Protecting your face and eyes are arguably the most important safety aspects of airsoft. We have a bunch of options:
Goggles – Dual-lens eye protection we always use. Super hard to fog.
Glasses – Simple but effective with a tight fit and anti-fog treatment.
Mesh masks – our go-to teeth protection to go with goggles & glasses
Full face masks – combined goggles and teeth protection, modern design with dual lenses.
Face/Eye Pro - Eye Pro
Face/Eye Pro - Face Pro
What type of Eye Protection should I choose?
Like many sports activities, airsoft must be practiced with a certain amount of protection. The most essential and obligatory one is eye protection. Receiving a BB in the eye can cause serious damage and even lead to permanent loss of sight.
This is why it is essential to respect the safety instructions and in particular not to shoot outside the game area.
Adapted eye protection must be able to withstand a fire of at least several joules above the limit in your country. In Europe, the norm EN166 is used to regulate eye protection.
- Glasses with branches fall under the EN166F category which is unfortunately not suitable for airsoft as its resistance is only up to 0.87J.
- Glasses with straps can enter the EN166B (6.2J) rating and are recommended for airsoft.
- Airsoft goggles and airsoft masks can even obtain the EN166A (15.5J) which is more than enough for airsoft.
However, not all goggles come with a safety standard certification. In most cases, if they are sold by trusted airsoft stores, you don't have to worry that much. Yet, if you get your hands on such goggles or glasses, it's a good idea to shoot at them using your strongest gun, point-blank. If they break, they are not fit for use...
Also, if you happen to consider mesh goggles which are sometimes offered, don't do it. These tend to scatter BBs on impact, letting shrapnels directly hit your eyes.
How to combat fogging Airsoft Goggles?
Fogging is your biggest enemy in any airsoft game and can ruin your experience. The amount of fog will depend heavily on the weather conditions and on the person. There are ways to avoid fogging almost completely.
The first way is to invest in proper eye protection. Get yourself eye protection with anti-fog treatments. If you're willing to pay a considerate sum for your primary, invest in eye protection.
Some full-face masks are even known to almost never fog. A great example is the Dye i5 mask.
The second way is simply to stay on the move. Running and moving will allow air to flow through and prevent fogging. Not only will you have a more comfortable experience but your gameplay will also become more dynamic.
Is it important to buy a Face mask?
Face protection isn't obligatory but we consider it a must-have. Getting hit in your face hurts a lot but most importantly, you could also break your teeth and leave serious bruises.
Coming back home, or to work, with these injuries is not really ideal and could make those around you not be supportive of this hobby.
We recommend always wearing full face protection either through a full face mask or simply with mesh masks if you don't want to be encumbered when aiming through your rifle scope.
Full face/Paintball masks: are they better?
Now as stated above Full Face/Paintball masks have considerable advantages. They're extremely hard to fog, they offer great surface protection, and can resist high impacts. The ideal protection for a CQB setting. They however have some drawbacks.
Full face protection can make it difficult for you to align with your scope or low mount red dot. To solve this you could either use a riser on your red dot or a more minimalistic eye protection instead such as the low profile goggles with a mesh mask.