REVIEW T’Farge® Comfort Airsoft Mask feedback (Standard, Earcup & Petite)

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Quality 4.9/5
Appearance 4.5/5 The appearance isn't for everyone, but it has it's own distinct look.
Function 4.7/5 Absolutely solid design, works with high profile goggles if the helmet clip is used.

Price 5/5 It's a lightweight, TPU 500D/1000D Cordura hybrid. I think the price is good.
A worthy competitor and healthy entry in the OneTigris lineup.
I will primarily be using a T'farge from now on.
Hello!
I heard about the opportunity through the gear test program via Instagram. I'm glad to see a few other people will be testing these products as well. I'm sure any gaps in my testing or experience will be covered. :)
I apologize for the loose formatting. This one turned out a little more verbose than I'd like.
Before I start, here's some history on the T'Farge and it's significance
The original T'Farge was a pioneer in hybrid masks several years ago. Prior to T'Farge, solid steel mesh was the standard.
Players would often bend, warp, cut & pry at their mask to get a good fit, almost as a right of passage.
A common modification (Often by players who really needed a good cheek weld, as to use variable and high powered optics) was to remove the lining on the top of the steel mesh mask, mark the contours of their goggles, cut out the steel mesh in the way, Zip tie or otherwise secure the mask to the goggles, then hot glue the lining back on. This was problematic for a number of reasons.
1. The steel is sharp
2. Often the nose would be pushed in by the steel unless re-formed by the user
3. By Introducing more material to your goggles, you increase the risk of the seal between your outer eye socket and nose bridge breaking.
Any bump, scrape, or movement to the mask would move your goggles. This is a safety issue many don't even realize. In Airsoft, due to the spherical shape and even the Magnus of the projectiles (as applied via the Hopup unit), BBs have a tendency to roll along or up the contours of whatever soft surface they hit. Hence in many places (at least in my country) goggles must seal against the skin via hard gasket to protect against dangerous ricochets.

Several other products came about around the same time and within the next few years, notably;
A simplistic Russian design which involved an aggressive bend of the steel mesh and some Cordura-like fabric replacing what would protect your cheekbones.
The B2Tac (https://www.instagram.com/b2tac/) which has since disappeared [OneTigris, this design is interesting]
Several other products involving Balaclavas and steel mesh inserts
Several influenced products (Including the well known and beloved "OneTigris Hybrid mask" Which substitutes thick Cordura and padding to protect the cheekbones, in place of steel, using carefully contoured - but universal - steel mesh where rigidity and rock-solid protection is required. (The nose and mouth)

Safety priorities are different by person and culture.
When players look for masks, here are some of the criteria;
Coverage
Comfort
Looks
Special use

Some players prefer more coverage at the expense of comfort and appearance, while some aren't willing to give up their comfort or appearance.
What does the T'Farge design have over other designs?

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Look
(Green - T'Farge by OneTigris and Division Six)
The design and appearance of the T'Farge definitely stands out as an Aggressive, comfortable looking mask. Contrast this with other, steel-front counterparts:
(Blue - OneTigris hybrid mask)
OneTigris hybrid mesh mask; some users complain through shape and shadowing, it can make their face look "monkey like". Sometimes users will hide the mask with a covering or wrap, doing so also helps to keep the mask tighter (Since the angle of attachment when used with helmets or over some goggles can make the mask lose it's contour with the chin and stick out more straight) but can make fogging a real issue.
Here's an older setup I've ran with the OneTigris Hybrid mask and some lower profile goggles. (Pyramex I-Force and it's Vulkan Zulu equivalent. I would be very curious to see how well Okaley M Frames with the Helo gasket kit work with these masks in general, but they are a little out of my price range right now.)
While it looks excellent, covering up the mask introduces fogging issues.
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Fit
The mask was designed to mesh well with lower profile goggles (Correct me if I'm wrong) since the majority of players in the country of design use low profile goggles. What is curious here, is how aggressive the contouring around the nose is. This mask allows you aim down sights better than steel cordura hybrids, and for extra tricky motions, the mask will bend and flex as needed.

The harness is pretty standard for hybrid mask products, OneTigris choosing the good angles that help the mask fit well in the majority of cases. I can't speak for the helmet clip harness because all of my standard helmets are in storage. Hopefully another user can share his experiences. Typically the fit is very similar, if not (Comfortably) slightly looser when used with helmet clips and velcro straps. (Scroll down for information about the helmet strap harness, it really helps the T'farge shine) The Earcup version fits very well, all things considered. Typically they look a little more elongated and fit slightly looser, but with adjustment, you can have it fitting and looking pretty good.
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Protection
The T'Farge provides enhanced protection for the chin and nose, having a contoured defilade along the bridge of the nose to protect against frontal and angled projectiles. This is extra appealing because not every player has a perfect seal with their goggles whether that be the fit of equipment or the construction of the nose (Or even broken noses!), and the extra protection reduces the risk of damage to the nose and nose bridge, as well as reducing the chance a BB will enter the goggles through a weak seal.
Unfortunately, when it comes to larger goggles like the Desert Locust and Vulkan Sierra, Most goggles don't mesh very well and not only leave part of the bridge of the nose exposed, but also push on the goggles, weakening or breaking the seal enough for a BB to easily enter if struck at the right place. Depending on your goggles, both low profile and higher profile, the aggressive contour on the nose bridge might clear better or worse than other masks.
The Onetigris hybrid mesh mask, might be another option since it has a shallower, but larger cup to protect the nose bridge, and you can also warp and bend slightly if needed. Overall, the fit really comes down to what your facial features, helmet, and goggles are.
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Special Use
Being able to quickly don and doff your mask is important to users who play for long periods of time and occasionally need to eat or drink (Especially drink) without touching their goggles or headgear. The helmet clips will provide the best and most consistent option when it comes to this.
Being TPU in front of your nose and mouth, I noticed my breathing was a little louder than with a steel mesh front.



Why use this design?
Extended protection from projectiles
Comfort
Ease of use without a helmet, ease of use with a helmet
Distinct look

For me, prior to this gear test, I've been using either the OneTigris Balaclava with integrated steel mesh or the OneTigris hybrid mesh mask.
I have an odd usage cause, since I'm using equipment that makes it hard for me to don and doff a mask quickly.
I still need a fair amount of protection from projectiles, so normally I'll use a OneTigris Balaclava with integrated steel mesh (Not pictured) because I can pull it out of the way to get to my water and then adjust it back into place right after. I don't need ear protection because my helmet protects my ears all the way.
That being said, sometimes I need more protection, this is where the T'Farge comes in. It has it's own distinct look, comfort, and simplicity.

My helmet doesn't accept helmet clips, but I've ran hybrid style masks underneath the helmet before.
In the future, I plan on modifying my helmet to accept helmet clips so I can have the best of both worlds: The extended, stylish protection of the 1T T'Farge, and the quick food and water access of the helmet clips.
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Design feedback

The construction and stitch work as always, is really good. I really like how you can fold it away and not worry about falling or sitting on it and getting hurt like you would with a steel hybrid mask.

I have one of the early T'Farge Onetigris anti fog masks designed for females and people with smaller faces. It appears that between the two, the new design was simplified and optimized. The old mask utilized hidden stitches along the top seam, mating the cushioning material to the Cordura, for example. I'm not a tailor, but I would imagine maybe this was changed because hidden stitches may be less durable? Or maybe this was done to simplify the manufacturing process? Or maybe it just looks better the way it is now?

What I liked about the early mask, is the rubber gasket provides a more consistent fit, provided your helmet and goggles didn't interfere. It worked great with hats. The wearer of the anti fog mask with inner gasket never had an issue with fogging while wearing low profile goggles, which is surprising - although I've personally moved to larger goggles with an Exfog fan. However, the sample size for this is only a single game in 47 degree (F) 8(C) weather.

The anti fog mask with inner gasket, provides less protection for the jaw bone among other things. It's also a lot stiffer, which is a mixed blessing. The anti fog mask also sits slightly further off the face due to the inner gasket.

The improved design can move and bend a little if needed, whereas the old one could not.
I'd be curious to experiment with an improved version of the early lady anti fog mask. However, the early mask had a lot of extra padding. I haven't (Or haven't noticed) hits to either mask along the sides, so I don't know if there's a noticeable difference in welting between the two. I know a common trait of early OneTigris masks (Including the Hybrid Mesh mask) are while being very comfortable, sometimes because of the thick padding, they get hot.

This probably belongs in a whole new thread, but what if masks attached directly to the chinstrap and harness components or even used tensioners along the arc rails?


Overall, I'm very glad to see the UK Exclusive hitting the global market. It has a distinct look, and a distinct feature set.
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Gear testing discrepancies
Since I ordered straight through Amazon and was informed via Instagram about the mask gear test, I didn't realize all non Multicam colors are 1000D Cordura instead of 500D Cordura. This makes sense, because Multicam is typically more expensive either do to manufacturing or licensing, and (Per Lynx Defense) As of May 2020, the cost per yard of 500D Cordura is roughly $6.50 /yard depending on dying process and color. The price of 1000D Cordura is approximately $8 /yard with the same variables as the 500D.
I hope another user here at 1tg can provide his thoughts on the 1000D version. I would be curious if it holds up any better or provides a different fit and protection level since the material will be slightly stiffer.

UPDATE
I've obtained and tested the 1000D version of the Standard and Earcup designs.
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The Multicam version (500D) feels slightly lighter and more pliable, even though on a scale, the weight between the 1000D and 500D masks are very close. I tried to compensate for discrepancies in the harness, so this may be in correct, but the weight difference between the Multicam version with QD buckle and standard harness (2.1Oz, 59.5G) and OD version with standard harness (2.3Oz, 65.2G) isn't that much. I think the Multicam version may hold less heat and breathe slightly better, but both are very good options. It's nice to have the option to go lighter and maybe a little cooler but also go a little heavier if needed.



I did an impact test on the TPU from near point blank and it barely left a scratch from over 10 0.28G bbs.
As for the Cordura, I actually placed each mask version on my thigh and shot it with my G&G Raider 2.0 from about an inch away. It feels like a sharp, angry flick. Light redness around the site with no welting. Both were pretty comparable. You can see very slight discoloration on the Cordura where the BBs impacted. I will be curious to see if the 1000D version becomes more pliable as it wears.
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As for the Earcup versions, I believe it's harder to pair with large goggles. It works best with lower profile goggles. Really, both designs work best with lower profile goggles, since the fabric and goggle frames often fight for position on your face. If you are using the helmet clip harness with the standard versions, this becomes less of an issue, since the mask has two stable points of suspension with the helmet that prevent the two from fighting. The downside, it's easier to move the mask vertically out of place, exposing your chin. It's not a big issue, since it stays in place very well the majority of the time. This is my preferred way to secure the mask.
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Special design (Flat profile QD buckle)
I was sent a version of the Standard T'Farge Comfort mask which had a professional modification done to the right side of the mask. A Flat profile QD buckle is installed before the interchangeable clip on the right side. This version is intended to make it easier for the wearer to get the mask out of the way in order to eat, drink or take a breather.

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The QD buckle version works very well if the wearer has low profile goggles and a head garment (A Hat, Boonie, etc) that keeps the harness in place without rendering the QD buckle inaccessible. During design, it seems that special care was taken to place the buckle as forward as possible to make it easier for the user to access the buckle, should they need to.

My preferred configuration
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However, the design does not work adequately in the following Configurations:
With most helmets; The harness and chin strap components tend to interfere with the buckle, if not squishing the mask between the chin strap components. Reindexing the buckle is hard in this configuration as well.
With headphones; The buckle will be obscured by the headphones, and while you can move an earpiece out of the way to press the release tab on the buckle, reindexing the buckle is not very intuitive.
On it's own; The harness and chin strap will fall off the wearer once the buckle is released.
However, this configuration may be useful if you need to wrap the mask around equipment that you do not want to disturb.
Additionally, with a buckle installed, the adjustment for the right side of the mask is no longer symmetrical. This isn't a big deal considering Chin straps on fancy helmets aren't symmetrical either, but it does make you have to spend maybe a little more time to adjust correctly.



What still needs tested:
Side hits and how they feel, specifically between 500D and 1000D, to see how well the padding absorbs impacts and how much the two lessen welting.
A larger sample size on how the mask affects fogging.

The lifespan of the elastic harness
Long term durability of the TPU

I'll have a review posted to Amazon asap.
 

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Additionally, how much do you like the mask?
5 stars in quality/appearance/function/price, how many stars would you rate each perspective?
 

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Additionally, how much do you like the mask?
5 stars in quality/appearance/function/price, how many stars would you rate each perspective?
I've updated the original thread. :)
I like it!
It's a little higher profile in some places (Fitment wise) than a 1TG Hybrid mask, but it has it's own style.
I change my face protection depending on what I'll be doing, and I think this makes a great mask if you need extra protection. Sometimes your mask can make or break your appearance, and I think the mask looks good more often than not.
I always bring spare face and eye protection to games, so I'll be able to collect more opinions down the road.
 
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About the helmet clip integration, here's a video
0:22 shows how to attach the mask to the helmet.
 
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I've updated the original thread. :)
I like it!
It's a little higher profile in some places (Fitment wise) than a 1TG Hybrid mask, but it has it's own style.
I change my face protection depending on what I'll be doing, and I think this makes a great mask if you need extra protection. Sometimes your mask can make or break your appearance, and I think the mask looks good more often than not.
I always bring spare face and eye protection to games, so I'll be able to collect more opinions down the road.
Look forward to seeing more feedback from your battle experience. Especially those you mentioned "What still needs tested"
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Thank you for the links! I have added more information on fit to the original post and updated the score a little bit on both Amazon and here.
The quality on OneTigris videos are great. I dug up a FAST Helmet out of storage and I'm very pleased with the helmet clip fitment and how the mask works with everything. I will be using this combination on the field until I can retrofit my Russian helmet with clip adapters. Images soon.
I actually checked out the PopularAirsoft review to find out if I missed anything.
I believe he is actually wearing his goggles unsafely :p
From experience, those goggles come with an extra set of straps which do not have 'arms'. This armless set is what you should be using, as it is very hard to get a good seal on the temple of your face with the preinstalled arms, because the straps sit so far back, it does not allow the goggles to flex onto the contours of your face.
Of course in countries or milsim environments which only require ballistic glasses, the fit and seal would be fine.
 
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Are you from the UK? What are the gear safety requirements where you're from?
I am from the United States! Centrally located.
They vary from field to field, most of them allow 18+ to wear only goggles, while younger have to wear lower masks or cloth over the face as well. younger are required to wear paintball masks. Some people prefer to go without a lower mask, but you are responsible for your own decisions.
The requirements on goggles are pretty simple, Ansi z871.1+ (+ sign meaning High impact designation) or greater, and are designed to seal themselves against the face around the eyes (Via foam, rubber, etc) and have retention to keep them on the face. A few places will check to see if there is a gap (One pencil's width) or larger between your goggles and face, but most places do not. It is typically up to the wearer to make sure their stuff will take care of them. Some people prefer larger goggles that have an even higher rating. My local field allows up to 1.55 Joules for riflemen, and 3.6 Joules for a bolt action, along with a minimum distance for certain classes of replicas.

Here is a quote from "Milsim West's" requirements:
Eye protection needs to meet ANSI Z87.1-1989 standards and must fully cover your eye sockets from all angles of impact. MSW will inspect all eyepro at check-in for adherence to this standard. If your eyepro is “on the border” of this standard then we will err on the side of caution and disapprove them. Ensure you have a backup that you know will 100% pass inspection. Steel mesh lenses are permitted. While not required, a mesh or other type lower face mask, a balaclava, bandana or mouth guard is suggested for protecting against dental injuries.
Steel mesh lenses are occasionally used, but you can get shrapnel from bbs in your eyes. Some places don't allow them.
 
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