How to choose the right Paintball Mask.

Boise Paintball: How to choose the right paintball mask?

Boise Paintball: How to choose the right paintball mask?

Face protection and good visibility…for a better game.

Paintball Masks

With more than a fair share of masks on the market it can be hard to decide what one you should get. There is lots of different items to consider some cosmetic some functional. In my own personal opinion I think a mask should be one of the first things you purchase if you want to start buying paintball gear.

A good mask can help you see better throughout the day with no fogging and in general be more comfortable. Most masks on the market today fit the average person. Here are features of alot of the masks on the market today.


  • Lens- lots of choices, dual pane thermal lens are what you want.
  • Face profile- how much of the jawline/forehead is exposed.
  • Foam- foam that goes around the goggles.
  • Mask skirt- can flex or be stiff.
  • Ear protection- padding to protect ears.
  • Hearing- is hearing impaired by ear protection.
  • Visor-used to keep the sun off your eyes.


  • Goggle strap- comes in many different colors and styles.
  • Color- many different options.
  • Customization- different masks have more customization options than others.

Vforce Grill 

This is the mask I use currently, it’s not too expensive while also being a solid first mask. There are lots of different lens, and color options to choose from. All the lenses are dual pane thermal. The mask is easy to disassemble and clean. This mask is comfortable to wear for a full day of playing paintball or even just for a few hours.

It does not feature any padding on the ears but the ears are covered by the mask. The foam on the facemask is kind of cheap but still comfortable, easy to replace just not as soft as some of the other masks on this list. A lower price point makes this mask a good choice if you are on a tight budget.

Empire EVS (Empire Vision System)

The EVS is the newest mask from Empire and at the top tier of paintball masks. With a decent selection of colors to choose from this is a great option if you want to pick out something on high end of paintball gear. Featuring a dual-pane thermal lens that filter UVA and UVB rays to protect your eyes and a comfortable fit on your face this is a great mask to choose.

The face foam has 3 layers and is very comfortable to wear all day long, the ear padding is nice and does not effect your hearing when playing. The mask can come apart easily without any tools, and lens can be changed and replaced with ease. The lens are huge on this mask and you have a very large field of view.

Empire Helix

The helix is defiantly the cheapest mask on the list. It features only 2 colors black and olive but has dual-pane thermal lens. This mask features a rigid skirt unlike all the other masks on this list its not going to flex if you are pushing on it. But for $30 you are not going to find a cheaper mask that has thermal lens.

This mask might not be the most comfortable to play in but it defiantly will do its job of protecting your face and enabling you to see when playing an intense game of paintball.


The KLR is the only mask that HK Army makes but it is a very nice mask. This mask has a very simple disassembly, taken apart there is only 3 pieces to it so it is hard to lose any parts. The mask is very comfortable with 3-layer foam on the face to be very comfortable to wear all day long. The ear protection is very good while also not effecting your hearing.

The lens are easy to change out and replace with many options to choose from, all the lens for the KLR are dual-pane thermal and filter UVA and UVB rays to help protect your eyes. The foam on this mask as far as I know cannot be changed out. Overall a great mask and comes in a little cheaper than the EVS with just about all the same features just a little easier on the wallet.

Its should be noted that all these masks have easily adjustable goggle straps with silicone beading on the back to keep them from slipping during play. Anyone of these masks would be a great choice to play in. There are many other mask to choose from out there I just wanted to highlight a few of them and go over some of the features of the masks on the market.

If you are out at Pyrrhic paintball and see someone with their own mask there don’t be afraid to come up and ask them about it, most will even let you try it on to let you see if it fit you. Because at the end of the day it’s about having fun and playing the game we all love.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me with any questions here [email protected]. I would love to answer any questions to may have about masks or any other paintball related gear.

See you on the field,

Tim Ball


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First Time Playing Paintball? Here’s what to expect…

Here’s what to expect on your first time out to play paintball.

Pyrrhic Paintball – Treasure Valley and Boise’s largest paintball park.

So you’ve decided you want to try paintball for the first time but you’re not sure what to expect. Here are a few answers to some common questions.


Does getting hit with a paintball hurt?

It definitely doesn’t feel good to get shot with a paintball, but it’s not going to drop you to your knees. The most accurate comparison I’ve found is it feels about the same as a moderate toe-stubbing.


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It can vary from a sharp sting to a dull thud. Typically being shot on bare skin will feel worse than a shot to covered skin.

Most people that are nervous about being shot loosen up and enjoy the experience more after the first time they’ve been hit as it’s almost always explained as “not as bad as I thought it would be”.

As long as a person is following all safety rules the worst injury you can get from a paintball is a bruise. Get out there and enjoy the game!



What to wear when playing paintball…

After a day of paintballing the paint will wash out of most fabrics worn. Take care to not let the clothes sit with the paint on it for too long (typically weeks) or it may leave stains that look similar to oil or grease.

As long as you wash your clothing within a reasonable amount of time there should be no issues.

You typically want to wear clothing that is loose fitting as it will help with movement. Many people will play in jeans and a cotton top. I typically suggest a pair of thin gloves (such as mechanic gloves).

Wearing some form of head covering, even something as thin as a bandana, can help quite a bit of you’re worried about being hit in the head.

In the winter months players typically wear more/thicker clothing. I’ve found that using more layers rather than thicker material is best.

As the day goes on you may find that you’re overheating in a jacket and using layers allows you to quickly and easily maintain a comfortable temperature.


What to bring to Pyrrhic Paintball

Most of what you’ll need can either be rented or bought at the field. It’s always a good idea to bring water or Gatorade with you. It’s always nice to have a rag or two handy. At the end of the day it’s always a good idea to have a change of socks for the ride home.

See our Frequently Asked Questions here.


Tips and tricks for better Paintball games and survival.


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While any day of paintball is fun, there are a few things to know that may improve your experience. The two greatest things that affect accuracy are the barrel and the paint.

Higher quality paint has a thinner, more consistently shaped shell and typically a thicker paint fill. Higher quality barrels have a better polished bore and are typically between 12 and 14 inches.

Both the barrel and the paint can be upgraded from the standard package at Pyrrhic. While you don’t need these things to have fun they may help you hit your target more often.

Having debris in your barrel can drastically reduce your accuracy. If you notice that your shots begin to wildly hook in the air it’s likely that you have a dirty barrel.

Many players have a tool to clean the barrel on the field so don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can also bring the gun back to the staging area and ask the staff to help.


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The last but possibly most important tip is don’t forget to communicate. Paintball is a team sport and communication not only helps your teammates but often adds to the fun.


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Why Play “Magfed” Paintball Near Boise?

Magfed Games – Boise Area’s Largest Paintball Park

What is Magfed?

Magfed is a type of paintball where the marker (gun) uses magazines instead of a hopper. They come in many shapes and sizes from pistols to rifles. Some are designed for close quarter combat (CQB) and some are designed for long range sniping. Magazines generally can hold between 7 and 30 rounds per “mag”.


Why play Magfed?

There are many reasons people play magfed and none are THE answer to the question. Magfed is a style of paintball like pump, woodsball, scenario, etc. What drew me to magfed originally was the lower profile it seemed like a good idea to me at the time. What kept me coming back is the challenge of only having 20 round at your disposal at a time, then having to do a mag change.


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I love the rush of running out of paint, and having to dive for cover all while dropping my mag and reaching for another mag. Or taking cover to reload while your cover is getting hammered by other players hoping they won’t realize you’re out of paint before you can reload your magazines.




While most people talk about the limited rounds putting you at a disadvantage, not everyone realizes the other advantages of magfed. Those who attend large scenarios have probably encountered first strike rounds. The distance you can shoot with those is pretty amazing, and they hurt just a bit more.

Not to mention, in a mechanical magfed gun (almost all are) you can submerge your marker if it is loaded with First Strikes if necessary. You take an experienced “sniper” and put them in the right spot and they can keep the round ball shooters from advancing. I personally have experienced this. The enemy lined up the snipers on this hill, they could hit me throughout most of the field, but I couldn’t get anywhere near close enough to shoot them back!


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Now what keeps me playing magfed? It’s the diversity of challenges that comes along with the game. It’s not 5 vs 5 all shooting 20 bps. It’s a diversity of play styles and equipment types. You got the “in your face” pistol players, you got just the standard players using 20 round mags with paint, the heavy gunners recklessly thowing paint, and the snipers picking you off from a distance you can’t match.


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Of course there’s also those guys with rocket launchers taking you and your friends out behind cover. The real challenge and intensity that brought me into paintball is even more there in magfed, it matches my play style and forces me to adapt more than any style of play has so far.

If I could change one thing about magfed, I would add tank play, rockets, mortars, etc. One of my favorite things at scenario games is these little gems. Don’t get me wrong, it does and has happened at magfed games, but I think it would be the cherry on top. It seems to me like this would be the natural next step magfed should take.


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