Well guys I have decided that I may very well be ready to give up my old JT X-fires and move into the modern age of masks and goggles. Have not really seen to many reviews of them here so I am putting it out there to have some help from everyone here.
I am NOT a pro player so get it out of your head that I would spend $90 for the latest Dye Invision. Not knocking people that have those, but I spent less than $90 on my first PGP I bought to play with 15 years ago. I have been a JT man for most of my playing time, couple of X-fires and one set of Spectras that I let my brother use. They have stood the test of time and I enjoy them but I have gotten the chance lately to look and put on some of the new masks out there. The Proto FS system is one that I liked as well as the V-force Vantage, the new Vents I have only seen really. I did like the look and feel of a pair of Raven NVX's I checked out about 2 months ago. But I could just stick with a newer pair of Spectra's, the ProShield, Flex8 or even the Proteus. My biggest requirement is that I have the ability to get new lenses, I keep my masks in good shape so they last and will be used for years, and because I live in Florida and do not want to wear sunglasses under my mask, I need to be able to get thermal and tinted lenses for it.
I have taken to wearing contacts when I play now so I am not concerned about it being OTG friendly. Please don't limit replies to just being about the masks listed, I am open to all suggestions. BTW I did look at pbreview but I trust everyone here as my extended PB family more than some kids wanting to be "agg".
Of all the goggles I have tried, I love Vents. But really for the money, nothing beats a good pair of JT Spectra Flex 7/8s
The Avatar is probably the nicest, but I agree with you, a mask should not cost more than the gun.
Go with Flex's. Easiest to find all types of lenses for.
Don't cost $80 like those horrid Dye's and such.
Can get them for $40 new usually.
Here you go:
Black or Olive Flex's for $40 at Action Villiage
action also has proteus's on sale for labor day. Might me tough to pass up
Anyone have Proteus experience??
I use a proteus as a backup mask since I bought a Profiler. The Proteus is a great mask for ventilation but it's a small mask which some don't like. I wear glasses and even though I have an X-wind fan on it, I rarely used it. If you still wanna stick to the JT line, go for one of these.
action village also has the Proto FS on sale, not my colors really but not much more than the Proteus.
I use a proteus and Am very happy. I have the fade tint amber to clear thermal lenses, fan, and it has the sport com wich I think works very well.
I highly recommend them.
The V-Force Pro-Vantage is $25.00+ shipping:
Personally, I like the V-Force Profiler myself. I also believe it's a foolish argument to say that your goggles shouldn't cost as much as your marker. Frankly I want my goggles to be BETTER than my marker. It's better to miss an opponent than to lose one's eyesight. That having been said, spending more doesn't mean that you're getting more protection. I am a fan of cheaper markers (I'm a Tippmann Fan and prefer taking out people armed with thousand-dollar markers) but I'm no fan of cheap goggles. You only have one set of eyes. Paintballs are cheap (relatively speaking). Eyes aren't.
So I guess that you are saying that you enjoy playing with a marker that costs as much as your $25 Profiler:)
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