The face mask is the most significant protective gear in playing the sport of paintball. It mainly shields the eyes from balls with a traveling speed of up to three hundred feet per second. Most completely cover the face and the ears, but there are those who prefer to wear goggles, protecting only the eyes. Paintball masks are designed to absorb any direct shot, from any distance or range. An ordinary pair of goggles will supply only a false sense of security and put one at great risk since it they are not constructed to block a paintball. All paintball mask manufactures measure up to DOT safety criteria and safety standards. The choice of the mask's material is one important factor. There are masks made of different materials from rubber, plastic to foam. It is a wise idea to buy your own face mask rather then renting one. It should be the first pice of equipment purchased before playing paintball. Be sure to properly test the fit of the mask to your face and make sure that you can see clearly so that you can be comfortable and effective when paintballing. The lens is the mask's most significant quality, so check it carefully; then examine the foam and see if it is comfortable to wear and the design is attractive 1. Typically, paintball masks will have either a non-thermal or athermal lens, or be anti-fog for fog resistance: these do not need a separate anti-fog agent applied to the lens to perform their function. These thermal lenses will cost more but they are a good choice because they just won't fog up. 2. The foam in a paint ball mask is an important factor to consider, as it can make a huge difference with your level of comfort. For instance, a Vforce Armoi is a neoprene type of foam - a type of foam that is considered a good foam, but it is uncomfortable. The Vforce Shield and Vforce Profiler is an open cell and two layer foam which is very comfortable to wear. The open cell foam can be compared to a memory foam that is used in pillows. 3. Style is another factor. There are masks that are more expensive even when the foam and lens are the same quality as cheaper models, but the difference is in the style of the mask. Choose wisely and never sacrifice cost over quality; your safety should always come first!
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