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What’s cool about the Virtue Ascend Mask?

Been looking around on Amazon for paintball masks? You must have come across the Virtue VIO Ascend which is one very cool looking paintball mask. In fact, you can call it the cool paintball masks out there! What makes it so cool? For starters, it looks gorgeous. Remember the first time you played the Halo game. This mask looks like it came right out of that game.


It is available in very vibrant colors, with over 12 that you can choose from. The mask uses super soft foam padding that will allow you to wear the mask for hours on end, without discomfort and without feeling stuffy. The venting around the mouthpiece is very ample, meaning that your teammates will always understand what you have to say, even if you are speaking in low volumes.

The venting around the ear is also excellent which means that your audio intelligence will not be muffled or with echo.

Virtue have thought of everything when they designed this mask as there is no complaint about the air flor as well. Trust us when we say that this mask will make you feel like you are wearing one of those masks that come with a ventilator fan! The venting is really that good!

The field of view or the vision that this mask provides is excellent as well, allowing you aim down the sights very well, in a non-intrusive manner.

The Virtue Vio is a very customizable mask as well. You can customize your lens, your visor and even your straps, with at least a dozen choices available in each category. This reason alone has made this mask very popular. Lens change out is very simple, requiring 4 very simple steps that anybody can do even the first time.

If you want a high performance mask that is also quite a looker, look no further than the Virtue VIO Ascend. It fits the bill very, very nicely.

Pros and Cons of the Valken Annex MI 9 Mask

Costing about $50, the Valken Annex MI 9 is a great mask in the mid-price segment. If you are on the fence about whether or not to buy this mask, this post will help you make that decision. We will quickly list out the pros and cons or advantages or disadvantages of buying this mask.


To begin with, let’s focus on the pros. At just $50, you get dual pane thermal lenses in this mask. They don’t have an anti-glare finish like a smoked or mirror finish but they do a great job against fog, making this one of the best paintball mask in the $50 range.
Another great feature with this mask’s lens is that it comes with scratch protection. As you may know already, paintball sometimes requires a lot of grunt movement that can result in the scratching up of your lens. If not for scratch protection, you can’t use your mask’s lens for more than a few games. With scratch protection, you can at least hold out for about 10 games before the scratches become an issue. Scratch protection does not mean that the lens will never scratch. It is just that it will resist most of the scratches.
Now, let’s come to the drawbacks associated with buying this mask. The biggest drawback is that the mask is a little too small for anyone with a large or even slightly above average head size. If you wear a medium sized motorcycle helmet, you will love how this mask fits on you. But, if you have a head size in excess of 60 cm, this is going to be a hard mask to make fit on your head. Another very popular complaint with this mask is that the tan color that is advertised is actually more of a dark brown color. Some people are disappointed that they didn’t get tan but got brown instead. Something for you to keep in mind if you are particularly only interested in the tan color.