Why paintball masks fog up when you play?

If you have ever played paintball, you must have had a fogging problem, where there is so much fog on our mask that you can’t even see your own gun, let alone opposition that is trying to take you out.


Why does this fogging happen? For the simple reason fog appears anywhere. It is just condensation, a very natural process that happens anywhere there is difference in temperature between two surfaces. For example, when you have the air conditioner running at full steam in your car when it is hundred or more degrees outside, your car windows are bound to fog up, simply because it is the surface that experiences two different temperatures on either side.

The same happens when you play paintball. If you are playing in very cold weather or hot weather, your breathing inside of the mask is going to cause fog issues. This is particularly true if you are a heavy breather. You exhale hot air. When you play in the cold, this is going to be a very difficult issue. The only way to get around this is to remove your mask every now and then.

The other solution of course is to buy the best paintball mask you can buy out there. When manufactures make high quality paintball masks, they use double paned lenses that are treated for anti-fogging. The more money you pay for such masks, the better the quality of these anti-fog dual paned lenses will be. Also, make sure that you only buy lenses that are thermally treated as that is another property that is required to keep fog at bay, when playing paintball.

If you have already bought a paintball mask that doesn’t have anti-fog properties, you can try installing a fan that will act as an exhaust in your mask. Such a mask will generally be placed where your mouth rests on the mask. However, to install this, you must make sure that the mask you have has the housing required to install a fan. There is no point trying to cram it in there.

Popular paintball masks that you can buy

Are you new to paintball? You might have already discovered that paintball arenas will not let you play the game if you don’t wear a paintball mask. So, apart from your gun, your feeder and clothing, the next thing you are going to need on a paintball field is the paintball mask.


Also, remember that you will need a full face paintball mask if you are less than 18 years of age. If you are over 18, a paintball mask that doesn’t cover your forehead or jawline is OK to wear. This law exists so young and inexperienced players have maximum chance of protecting their face, while older players can use experience and the added performance that half face paintball masks offer, to avoid being hit.
Now, if you want the very high-end performance oriented masks, we can straight away recommend the Dye iSeries masks. The i5 and i4 are incredibly cool paintball masks. They are also the best paintball mask anti fog models out there. The i5 costs almost $200 and the i4 costs about $120. They are excellent masks in their own rights. The i5 is super expensive because it has a fantastic design, a brilliant lens and also extreme comfort. The i5 even features a turn dial strap adjustment that is just incredibly easy and fast to use, especially when you want a quick adjustment in the middle of the game.
Other very popular masks that you can consider are the Virtue Ascend Mask, the Empire E-Flex, the JT Spectra 8 Flex Mask and some other models from Empire.
If you want something very cheap and basic, but well on protection, we recommend the Tippman Valor mask that comes with just a $30 price tag.
Good mid-range masks are the VForce Profiler, the Sly Profit LE mask and the Valken Annex masks. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. Pick a mask whose weaknesses relates to an issue that doesn’t bother you much. For example, if a mask is a great mask but doesn’t protect your ears and you don’t really care about it, that is the mask you should pick if you think it will let you win.