Minor but glaring design flaws
April 12, 2014
Overall, I'd say I really like this product, if it weren't for a few bothersome quirks. I like the shade 5 side shields and the ability to lock in any shade, and the light weight of this hood. The headband is the most comfortable my head has ever touched, making difficult position welds a lot less grueling. I'm very disappointed, however, by the lack of longevity of the clear shields, both inside and out, and i hate how there's no gasket between the outside clear shield and the expensive filter lens, which causes weld smoke and the grit carried with it to settle on the filter lens and the arc sensors. With how easily the clear lenses scratch I'm hesitant to even attempt to clean the fancy lens. I've been using this hood for maybe 6 months, owned it for a year, and the silver part doesn't fit well enough anymore to keep sparks out when welding overhead, the little ones often get through and land on my chin. Had I known of these issues, especially the gasket issue, I definitely would not have purchased a Speedglas.
Makes me look cool while I weld
ConsClear shield life
No gasket, no positive seal between outside and filter lenses
Weld spatter can find its way through the front when welding overhead