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#1 User is offline   FireWolf 

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 02:06 AM

It's been almost 10 years since I've played paintball. Fans for your mask had JUST come out when I last played. I'd always wanted one because my cheap mask was always fogging up during the game. Looking around on the SpecOps website, I've noticed that the fans are more plentiful and much more reasonably priced than what I remember. I've also picked up that some of the higher end mask don't even have the option to add a fan.

Am I better off getting a mid priced mask ($35 - $50) and adding a fan to it, or going with something more high end ($65 and up) and just not worry about the fan.

Also, full head helmets are a new thing to me. I remember getting hit in the head once or twice and it sucked.... no two ways about it. Seems like the full coverage mask would work fairly well, heat being a primary concern. BTW - I've got a shaved head. Welts look kinda funny on my head. Anyone out there using the full coverage mask? Thoughts????

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 03:22 AM

thermal lenses are the way to go...regardless of mask manufacture. Scott masks are considered by most to be 'junk' but you can still get thermal lenses for them...as long as it protects your eyes/face, who cares what you are wearing? Oh...and you should replace the lenses every year at the very least...whether or not you took a shot to the lense.
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 03:24 AM

I personally went with a profiler and no fan. Fans sound like you have a hornet in your mask and I cant see how that is good for your hearing as far as team communication goes. I don't have any issues with my mask fogging at all and I honestly love it. I think it has been the best purchase I made for paintball. I am not sure if all fans are as loud as the one on my friends proteus or not but that thing even annoyed me when he was near I can't imagine how it was on his head.
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 08:07 AM

I' ll chime in here. I wear glasses and when I get hot not only will my mask fog up but so will my glasses. No if you think mask fogging is bad..... wait till both of them fog over you may as well go back to the dead zone. My solution was an extreme rage mask with fan. Loud yes, but I can not tell you the times I have reached up and hit the button and prevented my mask from even to start to fog. At times I forget to do it and my mask and glasses will start to fog so I just reach up and hit the button and within 30 to 40 seconds both my mask and glasses are clear. Worth the noise ? You bet! I would not play without my mask fan.
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 10:12 AM

View Postdruidsdecendant, on Mar 20 2006, 04:22 AM, said:

thermal lenses are the way to go...regardless of mask manufacture. Scott masks are considered by most to be 'junk' but you can still get thermal lenses for them...as long as it protects your eyes/face, who cares what you are wearing?



Everyone seems to consider Scott junk, but since they do its a plus side. I got a $50 scott mask for $9 with shipping on ebay. First game with it, it started raining, the "whole" entire team stopped with fogged lenses. Everyone kept asking about my mask after that one.
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 08:04 PM

scott masks for some reason or another are considered trash much in the same way brass eagle markers are but really there not a bad mask for the buy. if you have the money a better mask would be better, a thermal lens or even anti-fog spray would be a good investment. i dont personaly reccomend fans but thats just me

as for a full head sheild they are a bit hot, i would suggest wearing a dew rag, bandana or some type of cap instead of a full head sheild
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 08:16 PM

I never new Scott masks were considered junk. I love Scott masks, and yes I've worn several different brands. I'm glad they're not popular 'cause I can get 'em so cheap. You can go to paintball-online.com and get a green Scott Vectra thermal lens mask for $15.00. With shipping it's $25.00. Me and a friend of mine both got one and they're great! It even comes with a free single lens. It fits me perfectly,it's very comfy, and since it's thermal it never fogs. Go ScottUSA!!!
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 09:21 PM

I find myself using my fan a lot. It's a great little investment. Even with thermals you might have that one time that you fog up something serious on the field... and one time is one too many. You just throw the switch and out goes the fog. I suggest it.
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Posted 23 March 2006 - 11:39 AM

I have a Dye invision with no fan. I think the fan would get quite annoying in a long game. Plus you don't really need one in an invision becuase they already vintilate very well. I guess it just depends on your style and what your willing to do to keep cool. My prefence in no fan but try out a mask with a fan in it and see what YOU like. alright peace
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Posted 23 March 2006 - 09:59 PM

I don't like fans for the simple noise factor... I think it would drive me nuts. My friend has a headshield and said it doesnt fog. I wouldnt know really. He wears a chest protector, elbow and forearm guards, neck protector, and full headshield.

I tend to go on the lighter side with a mask and gloves... My gloves are just for added grip because sweaty palms might screw you over in the middle of the game.
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Post icon  Posted 25 March 2006 - 07:58 AM

well i like my jt
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 08:17 AM

I've got an extreme rage 20/20 with fan that I won at a scenario. It's been the most dependable mask I've owned. I don't use the fan much, only every now and then to clear the lens. Sometimes after a battle or some evasive manuvers the mask will fog, so I just settle in and wait a minute with the fan on and it's back to normal. The noise is a factor, you can't really hear the ambient noise around you (twigs breaking, leaves crunching). However, if you use it only when the lens fogs, and just intill it's clear again, it's really nice. Also the thermal lens is pretty effetive at preventing the fog in the first place. I must add that I didn't buy this mask, I won it. I'm not sure I would have paid for the fan outright. But I'll give a shout out to Lee over there at OA paintball in Bowie Maryland! oapaintball.com
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Posted 26 March 2006 - 09:39 AM

Years ago, before I could afford contact lenses, I grew weary of my glasses fogging and tried a fan. It worked, I will grant, but the noise drove me nuts. I took to only switching it on when I started to fog. Nowadays I have contacts and a Profiler with good thermal lenses and I have never needed a fan, even on the most humid days and in my poor physical condition.
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Posted 26 March 2006 - 03:56 PM

I use a JT elite full head shield which is being replaced by profilers soon. They're just to dang hot, but they do protect from paint and thorns and branches n stuff like that.

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 04:12 PM

i like having one because if your mask does fog it can remove the fog thats wat i like i dont keep it on during normal play thogh
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