I finally got my butt in gear and started a warranty process for my Speedglas XX that cracked a whole ago. I was sent an XXi as a replacement! Since it's been over a year, I can't really tell you the difference between the XX and XXi filters, but I can tell you how much I love the whole system. My current daily use shield is a Miller Digital Elite. It works. It is conventional. I dislike the 3rd gen head gear. It is feels a bit lighter in the hand, but, wearing it is much less comfortable than the Speedglas. The Miller is narrower, making it better at times for tight spaces, but when flipped up, it sticks up way more than is good for walking around or sticking your head in a race car with a roll cage. Then, there's the side windows... Oh, how I love them. They are the most brilliant feature. I love being able to see what's coming up as I weld. I love being able to see if someone needs my attention if I'm in the middle of a long pass. That is the most innovative feature, IMO.
I'm trying to get a hold of the face plate that has the button on it to activate grind mode. Strangely enough, it is not readily available in any US retailer, and I'd prefer to not pay shipping from Australia!
My conclusion is that if you have the money to spend on a Speedglas shield, I don't think you will be disappointed. I was when the ADF cracked when I set it off to the side after welding (it wasn't impacted, it just cracked), but calling 3M's warranty department was an exceptionally pleasant experience and I was even sent an upgrade. That's a whole lot of customer service!
Yes, they are expensive. I think they are worth it if you can spare the money. The side windows are revelatory! It fits really well on my head. It has a really strong detent and it stays up if you need it to. The color and clarity is very excellent. Overall, I'll give it two enthusiastic Beaver thumbs up!
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