Most buyers who are buying their first paintball mask are bound to get confused with the wide variety of choice available to them. The paintball masks come in all shapes and sizes. The priorities which you must focus on while buying a paintball mask are its materials used, manufacturers reputation, quality, protection capability, comfort and weigh (light).
It is advised that before buying a mask, the buyer should try it out to see if the fit is comfortable. Try out the various masks available in the store to choose the one which fits best. After all, comfort comes only secondary to protection with respect to all sports gears and paintball masks are no exception.
Before paying the paintball mask, make sure
Design of the mask – For example, an exoskeleton type mask, a full head cover mask, a visor-style mask etc. These full head masks are effectively helmets that are designed to absorb the impact of any hit to the head.
Whether it is easy to change lenses – Most good quality masks have lenses which can be switched easily but it is still better to confirm it. First, you might want to consider buying a spare lense for your mask. Switching to your spare lense lets you get ready for the next game much faster.
Whether the mask is suitable to the face shape – Most masks are a one-size-fits-all make. However, there are masks which may be unsuitable for certain face shapes. For example, people with high foreheads will generally face a problem if they choose a mask whose lens is so small that it leaves their forehead exposed.
Fog resistance – Paintball masks will have either non-thermal or thermal lens or be anti-fog for fog resistance: these do not need an anti for 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.
Fitting – The foam in a Paintball Mask is an important factor to consider as it can determine your level of comfort. For instance, a “Vforce Armor” is a neoprene type of foam which is considered a good foam but is uncomfortable. The “Vforce Shield” and “Vforce Profiler” is an open cell, 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.
You should consider the quality, comfort and safety of these masks and make the right decision regardless of the price.