Due to the popularity of Jt masks, its often hard to keep up with all of the new/old parts. Hopefully this guide will shed a little light on the situation. I want to give some credit to Matrixp8ntballer for the idea, and prior research/typing. Because there is a strap thread already, I will not even go into straps.
Ultimate Guide To JT Straps V.3
*The Mask and Mask Parts Appraisal Thread*
More info on Flex's
From Octagon: "Spectra's came out in the mid 90's. This is what started the whole line of masks. You could get them in a solid plastic bottom or what has become the standard for the Flex's, a rubber bottom. They all had hard plastic ears, and soft ears were an option that you could buy about a year after they came out. Early Pro's would actually cut off the bottom, leaving the plastic that covered right below the frames and the nose. You could get them in all black, or olive and black.
Shortly after the release of the Spectra, say about a year later, you could also get two other colors of Spectra, a maroon and black mask and a light blue and medium blue mask."
The Original Proflex/Flex7:
Came out late 1990's
Proflex's had softears, and the Flex7 had hardears.
Consists of 5 main parts...
Frames, Lens, Bottoms/Grills, Softears, Straps, (Visor is optional).
There are mainly two different types of lenses. 04 and 05. 04 frames are slimmer and have a harder lens change compared to the 05's. Note the pictures.
There are three kinds of ears, Hardears, Large Softears, Mini Softears. They can be custom designed, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.
There are tons of lens, Gradient, Mirror, Clear. There are two types of lens, Thermal and Single. Thermal generally costs more but offers better anti-fog protection. Wheras Single is cheaper but will fog more often.
The year that colored bottoms came out. Probably the start of the “flex revolution” it allowed players to start mixing and matching bottoms/frames to their liking, making the Proflex a big hit.
JT Flex Revolution:
released in late '09. Has updated 'tribal' molded bottoms and rubber ears that resemble the older hard ears in size. The rubber doesn't tear like the foam ears making them much more durable.
The next series in flex evolution. Flex8’s have a harder lower grill, and molded the ears and bottom into one piece. No removable softears like the Proflex. Including the original Proflex colors + Urban Camo, Woodland Camo, Grey, and they brought back the original Olive color.
They were the high end model of the Flex 7. Designed for the pro players to attain a little more bounce, and to look extravagant. These used to cost +110 dollars. Over time, however, many complained that the flexibility of the bottoms was more painful when hit, and so production ceased. - Leed.
Made out of all the same component's as the 05 Flex, but it has hard bottoms, instead of the flexier bottoms. Comes in three colors, Olive, Black, and Limited edition Neon yellow (Originally used as a reffing mask.)
Yet another version of the Flex, had a 1 piece bottoms and ears construction. The ears and most of the nose piece/bottoms were made of hard plastic, the very bottom lip of it has the flexible consistency of the Flex 7. The original Proteus were available in Black, Clear, and Black/Clear variations, with the 04 and previous frames. The Proteus II's introduced the Chameleon colors and the 05 frames.
"JT introduces the Reaper which is a part of the Quicklock Lens System family. Designed with a low profile brow, this unique goggle has a removable gel skirt which is soft and comes in three colors. Included is a redesigned removable visor that stops rain and unwanted light from coming in." - Jt's website.
In early 2006 at the Huntington Beach NPPL event Jt released a series of Limited Edition frames and bottoms in new colors. 500 of each color frame and bottom were made. They came in Neon Pink, Lime Green, Pastel Baby Blue, Grey, and White.
Supposedly LE just like the HB parts, but JT seems to have produced quite a bit more EPS bottoms/frames than HB, making them worth roughly half value. There are 5 colors altogether. Although it may seem as if JT repeated the HB colors, but there is a noticeable difference.
Green - More of a Pea Green, compared to the Lime Green of HB.
White - Pearly White compared to the Pastel White of HB.
Pink - More of a Pearl color compared to the Neon Pink of HB.
Teal - No HB comparison
Purple - No HB comparison
Pictures - http://jtusa.com/catalog/eps/8021/
Jt's newest LE parts, teams such as dynasty, and rage sponsored these frames. More info and pictures can be found on Jt's website. (not pictured: blue and yellow bandana)
The rare of the rare, normally reflects in the cost of these parts. These are super LE parts released only to the select few. Normally they range from "1 of 3/10" depending on the rarity. More info available here... "End all Boston Parts thread"
Since JT relocated from CA to AR, and was eventually acquired by KEE, there have been at least a dozen prototype frames and some bottoms that have shown up in BST and in the Mask Discussion forum. These are not 'Boston' parts, but true 'prototypes' that for one reason or another were never released to the public.
Originally intended to be another LE color, but things didn't go as planed. The color was pretty much disliked by all who came in contact with it. Making Jt discontinue its production:
Olive/Clear Bottoms and Grey/Grey Bottoms:
Olive/Clear and Black/Clear are not really in demand due to them not matching many flex parts nowadays. Grey/Grey bottoms are harder to find, and fit quite a few setups making them semi-demandable
Protus should be Proteus, and they could come come stock with the JT Sportz-Comm built-in mic system.
Also, don't forget the predecessor to the QLS series, the JT Axiom FX-10:
The Axiom came stock with a cam-lock lens change system that worked well. They used lenses that fit nothing else and while they're a great goggle (I still use mine), they failed in the market and were quickly discontinued.
Also you might make mention of JT's low-end line, the Elite / Radar / Invader series. Few people buy them new, but they're common in Wal-Mart and sporting goods stores and are often found in low-end marker kits.
Hope this helps?
Updated by D-man[WarLlamas] 8/26/11 for leed