Hello airsofters, today we are not doing a DIY, instead we are doing a what to buy article. We are going to look at the simple things every real airsoft player needs. I call this the “One & Done” because once you own one of these items you wont need to buy another one.
First up goggles!
Eye pro, face masks, safety glasses, or goggles are some of the different names that you might have heard, but in the end they all do the same thing. They protect your eyes! Your eyes are made of vitreous humour, which long story short is like a gel. The vitreous humour is a transparent, colorless, gelatinous mass that fills the space in the eye between the lens and the retina.
What does this mean for you? Well it’s simple, if you take a direct hit from an AEG to the eye it will burst.
At the top of the list is the classic face mask.
The Good: It protects your eyes, face and ears with very little exposure.
The Bad: 1) Have you ever used a full face mask and tried to use your sights or red dot? If so, then you know that the whole mask will move once your cheek meets the gun. The solution to this is to take a knife and cut out the right cheek (or the left if you are left handed). 2) Communication. Have you ever tried to talk to your team in a full face mask? You can hear yourself, but unfortunately you will be the only one hearing it because the mask will muffle what you are trying to say. 3) Receiving Communications. Simply put it is harder to hear your opponents gun fire and their movement, as well as your movement through the landscape. If you play at an indoor field then this is a critical area that you don’t want to miss out on. 4) Foam. Not all, but most full face masks have foam near the eyes which if you are sweating, the lenses will fog up.
Are you too beautiful to take a face hit? Well don’t give up yet, pro-goggles makes a face mask ($40) with a soft face foam so you can use your sights. They also have a built in fan to help your lenses from fogging. This at least solves 2 out of the 3 problems you will have and you wont have to take a face hit.
Next up is safety glasses.
The Good: 1) they’re cheap, usually about $5~$9 at a hardware store. 2) communication is not a problem with these and neither is hearing. 3) you can use any sights with ease.
The Bad: 1) you will be protected from direct hits to the lens however you may be shot from the side. BB’s travel fast and in airsoft they usualy travel in mobs of 20~30 rounds at 350+FPS. If you are just shooting around by your self in your back yard then these will do the trick but as far as protection in a game goes, don’t risk it. 2) covers very little of your face.
Next up is full seal goggles.
The Good: 1) Cheap. I sell them for $12. 2) Protection. They are full seal so you will not have to worry about incoming BB’s from any direction. The frame less lenses also help to keep the fog down and have the added bonus of being changeable. So after they get scratched up, just change the lenses out for a fresh one. 3) You can use any sights. From iron sights to red dots and scopes these goggles will allow you to aim at your targets unhindered. 4) Communication is all natural, meaning that you are able to speak and hear normally.
The Bad: 1) They wont protect your face, but if necessary you can use a bandana to cover your mouth which are cheap, and will barely muffle anything you say.
To sum it all up for $12~$40 you can have excellent protection for your face and eyes. Once you buy just one pair you really don’t need another pair. On a personal note I have had my frameless goggles for the last 6 years and they still work great. I first got them at $25 and now the same pair sells for less than half of that. The key thing to take away from all of this is you cant actually see with a glass eye.
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