First off, I searched around here and couldn't find any earlier discussion of this, so if I missed it, I'd appreciate direction to it so I don't waste anyone's time.
A recent conversation in the Masks forum
discussed the idea of using military or commercial full-face respirators as PB masks, mainly because they provide a very cool MilSIm look as seen in popular video games, and might also offer better visibility. No real consensus, although folks who have actually HAD to wear those things pointed out how miserable they are for long periods.
The issue of the relevant ANSI standard for eyewear came up, and is a key point. If a piece of equipment meets or exceeds the same ANSI rating as a PB masks and provides at least equivalent face and head protection, would it be allowed at professional facilites?
Nobody seems to know what Field owners think, so I figured I'd ask.
I suspect it might be a judgement call, and I can understand if Field Operators are skittish about letting anyone be seen playing without recognized PB gear. Bad precedents do need to be avoided.
My own case is a bit unusual, so I may be too much of an outlier to warrant much discussion here. I had a chemical inhalation injury last year, and haven't been recovering as well as I hoped. It has slowed me down considerably, but I'm still hoping to get back out on the field with my scenario team some day.
Lately I was wondering about using a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) In my case, I would need the super clean HEPA filtered air pushed at me to limit airway irritation and breathing effort, but using this approach also eliminates fogging and provides great visibility- safety benefits in themselves.
These types of devices also meet or exceed the same ANSI eye protection specs as PB masks, and with added ear covers, I think it might work nicely. I've seen some great deals on ebay, but most of these rigs are well north of $1200 new, so you guys aren't going to lose any mask sales over this.
But since I currently need one of these to cut my freaking lawn anyway, (and it matches our uniforms), I just snagged this item for a terrific price:
So: If I showed up at your place someday and wanted to play paintball in this rig, what would you say? What documentation would help you feel comfortable about it? Manufacturers ANSI info? A Doctor's note? A personalized hold-harmless waiver? An extra $50?
How about having a team mate gog me at point blank range? I'd have no shortage of volunteers for that job...
Thanks for any thoughts you guys have time to share.