LBM (Low Burden Mask)
This mask allows for hydration and an electronic voice amplifier with an adapter that Air Boss provides. We used an MSA brand voice amp with this mask on duty. It doesn’t have a radio cable, but our understanding is that one is being developed. It accepts 40mm NATO thread canisters. The mask is extremely lightweight and supple. The eyepiece is also the same design as a pair of shooting goggles; however, the lenses are hard. Users can purchase tear-away lens covers to protect against scratches, smudges, and other marks. In our opinion, this is the optimal way to do it. We want to be able to tear-away the covers and have the hard lens remain for protection without adding a hard cover. It has a very short front profile and doesn’t protrude very far. The eyepiece sits very close to the eyes, which is a bonus if using night vision devices since they can be positioned closer to your eyes. This may vary depending on the wearer’s facial features, but we do notice a difference compared to the other masks tested. The mask seals easily, and the head harness stays centered. Subjectively, it’s the most comfortable mask we’ve used, and it’s been fantastic on numerous barricades and warrants with live RCA agents. We could sleep in this thing. It also has the lowest weight, best vision measurement numbers, and highest fit factor of any of the masks evaluated by a wide margin.