Airsoft Goggles (ESS Military Land Ops™) Fan Mod

Date:

September 2008


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When I started out airsofting I brought a full face mask with a mesh visor. This works fine but has a couple of disadvantages, it's not that great in low light conditions and your peripheral vision is a little limited. As I also wear glasses my only real alternative was to use the larger skiing type goggles, so I decided to buy a pair of ESS Military Land Ops™ goggles.

After using them a few times I would say they were a great buy. They are really comfortable, fit nicely over my glasses and provide a good full field of vision. Now there is one big advantage to using mesh masks and that's they don't fog up. Unfortunately with goggles if you're in humid conditions, especially in woodland, then after a few mins of running about they'll soon fog up to a point where you can't see a dam thing :-( Having to run for cover away from the action every 5 mins to defog them is no fun at all.

ESS sell versions of these goggles with a built in fan to help stop them from fogging up. They are the ESS Striker TurboFan™ series. However the difference in price between mine (without fan) and those (with fan) is somewhere in the region of £70 (depending on which version you buy). I'd like the fan version but that price difference is a bit steep, so I decided to mod my own for a fraction of the cost.

I'm really happy with how they turned out as they work extremely well. The fans are practically silent and switching them on once you start seeing fogging will clear the visor easily in 5-10 seconds. I'm not 100% sure exactly how long the batteries will power them constantly for, but with my intermittent use during a whole day's skirmishing they were still going strong.

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Airsoft Goggles (ESS Military Land Ops™) Fan Mod
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