I recently started looking around for a new mask because I was ready to upgrade from the one I bought to start playing. I bought the old one about two years ago and wanted to see what else was out there. The old one had a thermo-cured lens, so I started looking into what other options there were because I was sick of having to replace them. I came across this mask in my search and I have to say I am really pleased I made the switch. If you are looking to upgrade your cheap starter mask to a longer lasting one I think this is a pretty good place to start.
Breakdown of the Features
This mask has a lot of different features from the one I upgraded from, so I would recommend taking these into consideration if you are looking to do the same. I’ve also taken the liberty of breaking everything down in the section below.
- Dual-pane lens for fog resistance.
- Brow shield with visor.
- Silicone strap for better comfort and slip resistance.
- Wide lens for great peripheral vision.
- Dual-density foam.
The big difference you will often find in the price of your mask is typically based on what kind of lens the manufacturer uses. There are two popular ways for paintball mask companies to make sure their masks are fog resistant — thermal-cured and dual pane. Dual-pane lenses require more material and are usually on the more expensive side, whereas thermal-curing is significantly cheaper but will require frequent replacements. Dual-pane lenses use two separate lenses to ensure fog resistance. This way the function is built into the lense and cannot wear off like chemically treating the lense will, and so dual-pane won’t need replacing unless they get scratched.
The brow shield is great if you don’t want to compromise your vision with tinting or are unable to wear sunglasses (either because you find them uncomfortable under your mask or because you wear seeing glasses). The visor helps shield your eyes from the sun in outdoor games.
The silicone strap is designed for comfort and stability. By providing more cushion than a conventional elastic strap, it is less irritating to wear for prolonged periods of time. It is also better at keeping your mask in place than its elastic counterpart as well. Once again the material is more costly so it is often found on more expensive products.
The wide lenses are pretty self-explanatory, but if this is your first time looking into masks you will notice how important a clear line of vision is when looking to buy. This mask has a wide lens that wraps around the side of you face so you can see movement through your peripherals. Definitely a must have feature in a mask
The mask itself is made of dual-density foam, providing lightweight protection with comfort in all weather conditions. You can wear this mask for hours and not strain your neck with a heavy and cumbersome piece of equipment.
The First Impression
I have to say I was really pleased the first time I took this bad boy out into the field, and it has yet to disappoint. Let’s start with the whole reason I was looking for a new mask to begin with, the lenses. This one features a dual-pane thermal lens. This basically means that there are two lenses with a little space of air in between to prevent fogging instead of using a chemical treatment like my old thermal lens. This means that the design of the mask itself will prevent fogging and will not wear off like other treated lenses.
The brow shield and visor was something I was really excited about too since with my old mask I couldn’t wear sunglasses underneath and the manufacturer didn’t offer tinted lenses. So, imagine my joy when finding a mask that had had this feature, since I was getting pretty sick of the sun being in my face.
The silicone strap is definitely an upgrade, which many seasoned pros have to replace after theirs become muddy and the elasticity is ruined. Silicone, it turns out, is also a lot more comfortable than the elastic as well since it adds a little extra padding. It is also very helpful in keeping your mask securely in place and not sliding around or constantly needing adjustment and it doesn’t put too much pressure anywhere on your face. My favorite aspect of this mask is the wide lens for a clear line of sight on all sides. You can now crouch down and get real stealthy sneaking up on my opponent’s position without being flanked yourself. The dual-density foam is definitely something everyone should look for even in a starting mask. It makes such an enormous difference.
Pros of the Invert Helix Thermal Paintball Mask
There are quite a few advantages to this product, including the dual-pane lens, as they are more trustworthy in keeping out fog than the treated ones. Beyond this, the lightweight material is way easier on me and doesn’t cause uncomfortable pressure or weight, allowing me to stay out longer in comfort. The silicone strap also allows me to remain more comfortable and helps keep the mask in place. Lastly, the visor is great for keeping the sun out of your eyes.
Cons of the Invert Helix Thermal Paintball Mask
As with any good product, there will be some disadvantages due to personal preference. For this product, it’s more of an initial investment and if you are on a really tight budget, you might want to consider one of many cheaper masks. However, I think for the comfort and extra features it’s totally worth spending a little more to get more out of your playing time.
The Final Verdict
Overall, this mask is fantastic and provides exactly the amount of protection you need. For those on a budget, you’ll find solace in knowing you can get an array of protecting and beneficial features for the price point you’re in.