Built to perform, the Gladiator provides unparalleled 280 degree peripheral vision, so that everything happening on the field is well within your radar zone. Serious players will be glad to know that the Gladiator also comes in a flex shell so they can benefit from maximum bounce when competing.
The Z Leader Gladiator Mask is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
Currently trading around...no solid setup yet, but doing a custo E-mag.
Large field of view
Lots of mask for little price
Fits big heads well
Large profile...very large profile.
Replacing lenses takes detective work.
Fits big heads...only.
This was the first mask I ever owned...cosequently, I didn't treat it right, and had to replace the lens after about 4 months of use...this is where the biggest drawback came into play, because if you think the mask is hard to find, try finding replacement lenses. I ended up changing masks, but I still look back on this one a little too fondly. The FOV is so large that you really can forget you're wearing it (which is where the large profile can create the biggest problem; you have to be concious of how far this thing sticks out from your face or you'll constantly be hitting crap). It's hard plastic mask construction and huge lens surface makes even miracle bounces impossible (and the large profile makes it a huge target). The lens retaining method is simple and can be tough to remove occasionally (especially if it's greasy), but it works well and is still easier than most high-end masks.This mask is extremely durable; the foam is glued-on well, the hard construction keeps you from getting thumped through the mask by face shots. The side protection seemed lacking at first, but through all of my use with it, it was satisfactory.
My biggest issue was the masks rarity. But as far as design and construction, I can dismiss most of the flaws as tournament-player nit-picking. This is a very good mask for the price. It performs well, and I never wanted to change. If you play woodsball and rec ball, This is the only mask I would recommend.
Red 2004 Vision Shocker with...
New Designz Talon Grip
New Designz Ball Detents
New Designz Gauge Adapter
Bob Long Gauge
32 Degree Drop Forward
Smart Parts HE Bolt kit
14" All American Barrel .689 back
Full Freak Kit with all 8 inserts, Also two additional freak front 10" black and 14" silver
Evolution with Z- Board
And HUGE 88 4500psi Pure Energy Tank w/ Smart Parts Burn tank cover
Spyder TL-X with...
Smart Parts All American 12" barrel
32 Degrees Electric Trigger Frame
Halo TSA Hopper
Shocktech superfly bolt
CIP Sure fit adapter
32 Degrees Spring kit
E-99 Java edition gas grip
Custom blowback marker w/ a black E-99 body (too many parts to write)
Doesn't fit very tight
I've had this mask for a year now and have had much experience with it. The vision it gives is great, you don't even see the mask in your field of view. Fogging is rare, only has happened twice, once during a mild, misty rain, and once right after a storm. The design of the mask sends all of your sweat from the foam down to the bottom od the front of a mask, so it acts as a drain, I think this is what helps prevent the fogging. The mask also offers a unique look, and I get many comments on, and off, the field. However, this great mask does not come without it's problems. I play speedball alot, and I'm always running around. The Gladiator is very big and bulky, so it shakes a lot and bounces around. Once during a dive to the snake, the mask competely POPPED OFF OF MY HEAD!!! At the time I was being fired upon by an Ironmen timmy so splatter was going all over my face. Constantly I have to adjust the mask during games, which takes up valuable time that I could use loading my hopper. The mask does not come with a chin strap which worsens this problem. If you have I big head, I guess this wouldn't be a problem. The large lense also gives away I bad glare. I know this because I have to friends that use them and one is a big time scenario baller. lol however his mask makes him easy to spot even with his camo gear (he's getting the predator kit for it). Without a doubt, I big factor in this review is in the price. Rarely do you get a fogless mask with great vision for $40.
If you have a large head, or at least you get one that feels VERY tight, go ahead and grab one. The vision is great, the lack of fogging, unique look (all the other masks look the same), and the great price help to balance this out. However, the lack of maneuverability this mask has caused me from the size forces me to lower the rating
v-force masks and a jt mask i got with my first gun in a kit.
on my dragunfly i have a Shocktech front regulator, CP back regulator, Delron anti chop bolt, CP spyder thred two piece barrel, CP on/of wiht cradle, and the evolution II hopper, and compressed air.
FIELD OV FIEW. you can see EVERYTHING! it dosent fog.
It scratches easly.
This mask kicks ass. my local shop owner explained this funkey stuff on why it dosent fog up even without the anti fog lenses. it has something to do with the size and shape of the mask that keeps it well vented. and you can see everything. the only place where you can see the mask when it is a little section around your nose. the down part is it does scratch easly. so get a goggle bag.
Get this mask. if you shop around i got mine for $26 new.
Easy to Take Out Lens
Sides hard to get back in.
No optional mask color.
This is the best mask I have had, even though I have only had a JT Flex 7 and another JT. Its just as good as a v-force and I know people like those. Don't waste $50 dollars or more on a mask because of anti-fog or rubber crap. Only go that high if you want a cool looking mask because this one isn't the coolest looking. But other than that factor, I say it beats any mask. Never fogged while playing. I could see GREAT. Flex 7 fogged like a beast and I couldn't see anything.
If your thinking about a mask, get this one. Unless your wicked rich and have $80 dollars to spend on a mask that probably isn't even as good...
Only $30 dollars most places...
Can also buy optional lens colors, smoke, clear, and yellow tinted I think.
Get it. It rox. Better than almost any mask. Only reason a 9 is because yes, there are better masks but those cost like 50 dollars more.
Black Dragon LCD fully auto
The mask looks great...the 180 perpherial vision is wonderful...You can buy this mask on line for only 26.99 which is a great deal!! Email me if you need to know where. I emailed the company to find out where to buy replacement lens. The lens comes off easily. Doesn't fog!!!!!!!!!!. Clear good quality lens...comes in yellow or clear. The mask it one of the coolest mask on the field...get compliments all the time.
The side protector flaps are hard to get back on. Since the lens is a 180 bubble effect you can scrap it on a high hard surface bunker looking around the corner...so be careful there.
I would definitely buy it for 26.99 on line...great deal for your money. Email the company to find where to buy replacement lens. And if you want to look cool on the field and get lots of looks...buy it.
Bob Long Intimidator Classic Custom Paint Job
12" JT Black and Chrome Barrel
Original Stock 12" Barrel
Green Shark Drop forward
WGP Autococker Regulator
Dye Gauge on the low pressure side
Delron self lubricating bolt
ACI Bulldog 2 68ci 4500psi Nitro Tank
Mithril colored Nitro tank nipple with coil mounted to the drop forward.
Black Neoprene Tank Protective Cover
32 degrees Green Barrel Condom
Black 12v Revolution Hopper w/ X-Board
the mask is pretty good and offers very good protection.. i think that this mask is an alternative for people who complain about their masks being too small because they have big heads.. the price on these are a bit high.. but then again it's hard to find these anywhere anyway.. the lens are very large and rounded which offer great protection and great viewing angles
this mask if very hard to find.. the price is a bit high compared to others.. this mask is made only in big sizes.. the large lens can cause some glare.. but thats what the visor is for
great alternative to a v-force mask for people who have bigger heads.. shouldnt use this outdoors unless you have a visor on the mask
This mask is very comfortable, and you have a GREAT field of vision. I have had no problems with fogging except when playing in very humid conditions (ok, so it was raining...), but then the Raven's and JT's were fogging up too. Replacement lenses in different colors is also a good touch.
Because of the large rounded lens, you can get an increased amount of reflected glare (that is, you can be easier to see).
The clear lenses on both masks I've bought have had the anti-fog film peel off after the first use/cleaning or two. I've had better luck with the smoked lenses.
Great mask, especially for the money ($30) - I now own 2! While not perfect, the negatives are heavily offset by the positives.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, January 29th, 2005 at 5:18 am PST
I've used this mask in various weather (from hot and humid to cool and dry) for hours on end and I've never had it fog up on me once! Every other mask I've used fogs in minutes, but not this one. The field of vision is incredible! I've look at a lot of these other reviews and I can't believe they are describing the same mask.
The only real complaint I have is that the since you have more lens, you have more light reflecting off it. Other players have picked me out of the woods just because of the glare off my mask.
The mask is worth it. The glare may be a minor problem, but being able to see your opponent and before they see you well makes up for it.
Piranha sTs G3 VF - 20 oz Co2 & coiled remote w/ quick disconnect
The vision in this mask is excellent! In the 6 months I've used it, it has only fogged up on me twice and they were just little spots. The nose piece is very comfortable and doesn't pinch like some other masks I've used.
The piece that covers your mouth and chin is really soft so it hurts really bad to get hit with a ball there. Removing the lense for cleaning isn't too easy.
Good mask for begining player, but not a good mask for cry-babies who don't like to get hit. If you get hit in the mouth you'll taste the paint and your teeth will hurt.