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Published: 29 Nov 2006 - 19:02 by coatesd72

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 15:16

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I recently had a squash injury when my opponent's racquet hit my nose and eye (it was my fault !). It made me think about purchasing some eye protection but i have tried goggles in the past and did not like using them as they always 'fogged up' very quickly. On the Internet i discovered that there is new type of mask called I-MASK which is a mask that covers the whole face and is far enough away from your face to stop 'fogging'.

Has anyone got any feedback on this product, i.e does the I-Mask stop 'fogging', can you see the ball properly, is it comfortable etc.



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From VolleyDrop - 21 Dec 2006 - 08:02

I've been using the i-Mask for a few weeks now and I think it is excellent.  Benefits for me (I wear glasses):

1. Full peripheral vision

2. Covers the face down to the tip of the nose

3. Spongy headband completely soaks up sweat and can be changed quickly between games

4. Comfortable

5. When the lense gets scratched up or cracked it can be replaced at a very reasonable price ($17 one place I checked)

The only negative is slight glare on certain courts with strong lighting.

Again, I believe it's the best overall eye protection on the market.

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From squashgrove - 15 Dec 2006 - 04:15

I have had the I-Mask or I-Max visor for a couple of years. Usually only wear it when coaching Juniors, which is most of my time on the court right now.

Benefits are:

- comfortable head band sit nicely on your forehead and double strap keeps it secure. The head band is removable so you can wash it when it's absorbed so much sweat it starts to smell bad

- packs down flat to fit in your squash bag

- does not obscure your peripheral vision

- doesn't fog up because it sits further out from the face allowing better airflow. Less sweat droplets get on the visor and you can even wear your regular eye glasses underneath.

- replaceable lens/visor for when it gets too scratched up (I keep my lens in a sports sock inside the bag for extra protection)


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From coatesd72 - 11 Dec 2006 - 20:58

Not had chance to test out the I-Mask. I did manage to play a couple of games with normal protection glasses - i think its a case of just getting use to them.

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From rippa rit - 11 Dec 2006 - 06:28   -   Updated: 11 Dec 2006 - 06:31

coates - did you find some suitable eyewear?
If you speak to an Eye Specialist he/she will say eye protection.
If you speak to a Dentist he/she will say teeth protection.
Then I guess there is your nose as well which can be vulnerable.
So I guess I-Mask does really satisfy both of those requirements.
Then, I guess, it is important to be able to see the ball as well

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From raystrach - 30 Nov 2006 - 08:49

hi coatesd72

i use eyewear and have been doing so for about 10 years. as i said in the post that rita linked to (below) it is not for everyone (eyemask = eyemax). i tend to lose track of the ball out of the top of the visor. also some peoples heads just don't seem to fit the shape of the head band. i have had the eyemask fog up in very humid conditions, but they are less prone to this than many other brands

having said that, lots of people wear them comfortably.

although i used to use the dunlop eyewear which did not fog up too much, i have since switched to an industrial uvex eyewear (it may have not been tested for squash but i believe its specifications meet those for squash) which has a soft nose bridge. they never fog up except in the most extreme humid or moist conditions

i have more trouble with sweat dripping on to them. if you have seen a pic of me elsewhere on this site you will know that i have no hair on top - i have to wear a bandana otherwise sweat just pours onto the eyewear. try to find a club that will allow a trial of eyemask.

i am pretty sure they have a website - email max to see if they have somewhere in your area where you can trial the product

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From rippa rit - 29 Nov 2006 - 21:20

Here is a previous post "My Eyewear Saviour" with a great photo to back it up.
I think the posts are pretty self-explanatory.

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From BizarreCo - 29 Nov 2006 - 20:20

I think that the imask was used by Anthony Ricketts in the world doubles championships. Should be some pictures floating around online.


I've always had the same trouble with the glasses misting up. First thing I did was buy some good quality, larger lense glasses to maximise peripheral vision and minimise blurred/blank spots. The ones I got were made by Leader and is the Falcon model. To stop them from misting up, I actually used a car cleaning product. The stuff is called Interior Mist Repellant and is designed to stop the inside screen of a car from misting up in cold countries. It smells a bit of alcohol but works really well.

I'm sure I've heard someone mention something about cooking oil or soap doing a similar job, but you'll need to find out some more on that one before trying it! Perhaps Ray might know something about it?


Whatever you choose, the only way to play better with glasses on is to practise with them on. The more court time you can get, the better you'll be!


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