Originally Posted by Shiba-Kun
Weren't those recalled after the mfg. got sued or something like that?
They were recalled in 1991, and again in 1992, but I remember seeing them being used as late as 1995. After the 1992 recall, most paintball magazines banned ANY ad featuring the masks. They were still being sold, but there was no way to tell if your mask was a pre 91, pre-92, or post-92, or if that even mattered, since none of them were safe.
They were made by a company called GOGGS for watersports, ie waterskiing, jetskiing, etc. They were never really designed for paintball. Around 1989, they approached PMI to market the "GOGGS" for paintball. It was renamed the PMI Pursuit Mask, and was quickly popular. After the recalls, PMI dumped them, and they renamed in the Strategy Mask, sold through smaller distributors.
I didn't care for them myself. At the time, I was wearing "goggles only", and the GOGGS just fogged up like mad for me. That was a problem for most, and a VERY COMMON mod was adding a simple DC fan. This was YEARS before the JT FAN, or TURBO Fan.
Apart from being very unsafe, they did have one odd aspect: When getting hit in the head, it made a very distinct: Pinnnnnnnnnnnng.