So I've been patentily waiting for the Empire EVS mask because it looks badass, but I just saw a pic of it on someones head and it just crushed my dreams.
The mask appears not to cover your ears.
Yes that would be good for hearing, but a direct shot/bunker in the ear would be extremely bad. I had a friend who got shot in the ear and it ruptured his eardrum, he had to go through multiple surgeries and he was forced to quite paintball because its still a problem for him. Not trying to scare anymore, but a shot like that can effect your entire life.
for me, unless they make extended ear covers i will not be buying this.