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Old 11-26-2012, 02:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Eye protection and lens distance to the eye?

So, pretty much all paintball eye protection has an absurd amount of clearance between the lens and the eye. Is there any particular reason why? ASTM regulations?
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Usually, it has to do with the spacing of the rest of the mask and the foam.

If the lens was right up next to your eyes, then the rest of your mask would either need to just out or cling to your face, which doesn't help breathing, bouncing, and pain of hits at all.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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probably not as low profile mil goggles sit a few mm off the eye balls (dependant on style) and I have had no issues with fogging, the old paintball masks used to sit on the face with usually a strip of foam over the bridge of the nose to add "comfort", what are you looking to do?
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I'm going to guess, 'universal fit'. The more you snug up the mask to the face, the less face types you will be able to fit. Add prescription eye-glass clearance to the mix, and you get what we have now.
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I think it may just have something to do with astethtics and function than ASTM.
A mask needs to have a guard over the mouth as well as a lense, I'm assuming it looks better to keep the entirety of the front plane of the mask the same.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i prefer it this way. my brows aren't as pronounced, so if the lens is too close my eyelashes might brush on the thermal lens inside like i do on some glasses, and then everything gets blurry.
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I'm going to guess, 'universal fit'. The more you snug up the mask to the face, the less face types you will be able to fit. Add prescription eye-glass clearance to the mix, and you get what we have now.
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probably not as low profile mil goggles sit a few mm off the eye balls (dependant on style) and I have had no issues with fogging, the old paintball masks used to sit on the face with usually a strip of foam over the bridge of the nose to add "comfort", what are you looking to do?
Oh! Nothing in particular. I was just thinking about how hard it is to aim down a marker with a stock when wearing a paintball masks and how much easier it would be if they were smaller. Plus, i noticed how some military goggles (as you mentioned) have less clearance between the lens and the eye hence why i asked about eye protection rather than the mask in its entirety. But i guess the universal fit thing is probably the best answer.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Keeping the lens farther away from the face keeps sweat from dripping down the inside of the lens as well. Dye i3s and Save Phace gogs are 2 examples that have terrible issues with that due to how close they are to your brow.
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