Amped's Ultimate Guide to Protective Gear: Eye and Face Pro

Amped's Ultimate Guide to Protective Gear: Eye and Face Pro

19th Jan 2023

Eye and Face Protection is Essential

Airsoft eye and face protection are the most important items in your airsoft inventory because they protect you from the inherent safety hazards this hobby presents. There are many different types and styles of eye and  face protection on the market along with things we have experienced firsthand to consider. Options include full-face paintball-style masks, lower mesh face protection, goggles, and glasses. Phew! There's a lot! 

But which one is best for you? Or... Which will keep you from fogging up? And what is the difference between goggles vs glasses vs a full-face mask? We're going to break it down into basic categories that may help you decide what to pick!

Face Protection for New and Young Airsofters

There are plenty of different ways to achieve full face protection and its highly recommended for new and young airsofers. Most Airsoft facilities require that participants under 18 years of age wear a full airsoft or paintball style mask

Empire Helix Google for Airsoft

We usually suggest the Empire Helix Goggle, to parents of young airsofters because they have maximum protection and are the most budget-friendly choice. This one-piece protection set includes a thermal optically correct lens to prevent fogging with a 270-degree field of view. The Empire Helix Goggle comes in a variety of colors like OD green.

Full Face Protection for Competitive Airsoft and Indoor Players

Dye i5 and Dye i4 Paintball Goggles Full Face Protection for Airsoft

If you're looking for one of the best single piece full-face protection, then the Dye Precision series is it. These premium goggles are universally used throughout paintball, and airsoft and favored by more experienced 

HK Army Paintball Mask Red and Black Skull Airsoft Goggles Death

indoor airsoft players because of their comfort, anti-fog thermal lens, and unique style and customizability. Here at Amped, we offer both the i4 and i5 models. Both provide maximized protection, but the newer i5 model offers a wider face profile and upgraded retention system. Dye Precision offers a vast collection of color options for their masks and lenses that are available to purchase separately. Dye masks offer the utmost safety while maintaining levels of comfort and clearness that are second to none in the industry.

For a similar, more budget-friendly option, we offer a large selection of HK Army Masks. They are widely known for their unique mask designs and color options including the popular HK Army HSTL Skull Goggle

Goggles, Glasses, and Mesh Masks

Another popular way to achieve the same type of protection is by using mesh lower face masks alongside goggles or glasses style eye pro. Mesh masks cover the user's mouth and nose, protecting it from airsoft projectiles while providing a way to breathe and speak clearly.

 Airsoft Goggles and Black and White Skull Mesh Mask

Many different companies across the industry offer lower face masks including TS Blades, Matrix, and Emerson Gear. It is essential to pair lower mesh masks with ANSI rated goggles or glasses for optimal safety.

GOGGLES

Out of the thousands of options available, we've selected some of our favorites. The Smith Optics Elite OTW Goggles are one of the best anti-fogging goggles. They are ballistic rated with scratch resistant lenses in different color options make this one of the best on the market. Another favorite is the Revision Desert Locusts which are a less expensive alternative with unique color options and tints. Overall, both full-seal goggles will keep your eyes safe on the field and are backed with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.

GLASSES

Finally, the glasses-style of eye protection. These are typically reserved for older and more experienced players, because while they keep your eyes safe, there is far less protection due to most of these options having non-full seal configurations. We offer plenty of options, however, we will go over the variants that we have proven to be the most effective on the field.

The Pyramex - I - Force Dual Lens is a great budget friendly option with a "built-in" full seal. The lenses include dual pane technology to prevent fogging and protect your eyes from UV rays. We think they are quite honestly amazing. Another, often-used pair of glasses, are the Oakley SI-Ballistic M-Frames. Oakley is known for their high-quality products that can withstand extreme high-velocity impact. They are more expensive than the alternatives but offer uncompromising protection. They don't come with a built-in full seal, but you can attach the removable gasket system

The final version of glasses style eye protection is our personal favorite, Pit Vipers. While Pit Vipers are not full seal, they offer several great features that protect your eyes. All Pit Vipers that we carry here at Amped Airsoft are Z87+ rated, in other words, safe for airsoft usage. In the box, you’ll get an adjustable headband that you can choose to add to your pair. You can also angle the lenses down to protect your eyes further as well as extendable temple pieces. They also make you look really... really cool.

 All Pitvipers at Amped Airsoft ANSI Rated Retro Glasses Pit Viper

*Keep in mind that all fields and events have different rules regarding eye and face protection. We recommend you follow up with your local airsoft field or read the rule set for any events you attend to find out their requirements.

Goggle Fog Prevention

ExFog Airsoft Goggle Anti-Fog Solution System

One of the worst things to happen mid-gameplay is “ goggle fog."  Lucky for us, a solution exists and it's called ExFog. Imagine hiking with all your gear into enemy territory, getting ready to line up your shot, and just like that, your goggles are fogged up and you can't see your opponent.

ExFog is an anti-fog system that mounts to your headgear with Velcro (or by using their headband options) to regulate the temperature inside your goggles using two tubes that push out air. ExFog is an absolute game changer and has saved us from Goggle-Fog countless times.

Valhalla Airsoft Integrated Airflow Gasket for ExFog Anti-fog System

In addition to Exfog, Valhalla Airsoft created the Integrated Airflow Gasket which is designed to be used with the Exfog system to provide easy, consistent, and safe airflow across the inside of your eye pro. You just clip these onto your glasses or goggles, plug the tubes into the tube guides, turn on the Exfog system, and you're done. Say goodbye to poking your eyes with tubes or having to MacGyver your expensive HELO kits. We recommend both these systems for fogless gameplay. 

For a cheaper, but temporary, solution, you can also use fog wipes and spray. Check out all of our  anti-fog solutions here.

Final Thoughts

Overall,  Eye protection is by far the most important thing that an airsofter can invest in within the bounds of this hobby. Without a clear and protective eye pro, your airsoft experience can be quite frustrating, and even potentially hazardous. Here at Amped Airsoft, we are more than delighted to help you get set up with the protection that best suits you. To view our entire collection of face and eye protection:

Amped Airsoft Head Wear including Face and Eye Protection Antifog Systems

If you still have questions, reach out to our customer service using the chat option or via email at sales@ampedairsoft.com