>This time though, I want to know what
>people think about the Vents Predator OTG Thermals. If you have one,
>let me know how you feel about it versus JT X-Fire system. Is it
>better or worse and why?
I used JT thermals for about 1.5 years without much fogging
trouble, but I found them uncomfortable and they block my
peripheral vision. I think the JT's are actually motorcycle
mudracing goggles adapted to paintball. I hear that the X-Fire
helmet gives good protection but it tends to catch on your
shoulders as you turn your head.
I got Leader goggles next. They are very comfortable, allow for
good vision, and are so well-vented that they don't need thermal
lenses. Unfortunately the lense attaches weakly to the frame and
they can come apart on you. You also have to obtain separate
head and neck protection since it isn't integrated with the goggle.
I've been using the Vents with their headarmor for several months
now and have been pleased. The facemask design seems to direct
exhalations away from your face so it is cooler to wear,
no fogging at all (mine are thermal), and few vision obstructions.
The head protection is pretty good, but I did get a paintball
hickey on my chin a few weeks ago. I was on my stomach trading
fire with what I thought was one guy through some heavy brush,
and his partner suddenly rushed forward and peppered my head from
about 10 feet away. One ball slipped between the facemask and the
throat protector due to the angle between me and him, and it clipped
my chin. It wasn't a bad mark, no scar or anything, but I was surprised.