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Also known among paintball players as goggles, paintball masks are safety devices that all paintball players are compelled to wear. Paintball masks protect the eyes, mouth, ears and nose of the paintball player. Some paintball masks features throat guards for added protection. Paintball masks are engineered to prevent paintball from injuring the player's head. However, paintball players should also remember that the lenses are not designed to withstand high velocity impacts of paintballs or impacts of paintballs traveling at great speeds.
Paintball masks are one of the most important safety gears in the sport paintball. You can play without a paintball marker, or you can play without your balls but you can not play without a mask or goggles. If you want to play paintball you got to have a paintball masks, not ski goggles or safety goggles. Paintball masks are specially designed for the sport paintball. No other type of masks or goggle can hold out the force of a speeding paintball other than a paintball mask. The lenses of a paintball mask are much larger and have more peripheral vision than other goggles.
There are some paintball masks that feature mask fans or thermal lenses. This 'features' prevents the fogging of the lenses of the paintball masks during the game. Thermal paintball masks have two lens panes that have a tiny pocket between them which prevents fogging from occurring. On the other hand, 'anti fog paintball goggles' are now available in the market, although these types of goggles only have a single lens that have an anti-fog coating on them by which will eventually wear out.
Always make sure that your paintball goggle will protect your ears completely. Being hit on the ears is as painful as being hit in the eyes. Your paintball goggles must also have a good face protection. Make sure that your paintball goggles have a good fit on you. With all those crawling, running, sliding, jumping, dodging and, of course, shooting, an ill fitting paintball mask will eventually fall off. Always make sure that your paintball goggles have a comfortable and secure fit. Look for paintball goggles that have lots of padding in the region surrounding the lens and must have a wide and adjustable strap for proper fit.
You must replace your paintball mask if you see small cracks on the lens; cracks typically begin on the edges of the lens. Always remember that eye injuries can be prevented. Eye injuries tend to occur when paintball players don't wear their masks or if they wear masks that are not specifically designed for playing the game paintball. The key in playing safe is to have the right kind of masks that is fit and comfortable to the paintball player.