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    Posted: 08 January 2014 at 12:46pm
Nearly EVERY mask I have ever worn just steams up on me- you'd think my nostrils pointed upwards!
I'm not too fussed about the mask, as long as I have my bandana tied over my face.

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Originally posted by RubinOnRye RubinOnRye wrote:

Can you shoot me info for helping keep fog off the masks lens? My glasses won't fog because I got special lenses, not special just can't remember the name, that help prevent fogging in cold weather. 

I am currently using the Empire E'Vent Goggles. They fit nicely with my glasses but they tend to fog up, even with the double pain glass. 


I'll do one better, rather than keep anti fogging a secret, I'll tell everyone! lol

In regards to the lenses, this will work on almost all types except for the ones that have a anti-fog coating already on them, like the single pane Grill lenses.  The most common would be Fog Doc, I have it and it does work ... to a degree.  Other items were what I have mentioned, foamed shaving cream (not gel) and dishwashing soap.  Put on a layer of either, wipe lightly and let dry.  You can also try Virtue Glint Antifog Lens spray, I have this one and sometimes it's hit and miss in regards to fogging, you have to really follow the directions.

However, if you don't want to go that way, you can go the fan route:

You can purchase already made fans that you can install on your mask.   This is the only one I know off the top of my head:http://fanzkit.com/  You can find this product on many online stores. 

You can go a little bit more expensive and go with the HaberVision Eliminator Auto No-Fog Fan.  They normally go on snowboarding/skiing goggles, but I have used a set and they work well and work automatically!  I actually use this one for a year til I broke it.

Or if you want to do it yourself, just find some really small CPU fans online or local electronic store, hook up a battery and there you go.   However, some CPU fans can get really noisey and you can't really keep it on all the time.

If anything, a combination of anti fog with a fan would work the best.


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Can you shoot me info for helping keep fog off the masks lens? My glasses won't fog because I got special lenses, not special just can't remember the name, that help prevent fogging in cold weather. 

I am currently using the Empire E'Vent Goggles. They fit nicely with my glasses but they tend to fog up, even with the double pain glass. 
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Originally posted by RubinOnRye RubinOnRye wrote:

Got any suggestions for people who wear glasses? I use a cheap mask now mostly because I cut up some of the padding so it would fit my glasses. 


Just as s9ac3r has mentioned, your best bet is to go to your nearest paintball store and try out all of the masks they carry with your glasses on.  I have read that after players find a mask that fit well with their glasses, their glasses tend to fog up.  There are several remedies that you can try to alleviate that: anything anti-fog, but notably Fog Doc when applied properly, wipe on a layer of shaving cream or dishwashing soap helps as well.

Or you can go the contact lens route, which I have done.
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@RubinOnRye,

Sup man. When I first started shopping for a mask, I read a lot of reviews on many masks. I believe the Sly ProFit will be comfortable with eye glasses on. I think I saw a youtube video review where 2 guys did a review on a dye I4 and a sly ProFit. I would definitely suggest you go into your local paintball store and try on some masks. The sly Profit cost around 100 dollars. I wish I could've found a cheaper mask than the dye i4 but I find that the 100-200 dollar masks have a premium feel to it and glad that I bought the premium stuff. When I do anything like from PC gaming, fishing, to paintballing, I want to be comfortable to actually enjoy the activity. Hope this helps.
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@kendall,

sup man. I am a newb to paintball and ended up purchasing the Dye I4. I had tried all the mask in the store near my house and all of them didn't fit too well on my face. The Dye I3 being one of them. I have a small nose bridge so all the other masks left a gap near my nose and under my eyes. The Dye I4 was the only mask they had that actually felt like it was moulding on my face. It is kind of small, doesn't cover my forehead and lower jawline but covers my chin. It is very light and comfortable because it hugs my face and doesn't feel like its running down my face. I've played for 2 days with the I4 and not once has it fogged up on me but I wonder how well the anti fog lens will work in the summer time. My brother has a $50 dollar JT mask and for me, it is heavy and uncomfortable. The Dye I4 has a premium quality to it. Oh yeah, the I4 also brings comfort to my ears.
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Got any suggestions for people who wear glasses? I use a cheap mask now mostly because I cut up some of the padding so it would fit my glasses. 
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anyone here using the Dye i4?

i've been using the i3 for many years, and the proto switch prior to that. I've been very fond of the i3, but at further glance the i4 sure looks to have more visibility.

i'm not in the immediate market to replace my i3, but i'm curious on some feedback from the forum.

also, are there any real solid fans on the market that would fit either mask? the i3 fan supply has become darn near extinct with the age of the mask, but i have read often that they are a waste. anti fog works only so well in my experience, unless someone has a better recommendation?
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About a year ago I decided I was going to finally buy a high end pair of goggles. So I take my $130.00 to my local paintball shop and start trying on goggles. I was there at least an hour and just couldn't find anything that felt like it fit me right. All the goggles that look sweet online just sucked when I put them on. I wanted the Sly profit but it didn't fit well either. All the really expensive goggles felt really small on my big keg head. I finally gave up and left. A few days later I just bought a thermal lens Helix for $30.00 just to get me by. I love these goggles. lol  `They're great for mounting the Contour ROAM camera on too.
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I run a JT flex 8 full helmet. Great helmet if you play in an area where guys get behind you often... (getting plugged in the back of the head smarts...)

But, after about a season of play, the thermal mask will start fogging. I use fog spray (the cheap JT stuff sold everywhere) and if you use it right it works great. Most people spray it on and then wipe it off...

Duh, you just wiped it off so it won't work. I clean my mask the night before my next game (or a few days before so it can dry) then spray the inside with the fog spray in a light amount and LET IT DRY on there. Don't wipe it off. 

Then it will be good for quite a while, but if it is raining, or really humid, it will still fog. I have fans, but they are pretty useless, as they are too small to pull enough air to do much. Plus they are really loud and sound like bee's are attacking your head, and you can't hear movement... (plus I run a helmet cam, so the buzzing is no good for my audio on my camera.). 

So I take my fog spray onto the field with me, I carry an extra JT flex 8 half mask that I switch to (we don't have "safe" zones at my field so we wear masks all the time) and then I spray the mask with fog spray and let it sit on there, sure there are streaks, but I'd rather have streaks than complete fog where you can't see anything!

Oh, and NEVER prop your mask on top of your head, that just takes all the heat from your head and pushes it right into the lens! That will make even the best mask fog up!...

If I want a tiny view of the field I put on my reaper mask... With such small eye holes it is hard to see what is going on, but it looks cool!


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Originally posted by shadowsniper shadowsniper wrote:

 
3) durability and flexability. it needs to be flexibile enough to bend when you need it to, but tought enough to take a fury of paintballs. if you play at high pressure like me (450fps) you need something very strong. normal competition speed it about 280fps


 Read the forum rules. Tippmann does not condone discussions of unsafe play on this board.

 Further on a more personal note, you're a bloody idiot. Masks are rated to 300fps because that's the industry agreed-upon speed limit. You're going to blow a hole through your buddies mask and blind him for life, and I for one hope his family sues you into a smoking crater for it.
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Originally posted by shadowsniper shadowsniper wrote:

if you play at high pressure like me (450fps) you need something very strong. normal competition speed it about 280fps
Every commercial field reqquires FPS to be below 300. If you are playing at 450fps, you are an idiott and going to get someone hurt. The forum frowns upon promoting unsafe play.
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there isnt much variation from one mask to the other. but here is what you should consider...
 
1) is the cheek fat? if you have a gun with a stock, and like to look through sighs or scopes, the mask can get in the way, and you may need to apply uncomfortable pressure to the stock. get something that fits tight to the cheek so you dont need risers to use sights.
 
2) Visors, once more, be careful for things that get in the way. most visors are detachable.
 
3) durability and flexability. it needs to be flexibile enough to bend when you need it to, but tought enough to take a fury of paintballs. if you play at high pressure like me (450fps) you need something very strong. normal competition speed it about 280fps
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