In-Depth: The Toughness of the HK Army Ball Breaker Barrel Cover

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If you have been looking for an absurdly tough barrel cover, then friends, do we have the barrel cover for you! HK Army released an insanely tough barrel cover a little over a year ago, and take it from us: this thing could survive a nuclear winter (i.e. a typical winter day in Colorado). Now we know what you guys are thinking: it’s just another barrel cover. Fair point.

But it isn’t just another barrel cover. Rather, it very well could be the last barrel cover you ever need! We made a video for you guys in early 2013 to see just how tough the Ball Break actually was, so if you have a few minutes, check out our video and come back here after you’re done.

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HK Army KLR Mask Review

HK Army teased the release of the KLR goggles at World Cup 2013 and we just saw them again at Paintball Extravaganza 2014 a few weeks ago. They are available for pre-order right now and they should be shipping out very soon.28490112-0-1

The KLR spent four years in the development stage with HK Army consistently claiming that they would be the “most technically advanced goggle system ever released in the sport of paintball.” When it comes to style, visual appeal, and customization, HK Army’s innovative claims might be right. The KLR has a sleek profile and list of customization features that dominate other goggles on the market right now.

PVT Lock System

HK Army’s PVT Lock System is the soul of the new mask. The KLR is the first goggle system designed to incorporate a completely interchangeable lens, strap, and hinge that can be easily switched out and customized in seconds. HK’s patent-pending PVT lock is easy to use. To switch out the lens you simply unclip the strap, open the strap-retained PVT lock hinges, replace the lens and clip the PVT lock hinges back in place.

One of the best elements of the PVT lock system is color and lens customization. There are 10 total lens options for every situation, 15 different strap colors, and 16 PVT lock color options. Between the different color straps, masks, hinges and lenses you can create over 15,000 unique combinations. Aesthetically, the KLR is one of the most advanced goggles we have seen.

3D Memory Foam

The foam system HK uses contains the layers. At the base of the mask is a high-density SBR memory foam designed to absorb impacts. This is where most goggle systems stop. On top of this foam layer, is an open-cell EVA foam that matches the contours of the user, improving overall fit. Both layers are covered by the third layer—a velvet microfiber liner engineered to absorb sweat and insulate to prevent fogging. The foam system is

The EVA form earpiece (KLR soft-ear) helps protect the outer and inner ear from impacts and mask abrasion. Other mask systems have attempted to integrate earpiece foam into their designs, but the KLR is one of the only goggles that does it while maintaining a high level of comfort and a low profile.

Additional Features

Customization is where the HK KLR goggle system shines, but all of the other features you would expect are still there. The lenses are made of a dual-paned UV and infrared shielded composite (they block wavelengths of light that cause eye damage and provide glare resistance). The overmolded face shield is a dual density thermoplastic elastomer (a fancy name for rubberized plastic). A complex ventilation system promotes breathability and the overall design offers a wide freedom of movement.

The KLR is a well designed mask that HK Army spend years developing. At just under $125 for basic colors, it is a little expensive. In our opinion, it’s totally worth it. There aren’t many masks on the market that can match the KLR’s customization options, comfort and style. Pre-order yours now because once your see these in action you’re going to order it anyway.