HK Army and JT make some of the better budget-range paintball masks we’ve seen. We have an in-depth look at 2 of their most popular models, the HK Army KLR vs the JT Premise – which one is best?
Once you’ve seen how these 2 masks compare with each other, find out how they compare with the best paintball masks
Dye i5 vs HK Army HSTL Paintball Mask – Specifications
Dye – Who Are They?
DYE Precision is a paintball manufacturing company based in California, founded in 1994 by Dave and Rhonda DeHaan (DYE stands for Dave “Youngblood” Enterprises). Initially producing barrels for markers, using Dave’s garage as a workshop, DYE became an international business, manufacturing a range of markers, loaders, playing & casual clothing, protective gear, goggles, and luggage.
HK Army – Who Are They?
From its origins in 2007, HK Army has become a global company, with distribution in over 60 countries. Offering an array of paintball-related products, from performance-based hard goods to casual apparel, they are an industry leader in paintball gear and accessories.
Dye i5 vs HK Army HSTL Paintball Mask – Similarities
The masks have similar size options
- Both the Dye i5 Thermal Paintball Mask and the HK Army HSTL Paintball Goggles have the same size options: one size fits most.
Both Paintball Masks have the same warranty
- Both Dye and HK Army offer a 1-year warranty.
Dye i5 vs HK Army HSTL Paintball Mask – Differences
Both Paintball Masks have different lens features
- The Dye i5 Paintball Mask features an anti-fog Dyetanium Lens.
- The HK Army HSTL Mask is equipped with an Anti-fogging Dual Pane Thermal lens.
Both Paintball Masks have different vision angles
- The Dye i5 features a 290-degree vision angle, while HK Army does not state a vison angle for the HSTL.
Both Paintball Masks have different strap security features
- The Dye i5 features a GSR gear lock system, while the HK Army HSTL Mask has an adjustable anti-slip goggle strap.
Both masks have different wireless capability features
- The Dye i5 Thermal Paintball Mask is e.VOKE Wireless Air Sync compatible, while the HK Army HSTL has no wireless capability.
Both Paintball Masks have different foam padding for comfort
- The Dye i5 Paintball Mask uses a soft touch multi-layer foam, while the HK Army HSTL Mask has a snap-in-place removable upper and lower goggle foam insert.
- Both are designed to wick away sweat and moisture away while providing a comfortable fit for all.
The Paintball Masks both have different features and design
- The HK Army HSTL Paintball Mask has a quick-change lens retention system, lightweight design, multiple vents for breathability & an additional head strap.
- The Dye i5 Thermal Paintball Mask has “heads up” POV mount, compression-formed ears, “scream” multi-directional venting & easy to change lens.
Both masks have different widths
- The Dye i5 Thermal Paintball Mask is wider at 9″, while the HK Army HSTL Paintball Goggles are 8.2″.
Both masks have different lengths
- The Dye i5 Paintball Mask is 9″, while the HK Army HSTL Mask is shorter at 8″.
Both masks have different weights
- The Dye i5 Paintball Mask is lighter, weighing 0.78lbs, while the HK Army HSTL Mask weighs 1.4lbs.
The masks both have different certifications
- The Dye i5 Thermal Paintball Maskis ASTM Certified, while the HK Army HSTL is not.
The Dye i5 Paintball Mask and HK Army HSTL have a fair share of similarities and differences. It might be challenging to choose between the two, so here are some notable facts that might help:
- The Dye i5 offers 290-degree visibility, while HK Army does not state the field of vision of their mask.
- The Dye mask is much lighter.
- The Dye i5 has a more extensive color range to choose from.
- If you need wireless compatibility, the HK Army mask is not an option.