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#1 Mike:)

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:07 AM

As always, you should start off with a good, quality mask. I want a mask with anti-fogging, and a duel pane lens. I want it to be nice on my wallet too. Any suggestions would be perfect. Thanks

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:21 AM

I'm going to go with a JT Proflex. $62 + S&H on ANSgear. A lot of people love the mask.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:44 AM

I'll.vouch for.the proflexes also. Pick.up.the event ears with it and you.have a pretty solid mask.
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 01:49 AM

Do try it on before buying. As great as flex masks are, I don't like the way they fit me. I highly recommend going to a paintball shop or your field's pro shop and trying on every mask they have.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 02:01 AM

Try them out first. Make sure the lenses is thermal or a Vforce, which has thermal baked cure into them. Do not skimp on a mask. Vforce makes great masks that are cheaper than the highest of the high. Profilers, or Grills, are great masks. I would try skipping the JT Proflex, but if it fits you and you don't mind the lack of quick change lens. Seriously, the lenses are a pain to change, and it gets annoying. Also, the soft ears are notorious for...sucking. So I would look at some events ears or Dye i3 ears for it. But at that point, you have spent as much as a VForce Profiler or a Grill, so I would go with one of those if you like the feel and looks for them.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 08:11 AM

If you don't like the Proflex the Vforce Profiler is another really good option.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:15 PM

Thanks everyone. I will go back to my park next week to try on some masks. The profiler sounds like a really good mask to get, but i have to keep in mind that i don't have a shop within 40 miles if my city. The park only has a few masks( is in about 4).

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:44 PM

Empire(Invert) Helix - May not have the best foam, but pretty awesome for $32
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:20 AM

Proto Switch FS is $50

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:31 AM

Proto Switch FS is $50

I'll second this recommendation. I own one and love it. Ears and jaw are fully covered and the front is far enough away from my mouth that the force of a paintball hitting me there doesn't feel like a punch in the lips. Also, it has never ever fogged on me.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:49 AM

Flex for sure, there's a reason they've been around forever. They're great!

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:19 AM


Proto Switch FS is $50

I'll second this recommendation. I own one and love it. Ears and jaw are fully covered and the front is far enough away from my mouth that the force of a paintball hitting me there doesn't feel like a punch in the lips. Also, it has never ever fogged on me.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:02 PM

Empire vidar are really good for 50

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:03 AM

Flex 8 are pretty good

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:06 AM

Gi milsim sleek mask is AMAZING for te price! I had one and used it all last season. Never fogged, has a nice strap, uses profiler lenses, and has incredibly quick release lenses.
Only kinda downside is it sits high on your face, and it's made of all hard plastic so it's not like he proflexes. However it is 35 bucks or something like that! So much cheaper than proflexes

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:20 PM

well any of the above are great masks but I'd have to say that the best mask for under $50 is the jt reaper. I think it's only 30 bucks and you can't go wrong with it.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:49 PM

well any of the above are great masks but I'd have to say that the best mask for under $50 is the jt reaper. I think it's only 30 bucks and you can't go wrong with it.

I will disagree with that. Poor breathability, lenses are going to be hard to find soon, and Im pretty sure the stock lenses arent thermal.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:21 PM


well any of the above are great masks but I'd have to say that the best mask for under $50 is the jt reaper. I think it's only 30 bucks and you can't go wrong with it.

I will disagree with that. Poor breathability, lenses are going to be hard to find soon, and Im pretty sure the stock lenses arent thermal.

I've used them and from what i have experienced, you cannot expect more for 30 dollars. I guess a good alternative would be the proto switch mask.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:27 PM

JT Proflex for sure!!! B) :) :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:33 PM

buy a high end mask on the bst. people sell them all the time here and you can find one for cheap sometimes (just make sure you clean it before you play with it).

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:30 AM

hmmm what about the fit though

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 02:21 AM

Unless its Vforce Grills or Empire Eflex/events, do not buy a used mask. Thats gross. Its like buying someones underwear. With the grills and the empire masks, you can at least buy replacement foam, which makes it less nasty.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 10:10 AM

Unless its Vforce Grills or Empire Eflex/events, do not buy a used mask. Thats gross. Its like buying someones underwear. With the grills and the empire masks, you can at least buy replacement foam, which makes it less nasty.

I always thought I was a bit of a germophobe by many techpbers have outdone me.
IMO wash any mask and its perfectly fine to use. Also Im pretty sure the i4 and a couple other masks have replacement foam available too but I could be wrong.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:12 PM

Still nobody answered my question :/ . What about the fit. Im fifteen, average size. What would be a good sized mask though. My field doesn't supply much.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:42 PM

Still nobody answered my question :/ . What about the fit. Im fifteen, average size. What would be a good sized mask though. My field doesn't supply much.

Saying your age and size doesn't help us determine it. I would just go to your store and try all that you can out, as with the players at your field. If you see someone with an i4, ask them if you can try it on in the staging area. I'm sure they'd be more than happy to recommend what they believe is the best mask, given you are not sick or anything of the sorts.

But here are masks that are sure to fit most anyone:
Empire Eflex
Empire Events(Foam is ehh)
Vforce Grill
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:27 PM

Proflexes should fit great, they fit everything from huge to small heads
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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:25 PM

Those are some great tips. I don't have a local shop within like 40 miles. I only have a field with a few masks (about 4)

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 02:48 PM

Are all the parts (Goggle frame, flex bottoms, ears) from an Empire eFlex compatible with the JT Proflex?

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 02:53 PM

Are all the parts (Goggle frame, flex bottoms, ears) from an Empire eFlex compatible with the JT Proflex?

Everything except for the lenses themselves. Why do you ask?

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:20 PM


Are all the parts (Goggle frame, flex bottoms, ears) from an Empire eFlex compatible with the JT Proflex?

Everything except for the lenses themselves. Why do you ask?


Was thinking of getting the ears for my JT Proflex. Is the flex part any smaller for the eFlex because the Flex is a bit too large for my face (looking to minimize my profile).

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:22 PM



Are all the parts (Goggle frame, flex bottoms, ears) from an Empire eFlex compatible with the JT Proflex?

Everything except for the lenses themselves. Why do you ask?


Was thinking of getting the ears for my JT Proflex. Is the flex part any smaller for the eFlex because the Flex is a bit too large for my face (looking to minimize my profile).

Yeah the Flex part is a bit smaller and sleeker than the traditional ProFlex flex bottoms. It's not as flared out, which helps with profile. But Empire has yet to separately sell the flex bottoms.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:25 PM



Are all the parts (Goggle frame, flex bottoms, ears) from an Empire eFlex compatible with the JT Proflex?

Everything except for the lenses themselves. Why do you ask?


Was thinking of getting the ears for my JT Proflex. Is the flex part any smaller for the eFlex because the Flex is a bit too large for my face (looking to minimize my profile).

They're different. I'm not sure I'd say larger or smaller, just a different shape.

Honestly, the whole centimeter of difference between the masks on the market isn't really going to matter anyway, just go with what's comfortable. And that is something the Proflex certainly is.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:32 PM

That is, until you have to change the lenses. I'll give anyone a pod if they wanna put back together my JT Flex-8

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:35 PM

That is, until you have to change the lenses. I'll give anyone a pod if they wanna put back together my JT Flex-8


Inconvenience is worth saving money to some.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:37 PM


That is, until you have to change the lenses. I'll give anyone a pod if they wanna put back together my JT Flex-8


Inconvenience is worth saving money to some.

Oh no I agree by all means. I actually rolled my Gray JT Flex-8's for about 3 years. I just recently picked up my E-Flex in November.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:41 PM



That is, until you have to change the lenses. I'll give anyone a pod if they wanna put back together my JT Flex-8


Inconvenience is worth saving money to some.

Oh no I agree by all means. I actually rolled my Gray JT Flex-8's for about 3 years. I just recently picked up my E-Flex in November.

I still wanna try some E-Flexes for a while. I didn't like the fit compared to Proflexes but I've heard the foam has a break-in period of sorts.

Back on topic: OP, you can get E-Vent soft ears for $8 on ANSgear in the pattern of your choice. They are functionally identical to the ears on the E-Flex, just different aesthetics.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:47 PM

Yeah emphasis on of sorts. Its much more firm compared to the plush spectra foam, but equally as soft. The foam makes sure it's snug and fits nice, and also feels more sturdy and less prone to rip. The break in period is probably around a day of use, and even then you won't notice much. It's nowhere near the stupid foam of the events, however.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:59 PM

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