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Dye and Empire make some of the best paintball masks available. We have an in-depth look at 2 of their most popular models, the Dye i4 vs Empire EVS – which one is best?

Find out how these masks compare with the best paintball masks

 

Dye i4 vs Empire EVS – Specifications

 Dye Precision i4 Paintball GoggleEmpire EVS Paintball Mask / Thermal Goggles
Dye Precision I4 Thermal Paintball GoggleEmpire EVS Paintball Mask / Thermal Goggles
LensPeripheral vision
Toroidal Impact Lens
Scratch-resistant
UV Coating
Clear Thermal distortion-free spherical lens
Scratch-resistant
Vision AngleVertical/Horizontal Peripheral Vision270-degree
Strap SecurityTiger Teeth bucklesSilicone Backed Head-strap
Wireless CapabilityNAHUDwifi and GPS capable
ComfortDual stage foamTriple density face foam
Key Features and DesignLightweight
First Compound Radius Lens
Anatomic Fit and Function
Compression Formed Ears
Scream Multi-Directional Venting
Rapid Lens Change
Dual-Pane Lens
Thermal Barrier to reduce fogging
Thermo-formed ear
Quick Tool-Free Lens Replacement
Protective Micro-Fiber Goggle Bag
Size OptionsOne SizeOne Size
Width9.1″9″
Length7.1″9″
Weight1.1lbs2lbs
CertificationASTM CertifiedASTM Certified
Color OptionsBlack
Dirty Bird
Grey Liquid
Black
LE Olive Tiger Stripe
Tan/Black
Black/Gold
Olive/Black
White/Black
Warranty1-year30-Day Limited Warranty
CostCheck PriceCheck Price

Dye i4 vs Empire EVS – Similarities

 

Both paintball masks have the same fitting size

  • Both the Dye i4 and Empire EVS masks are ‘one size fits most’ and can be adjusted.

Both the Dye i4 and Empire EVS are ASTM certified

  • The Dye i4 and Empire EVS are ASTM approved, with certification for maximum eye protection.

 

Dye i4 vs Empire EVS – Differences

 

Both paintball masks have different lens features

  • The Dye i4 features a peripheral vision combined with a Toroidal Impact lens that is scratch-free and has an anti-fogging system with UVA and UVB protection.
  • The Empire EVS is equipped with a Clear Thermal distortion-free spherical, scratch-resistant lens.

Both paintball masks have different vision angles

  • The Dye i4 features a vertical/horizontal peripheral vision, while the Empire EVS has a 270-degree vision angle.

The Dye i4 and Empire EVS each offer a different strap for security

  • The Dye i4 features ‘Tiger Teeth’ buckles designed to securely bite down the strap, which is especially beneficial for rigorous use. It allows the user to adjust the custom woven rubber strap for a more custom fit.
  • The Empire EVS has a Silicone backed head-strap with a non-slip fit.

Only the Empire EVS has a wireless capability feature

  • The Empire EVS is a more advanced mask as it can be used with HUD (Heads Up Display) via Wi-Fi with GPS features.

Both masks use different materials

  • The Dye i4 uses a dual-stage foam, while the Empire EVS uses a triple density face foam. Both are designed to wick away sweat and moisture away while providing a comfortable fit for all.

The Dye i4 and Empire EVS have different design and features

  • The Dye i4 is lightweight, with a “first compound radius” lens. It features an anti-fogging system, anatomic fit and function, soft and flexible compression formed earpiece, scream multi-directional venting, and rapid tool change.
  • The Empire EVS features Dual-Pane lenses. It is anti-fog, anti-reflective, anti-scratch with UVA/UVB radiation protection, and thermo-formed ears. Lastly, it comes with a microfiber goggle bag.

Both paintball masks differ in width and length.

  • The Dye i4 has a width of 9.1” and a length of 7.1”.
  • The Empire EVS has a width of 9” and a length of 9”.

Both the Dye i4 and Empire EVS differ in mask weight

  • The Dye i4 weighs 1.1lbs, while the Empire EVS weighs 2lbs.

Both paintball masks are available in a different range of colors

  • The Dye i4 is available in either Black, Dirty Bird, or Grey Liquid.
  • The Empire EVS is available in either Black, LE Olive Tiger Stripe, Tan/Black, Black/Gold, Olive/Black, or White/Black.

Both offer different warranties

  • The Dye i4 has a 1-year warranty, while the Empire EVS has a 30-day limited warranty.

Conclusion

The Dye i4 and Empire EVS paintball masks offer safety and protection. The choice between the two will depend on your preferences.

Here are some notable differences that might help you when choosing which paintball mask is best for you:

  • Though this may hardly be noticeable when in use, the Dye i4 is lighter and weighs only 1.1lbs compared to the Empire EVS that weighs 2lbs.
  • The Empire EVS has a wireless capability, which makes the use for the mask broader than the Dye i4.
  • The Empire EVS has a wider vision angle of 270 degrees.
  • The Dye i4 offers a better warranty than the Empire EVS.