Ok, I have used this product one time so far. I'm new to paintball, and with gas prices and work, haven't had time to get out much. However when using it, I felt no hits, including a direct hit about 5 inches down from the right hand pectoral. Balls do bounce off of this product which is a bonus. The major detractor is that wearing it is quite warm, especially in warmer weather, or if you're one of those types who generate bodyheat like a furnace.
The fitting isn't bad on this protector. I'm not a large person, 5'5" tall with a build that is muscular but still has a little extra padding on it. The protector fits fine. As for the claims about movement restriction... yes, at first it is a little hindering, but with some breaking in, that changes.
As for the heat, I would really recommend spending some time adjusting to wearing something like this. It doesn't breathe well, either. However, a period of heat training and adjustment will make wearing this a bit more bearable. In addition, I would like to emphasize the need to increase your fluid intake while wearing the protector. On the day that I played and wore this protector, the outside temperature was 90+ degrees and sunny with very little wind. I wore the protector the entire 4+ hours that I played, and it wasn't much of a problem.
I wear this protector under my bdu top which I leave unbuttoned for a little airflow, so the straps hanging isn't even a minor issue, plus the free-hanging bdu top acts like a curtain that slows down the paintballs hitting you a little, which increases the chance of a bounce.
Personally I would recommend this product to anyone, not just to new players. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but the quality of protection is well worth it.... plus if you're in a scenario game, it can be a nice looking bonus to your outfit.
I do recommend this product to any paintball player, veteran or new to play. Overall despite any downsides this protector has, it is well worth the added expense. Not only to protect yourself and make paintball an even safer sport than it currently is, but to add to the chance of bouncing and staying in the game longer. Nobody has fun if they're out of the game, so why not try to increase the chance of lengthening your time to play?
Due to the issues of heat and price, I'm forced to give the e-motion chest a 9 out of 10.... If the protector wasn't as expensive, or had less of an issue with heat, I would have rated it a 10 out of 10.
"Not only to protect yourself and make paintball an even safer sport than it currently is"
Since when did paintball injurys come from getting hit in the chest? paintball injurys are similar to baseball injurys, usually twisted ankles, pulled muscles, and every once in awhile some hit to the face bcuz of not following the rules. You follow the rules and you will be safe.