The 10 Best Paintball Masks

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This wiki has been updated 26 times since it was first published in January of 2017. Safety always comes first, especially when you're engaged in an activity that involves spheres of paint flying around at upwards of 300 feet per second. Any experienced paintball player will tell you that your mask is every bit as important as your marker, so we identified options that provide a good view, plenty of ventilation, and reliable protection. They're available in a range of colors, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Dye i5

2. Virtue Vio

3. Bunkerkings CMD

Editor's Notes

May 01, 2020:

Our research of this category made it clear that there are fewer legitimate paintball mask producers than one would assume, given the game’s popularity. The GI Sportz VForce was no longer available, so we eliminated it from the list.

Ballers on a budget will like the low cost of the Base Goggle and Gen X Global XVSN, but they should be aware that these models don’t offer the same level of fog resistance that masks on the higher end of the spectrum do. The Empire Paintball X-Ray is also quite affordable, but it can become somewhat uncomfortable during long sessions in the field.

We note that the Dye Special Edition can easily be worn with glasses, as can both of the masks from Virtue. The JT Premise Headshield can accommodate some types of glasses, but it’s typically a tight fit.

For those who are ready to invest in the latest technology, the Dye i5 offers some state of the art features. Its multi-directional ventilation system prevents fogging in all conditions, and it has a special mount for attaching a POV camera, allowing users to record their exploits on video.

Special Honors

D3FY Sports CONQU3ST If you’re new to paintball and starting your gear collection from scratch, why not pick up all the essentials in one go? Not only will this package provide a solid mask with a tough, clear lens and a visor, it will equip you with a marker, a disposable tank, a round loader and a tool kit.

4. Virtue Vio Ascend

5. JT Premise Headshield

6. Dye Special Edition

7. Invert Helix

8. Gen X Global XVSN

9. Empire Paintball X-Ray

10. Base Goggle

Sam Kraft
Last updated by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.

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