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Old 08-31-2015, 11:31 PM #1
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Looking for a breathable mask for big guy.

Hey how's it going, before I was looking for a marker to buy and found one for a decent enough price and bought it. Now I am trying to find a mask to buy. Many tell me the mask is the most important piece of equipment you can have, which I completely understand, so I am looking for a mask that is right for me.

The closest shop to me is called Wyldside (~30min away, the next one is probably about an hour away which I would rather call and see if they have masks that I may be interested in rather than traveling and seeing what they have for a bust.), they've been around for a while but haven't had much attention that I am aware of, so I am not sure what they will have as far as equipment goes in-store for their budget. I am 6'2" and get hot/sweaty pretty easy. I also have a pretty big noggin (more so round, I know that was noteworthy when looking for a motorcycle helmet a little while back).

I am looking for something that is very breathable since I fog very easily, as well as well-glued pads for sweat (or even wicking pads if that is an option) As far as thermal vs quick change, I'm not too sure. I'm sure thermal would be easy enough to clean while on the mask for vision in between rounds but I hear it starts to wear very fast. Not sure about the quick change advantages, unless quick change goggles are cheaper to replace.

Forehead/ear protection is a + (Watched a review about the Proflex not having good ear protection).

"I Missed On Purpose" suggested the Flex 7/E-felx. Was wondering if anyone else has any other input.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:30 AM #2
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grillz, eflexs or proflexs.

my vote is for eflexs because of the easy lens change and the breatheability.
also, get a headband/headwrap for the sweating.
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Old 09-01-2015, 03:22 AM #3
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I would vote for vios from my own personal experience. 270 lb guy who sweats a new lake into existence every time I play. Used i4s for the past 4 years with great success but the vios take the cake for comfort and higher quality foam.

Thermal lenses are very important to a sweaty guy. The number one mistake most people make is to cheap out on a mask. Proflexes have a great reputation though they aren't my cup of tea. It wouldn't hurt to go to a local shop and try on different masks. A mask can make or break your entire day so make sure you get one that you feel will work best in the long run.
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:44 AM #4
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id go for proflexes or eflexes, eflexes if you have a bigger head and if you choose proflexes, you can always get the hard ears rather than the foam. both masks are super comfortable and great breath-ability, i own both and i wont wear anything else. proflexes or eflexes for sure
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:49 AM #5
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My oldest is about your size, and is very comfortable in his E-Flexes. I'm not a big guy, but got the big head (thanks, genetics...), and likewise love my E-Flex.
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:44 AM #6
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Fair warning - most fields' insurance will not allow a modified mask. As a ref, if someone showed up at the field with one of those, I wouldn't be able to let them on the field. Masks are tested and insured as a whole unit.

Safety first, folks.
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:50 AM #7
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Go for an Eflex. It fixes a lot of the problems that the flex have, and it is a pretty big mask. So you get the breathability of the flex, but you actually get ear protection. Plus you can swap flex parts with it if you don't like something about it.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:57 PM #8
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I find that the VForce Profilers are good for those with larger heads and offer great coverage.
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Old 09-01-2015, 02:36 PM #9
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I find that the VForce Profilers are good for those with larger heads and offer great coverage.
My personal choice and I love them. I second this.
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Old 09-01-2015, 03:55 PM #10
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VForce, E-flex, Vios, and Dye I4. Awesome got some variety to look for when I go to a shop next (found one about an hour away that had great reviews, think I'll go check them out over the winter).

Thanks for the input everyone.
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Old 09-01-2015, 04:20 PM #11
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I would definitely say go and try on a bunch of different ones. Everyone has different sized heads and what feels good for one person is not a good fit for someone else. I love my e-flexes but my buddy swears they pinch his nose.
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:05 PM #12
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... I love my e-flexes but my buddy swears they pinch his nose.
Does he use a pinokio hopper?

I wear eflex, my head size is average.
Edit: my motorcycle helmet size is "large".

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Old 09-01-2015, 08:46 PM #13
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if you can find one they make little fans that clip on right above the lens. I picked one up a couple years back and I havent played without it since. it has kept my lens clear for a full day of temps around 100
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:06 PM #14
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Another Virtue Vio vote. They have an extended faceplate option. For me, they are almost as comfortable as JT's but the Vio's have way better lens changing. The changing part also matters for cleaning your mask.

The Grillz are ok breathable.

You can see from the above what others think your best options are. Hopefully those shops near you will have some you can try on.

If you live near Orlando, you could wait until World Cup and try out pretty much everything made by anyone.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:14 PM #15
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I've been using a flex for like 10yrs, wont play with anything else. It gets my vote
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:36 PM #16
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I would recommend the E-Flex as it is in my opinion the best mask out there in terms of breathability. The only downside to the E-Flex is the lack of quick release foam. I have 2 E-Flexs as my work masks and have on several occasions spend up to 8 hours a day in them with no issues. I have a pair VIO Extends as my current playing mask and am still on the fence about about them. The VIO Extends seem to breathe well and have so far only fogged in the pouring rain once the rain water actually entered my mask. my worry with the VIO is that they don't seem to seal around my nose but then again I have a pretty big nose just ask cz0013.
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People with larger faces and heads are pretty much limited to flexes and grillz. Both are great options. I prefer grillz and have been wearing them for ever.
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