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Old 11-02-2012, 03:40 PM #1
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Thoughts on Proto Switch FS?

Looking for a new mask. Looking to spend $40-$60. Read a lot of the comparison threads and most tend to push the proflex pretty hard. Seems like a great mask but it's not what I'm looking for. I want a little more protection and their soft ears seem non-existent. I'm a casual player and willing to give up a break to the ear rather than what goes with the proflex (that still probably broke). I'm also looking for something rather easy to switch lenses on. Those two points seem to be the biggest drawbacks on the proflex.

I've looked at the Flex-8, which seems like a good compromise on protection, especially the ears, while still keeping the spectra lens compatibility and JT's quality. That said, the lens change still sucks and their lenses seem to need replaced more often than many others.

So that left me looking. Not many options have decent ear protection, a thermal lens, and easy lens swaps in the $40-$60 range. The Proto Switch fits those desires pretty well. The reviews I've seen say it's a little heavier than a proflex and some say it feels claustrophobic. I'm replacing an original Dye Invision. I like that mask. I wouldn't mind a slightly more extended profile but I never had issues with it feeling too cramped. If anything the close fit made it feel more assuring that nothing was going to slip under at a weird angle.

I'd love to try them all on, I really would, but I don't have a proshop around. I play in private woods and on a woodsball field that has just enough space in a shed for rental equipment, paint, and air. A few other options sell the "Walmart" type equipment. From there it's mostly internet. How does the Proto Switch compare to the original Dye Invision from a size/feel point of view? I haven't seen any side by side comparisons online. I'm happy with the old Dye mask but to bring it back up to new condition is going to run me what a lot of other masks cost new today making it a hard sell.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:23 PM #2
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If ease of lens switch is important I would take a look at the empire helix, same lens system as the e-flex and e-vents just no soft ears.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:31 PM #3
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Originally Posted by benzy2 View Post
...How does the Proto Switch compare to the original Dye Invision from a size/feel point of view? ...
I haven't owned a Switch, but IMO the Proto Axis Pro is like a slightly tighter fitting i3 with a quick-change lens system.

Also, if you can change the lens in the original Invision, the JT Spectra lens system will be a snap. Invision/i3 = hardest lens to change ever.

Check out the new Empire Vidar or a JT Spectra ProShield. You may also want to look at the Profiler since it offers good protection and a quick-change lens. I also recommend the Helix with thermal lens. We sell a lot of them at my field - best mask for $40.
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