Jackson Safety TrueSight 2 Review
If you’re looking for a premium welding helmet that has everything you could ever want in a hood, look no further than the Jackson Safety TrueSight 2. Featuring a viewing lens that’s almost too big (as if that’s possible) measuring 3.25″ x 4″ you’ll see the entire job as you were meant to see it. The lens, coupled with a perfect 1/1/1/1 optical rating, you’ll almost forget you’re wearing a helmet at all. Like all Jackson Safety welding helmets, the Truesight2 is super comfortable, allowing you to weld for hours on end. The shell is made from high impact plastic, which not only helps keep it light but also extremely durable. The digital controls make it easy to switch from grind, torch or weld modes so you don’t have to waste time fiddling with analog controls hoping you have the right settings. The Jackson Safety TrueSight2 is one of the best helmets I’ve reviewed so far. Keep reading to see why.
- Whopping 3.5″ x 4″ viewing area
- EN379 optical rating of 1/1/1/1
- Easy to use digital controls
- Grind, torch and weld modes
- Rugged shell design
- Tends to slip when upright
Whopping 3.25″ x 4″ viewing area
The most admired feature on the Jackson Safety TrueSight 2 is the massive auto darkening lens. Measuring an unprecedented 13 inches squared you wont miss a thing while wearing this hood. The large lens is perfect for beginners who want a little extra viewing area or for pros who want to see it all. It also helps prevent neck pain because you don’t have to crank your neck when working in odd positions. While it’s not the biggest in the industry ( the Miller Digital Infinity holds that title) it’s a huge step above the standard ADF lens.
EN379 optical rating of 1/1/1/1
Only a few welding helmets have been able to achieve the elusive EN379 1/1/1/1 optical rating and the Jackson Safety TrueSight 2 is one of them. The 1/1/1/1 rating represents:
- Accuracy of vision
- Diffusion of light
- Lens shade uniformity
- Angular dependence
With this hood you’ll be able to weld all day while seeing the puddle in its truest form. This is beneficial because it helps reduce eye strain and prevents headaches so you can weld longer in comfort.
Easy to use digital controls
With intuitive digital controls you can adjust the settings to fit your exact needs without the guesswork. Switch from grind, cut or weld modes with a simple press of the button. You can also adjust the shade, sensitivity and delay features which comes with a handy digital readout so you know your exact settings for next time.
Grind, torch and weld modes
With a grind shade of 3, a torch shade of 5 to 8 and a weld shade of 9 to 13 the TrueSight 2 has you covered with whatever job you have to do. Just press the button on the digital panel and an LED light will light up whatever one you selected so you dont get any unexpected surprises.
Rugged shell design
It’s light enough to wear all day (6oz) and durable enough to withstand even the harshest conditions the Jackson Safety TrueSight 2 is an impressively strong helmet. The hood is made from impact resistant Hydraflex plastic for the ultimate in flexibility and strength so you can be sure your investment will last for a long, long time.
With all its fancy features and massive ADF lens you’d expect this hood to be super heavy. Fortunately Jackson has been in the business for years so they know what they’re doing and can pack a ton of good stuff into a surprisingly light hood. Plus the balanced design reduces neck tension and fatigue so you don’t have to weld in pain.
Tends to slip when upright
With a lens so massive it’s only natural that it is going to add some weight. After you flip the hood up a few times the knobs on the side tend to loosen and wont hold the hood up unless you lock it into place. This can get pretty annoying if you’re constantly flipping it up to inspect the weld.
The Jackson Safety TrueSight 2 is packed with awesome features which does come with a hefty price tag. But if you plan on welding all day for years to come it’s worth the cost.
Jackson Safety continues to impress with the incredible TrueSight 2. First of all it has an auto on/ off feature so you never have to worry about accidentally getting flashed. Four premium arc sensors ensure you’ll be protected even if some of them are blocked. With the intuitive digital controls you can easily switch between weld, grind and torch modes as well as adjust the shade, sensitivity and delay with a press of a button. The Jackson Safety TrueSight 2 is one of the best hoods we’ve reviewed. It has a massive viewing screen which ranks among the biggest in the industry. Coupled with a perfect 1/1/1/1 optical rating this helmet offers the best overall view out of all the ones we’ve tested. The price may be a bit steep for some but for the features you get and the unmatched quality, it’s worth the investment.
Auto Darkening: Yes
Viewing Field: Width 4″ x Height 3.25″
Shade Range: DIN 3,5-8/9-13
Reaction Time: 1/8700 (0.00011) seconds
Weight: 21.6 oz (612g)
Power Source: AAA batteries w/ solar assist
Warranty: 5 years