Heroshark is well known within the sniper community as someone who manufactures high quality mesh personal protection equipment specifically goggles and face protection for Airsoft. In this review, we will be covering the three sets of goggles he produces. the Spear Tooth (£29), Viper (£33) and Mako (£34 also my current pair) as well as many other mesh-based products including face protection and personal protection gear.
I personally find my pair of Makos to be one of the more comfortable goggles, unlike the Bolle tracker (frame of the Makos) which contain an elasticated strap Heroshark also adds a pull string that can be used either in combination or additionally to the elasticated strap. I personally find it more comfortable without the strap myself as I find the elastic a bit strong over time and begins to cut off circulation giving me headaches.
Obviously, because all of the googles are made from stamped steel mesh fogging is no longer an issue (hence why it’s used by many snipers who respire more than most due to dense ghillie/leaf suits.
Like with all mesh people are always concerned about the safety of the product especially with either the mesh breaking or otherwise BB’s splintering and going into your eyes.
I can honestly say in the 2 years I have owned & been running the goggles it has happened to me once. It was a little surprised at the time and I was got good from about 5 meters, however, after respawning and washing my eyes out with some water I found that I could still continue playing.
Herosharks response to safety
“There is always a chance. Has happened to me about 10 times from what I can remember over 17 years playing approximately twice a month on average. So approx 408 games and 10 times is pretty good odds and a risk I personally am happy to take. The real question is at what point does a bb splinter become dangerous. Taking in factors of range, bb weight, bb composition and power of the weapon there will be a point where it is. At UK limits and rules it does not worry me though. But that is just my take on it you may want to watch my mesh test videos. I do not intend to convince you, either way, you are best making your own decision“.
My 2 cents
My view is this, I am yet to see anyone sustain a serious injury wearing mesh, that being said I’d first hand witnessed people injuring themselves due to fogging. Especially newer players tripping over, lifting goggles to wipe and clothesline themselves with low hanging branches. I personally see it as a calculated risk and playing in 2.3J believe that I am perfectly fine especially with any high quality stamped steel. (test have been done up to 4.7J & still not penetrated the steel).
Some people have complained that they sustain headaches when using mesh due to the restriction of vision, although I haven’t had it this severe I did notice with some mesh It would impair my ability to see properly due to limited light, thus straining my eyes. Fortunately, Heroshark offers hex mesh which offers better light transmission with up to 64% of it being open compared to the 50% with circular mesh. It does slightly affect the overall strength of the mesh but I haven’t noticed any real difference between the two at UK limits (2.3 joules). Furthermore, the inside of the mesh is painted white which further helps when it comes to wearing mesh in low light situations.
” I use Heroshark mesh for cqb, I understand there is a slight risk of fragments passing through but these fragments have lost all the energy to cause damage and it’s no worse than getting a bit of dirt or grit in your eye (in 6 years I’ve yet to have any bbs shatter and go through). It’s safer for me to wear mesh, when I fog up I can’t see where I’m going (high risk of slip, trip or fall) or who I’m aiming at, there is also the temptation to lift the goggles to clean them. The stamped steel mesh is the only one I would use, the woven mesh isn’t strong enough and can cause shattering of bbs.” – Ben Leaver
“I’ve been Airsofting for 15 odd years and most of that I’ve worn Heroshark mesh goggles. NEVER had anything come through the mesh of significantly damage them. That’s despite nearly all my Airsofting being CQB, mostly in a tunnel system where it’s full auto, up close and personal with no bang rule!
Just about the whole team where’s Hero shark mesh glasses or goggles.
I wouldn’t wear anybody else’s mesh apart from Heroshark.” – Chris Coombs
“Can I buy just the mesh lens & fit them myself?”
You can although Heroshark has mentioned that he wouldn’t suggest it, as he can’t guarantee the fitting if you have installed it yourself.
“Can I put inserts inside these?”
Heroshark offers a lens kit however I didn’t find it very useful as I found I fogged the inserts almost immediately and quickly removed them afterwards (I wear a leafsuit and veil so you may find your experience differs.
“Conventional eyeglasses will not fit under. You have an insert (essentially a tiny glasses frame) which fits inside which you get glazed with your prescription. Only in the mako though there are other models that have this but most cost, even more, these are the most cost-effective frames I’ve found for using insert frames.”