The Great Debate is Settled
We get it; there are a lot of options when it comes to what you can use to get your game face on, and to protect yourself from sun glare in the process. While we clearly believe that isplack takes the cake as the most superior form of custom eye black—and made from all natural products—let’s look over the other options to help state our case.
The way we see it, if you care about what you put on your face, and we think you should, you will choose from isplack, those eye black imitation stickers, and depending on your sport, a visor. Now obviously baseball, softball, ultimate and other sports aren’t going to be wearing a visor, so let’s cover the isplack vs. sticker’s debate first.
isplack vs. stickers
A package of eye black stickers can be a nice option if the sport you are playing is at night, or the sun will not be a factor. The stickers have more of a glare than the natural product of isplack, and thus ultimately reflect the sun more into your eye that they actually reflect it away. We understand there is more of a use for sports face paint than for sun glare, so let’s take a look beyond that factor, which obviously is a point in the favor of isplack.
The sticker look can be very clean and allow for that “perfect application” appearance on the face. There is certainly nothing wrong with a clean look, and while isplack can certainly be applied cleanly and with a consistent look, the stickers are manufactured to be the same size and maintain the clean look. The only issue we have with the perfectly clean look is that it’s a little “Country Club” for our style, and we think that the more intense look for a true game face comes from the raw look of isplack eye black. However, to each their own.
Both isplack and the sticker allow for their own type of personal expression. With some of the stickers, you can write a message in colored ink. We will never argue that some of these messages have great meaning, and there is something very special about Devon Still writing “Leah Strong” on his stickers in honor of his cancer-fighting daughter. That is awesome, plain and simple. What isplack provides is the custom ability to paint your game face on however you please. Want the warrior look like Bryce Harper? You need isplack. Want to mix in some color? You need one of our custom isplack colors. The options for creativity with our face paint is only limited to each athlete’s creativity. We provide the tools; you have the canvas and ideas to make it happen.
Finally on the sticker vs. isplack debate is that isplack is a tough product that can withstand all four quarters, or all nine innings, plus every overtime or extra-inning that gets thrown your way. It does not smear and it does not easily just roll off once you start sweating, like the stickers do. The isplack product is tested to withstand tough conditions by athletes who excelled in the trenches of NFL football, yet it wipes clean with soap once the game is over. It stays on when you want it to, and comes off when you are ready. The sticker will fail as the game goes on.
No surprise here, but isplack clearly has the edge in this battle. There is a purpose for the stickers if you have a message to share, but beyond that, stick with the stick and get your colors on with isplack.
isplack vs. Visors
Again, this comparison only covers a few sports, and one sport specifically, football. Football visors are certainly useful, and while they may hide your game face, they also help to create a personal image. Players such as Marshawn Lynch have made football visors popular, and Beast Mode wouldn’t be the same without the visor. While we obviously don’t need to compare costs here, as isplack clearly provides the more cost-effective option if your ultimate goal is sun glare protection. However, we understand this is more of an image comparison.
The visor has a cool look, there is little debate on that. However, the dark football visor is really only a viable option for a few positions on the field, with running back being the most common. The visor helps running backs keep their eyes safe from all the contact, while also keeping their eyes hidden, allowing them to spot their running lane before the snap without the defense being able to see where they are looking. That’s a nice advantage, but we have one question: how well can they actually see with that extreme tint in cloudy weather or night games? Yeah, sunglasses at night are cool (I guess), but if your vision is affected, the visor simply isn’t worth it.
The other fact here, though, is that basically every other position on the football field requires some form of non-verbal communication between teammates, and the visor makes that impossible. With isplack, not only do you keep your game face on and connect with your team and fans through color, you are able to fully communicate with your teammates, both verbally and non-verbally, while on the field.
The look of isplack allows for each athlete or fan to be creative and exudes the rawness and toughness of what makes each athlete and fan unique. Many players have worn visors or stickers that all look the same, but both of those options have shortcomings. It is that freedom of expression that teammates can explore together, that stays on strong, and that allows that nonverbal communication that ultimately makes isplack unlike any other option.
The results are in, and no surprise to us or you, isplack comes out on top. Keep providing your feedback to us to help as we continue to develop new colors and products that will take isplack to the next level.
Get Your Colors On!
Peter Zana, VP Sales