheaper masks I dont feel like I am wearing a motorcycle helmet . They move extremely well with me and they very rarely get in the way. They provide a low profile when under cover, except for the visor which sometimes sticks out alittle too far. The HD lens and Soft ears included with the i3 pros are a nice addition, but the HD lens can be tough to look through on sunny winter days, due to glare.
Now for the negatives, the lens suck to remove. Plain and simple. Granted they are slighty better than the original i3s. I had a set of each this year to play with and I think it took me 15 minutes to remove the lens from the i3 and 10 for the i3 pro. This is a marked improvement, but pretty pathetic compared to people with a vForce profiler/grill or sly profit who could remove their lens in 15 secs. There is also a fogging issue that is tough to deal with from time to time. If you sweat or if the weather conditions are right, you fog up all the time, and once it starts if never stops it seems. I always need to keep a second mask around to counteract this. Typically I last half a day before needing to switch out masks. A fan is available to fix this but it $50-60 more on top of the 80-90 I spent on the mask. The only other negative I have found is that if you wear glasses, the soft ears / foam can press your frames into your temples, and that hurts. I realize though that this can be solved by swtiching to contacts.
The i3 pros are a top notch mask for the paintball world, but they are not without their flaws. The lens are absolutely absurd to remove and install, and fogging issue are something to worry about if you play in less than ideal conditions on a regular basis.
Spyeder Electra 09 w/eye
Dye rotor liquid white
white exalt feed gate
Pure Energy Carbon Fiber 50/4500 Ultra
16 inch custom products silver barrel
Dye E-Grip Sticky Red
Default HD Lens
Crappy Lens Changing
I got this mask from ANSgear to replace my Proto Switch EL. The mask came in a nice box, came with a microfiber bag for it and a manual. The mask had a hd lens like the special glasses i would use for hunting deer. The lens increased contrast in everything making people easier to see. I dont like the lens changing because it is so dificult to pull the tabs off, you need to bring out shop tools.
JT Flex8, Proflex, Proshield, IZE
Dye Ironmen DM9
Empire Prophecy Loader
GA Myth V1 with HP Spring
Luxfer fiber wrap bottle
Comfortable, breath well and well sized for big heads like mine :)
Lens changing... Foam
OK, I originaly bought a used I3 to try out, and it was the most comfortable masks I have ever used at the time. Coming from using a full headed Flex8, and eVents, it was a god sent.
I had no issues with seeing with these lenses. The I3 I bought came with the mirror, HD yellow and smoke. During bright sunny days, I found the mirror lens gave me very good visual, with minimal glare and eye fatique. However, when playing in bushes, I had difficulty seeing when in shadowed areas. I started using the HD lenses during Autumn and Winter time, and I have to say it was amazing with how clear I can see. (Specially good for weathers that is too bright Clear lens, but too cloudy for Smoke/Mirror lenses) No fogging at all...
Comfort wise is second to none... even now I am using Grills, and Flexes, the I3 is well padded, especially the ear. After getting shot by my ears, I have to say the I3 padded ears gave the best protection, with no pain, or ringing of ear. It breaths well, my team mates can hear me yelling from the back, and it covers my head and chin pretty well... when I had my vent, my first time use gave me a lump on my forehead, and a bleeding neck shot just below my chin.
OK, the bad part for the I3 is probably the same for all I3 owners... that the lens is a real major PIA to take off and clean...
if you thought it was hard to take it off... wait till you have to put the lens back on... its another nightmare by itself... I thought the Flex8 was hard to put back together, but this I3 raise the difficulty level by a lot :(
Specially comparing to how easy it was to take the lenses out for the Vents, Grills, I4....
Overyall, its a great mask to get... specially now the I4 is out, so you can pick up an I3 pretty cheap nowadays. Only down side I had was finding a new lens frame to replace my first one as the foam on it has completely fallen apart... But I guess I can try to find a replace from most BST.
Get one, its a great masks for tourny and scenarios at a great value for money now... but be warned about taking the lens off and putting it back on... it can be a deal breaker for some new users.
None compare, but original Invision and Vforce Grillz.
Mini Orracle with QEVs
Never fogs, small, comfortable, light
Chin strap is annoying, and it is hard to clean the vents.
Great mask, my favorite one overall, just because it's small and light and the lens has only fogged up on me once (I live in Indiana, so we have hot days, humid days, rainy days, snowy days, cold days, hail days, etc). The soft ears are great, and they hardly muffle sound at all. The mask breathes very well, which is what helps with keeping it fog-free, and it also allows for better communication (sound travels well through it). I have always hated chin-straps, and this mask has one, so it's a weakness in my opinion.
Great mask, 9 because its annoying to clean and the hated chin strap.
Smart Parts Ion, CCM clamping feedneck, Dye Sticky 3 grips, 2 piece 14 inch CP barrel, 3000 psi Pure Energy tank, Evlution 2 loader.
Work well with glasses.
Comfortable compared to other masks.
I bought this mask used for $35, due to their very high price (about $90-$100 new). I assumed since they were somewhat small, they would be uncomfortable with glasses, however I was very wrong. The foam on these is very soft when compared to your average JT "comes with the gun" mask. Glasses slip right into the foam/lens area, and unlike my previous mask, my glasses do not need to be adjusted to be comfortable. I haven't taken these out to the field yet, so I cant give an honest review as to how well they actually feel when playing, so i'll end my review here.
If you're still using your stock JT mask, or any other heavy mask, I recommend you upgrade. Be advised that these are VERY expensive, brand new. If possible, buy them used (be sure you get pictures from the seller). You can get these for around $30-$45 used, with a nice lens (be sure the lens is not scratched if you are buying used).
WGP 05 SuperStock Autococker
J&J Edge Barrel kit
Pure Energy Carbon 68/4500 HPA
VL evo 2 loader w/ z board
Large Lens = great field of vision
Could offer a little more chin coverage
Stock lens wasn't thermal
I bought this mask used from a friend who only needed for a tourney for team colors. I know the retail price is about 100, but I guess I got a heck of a deal for only 50. I'm no tourney player, just rec and woodsball, but i have to say that this was the absolute most comfortable mask I have ever owned or tried out. The foam and the soft ears make the mask really comfy. The mask fits so well, you forget that you are wearing it sometimes. The lens I replaced with the same color just thermal and it hasnt fogged yet. The lens is large so that it allows a great field of vision.
The only downside I think is that it could use a little more chin coverage. I'm not saying my chin was exposed, but may be the mask could extend downwards a little more
Tippmann 98 custom A.C.T.
JJ 16 inch barrel
Proto slg clamping feedneck
A little pricy,Dont come down past your chin
Ok so i got these just the other day and i cant stop looking at them they look awesome they dont fog they have great visibility and their comfy and light. I didi get shot in the chin however just cause they dont come down to far but i still love them
Without a doubt the best goggle system that I have ever used. Not worth buying the new i4 system, this will work just as good. The only flaw in the system is the changing of the lense. It doesn't take all that long. However, it is really hard to jar the lense loose from its case. Anyway, besides that it is great and I would recommend this system for anyone looking to improve their line of sight and their overall game.
I would recommend everyone to go out and buy this goggle system. DYE does a great job in creating high quality and long lasting products. They look for consumer needs and exceed them. Overall great system and a great buy for anyone
When i got the mask i was kind of happy i got it for 60 dollars which was good. I dont like them any more because they a very very very hard to take apart and hard to clean also. I wish i would have got a different mask instead of them the only good parts on the I3's are easy to breath in and fit your face well(the foam is comfertable). Wouldnt recommend them(plus they dont even look good).
Invert mini, 68 45 cp tank, dye ul barrel. vlocity jr w/ gangstar chip.
Very very nice, feels good
I have used this mask 3 times. the first 2 times it was great. didnt fog and i could talk very well. after the secont time i used it i cleaned it with a jt spray. when i went out to use it it foged up really bad and there is now a giant scratch in the middle of my lens. these lens are not suppose to scratch or fog.
i got new mirror lense and they did not fog up they also look alot cooler.
If you can get a good deal on these and a deal on some lens i would buy this mask every time. i give this mask a 9 because the foging and scratch might be my fault.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 at 5:44 pm PST