PUSH Paintball Unite Goggleshttp://i.imgur.com/BfpiI9Z.jpg?1
I first heard about the PUSH Unite goggle over a year and a half ago and have been waiting impatiently ever since for its arrival. The truth is, I hear about lots of...
I first heard about the PUSH Unite goggle over a year and a half ago and have been waiting impatiently ever since for its arrival. The truth is, I hear about lots of impending products, but not all of them make it to market. The PUSH goggle seemed like a long shot in every sense. It was an auspicious product being created by a brand new company. It aimed to be top of the line in every sense. They weren't just releasing a goggle but also a new style of chinstrap and even a case - something no other goggle manufacturer has yet to bring to market. However, it also had industry veteran Bryon Benini, best known for working at Dye and playing on the Ironmen and Aftershock, working diligently to deliver the best goggle possible. To form PUSH Bryon teamed up with Mark Knop, best known for playing on Avalanche and starring in the original PUSH paintball film.
I'd seen samples of the pre-production version of the PUSH Unite goggle several times at events, but I tried not to draw conclusions before the final ones were actually shipping. Some products change a lot during production - sometimes for the better, but not always. I even told PUSH that I'd order whatever color they had available in order to get in on the first production run. When my set of goggles arrived this last weekend, my patience was well rewarded. A set of gray goggles arrived in time to play paintball this weekend and these goggles exceeded my expectations in many ways.
The case is a work of art in itself. It's molded to fit the form of the PUSH Unite goggle exactly with a small pocket inside for the nose piece 3/32 allen wrench and a small lens cloth (like you might see for eye glasses). It's relatively rigid but has a bit of flex and lined inside so it will be easy on the lens. I picked up a reflective gold lens and it came in its own cool quilted protective sleeve. My one minor qualm with the case is that there's no space for a spare lens inside the case. It's nice to not have to look through your whole gear bag when you need a clear lens for low light conditions.
The first thing I noticed when I took them out of the case was the weight. These feel lighter than the ones on display at World Cup last year, but that could just be my imagination. Theis mask weighed in at 12.3 ounces with the magnetic chin strap. They would weigh less without the strap, but honestly, you should try it before you remove it. The mask rests easily on my cheeks and doesn't hamper breathing through my big nose.
The second thing I appreciated about them right away was their flexibility. These masks are soft. Like, you could conceivably take a bounce off the front soft. The facemask has some serious flex but the ears are incredibly soft. I almost wanted to handle the ears delicately they are so thin and pliable.
Right away I replaced the stock reflective lens with the spare gold one. I did it partially to make the goggle look a little different from stock so it would stick out in the upcoming video but mostly to see how hard it is to change lenses. It wasn't hard, but it wasn't super intuitive and fast either. I wouldn't want to figure it out for the first time in the pits between points. I assume I'll get faster at it. The best part of the lens replacement was that there were no additional parts to lose. Everything either stayed on the goggle or stayed on the lenses. That means replacement lenses do have black plastic wings on them. Don't try to remove those.
The PUSH United goggle has a unique adjustment through the nose piece that allows you to actually adjust how close the mask fits to your face. You can adjust it with the lenses in it and even while it is on your face. Just insert the provided 3/32 allen wrench through the hole in the nose piece and turn it to adjust it. The mask does have enough adjustment that it is noticeable how it sits. It's real warm here so I adjusted it all the way away from my face for its first time out.
It's difficult to convey the size of any goggle since everyone will wear them slightly differently and everyone's face is distinctive anyway. These felt larger than my Dye i4's and HK KLR's, but they don't feel big on me at all. They sit a little lower on my face than some goggles giving my face more protection. n. The goggles look small but they feel like they are more middle of the road with the amount of protection they offer. I know that's vague, but the real answer is to try a set on for yourself and see how they fit on your own noggin.
St Louis hit a record setting 108 degrees this last weekend, and any sane human being would have stayed inside. However, I wanted to try out the new PUSH Unite mask badly enough to brave the heat. I figured, if this wasn't a heat torture test, what would be?
I went and played paintball at Breakout Paintball to try out their new turf field and give people a chance to check the goggles out. Several people tried the goggles on before I played and got them too sweaty to loan to anyone in good faith. I honestly didn't hear a single negative thing from anyone and everyone was blown away by either the weight or the magnetic chinstrap.
I have a minor confession. I've never played paintball wearing a chinstrap until this weekend. I just haven't played any tournaments this year and they weren't ever required until 2017. The PUSH Unite made me actually want to try one out. It is padded and incredibly easy to fasten and unfasten one handed due to the magnet. It is near impossible to fasten incorrectly and can easily clip together due to the excellent magnetic design. It's also easy to detach by hand but I can't see any way the strap would release accidentally. It's a genius design and a truly comfortable chinstrap. However, if you don't want to wear the chin strap, you can simply remove it by unfastening the Velcro without cutting it.
I noticed a couple people mention that the mask must be hard to clean, so for the sake of doing a full review, I got myself shot right in the face a couple times playing this weekend. It wiped down easily but I did throw it in the sink when I got home and sprayed it off to get all of the paint out of the front holes and vents. There wasn't much in there but it did have some that wouldn't have ever wiped out.
I've had some reflective goggle lenses that were very difficult to clean. No matter how many times I wiped them, they always seemed to have some oil or film on them. These cleaned easily without residue.
The sound acoustics wearing the mask were great and I didn't feel like my voice echoed back at me. Bryon says they designed the mask specifically with this in mind, so I tried to pay attention to it while playing.
The mask easily survived my heat torture test with flying colors. The lens was crystal clear and I didn't experience any glare. Bryon says this is due to design of the top bridge. "It helps cast a shadow over the top venting. We also put a chamfer on the top of the lens with a heavy texture to also help reduce glare on the inside." The foam stayed comfortable even in the heat. I didn't experience any fogging at all even with the switch between my very air conditioned car and the oppressive heat. The mask was also very breathable, even in the ridiculous heat.
I don't have much to say that's negative about the mask, but to be fair I'll make an honest effort. I admit I am slightly concerned with how securely the ears connect to the mask. The ears are very lightweight and the connection to the mask does not look rugged. I asked the designer about it specifically and he said none of them failed during any of their testing and if they ever did, they'd address it. However, he was comfortable with the design and had faith they would hold up to regular use. Here's Bryon's explanation of why they went with that design, "the ear piece is not actually too thin, it is just injected with a different material. The feel and flexibility may make it seem thinner. The connection point for the ear is part of the mask design and one of the features I believe help set it apart. Most of the other goggles use a secondary piece such as a snap or glue Velcro onto the mask which never fully adheres and falls off. Having the attachment point incorporated into the mask helps solve this problem while keeping it clean and simple. The tab is actually in the front grill inserts, which normally would be made of a harder and more brittle material in most dual injected masks and I could see your concern of it breaking away easy. However, the front grill is yet again a different material and is more flexible than the current systems as you noticed. This allows for the tab to also flex and not just break away. The lower mask (not including ears) actually has 3 different material mixtures and hardnesses. The upper part that connects to the goggle being the hardest while everything below is much softer and flexible."
The PUSH United goggle also doesn't come with a visor and there's not one currently available aftermarket. I like having a visor just in case of rain but not having one isn't a deal breaker. There's either a visor or a rain guard in development, but no promises on how long until that hits the market.
The back of the strap has silicone screen printing to help grip, but the strap has a different feel than the more traditional silicone beading found on older straps like the OG JT Flex. I was worried it wasn't going to be grippy enough, but I never noticed it slipping once when playing.
Paintball masks are an intensely personal piece of gear and every mask fits everyone a little different, so I always recommend people try before they buy. There is no one mask for everyone. All in all the team at PUSH Paintball knocked this mask out of the park. It's lightweight, soft, looks cool
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Currently 5/5 stars.
PUSH Paintball Unite GogglesI love this thing. It is light, breathable, and I get the least "muffled" sound when wearing the mask compared to all other high end goggles. The fit and finish is pretty great as well. Before the...
I love this thing. It is light, breathable, and I get the least "muffled" sound when wearing the mask compared to all other high end goggles. The fit and finish is pretty great as well. Before the PUSH Unite, even a $180 mask came in a basic cardboard box, and a cheesy microfiber bag that provided no protection against warped goggles. These come with what has to be the best case for a mask available. It is form fitted, so sure to protect it from getting crushed.
There really isn't anything not to love about this goggle system.
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Currently 4.5/5 stars.
PUSH Paintball Unite GogglesWell built, over engineered.
First, the mask case is fantastic. It's the perfect amount of protection for your mask, but I would like to see lens storage on future iterations, that would make it...
First, the mask case is fantastic. It's the perfect amount of protection for your mask, but I would like to see lens storage on future iterations, that would make it perfect.
The mask itself is very well put together, but the lens change and fit seems overly complicated. For one the lenses are held in place by two plastic tables on each side, they are somewhat difficult to remove and not as intuitive as you might like. When you do get those tabs removed the lens often gets retained by the nose area, preventing swift removal. When you go to replace the lens you must place the center of the lens on first and kinda spread both sides of the lens onto the mask. It's not a fast process and compared to other high end masks its a few more steps to get everything done. My biggest problem is that you pretty much have to touch the front of the lens itself during lens replacement, meaning during events your most likely going to be wiping off some prints. The retention system gives me great confidence that the lens wont fall out, it just seems like it could have been made to work simpler.
Next the foam inserts. I like the foam it's comfortable. The adjustable nose piece I found to be a little gimmicky, it just doensn't adjust enough for me to get a noticeably better fit. It does mean the top of the nose piece has a gap between the bridge and the lens, which will probably trap paint. I love how the foam comes off on the top half of the mask, you just give it a slight pull and it pops right off. However trying to do the same action on the bottom resulted in snapping the plastic that retains the lower foam in two. I wasn't to excited about that.
The chin strap is by far the best I've every seen or used and I'm going to guess that if your a player who is forced to use one because of your league, you will probably be buying one of these at some point regardless of your mask choice. They are that far ahead of the game.
In terms of ventilation, this mask is excellent, maybe the best I've tried. I can hear better out of this mask than any I've owned in the past. It's definitely in the top ranking masks for sound and ventilation.
Don't get me wrong, I love this mask. It's light, breathable, it's easy to hear in, it looks great, but it's not without its flaws. I think the biggest problem people may have is changing lenses in between points. For someone like me who loves Grillz specifically because I can swap in a clean lens midway through a match, these will annoy you. But the build quality is absolutely top notch, the lenses are probably the best in the industry right now they just need to simplify some of the design choices.
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Currently 0/5 stars.
PUSH Paintball Unite GogglesThe mask is great while I had it and when I go to buy another mask or a lead time for their skull edition Iíve went more than a month and a half with no response. Tried contacting on social media,...
The mask is great while I had it and when I go to buy another mask or a lead time for their skull edition Iíve went more than a month and a half with no response. Tried contacting on social media, emailing, and more just to be fell on nothing but quiet and uncaring. The reps Iíve talked to for other needs act like youíre bothering them when you have a question or buy from them. Buy the mask and pray you donít have to use the customer service.
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Currently 0/5 stars.
PUSH Paintball Unite GogglesOver all they work well not a lot over jaw line coverage but there is just enough. Replacement lenses could be cheaper or at least have a extra one with it for the price. A opting for foam soft ears...
Over all they work well not a lot over jaw line coverage but there is just enough. Replacement lenses could be cheaper or at least have a extra one with it for the price. A opting for foam soft ears would be nice.