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Old August 1st, 2011, 00:17   #1
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Eye / Face protection Help!

Hey guys so I am a noob and I am getting my gear set together. I am on the most important part eye / face care. I just don't know which to get. Should I get a paint ball mask? I have read that their hard to talk to team mates and aim with it on. Should I just get some good goggles and mouth guard? What do you people with experence say. Links to stuff really helps.

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Old August 1st, 2011, 00:38   #2
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I wear Revision Sawfly glasses with a Brassguard Batwing face protector. What you wear may depend on what your local field requires. Paintball masks provide good protection, but get unbelievably hot and sweaty.
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Old August 1st, 2011, 03:53   #3
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If you're going to play on a paintball field then for insurance purposes the field will usually require that you wear at least paintball goggles. If you're not on a paintball field then ballistic goggles such as ESS are great. Shooting glasses will work in a pinch but are not recommended since bb's can possibly get in on the sides.

As to some sort of facemask, face bleeders happen, and chipped teeth are possible, but alot of airsofters take the risk. Almost no one uses hard masks like paintball masks cause they mess with cheek weld but some use soft balaclavas or wraps or such. The reason why alot of people don't even bother the balaclavas is it's hard to talk and be understood in the midst of battle with those. It's a judgement call on your part. The problem with mouth guards is you can't talk. Hard to coordinate tactics when you can't talk. No one I know uses them.
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Old August 1st, 2011, 04:44   #4
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Nothing speaks protection and reliability better than JT. I have Been running JT Spectra Proshield since 2005 ( obviously not the same lens since then lol ) and recommend nothing less. Yes they look bulky but the visor and side are removable and the lowers can be trimmed to allow better aiming down iron sights.

http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/1575/
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Old August 1st, 2011, 14:48   #5
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I am using a JT Delta 2. It covers my face as well as some ear protection.

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Old August 1st, 2011, 15:13   #6
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Nothing speaks protection and reliability better than JT. I have Been running JT Spectra Proshield since 2005 ( obviously not the same lens since then lol ) and recommend nothing less. Yes they look bulky but the visor and side are removable and the lowers can be trimmed to allow better aiming down iron sights.

http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/1575/
How do you go about trimming the lowers??
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Old August 1st, 2011, 17:29   #7
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Old August 1st, 2011, 17:37   #8
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I game with a pair of ESS Turbofan goggles, metal mesh half mask, and a shemaugh covering my head to absorb the sweat and take out a bit of the sting when getting shot directly to the head.

The above setup keeps my goggles clear from fog and my head very comfortable.
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Old August 1st, 2011, 20:34   #9
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Thanks for all the different types of options so many to chose from. I will look into all said ideas thanks
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 01:30   #10
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I ran a bunch of different glasses....however ESS ICE are my fave...65 bucks and you get a great case ...3 different lenses(dark,yellow,clear) and the provide great coverage on the sides with out hindering your periferal vision or sight line to your sights or scope...most guys dont run any face gear just cause they over heat and fog up your glasses.....just a thought
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Old August 4th, 2011, 03:28   #11
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How do you go about trimming the lowers??
Find out how mush you need to cut using your rifle stock as a guide and trim a little at a time. A good pair of scissors works wonders ( not kidding they work well ) I also trimmed the lowers where they fit to the goggles.if you look closely you will see there is an area that restricts airflow through the vents of the goggles.

(ps) I run mine with just the goggles and the lowers,everything else including the chin strap has been removed. I found it easier to trim witht he lower removed from the goggles.

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Old August 4th, 2011, 11:33   #12
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I just got my ess strikers for around 70 bucks shipped from the US, going to give them a whirl this weekend.
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ESS advancer V-12 and a shemagh. I've been using this set-up for years and it's always done the trick.

Sure, I've been shot in the face, even in the lip once, but that's part of the game; it builds character.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:04   #14
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I've been using Wiley X PT-1's for a while now. Not bad for fogging up, but Im a pretty extreme example, as I sweat like the proverbial pig! They wrap around real good. As for face protection, IM not a fan for two reasons:

1- anything you put on your face (i.e. balaclava, shemag, mask) will increase the chances of fogging up... my own personal experience there.

2- Man up!:tup:I've taken plenty of hits to the face. Sure... it sucks and you want to smash something (someone?) when it happens:duke:, but you sign waivers for a reason. That reason is risk.

That said, Im talking more about actual masks here, as it still smarts plenty even when wearing a scarf over your face. But getting it in the face dosen't usually happen all that much unless your sticking your head where it don't belong or you're within close proximity to someone that is new and/or not obiding by the rules.

As for a pair that completely inclose the eye, Im picking up a pair of Wiley X SG-1's Can't stand goggles and the SG-1's are a good compromise when you're playing on a field that does not allow "shooting" style eye wear like the SG-1's.

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Old August 24th, 2011, 09:03   #15
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Nothing speaks protection and reliability better than JT. I have Been running JT Spectra Proshield since 2005 ( obviously not the same lens since then lol ) and recommend nothing less. Yes they look bulky but the visor and side are removable and the lowers can be trimmed to allow better aiming down iron sights.

http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/1575/
+1 or instead of cutting the mask you can opt for the JT goggles and wire mesh combo, they are accepted at all paintball fields, for the private games i go for the bolle and wire mesh face guard combo
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