I have been using this hood for years, I have always have despised ADF. This was the best choice i have made.
I always hated ADF because they are over priced, they were often times heavy. They run on at most times unreplaceable batteries which dysfunction, and when they do, it flashes in my face and gives me welders flash. The general construction with autotint hoods usually lack because of economic reasons. The shells are usually flimsy, headgear lower quality, and all minds of stupid settings that waste your time and are very unresponsive and the shade is not exactly what the dial says it is. Unless you spend $175- $1000 range, if not they just plain junk.I believe this technology is too young to be so spread out in the market.
I really believe that a fixed passive shade is the true answer. Because is works no matter what and will never fail you. And if you can memorize where your hand was, it is easy to very precise. You will never get welders flash.
I would completely recomend gold plated lens, as they have superior vision, keeps you cooler, more ergonomic, and because it reflects harmful rays, it keeps your eyes from getting tired and fatigue.
Anyways lets talk about this hood. I love it for its simplicity, no settings, no worry for battery failure, nothing, just carry along and weld all day. The front flip adds to its usefullness, making it an instant face shield. I could grind, inspect welds closely, and chip slag off with chipping hammer or whire wheel. The front flip also completely shields my face front flying hot d3bris from slag. I also like its easy to use headgear. Quick to operate, but is not the most comfortable, I will add a softs pad on the back for comfort. I also love the shell, it is very rugged, can withstand high amp applications. I also use it for overhead quite easily, unlike my autotint that the shell melted when one little drop of molten metal landed on it. I also like the gasket because it protects my fragile gold lenses. No light leaks through at all. It is very cheap to maintain, as it does have the standard 4 1/4"x 2" lens, you can replace all of the three covers lens under a dollar. It is also roomy enough for a respirator. It is also hard hat adaptable. Sweet.
Here are some flaws this hood suffers. from some minor flaws, such as, the filp up mechanism is quite weak, and even rarely jams. I had to completely lift it, unlike other mechanisms all I have to do is flick up. But it does go down easily. I also dislike that the assembly inside of front part is all together held down by a metal wire, it should at least be a a plastic bushing like most front flips, at least it is not as bad as HSL 100. This makes it harder to open and wven harder to close. the insude cover lens is extremely hard to replace as you need to press hard and slide it under a groove.
Overall excellent hood