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ebolazaire Saturday, October 23rd, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
1 year5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
Marker Setup: Black Spyder Imagine
14" Smart Parts Progressive Barrel
Empire Reloader Hopper
PMI 12 oz. CO2 tank
Strengths: Bounces balls, Takes sting out of hits
Weaknesses: Price, decreased mobility, bad stigma around vest, size of vest for some people
Review: Overall, I am very impressed with this vest, even though I have nothing to compare it to. I bought it because I had read that the vest has a tendency to bounce balls. My experience has been that approximately 1 in 7-8 balls will break. A lot depends on what type of paint hits the vest. I have noticed that the thinner shell paint such as Evil has a higher tendency to break.

My friends and I had tested this vest from about 15 feet and nearly all of the balls bounced off. The ones that did break were because they had hit the vent holes where there was no protection or where the vest didn't cover. It also takes the sting out of the hit. I noticed this when testing with my friends. I doubt I would be able to have taken the shots without the vest standing that close to the gun. This can be a big help if you're unlucky enough to get bunkered by someone.

The price can be a con depending on where you buy it. I bought mine for ~$50 and I think it was worth it.

The vest can decrease your mobility slightly depending on whether you are a big build person. I have noticed a decrease in my ablilty to move in the torso, but not to the point of it hindering me on the field.

The stigma is a minor detail, people that wear vests usually get labled as a "panzy", "sissy" or whatnot. What they forget to realize is that if the ball bounces, you're still in the game and are able to shoot back. One solution would be to keep the vest concealed and not tell anyone about it. Although it is hard to conceal it when a ball bounces with a very loud "THWOCK" You'll just have to learn to ignore the pain junkies.

The size of the vest may hinter some larger people from wearing it. The vest has a vertical height of 14.5" from the center of the front neck groove. For me, it's just fine, but for taller individuals, they may have to decide which area (chest or abdomen) deserves more protection.
Conclusion: I do recommend this for anyone who is looking for protection from welts or wanting to get the higher chance for a bounce. Depending on where you buy it, the cost may affect your decision, but I think it was worth it for me.
9 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, October 23rd, 2004 at 10:36 pm PST

Review Comments
protoman12 Wednesday, June 1st, 2005 | 6:45 pm PST
Not meaning this badly just asking why do you have a $150 hopper on an $128 gun??? I have an imagine two and just wondered why. Not flaming you just asking.

punkpaintballer Saturday, July 9th, 2005 | 4:13 pm PST
no dude that empire hopper is the VL revolution clone Its cheaper than the revy and its sound activated your thinking the empire reloader B

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