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New Dye i4 mask review

#1 User is offline   DeltaX 

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 02:01 PM

I just bought this mask and I'm ready to give it a review. First off. This mask looks great. Killer look I say. But with all great looks, there is always something that isnt safe. If you have a big head, this mask wont protect you fully. The reason be, the people at dye thought only on how to minimize the profile of a mask, but failed to protect the person fully. Your jaw will show and if you open your mouth and yell... There's a possibility that a paintball can go into your mouth. For big heads only. If you have a small head this mask will work great for you. Onto the good stuff on this mask. The high def lens that come with it are truly remarkable! everything is crystal clear. Plus the lens work great at night and make colors stand out at night. I also tried the smoked lens on it and well everything was... how to say it, darker. Thats it.(yes I made a joke) They also say that you can change the lens in 10 seconds... well, it took me more than like 30 minutes to get it right. And I did read the manual! The problem wasnt the on getting the lens out, but getting them back in. When you slide them back in, you have to pull the tab back that clicks when fully pulled back. It felt like I was about to brake it when using brute force. But thats just probably me doing it wrong again.

1. Slick look
2. Not good for big heads
3. exposes jaw and mouth(depends on person)
4. High def lens, awesome
5. Only for small headed people
5. Shows off alot of fore head

If any questions, please ask and I will be glad to answer them.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 12:57 AM

Not trying to necro, but I got this mask recently and I have to agree it's great!

Pros:
1. ) I wear it in the humid Michigan spring in a swampy area and haven't had any problems with fog.
2. ) The lens is difficult to figure out at first, but it gets really easy to replace after a bit of practice.
3. ) The HD lens is AWESOME! It makes everything stand out. It makes everything clear. You have to see it to believe it, really.

Cons:
1. ) The mask is small, and I have a big head... so I'm not completely covered. But I haven't had any problems with face hits so far.
2. ) There's not a visor. I don't care about that, but some people might. It leaves a lot of space on your forehead open.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 05:20 AM

If you need you can just wear a headwrap or something of that nature to solve the exposed forehead problem. Just adding that, because it pretty much eliminates that con for the most part.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 01:07 PM

Hehehe. I love how the paintball community is "discovering" the wonders of the amber lense.

Gotta give props to Dye for marketing it as "HD".
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 01:22 PM

View PostSchwimmy, on May 25 2009, 01:07 PM, said:

Hehehe. I love how the paintball community is "discovering" the wonders of the amber lense.

Gotta give props to Dye for marketing it as "HD".

Theyve always done that.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 05:15 PM

Hey... amber lens, HD lens... whatever you want to call it, it works awesome.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 05:28 PM

Yup, I'm in love with mine. Size doesn't make that much of a difference to me, it fits fine. Now... I gotta find a way to keep my hair down so it doesn't pop out before me when I snap...
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Posted 11 September 2009 - 07:28 AM

Necro...I know...but I'm looking to upgrade my mask to something that's going to last. How's this mask held up through the season? How do they compare to profilers or grills? Any fog problems?

I'm not worried about the small aspect, I have a big head and as long as it keeps paintballs out of my eyes and ears and off my nose...I'm ok with it.
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Posted 19 September 2009 - 10:25 PM

My mask has held up pretty well... The ear protector things have kind of started to pull apart. The outer covering of them is coming off on the inside. Aside from that it has taken a lot of abuse like a champ! No fog issues whatsoever, and still fits like a glove... well a hat, I guess would be more appropriate. Or a mask, yeah, fits like a mask!
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