Man, you must not really pay attention. The old proteus' got recalled (clear smoke). They got recalled because of a safety hazard. So now JT makes only the solid black ones. And instead of having the strap attach at the back of the mask, it attaches like the normal spectras. So that could be why it feels different. However, you can't tell JT to eat there mask, cause it's your problem if you don't like the mask. I guess you'll just have to deal with it. And for how to make the mask like the older proteus' refer to this thread.