Any avid paintball player knows the Best paintball mask is a necessity for the game. Not only does it protect ones eyes from the paint, it also determines how well you can hear other players and how well they can hear you when you are speaking. These are important considerations in choosing a mask. The new Virtue Vio seems to be a fairly decent mask, with a few minor drawbacks.
To begin with, it was a little stiff coming out of the box. Initially breaking it down and changing the lens was rough, but became easier with time. It offers a quick change with a thermal lens. While the mask itself is not completely rigid, it is also not comparable to e-flex or proflex either. It is a kind of middle ground, and very comfortable to wear.
I could clearly hear, and it seemed that I could also clearly be heard. The ear coverage is also solid, so I have no fear of taking a hit there in this mask. An added little bonus was some nice contoured foam padding on the nose. Many masks miss this, but the Virtue Vio Review definitely thought ahead on this point.
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While the mask is breathable, it could be better. It has a lot of smaller vents, instead of large ones. This seems to make it a little harder to breath. Not horrible, but something to consider. It was not so bad as to be a deal breaker, just something I wanted to note.
The mask fits tightly, so if you have a large head you may want to look elsewhere for a helmet. Also, it did not cover my whole chin and there is no visor to protect my forehead.
The set comes with a extra micro-fiber bag to put lens in which is a nice touch.
There are a lot of color combos to choose from with all the various pieces, so it is highly customizable. Another nice touch.
These gripes are very minor. All over, this is a solid mask and would be worth purchasing.