Black Bear Airsoft Rampage mask Review
Item was supplied from www.ACMGear.com with thanks to Gabriel who was so fantastic via the live chat system. I contacted them on a Friday night at about 7pm GMT and they were still online, still very friendly and welcomed the enquiries. After a bit of talking they agreed to supply all 3 versions of masks Black Bear Airsoft produce along with my purchase I made from their store, this included some masks for myself to use in games.
All the items I purchased from ACMGear were very well wrapped; all the items were as described with no visual defects. I was really pleased with how these were packed so that nothing got damaged during the transit.
Postage was very reasonable, seems to be the cheapest of any shops in Hong Kong with No hidden charges from my investigations (the prices are virtually what you pay at the post office in Hong Kong plus packaging. As I purchased all the items together I was unsure of the postage cost of the individual item.
Upon receiving the Item, I was highly impressed at the strength of the mesh and that there was no visible glue marks or powder coating defects as I remember from the Brass Guard mask I had seen that a friend of mine bought. The OD green looks fantastic and is a lot better than the pictures on ACMGear show.
As per the 1st impressions I was initially thinking that the Rampage mask would be very hard to use with shouldering the rifle but in fact you can shoulder any rifle that I have, including sniper rifles, assault rifles and shotguns. I have also found that you can easily use communication headsets under the mask with no problems. The freedom to run into a fire fight and not have to worry about your eye protection slipping or getting shot in the mouth is fantastic.
The best part though is that there is no fogging as there is just mesh only, in colder weather you do get moisture sticking to the mesh from your breath, but this is not noticeable until you remove the mask.
There is a down side to the full face mask and that is if you have an itch or some sweat running down your face, you cannot get to it to wipe/scratch it.
The mesh seems to be very well made; it is extremely strong and holds its shape well. I believe these were machine pressed rather than the originals being hand formed. The fabric is well bonded to the mesh giving the mask a very professional image.
The clips on the back that are used to secure the mask in place are very strong; I accidentally stood on one of the clips when the mask fell on the floor. The clip was marked but didn’t break at all.
I did a destruction review of my Shadow mesh mask verse the TMC Strike mask and videoed the results, you can find the video here. I will also be doing a destruction review of the Rampage mask in the coming months.
I am really surprised how much damage these can take compared to the competition. I would rather spend the extra few $ to get a great mask than have to keep buying cheaper masks when they either rust due to the paint coating being terrible or the paint flaking off from an impact. The rampage mask I have took a lot of shots to the head in my last game and there is not a single mark on the mask.
This mask is absolutely fantastic. I have seen the original brass guards and they had more imperfections in the paint and gluing that the Rampage mask, the only thing that could do with improving is the powder coating, its glossy rather than matte so there is more glare from the sun. But when there is no sun, there are no problems with this mask.
I rarely see a piece of kit that I think is a must buy, but this is one of them, You might look a little silly, but you will be laughing all the way to the end of the day when others are complaining of fogging or a lost tooth. For example, you could buy a pair of boots that are fantastic, but there are a lot of other fantastic boots out there, but with these mesh masks, there are no other made for the price that give this level of protection and build quality.
I use this mask in woodland scenarios and its great, but CQB I can see this being even better.
Value for money: 9.5/10
Originally posted 2010-10-21 20:07:48.