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Can anyone help me with a question on the Force3 Defender Mask. I just bought one and have been using Team Wendy pads for a long time. Can this mask take TW pads?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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The Force 3 Defender can only use the Force 3 pads. I would not even try to make them fit. The Kevlar pads that come with the mask work as a system with springs in the mask. Just a remember this mask is made to be worn snug to your face. Not sure if you are use to wearing a loose fitting mask or not.


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2 hours ago, rjdakin said:

The Force 3 Defender can only use the Force 3 pads. I would not even try to make them fit. The Kevlar pads that come with the mask work as a system with springs in the mask. Just a remember this mask is made to be worn snug to your face. Not sure if you are use to wearing a loose fitting mask or not.


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2 hours ago, geraldjklein1908 said:

Has anyone tried to put TW pads on the mask. Just curious, if they don't fit, I understand.

Looking at pictures they seem to be the wrong shape.  Why would you replace them?

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2 hours ago, geraldjklein1908 said:

Has anyone tried to put TW pads on the mask. Just curious, if they don't fit, I understand.

The F3 pads are stiffer than TW pads to allow the spring system to compress when struck. That is also why you need to wear it tighter than a normal mask

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2 hours ago, geraldjklein1908 said:

Has anyone tried to put TW pads on the mask. Just curious, if they don't fit, I understand.

Alright, the Designated Gear Nut will answer this one, too...

Yes, I tried. I tried really hard, for about... oh... three seconds of thoughtfulness. I didn’t actually put TW pads onto a pad-less Defender frame, but I can tell you, it utter certainty, they don’t fit.

... and neither do any other pads, especially from, say, Wilson.

Why? Because as @rjdakin, @JSam21, and @umpstu all point out, the Defender is not a conventional mask and its own Kevlar -infused pads provide the stand-off distance and resistance to allow the springs to work the way they were intended. 

To put anything else – Wilson Wraparounds because you have to satisfy some stupid contract obligation, for example – on the Defender actually lessens or handicaps its protectiveness.

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7 minutes ago, MadMax said:

Alright, the Designated Gear Nut will answer this one, too...

Yes, I tried. I tried really hard, for about... oh... three seconds of thoughtfulness. I didn’t actually put TW pads onto a pad-less Defender frame, but I can tell you, it utter certainty, they don’t fit.

... and neither do any other pads, especially from, say, Wilson.

Why? Because as @rjdakin, @JSam21, and @umpstu all point out, the Defender is not a conventional mask and its own Kevlar -infused pads provide the stand-off distance and resistance to allow the springs to work the way they were intended. 

To put anything else – Wilson Wraparounds because you have to satisfy some stupid contract obligation, for example – on the Defender actually lessens or handicaps its protectiveness.

And it might void any type of case you have against Force 3 if you were to get injured wearing their gear.

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I will say, that I have come across guys that have done it. But wouldn't recommend it for reasons above.

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