One of the biggest disappointments in recent paintball history was the shutting down of Angel Sports shortly after the Angel paintball masks prototype was released. While the mask didn’t open up to the rave reviews that critics were expecting, it did strike some chords with the people who were lucky enough to try it on, mainly for its comfortable fit and extremely cool look.
The field of vision was extremely wide, allowing players to get an unobstructed view of the field using their peripheral, longitude and latitude vision all at once. In fact, some have gone so far as to say that the lenses were some of the best designs they’ve seen on a paintball mask, especially with the quick release system that allowed you to swap them out in mere seconds.
The Downfall of Angel Paintball Masks
But while a lens’s ultimate goal is safety, ironically, perhaps where this mask failed the most was in protection. We all know that paintballs can be extremely dangerous if they hit you in the head, neck, face or eyes, so we understand the importance of face mask coverings. We doubt there are any out there amongst us that would willingly walk into a paintball game without a face mask. And that’s just what many felt Angel paintball masks were having their wearers do—to an extent.
The biggest complaint about the Angel masks was that facial protection coverage was barely above the eyebrows. The mask sat low on the face which made it not only extremely comfortable—and also great for the communications system—but it didn’t afford the forehead any protection. In fact, many who tried it on were able to see their eyebrows in the mirror, something you don’t want in a face mask as anything protruding outside of the coverage zone is susceptible to a hit; we don’t know about you, but none of us wants to take a paintball to the eyebrow.
Unsure of Any Future or Pre-Order Status
But while there were certainly a few kinks to work out, the fact that people are still talking about the Angel Eyes paintball mask shows just how revolutionary a design and concept it was. We all know that prototypes are just that: prototypes, and that redesign and evaluation was in the works at the time of Angel Sports’ announcement that they were closing their doors. Perhaps they could have gotten the coverage extended up to the forehead without throwing off the low-balance of the mask that made the communication system so un-garbled. And as anyone who tested it could tell you, the lens certainly didn’t fog up, even without the rumored face fan that was supposed to be implemented in the original design.
And that’s what’s so upsetting: something that could have been another innovation from a company known for innovations to the sport has now been shelved, hundreds left wondering what happened with their pre-orders. But since pre-orders went out with retailers and not Angel Sports themselves, ANS isn’t really sure what is going on and recommends people deal with who they placed their order.