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#11690613 - 12/28/16 Camo face mask
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Looking to purchase a new camo face mask. Recommendations?
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#11690638 - 12/28/16 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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What temperatures are you hunting in?

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#11690658 - 12/28/16 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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PA in Oct. & Nov., warmth is not really an issue. Looking for best fit, comfort and functionality....
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#11690695 - 12/28/16 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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That's about as personal as a pair of favorite boots.

I've started using these in Virginia, in warm spring and summer hunts, and down to just at freezing temps:

http://www.basspro.com/Under-Armour-Camo...oductextensions

They pack into nothing, I can pull it up over my ears and not lose hearing ability, and it breaths. I find that I can fog my optics if I have full face coverage, so I like these for the mesh.

I use the Scentblocker full face if it's cold and blowing.


Edited by AH64guy (12/28/16)

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#11690807 - 12/28/16 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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FirstLite has several options, as does Sitka Gear, in their balaclavas, face masks, and neck gaiters.

Unlike UnderArmour, FirstLite and Sitka are actually pro-hunting.
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#11690830 - 12/28/16 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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And I bought them off of E-bay at a much cheaper price, and I paid for them with Paypal...there, all sins confessed...

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#11690933 - 12/28/16 Re: Camo face mask [Re: AH64guy]
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Originally Posted By AH64guy
And I bought them off of E-bay at a much cheaper price, and I paid for them with Paypal...there, all sins confessed...

wink


LMAO!

No slight intended to you, buddy.
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#11690951 - 12/28/16 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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As mentioned, it's a personal preference. I prefer 3/4 mask with a ball cap, can't stand full mask. I don't like the spandex type in warm weather, but use them when it gets cold. For warm weather I like the loose and lightweight mesh type, the kind that are made of a material similar to bug suits. Primos are my favorite to date and I've owned dozens of various makes. The only masks I've owned that actually fit and allow unobstructed view are the Primos.

Warm weather:
http://www.primos.com/products/maks/mesh-mask/

Cool weather:
http://www.primos.com/products/maks/stretch-fit-mask/

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#11691045 - 12/28/16 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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I prefer the stetch fit masks for bowhunting, similar to the one linked to by Re7RM. Reason for me is that I still use a kisser button and the loose ones get 'caught' occasionally.

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#11691090 - 12/28/16 Re: Camo face mask [Re: 4ager]
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Originally Posted By 4ager
Originally Posted By AH64guy
And I bought them off of E-bay at a much cheaper price, and I paid for them with Paypal...there, all sins confessed...

wink


LMAO!

No slight intended to you, buddy.


I figured, but couldn't help poking a little humor at it!

Back on the OP subject, I really look for a mask that will leave my ears somewhat exposed, as I lose too much sound with the full ear covered.

The mask has to have an opening that I can position over my ear canal, or I won't use it more than once. I anchor on the corner of my mouth, so loose isn't bad, but too much can be.


Edited by AH64guy (12/28/16)

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#11691247 - 12/28/16 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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Camo Buff rules! I've got a First Lite and the Buff brand is better for me.

No seam, more length for use as a cap or balaclava, microfiber fabric works in all weather, dries very quickly, snug but comfortable fit for good anchor, never sags or stretches out. I've never tried the polar models.

http://www.planetbuff.com/shop-buff/collections/camuflaje-buff.html

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#11691650 - 12/28/16 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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#11722805 - 01/09/17 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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Regardless of what you go with, practice with it on before hunting. I'm in TX where we rarely need to dress all that warm. This past week temps dropped into the 20s so I switched to a thicker fleece mask and wore my jacket hood. Just on a whim I tried shooting with all that on in the driveway before heading out. The hood and thicker fleece mask impacted my anchor point and where my nose touches the string. Threw my shots wide about a foot to the right. Thought something was wrong with my rest or sight but took the hood and mask off and shots returned to the bullseye. Didn't think it would affect it that much but it did.
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#11722887 - 01/09/17 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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Masks with a nose flap may impair seeing your sight pins. As suggested, practice with it on. Ask me how I know. Tom
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#11725781 - 01/10/17 Re: Camo face mask [Re: TXbluelacy]
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Originally Posted By TXbluelacy
Regardless of what you go with, practice with it on before hunting. I'm in TX where we rarely need to dress all that warm. This past week temps dropped into the 20s so I switched to a thicker fleece mask and wore my jacket hood. Just on a whim I tried shooting with all that on in the driveway before heading out. The hood and thicker fleece mask impacted my anchor point and where my nose touches the string. Threw my shots wide about a foot to the right. Thought something was wrong with my rest or sight but took the hood and mask off and shots returned to the bullseye. Didn't think it would affect it that much but it did.


Reminds me of the time my string caught a button on my jacket and the arrow went about 4' over the boars back lol. Learned to go with zippers only after that one.

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#11727681 - 01/10/17 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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This stuff completely rewrites the rules:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010XW2KMU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Short of needing one for warmth, I will never wear a facemask again. This stuff goes on easily and comes off easily, almost effortlessly. Before trying this I was a 1000% facepaint HATER and wore facemasks exclusively when bowhunting.
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#11729117 - 01/11/17 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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This came up with a group of my Bowhunting buddies a few years ago, I have used cammo face paint since I started bow hunting at age 14 Im 59 now! I was the only one in our group and im the oldest and about the newest to the group! was getting some guff on the paint, till I pointed out the Best Of the Best the US Navy Seals wear face paint not some silly mask! enought said, most of the fellows wear paint now the new young kids that have started bowhunting now Love to wear the Face paint! Paint Rules!
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#11729285 - 01/11/17 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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They used to make dust for face paint. Best I ever used.

Don't like masks at all for bowhunting.

Polar Buffs are what we wear in AK for fall Moose hunts down to about zero or so.

Bowhunting in cold I ended up wearing insulated radar type caps and would wrap my face in a heavy scarf of some type, fleece, wool etc... and it was pretty easy to just nudge the thing to drop down so I had an exposed face to draw and shoot with on the spur of the moment... The only way to feel a really perfect anchor point for me was with nothing on my face.

YMMV
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#11730778 - 01/12/17 Re: Camo face mask [Re: greentimber]
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Originally Posted By greentimber
This stuff completely rewrites the rules:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010XW2KMU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Short of needing one for warmth, I will never wear a facemask again. This stuff goes on easily and comes off easily, almost effortlessly. Before trying this I was a 1000% facepaint HATER and wore facemasks exclusively when bowhunting.


I've used Carbo Mask for the last four years. Love the stuff...
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#11731097 - 01/12/17 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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Never heard of the Buffs products, will have to check those out. Agree on the Carbo Mask, great product.

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#11749261 - 01/18/17 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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I wear a 1/2 turkey mask. It is worth the downside to wear one. I believe they help with hiding from the game animals.

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#11764670 - 01/23/17 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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I can't stand to wear a mask, even though they work. I use paint, even though it causes lot a weird lots when I forget to wash my face before stopping at the store on the way home.
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#11764944 - 01/23/17 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Reloader7RM]
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Loc: W. Pa.
Originally Posted By Reloader7RM
As mentioned, it's a personal preference. I prefer 3/4 mask with a ball cap, can't stand full mask. I don't like the spandex type in warm weather, but use them when it gets cold. For warm weather I like the loose and lightweight mesh type, the kind that are made of a material similar to bug suits. Primos are my favorite to date and I've owned dozens of various makes. The only masks I've owned that actually fit and allow unobstructed view are the Primos.

Warm weather:
http://www.primos.com/products/maks/mesh-mask/

Cool weather:
http://www.primos.com/products/maks/stretch-fit-mask/

I use these and they work well.

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#11765174 - 01/24/17 Re: Camo face mask [Re: Poconojack]
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Been using this one for years and love it

scent-Lok Ultra - light Headcover

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