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How long? Until mask lens have to be replaced

#16 User is offline   SirDiesALot 

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 08:39 PM

View Postheadhunter2, on Jan 16 2007, 11:42 AM, said:

I change mine once a year. I just replaced the lenses in my Cylus goggles this past Saturday. I took a head shot the weekend before and my lenses have hairline fractures in them now so I decided to buy new lenses. I am just glad that the old ones held up to the shot or I would have been in the Hospital.


Does anybody know of a specific incident where a lens with no visible damage was hit by a paintball at less than 300 fps, failed and the ball struck the face before breaking.

I'm only asking out of curiosity because the point of the safety lens is to not only stop projectiles but to lessen the force of the projectile in the case that the lens fails. Also if a lens does fail, how does it fail. Does it crack and shater or is it more of a stretching failure?
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 07:11 PM

It would be interesting to set up a mask and shoot it from close and far range ( ala Mythbuster style ) to see how much it will take to break the lens. This might be something I'll try when its time to replace my lenses.
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 10:36 PM

View PostDisposable Hero, on Feb 3 2007, 08:11 PM, said:

It would be interesting to set up a mask and shoot it from close and far range ( ala Mythbuster style ) to see how much it will take to break the lens. This might be something I'll try when its time to replace my lenses.


it goes like this:

small crack
big crack
lense cracks in half, with small cracks all along the big crack


done it twice.... it's almost anti-climactic, honestly. and it takes about 1000 balls at very close range to do it, too, with a JT spectra thermal lense.

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:17 AM

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it goes like this:

small crack
big crack
lense cracks in half, with small cracks all along the big crack


done it twice.... it's almost anti-climactic, honestly. and it takes about 1000 balls at very close range to do it, too, with a JT spectra thermal lense.
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How old was the lens?
How fast were you shooting?

It would be interesting to do this on a new lens and one that is a year old and see if there is a difference. If lenses should be replaced yearly regardless of use the year old lens should break first.
Besides how "new" is the new lens you're buying? How long did it sit in a warehouse and then on some store shelf before it gets purchased?
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 08:54 PM

The time to think about lens replacement is BEFORE you buy a mask. When researching what mask you want make sure the lenses are readily available at several places and that they are affordable. I know alot of people buy a mask as a fasion statement or because they are "bounce engineered". I couldn't care less about how pretty my mask is or how soft it is. I also wouldn't buy a mask that cost $60.00 plus that doesn't even have a true dual payne thermal lens. I recently purchased a JT mask because it only cost $35.00, it fits me like a glove, it has a true dual payne thermal lens, and best of all I can get replacement thermal lenses EVERYWHERE. I can walk into my local Gander Mt. sporting goods store and buy the lens righht of the shelf.
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Posted 15 February 2007 - 12:22 AM

View PostDVLCHLD, on Feb 14 2007, 07:54 PM, said:

The time to think about lens replacement is BEFORE you buy a mask. When researching what mask you want make sure the lenses are readily available at several places and that they are affordable. I know alot of people buy a mask as a fasion statement or because they are "bounce engineered". I couldn't care less about how pretty my mask is or how soft it is. I also wouldn't buy a mask that cost $60.00 plus that doesn't even have a true dual payne thermal lens. I recently purchased a JT mask because it only cost $35.00, it fits me like a glove, it has a true dual payne thermal lens, and best of all I can get replacement thermal lenses EVERYWHERE. I can walk into my local Gander Mt. sporting goods store and buy the lens righht of the shelf.

great man... but what are your thoughts on when you should replace a lens? Is it still necessary to replace yearly if the mask sits in your closet for 6 months. Plus how "new" is the new lens you're buying... how long did it sit in a manufactures warehouse and then on your local Gander Mt. sporting goods shelf before you come along and purchase it?
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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:21 PM

I had a lense that lasted 2-3yrs(dont remember exactly). I play all the time but I didnt ever really get shot in the face. I replaced it because there were so many scratches from beating the bush I figured I needed the added vision and it could possibly impair the structure of the lense.

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 09:06 PM

View PostDisposable Hero, on Feb 15 2007, 01:22 AM, said:

View PostDVLCHLD, on Feb 14 2007, 07:54 PM, said:

The time to think about lens replacement is BEFORE you buy a mask. When researching what mask you want make sure the lenses are readily available at several places and that they are affordable. I know alot of people buy a mask as a fasion statement or because they are "bounce engineered". I couldn't care less about how pretty my mask is or how soft it is. I also wouldn't buy a mask that cost $60.00 plus that doesn't even have a true dual payne thermal lens. I recently purchased a JT mask because it only cost $35.00, it fits me like a glove, it has a true dual payne thermal lens, and best of all I can get replacement thermal lenses EVERYWHERE. I can walk into my local Gander Mt. sporting goods store and buy the lens righht of the shelf.

great man... but what are your thoughts on when you should replace a lens? Is it still necessary to replace yearly if the mask sits in your closet for 6 months. Plus how "new" is the new lens you're buying... how long did it sit in a manufactures warehouse and then on your local Gander Mt. sporting goods shelf before you come along and purchase it?

I don't replace my lens unless I see imperfections that cause me to believe it needs to be replaced. This seems to happen about once a year. Usually the seal between the two lenses goes bad or it gets a bad scratch then I get a new lens. So when I buy a new lens I don't worry about how long it has been on a shelf. I just make sure the seal is good and that there's no scratches or cracks in it.
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Posted 18 February 2007 - 06:44 PM

When in doubt do it every year!

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