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Old 07-14-2012, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New Empire E-flex paintball mask review
By Inferno


I went to check out this mask in a local shop today, was very impressed with the system altogether so I decided
to drop a ton of cash on a pair... In black!
First part of the review will be my initial impressions, followed by post-game review.


Here is a link to Empire's website:
e-Flex Paintball Goggle System | Battle Tested Woodsball, BT Paintball Goggles, Paintball Goggles, Battle Tested Goggles, Empire Paintball Goggles, Speedball Gear, Empire Speedball Paintball Goggles | Empire Paintball

Retail Price: $109.95 Of course since I purchased these at my local pro shop the price was more like $125.00 before taxes...

Available color options:BLACK, WHITE, OLIVE, RED, BLUE AND GREY

Box:
flex1.JPG

The box is really nice to look at actually, personally I cannot stand the boxes for their
markers i.e. trracer, sniper and axe. I just think they look terrible, but this box is well done.


Back:
flex2.JPG

On the back of the box, it starts by making it clear that this mask is the "best of both worlds!"
basically a hybrid combination of the JT ProFlex and the Empire E-Vents.

It clearly states the features of the mask as well:


- Vents system for rapid lens exchange
Fairly good system, in my opinion the Dye I4s have the "edge" in lens changing

- Thermal, dual-pane clear lens with zero optical distortion
Very clear, resistant to fogging, the black line around the lens is an issue for me, however.

- Ultra soft and flexible face skirt creates bounces and offers breathability
Not the same as the JT Proflex face skirt but, it will do.

- Pro-style Empire strap with silicone beads to keep the strap in place
Great strap, but definitely would be better double-strapped!!

- New comfortable E-Flex thermo-foam ear pieces
Super comfy ears on this mask, with holes so you can hear well while playing.

- Extremely comfortable hypo-allergenic face foam
My faveourite part of the mask, I have not seen foam of this quality used on paintball masks yet. I love it.

- Microfiber protective goggle bag included
Great to have to use to clean your mask after play


It also forgets to mention the mask comes with an optional chin strap, most
experienced players prefer to play without one but it is very comfortable should you wish to use it.


This mask does NOT comes with a visor, but the visors from the E-Vents will fit on these without issue.

Picture of the mask on my face:
flex3.JPG

The mask is very, very comfortable. The new foam inside is definitely one
of the big selling points, along with the fact the mask parts are compatible
with the old JT Proflex mask parts. Very cool.


Lens:
flex4.JPG

So far, the only gripe I have with the E-Flex is there is a black line around the lens which I am assuming is something to hold the dual pane lenses together. I remember my Invert Avatars had the same thing, so I will assume the E-Vents have it as well. In my opinion, this affects the field of vision and should be worked on immediately. Perhaps I will contact Simon or Empire directly to let them know my issue with the lens.

So since this is just the initial impressions portion, I do not have many more views on the mask aside from what I have already covered. The
post-game review will be much more in-depth, I will play several games before I write it though.


Summary: Well, I only purchased the system less than four hours ago but so far I am greatly impressed with it. It is VERY comfortable, breathable, fairly light and looks great.

Initial grade: 8/10

Any questions please contact me


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Old 07-14-2012, 03:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Reserved for post-game review should I need the space.

Here is a link to my Dye I4 Review for comparisons:
Dye I4 Goggle system product REVIEW
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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that black line is an issue, but it's be said that playing with it makes it a non-issue. I'm going out to play with mine tomorrow to find out
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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that black line is an issue, but it's be said that playing with it makes it a non-issue. I'm going out to play with mine tomorrow to find out
Report back in case I am not able to make it out to the field tomorrow. I can see how it would be less of an issue while focused on the game, but still a problem.

Another thing I am now noticing is how large the mask is, maybe I am just used to my I4's but the mask feels very large. I thought it would cover more of my jaw and neck but suprisingly it does not, I guess I still have to worry about getting shot in the cheek when screaming at team mates.
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No visor and the lens isn't tinted? Becoming less of a fan.
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The black line has never been an issue on the events.
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No visor and the lens isn't tinted? Becoming less of a fan.
Well at least the events visor will work, personally I think it would look fugly with a visor! I imagine the clear lens is so people will buy the smoke, mirror, etc. afterwards so they make more cash! lol
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'v noticed on my Events that once I'm in the game I don't notice the black line at all, try it out on the field and see what you think.
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I must have missed huge advances in mask technology in my ten year absence... all the thermal lenses had black lines. That's the foam sealing the two lenses that makes it a thermal... maybe they can use white foam.... if you guys are used to single pain lenses nothing is going to help but playing in thermals
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personally I think it would look fugly with a visor
I'm a fan of them. Function over fashion, if it helps to keep the glare from the sun out of my eyes, it's a plus. I wish there was a visor that fit my i4.
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