Alternatives to the Dye Precision i5 and i4 Thermal Goggles

If you did some shopping for paintball masks, you might have already figured out that the Dye i4 and i5 are the best glasses out there. Both of these glasses cost just under $200. Though they are worth every penny they cost, they simply might be too high priced for some people’s budget.


If you are one of those people who want cool paintball masks without paying an arm and a leg for your mask, PaintballGunDoc highly recommends the Empire E-Flex, a high performance paintball mask that costs just about $100, about 80% cheaper than any of the Dye models.

The Empire E-Flex is one of the cool paintball masks as it comes in a combat wear styling. Available in 9 colors, the white and olive models are hot sellers. The mask offers a field of vision of 270 degrees. Though the Dye models offer up to 300 degrees of vision, one can argue that 270 degrees is about all the vision you will need. The comfort level on this mask is very, very high. So, it isn’t just one of those cool paintball masks that only offers looks.

This mask comes with nice think foam padding that will offer excellent protection to your ears. You can take hits to your ears and continue playing without as much as a flinch! The dual pane thermal anti-fogging lenses come in a clear finish and are just fantastic for play in hot or cold temperatures, without fogging problems.

Unfortunately, the lens doesn’t offer UV protection. You can however upgrade to one of Empire’s UV lenses if you wish. While upgrading the lens, you can also choose different finishes other than the clear finish. The mask comes with very comfortable and easy to adjust 2 inch straps that will allow you to make the mask snugly fit onto your head.

Please note that the stock lenses are not scratch resistant. So, when you upgrade the lens to UV, it makes sense to upgrade to a lens that is also scratch resistant.