Paintball Masks: First Step Towards Ensuring Safety
The game of paintball is very safe as long
as the players wear protective clothing and paintball masks. No piece of equipment
is more important for a player to wear than goggles. If a player finds himself
without a marker, then he can at worst lose the game. But a player without face
protection will run the risk of getting seriously injured on the face, eye or
ear, causing permanent damage.
Like it or not,
masks are simply a must have for every paintball player who does not want
to risk getting seriously hurt. There are quite a few things that need to be
considered when making your purchase.
Tips For Choosing The Right Mask
Choosing a paintball mask is not as simple as purchasing sunglasses or ski
goggles. This equipment is specifically designed for paintball and every paintball
player must have one while on field. Wearing any other goggles that only protect
the eyes will not provide adequate protection.
Paintball masks adhere to certain industry standards and are capable of withstanding
an impact at 270 mph. The lenses of some have quite a few characteristics. They
are large and offer peripheral vision so that a player can comfortably see through
the corner of his eye and track any opposition player lurking behind a bush.
Before buying a mask, a player must ensure that it fits snuggly on his head.
Experienced players have revealed that ordinary masks have a tendency to fog
whenever a player tries to stalk an opposition. Visibility becomes so poor that
it gets very difficult to stalk a target. In a paintball field nothing can be
worse than peeping through a smoke screen to look for an opponent. The answer
to this problem is thermal lenses. This type of lens is manufactured with anti
fogging technology and prevents it from getting blurred.
The mask should only be cleaned with water, as any other cleaning agent will
damage the anti-fog film. It also should not impair the hearing ability of a
player. One can test this by rubbing the thumb over the earflap. The face shield
is another tricky part of the mask. It must allow for easy intake of air as
well as protect the nose, mouth and chin.
Ideal Paintball Masks
Paintball masks offer protection to the most vulnerable part of the body, the
face and head. Manufactures try to meet the paintball players' expectations
by making paintball masks that are always better than the previous one and nearer
to the ideal paintball mask.
The objective of a paintball mask is to cover and protect the eyes, temples,
ears, nose and mouth. The mask should be so designed that the players wearing
spectacles should have no problem in using it. Players should not have any difficulty
in cleaning the mask and it should have provision to fit on any head, regardless
of the size. The lens must never fog and air must flow in and out from the mask
masks have spherical lenses, maxand itmizing peripheral vision while oversized
ventilators help in good airflow. Triple density foam provides impact absorption
and secure fit.