JT Pro flex are a great all rounder and probably still the most customizable/moddable goggle out there. Very comfy with room for glasses if needed, and a whole range of lenses. The bottom half is the same design as per the Empire E-flex.
Empire E-flex is the merged super goggle of the JT Pro flex and the Empire E-Vent. Does fit slightly differently in my opinion, but with easier lens removal, its still an excellent choice.
Empire E-Vent is the top end Empire goggle, which uses the same top half as the E-flex. Used one for a few seasons, comfy, great vision.
Any mask with a thermal lens are good, waste of money if you get one without
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Are all great masks and a lot of the top teams use some of these also, but if your able to try on the mask first because with all things its personal preference, I personally use the Sly profit as it is so comcomfortable and has great a great thermal lens
I've worn a handful of masks, but only ever used two full time..
Sly Profits - Great mask for comfort and protection, changing lenses is super easy, covers the neck, ears and forehead really well and I never in two years had an issue with steaming up outdoors or indoors. This was the first mask I ever bought after trying on Flexes, Events, i4's and Proto Axis'. The negatives for this mask are that you can't hear very well, and your voice is absorbed in the mouth piece. For communication this mask is sub-standard, and while they can be expensive, for someone new to paintball I would definitely say these should be in your list of masks to try!
JT Proflex/Empire E-Flex - I personally have two Proflexes, and I don't think I'll ever change. The ability to customise, the large variety of parts, the breathability are all fantastic. Unlike the Profits you can hear and be heard everywhere on the field. These really are the most comfortable mask I have ever worn. The downsides to the JT are lack of protection on the ears, which you can remedy with hard ears simply enough (See the yellow mask below), and the initial difficulty in changing lenses. The E-Flex, which is super popular with my team mates, has the empire quick change lense which essentially negates the only issue a new payer could have with the JT Proflex, and so, one of these two masks would be my top-most recommendation!
For those with Glasses, both of these masks are great, and have plenty of room for glasses underneath (even people who prefer larger frames like me!) I have a head on the larger scale, and while I frequently had these masks on a looser setting on the strap, I was always comfortable and never had problems with slips. In general you should ALWAYS try as many masks as possible, because everyone is different and everyone has their own preferences and needs.However, having tried many masks myself, I would recommend that you ensure these two masks are on your list of those to try!
These were my profits, my top recommendation for someone new or someone concerned with protection over communication
These are my two Proflexes, my top recommendation for all round performance, customisation and competitive play.
I did a lot of research and eventualy went with the Empire Events, im really pleased with it, the reasons i went for the events is
I play woodsball so bounces arent as important as in speedball so you have that little bit extra mouth protection, although it promotes bounces better than a lot of mask it's just not as much as the JT proflex or empire eflex
secondly the breathability is very good, the mask sits quite far forward on your face which means it doesnt circulate the air around, so your breathing fresh air. ive heard that masks with a curved bottom like the sly profit circulate the air around, but i've never used one so i may be wrong.
looks, in my opinion the events looks awsome
good face coverage, i have a medium sized head and this provides good face coverage but is also a sleek design so its not to easy to hit.
i wear glasses and this mask accomdates them perfectly, im not saying only get this mask if you wear glasses, as ive used it without and it is just as good
soft ears, makes it easier to hear your team
easy to change lens, i can change lenses in about 1 minute with no tools
two visors included
comfort- very comfortable as there is a lot of padding
comes with thermal lens
i found an ex-display event for £60 at just paintball and i would recommend it to any player, new or pro
i think dye i4s are very good and quite comfortable, but depending on how far your jaw line sticks out, you might want something else because it hurts when you get his in the jaw. e flexes are good too.