Zivkovic Lexan-Vivak Mask

Zivkovic Lexan-Vivak Mask

Post by Maximo J. Calla » Mon, 22 May 1995 04:00:00


Does anyone have one of the new Zivkovic Lexan-Vivak Masks?  I'm
considering buying one but don't know of anyone who has used one
of these new masks.  I'd appreciate any information from any of
you who have one of these masks.  Thanks.

                                        Max

 
 
 

Zivkovic Lexan-Vivak Mask

Post by David W Neev » Thu, 25 May 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
> Does anyone have one of the new Zivkovic Lexan-Vivak Masks?  I'm
> considering buying one but don't know of anyone who has used one
> of these new masks.  I'd appreciate any information from any of
> you who have one of these masks.  Thanks.

>                                    Max

There were a couple the "Captain Stratosphere" masks with the vendor at
Midwest Sectionals which I tried on. I really didn't care all that much for
them. What they are is an ordinary mask with the area of mesh around the eyes
cut away, strips of metal secured over the edges of the cut away part, and a
curved piece of Lexan screwed to the metal strips. There's also this funky
"Foreign Legion" cloth back-flap attached to protect the rear of the head,
and the mesh was painted red or blue instead of black. The most immediate
problem I had with them (aside from the fact that they look ridiculous IMHO)
was that one of the metal strips which the Lexan is attached to is right at
nose level and partially blocks your view of what's going on below eye level
(try holding a pen or pencil about an inch in front of your nose and you'll
see what I mean). Another problem is that the Lexan, sooner or later, will
become scratched enough to require replacing-- another equipment worry and
expense on top of all the other ones fencers already have.

Now that my serious points are out of the way, here's two fun points that a
clubmate and I came up with while discussing the things:
1) Since they're using Lexan, the awl punch test should be replaced by a
bird cannon of the sort used to evaluate the resistance of aircraft
windscreens to bird strikes. The prospect of getting to see a pigeon fired
out of a launcher at 500 mph is GUARANTEED to bring in more spectators to
tournaments.
2) If the FIE ever implements wireless scoring equipment, they should mount
a big honking rf antenna right on the top of the mask. Then they should put
the scoring lights on the top of the mask right at the base of the antenna,
give the mesh and trim a uniform silver color and put one way mirroring on the
Lexan. At the start of each bout, after saluting, fencers would be required
to say "You will join the ***men or die!"

                        -Dave Neevel