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How to Pick a Paintball Mask

Learn how to pick a paintball mask from paintball pro Mike "Pev" Peverill in this Howcast video.


My name is Mike Peverill. I'm here at Pev's Paintball Park in Aldie, Virginia. I've been playing paintball nearly 30 years. I've played professional paintball with numerous pro teams all over the world. This facility here was built from the ground up for paintball, kind of like a paintball Disney Land. Our website is Hopefully you can come out and visit us sometime.

Choosing a paintball mask is not difficult, but you need to remember one important thing, and my rule for the last twenty years of owning a paintball business is your eyes — you're only given two of them, and you always want to protect your eyes. So, I always suggest going for comfort and quality over just trying to spend less money on paintball goggles just because you don't want to spend money on them. Well, remember, your eyes are very important to you, you only have two of them. So I tell people, go with quality goggles, ones you feel like you're not going to want to take off your head every five minutes because they fog, they're uncomfortable, they itch, they scratch, whatever happens. So what I have here, this is a basic, what we call, "rental goggle." It's the cheap of the cheap, it's a bottom-of-the-line goggle, but it's designed for repetitive use so that someone who's wearing them, you know, for hygiene reasons, for example, it's got a rubber gasket inside of it instead of foam, so that you're not wearing someone else's goggles later on that's sweated on them. The difference is, you want a quality goggle to wear that's comfortable. This is not comfortable; a rubber gasket pressed against your face — not comfortable. This is a single-pane lens, very basic; in high humidity, it's going to fog up on you. My next one here is the same goggle, but the difference is that it's got the foam insert on the inside, so it's still a beginner goggle, but it's a step up; it has foam, so it's more comfortable on your face so you're less prone to take it off.

Now, stepping up to another set of goggles, this is now the higher-end goggles; mid to higher-range goggle. It's a profiler. It has the foam on the inside. It has a wider peripheral. It also stands off your face a little bit more. The reason why it does that is it lets it breathe. It has an anti-fog coated lens, so it reduces the chances of fogging. Also, this is one that you can wear with glasses. If you wear glasses, it's got a big inset frame in there to let your glasses fit inside there fine and not feel constricted with the glasses.

Now, you really want to jump up to your high-end goggles, then you have something like this. It's very comfortable. Guys wear this goggle, forget they have it on their face, because it's really light, featherweight. It has a lot of foam on the inside. It holds tight to the face. It has a tinted lens, and it's super-comfortable, but very small, and small to your face. I always believe with going in for quality, high-end goggle. Me, it doesn't matter what I'm buying, I want the best when it comes to goggles for safety, but I don't want to feel the urge to take them off during the day.

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