March 19, 2021
I've never heard of Optrel until a coworker mentioned he got this hood as a promotional gift for buying an ESAB machine. I did my own research and read good things from the U.K. people as it is a Swiss brand. The 2.0 shade when in grind mode and when the filter isn't activated is nice. The true color while activated is amazing, its not a green lens its more of a blue/gray. The way it fades in and out of the dark state is also great on the eyes. The auto feature is really useful, it changes shades based on amps and ambient lighting. Compared to my Jackson hs100(I think) This is light years ahead. I'll never go back to a hood thats a 4-12 unless its an Optrel, the lens tech is just that good. Its worth the price I paid, but I think you could be happy with one of their more affordable goods as well.