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.

Review of the C2 Eyon Mask

Everyone is talking about the C2 Eyon. Tiberius Arms acknowledges that the Eyon is strikingly similar to Angel Eyes but insists that this is new mask. They are definitely downplaying the Angel Eyes pedigree. When Tiberius Arms acquired Guerilla Air, the original developers of Angel Eyes approached them with the idea of creating the Eyon. One of the obvious challenges was to improve on the Angel Eyes design—one that many people loved, but was unable to pass ASTM testing.

We got to see the C2 Eyon mask at Paintball Extravaganza 2014 and they are definitely impressive. Let’s take an in-depth look at the C2.

The entire Tiberius Arms C2 lineup is going to focus on close quarters, speedball, and cross over products. Creating a full wrap around view is where they started with the Eyon. When you put the mask on, you definitely get a full unobstructed field of view that is essential for fast-action play.

Cross over products need adaptability. It’s a new trend that we are seeing as different play styles, scenario situations, and rules develop. The C2 Eyon includes an easily removable lens. Taking the lens off is a “snap.” You fold the lens tabs 90 degrees and it slides right out. Lens adaptability and ease make cleaning simple, but also make it easy to switch play styles quickly. Switching lenses between a bright speedball match with a ton of glare potential to a dimly lit woodsball game is a breeze.

We didn’t get the opportunity to fully test the anti-fog properties of the C2 Eyon, but Tiberius Arms claims that they don’t fog up. The full thermal system is designed to ventilate properly and a lens coating helps avert the buildup of distracting moisture.

They are a comfortable set of goggles and completely customizable. One of the features we love is the lack of foam covering the noise bridge. This improves breathing dramatically and also reduces voice muffle that some masks are notorious for. The rest of the foam padding is fully customizable. You can move it around to improve comfort or replace it with a different density foam.

Tiberius says that the C2 Eyon mask is “revolutionary.” We aren’t so sure they are—they strike an uncanny resemblance to Angel Eyes, not to mention the same developers worked on the project. What they do offer is safety that Angel Eyes couldn’t.

The original Angel Eyes could not pass ASTM testing. Working with the developers, Tiberius Arms discovered that the shape, angle, and thickness of the lenses was at fault. As a result, the lens shape toward the back of the lens was altered and thickness was increased. The result is a mask that can pass ASTM testing.

We are excited about the C2 Eyon mask. They offer improved safety, excellent comfort, and the adaptability needed in today’s fast-moving paintball world. With so much talk surrounding the C2 Eyon and their similarity to Angel Eyes, orders should come in fast. Be sure to check out our ongoing pre-order.

How to Change a JT Spectra Series Lens

This is a really simple thing to do, but there are a few obstacles.  Here we show you how to properly change your JT Spectra Series Lens.  Don’t be afraid of breaking the frame, because it’s not going to.  The lens will come right off, you just have to tug a little bit.

If you would like to find out more, or purchase your JT Spectra Series Goggle, then follow these links:

jt-spectra-proflex-thermal-google-paintballJT Spectra ProFlex Thermal Paintball Goggles – Blue

JT Spectra ProFlex Thermal Paintball Goggles – Blackjt-spectra-proflex-thermal-goggle-black-paintball

The best-selling mask in paintball is still around! The JT Spectra Proflex is the legendary Pro look, complete with a phenomenal non-fog lens and unrivaled comfort. Completely compatible with existing Proflex straps, frames and face shields, the ProFlex also comes with comfortable soft ears.

Features:

  • Soft Lower Face Shield
  • Narrow profile and improved protection
  • Aggressive styling with massive vents
  • Spectra Dual Pane Thermal Lens
  • 260 degree field of vision
  • Prevents fogging
  • Most comfortable design on the planet
  • Soft Molded Ear Pieces
  • Curved to deflect glancing impacts

As for the lens, there are several that have been discontinued, but here are some colors and styles that are still available for you to purchase.

JT Spectra Thermal Lens – Clear

JT Spectra Thermal Lens – Silver Chrome

JT Spectra Thermal Lens – Smoke

JT Paintball offers replacement dual-paned thermal (non-fog) lenses for all paintball masks that accept Spectra-style lenses. Examples include JT Spectra Proflex, JT Spectra Flex-7 and Flex-8.

JT Spectra Thermal Lens Clear Paintball Goggle LensesPaintball is a tough sport, so be sure to replace your lens at least every year, if not more often. Replace your paintball lens immediately if shot directly from a distance of less than 10 feet.

If you’d like a different tint or hue for a variety of light conditions, view Hustle Paintball’s wide selection of lenses. Remember, yellow is for low-light situations, such as forest paintball, clear is general use, and smoke or mirror is for bright conditions only, such as daylight tournament paintball.

Customers give the JT Spectra Thermal Lens a 5 star rating:

“The best. Played 8 hours nonstop in nearly 100 degree temps and by the end of the day it was pouring down rain with a 30 degree temp drop. Never fogged up. Vision is great in the woods, in direct sunlight, and in the rain.”