It is my understanding that standard color of fencing mask mesh is black because black paint on the mesh does not reflect light. Therefore, reflections of light from bright light sources on the side on above the head are suppressed. Some manufacturers (Leon Paul is an example) also offer masks painted in solid white, red, blue colors, possibly in other colors as well. These masks have the advantage that these colors are relatively rare; if most people in a club use black, mask with colored mesh is much harder to mix up with someone's else mask. I am sure there are people who fenced in both, black and white or solid colored. Did you notice any difference? Do colored or white masks reflect more light from the side? Do you find that you can see better in a mask with black mesh, as opposed to white or red painted mesh? Sorry if this question has been addressed before. I used the search function, but could not find an explicit answer to this question, especially to the light reflection aspect of it.