A paintball mask is one of the most important accessories that you need in order to play paintball. Not only are they required by any paintball field, but they are the first line of protection for your eyes and face, keeping you safe while still letting you have fun on the field.
But, how can you choose the right paintball mask?
Extreme Sports Land reviewed top paintball masks to help you find a quality mask, but even among the best you need to make a choice.
Here are 7 tips that can help you choose the right paintball mask.
- Cheaper is not better. You might be inclined to go with the most cost effective paintball mask on the market. This is not the area to cut corners, however. Less costly masks are less likely to have the ability to change out lenses or repair if something on it breaks, meaning you would have to turn around any buy a new one if something happens to it.
- Try before you buy. It is possible that you will find a better price for a paintball mask shopping online, but you really need to try on a paintball mask before you purchase one. There are so many different styles on the market that you need one that will be comfortable while still giving you all of the safety that you need on the field.
- Check on the ventilation. Even though the mask will cover your mouth, eyes and ears, you still need to be able to use your senses as well as still being able to breathe well. Ventilation will also keep your mask from fogging up, keeping your lenses clear. Keep in mind that while a mask needs to have good air coming in, it still needs to keep the paint out.
- Give yourself room on the inside. Not all masks have the same fit around your eyes, with some having more room between your eyes and the lenses while others have the lenses right up against your eyes. If you wear glasses, it is especially important to ensure that the paintball mask takes into account the room you need without being either too tight or too loose.
- The level of coverage varies. We can all agree that keeping your eyes protected is essential in paintball, but the level of coverage will vary from mask to masks. Some masks are a full helmet that covers your entire face, jaw, and even your neck. Other masks are less bulky, covering just your jaw up to your ears and eyebrows.
- Comfort is key. If the mask is not comfortable, you are going to be messing with it on the field, running the risk of pulling it off, instead of keeping your head in the game where it belongs. Makes sure your mask is comfortable.
- Single pane vs. dual pane lens. The last consideration for your first paintball mask is the type of lens you want. Single pane lens have an anti-fog protection, are normally less expensive, and are easier to clean. Dual lens will also prevent fogging, are more expensive, but are also more durable.
Ultimately, the goal for your paintball mask is protection. This is the most important piece of paintball equipment and you need to choose it wisely.