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Old 06-15-2015, 01:46 PM #1
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mask question

New member, old player. I haven't played in about 15 years (high school) and I'm interested in playing again. I have an old JT Spectra Mask that could use a new lens, otherwise it still looks usable. Is it worth getting a new mask (everything looks different now) or should I be good with what I have and just pick up a new lens for it (if they are still made)?
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:58 PM #2
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you can get new lens for them. getting a new mask is up to you. its your money. best mask advice i can give is to try them on and see what fits you best.
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:06 PM #3
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Best mask on the market, just get a new lens, and call it a day!
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:18 PM #4
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I was in your exact same situation a few months ago with the exact same mask lol. I hit up my local pro shop just to pick up a lens for my old mask and check out the Dye I4 because they looked so great. Ended up hating the I4's just to small for me but tried on a few different styles and absolutely loved the virtue Vio's extended best vision and fit for me, I've actually picked up another pair I liked them so much highly suggest trying a bunch on, but if you like the fit of the JT's there for sure still 100% usable you see them every where. Even after 20 years or however long they've been around.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:15 AM #5
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If the foam is still comfortable then awesome! I was like you and returned after a 10 year break. The foam on my old Vforce mask was disintegrating so I thought I would pick up a cheap $30 mask thinking I'd only play once and get tired of it... long story short I got bit by the bug again and now I have an Eflex and a crappy loaner mask that no one likes to wear. If you do go with a new mask, don't cheap out like I did at first.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:06 PM #6
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Thanks for the suggestions. The foam is in good shape still along with the rest the mask so I snagged a new lens and should be good to go.

Just picked up a new loader as well. The lid on my old revvy is busted. Is there a place where I could find a new lid for an old revvy? I've only been able to find the shells so far. Might be worth fixing it up to use as a loaner/backup.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:07 AM #7
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Thanks for the suggestions. The foam is in good shape still along with the rest the mask so I snagged a new lens and should be good to go.

Just picked up a new loader as well. The lid on my old revvy is busted. Is there a place where I could find a new lid for an old revvy? I've only been able to find the shells so far. Might be worth fixing it up to use as a loaner/backup.
ebay or the BST section here
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:20 AM #8
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I would check the BST for an Eflex or the newer model Event which are my 2 favorite masks.
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:47 AM #9
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Thanks for the suggestions. The foam is in good shape still along with the rest the mask so I snagged a new lens and should be good to go.

Just picked up a new loader as well. The lid on my old revvy is busted. Is there a place where I could find a new lid for an old revvy? I've only been able to find the shells so far. Might be worth fixing it up to use as a loaner/backup.
you could also put a speed feed on them too
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:40 PM #10
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I would check the plastic parts and make sure they havent developed any cracks or splits. i had a pair of i3s sitting around for 5 years and the lens was still mint but the mask had "dried out" and starting cracking. i didnt trust my pretty face behind it but i loved how comfortable it was. i ended up buying another just when the i4s came out and got a good deal. i got a used spare too.
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Old 06-19-2015, 03:45 AM #11
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I use an empire helix. I find them comfortable and they have alot of coverage compared to most masks now. Plus they are only about $30.
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Old 06-23-2015, 03:24 PM #12
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I have had some problems with older Spectras and Flex-7s where I have replaced the lens and the new one seems to be a different curvature and the frame spreads it out separating the thermal pane from the main lens.

Anyone else had that issue?
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Old 06-24-2015, 11:02 AM #13
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I have had some problems with older Spectras and Flex-7s where I have replaced the lens and the new one seems to be a different curvature and the frame spreads it out separating the thermal pane from the main lens.

Anyone else had that issue?
I'm using the same Spectra mask I bought in 1997 still.
I can't even count how many lenses I've put through it over the years.

I have run into the separation issue you're talking about, but that was like 4 years ago. It was probably just due to a bad production run of lenses, not something particular to using a Spectra frame with a newer Spectra-class lens. As far as I know, the geometry of the frame and the molds they use for that model of lens haven't changed.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:50 PM #14
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Good to know, I didn't want to spend $25 just to have another pop apart on me.

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If there is bad damage on the mask then replace the whole thing but if everything looks good then just swap out a new lens and you're all set!
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Old 07-18-2015, 10:37 PM #16
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If you have a bigger face and jaw line, I4s will not cover your jaw and it will hurt like a mother****er. trust me.
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:59 AM #17
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If you have a bigger face and jaw line, I4s will not cover your jaw and it will hurt like a mother****er. trust me.
Agree 100%. Took a few to the chin and its not very fun.
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Old 08-18-2015, 11:15 AM #18
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I4's are great for younger players. My head is just a wee bit big for it to cover the bottom part of my face, so I run an E-flex. Great breathability was a huge plus for me.
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I've been using an Empire Helix for a couple of years now and it still works great. Only about $30 and perfect if you're on a budget.
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