Blue Fade Proto Matrix 05 w/S.I.T.H. board
FBM Hooker Feedneck
System X ASA
7 bore Scepter Kit
Crossfire 70/4500 Stubby
When I was looking into getting a new bag I was pretty disappointed with the lack of reviews and pictures on the various PB websites so I figured that I would try to write one up for other people to use in the future. Hopefully this will be of some use to you.
When I first took the Proto Gear Bag 06 out of its shipping box I was really impressed with its quality but concerned with its size. Its overall dimensions, when empty, didn't seem to be much larger than my Paintball BodyBags Superbag. I was afraid that it wasn't going to be a big improvement over my Superbag but fortunately I was wrong. The secret is the inclusion of 7 pouches on the two long sides of the bag. The pockets hold a LOT of stuff and having this Ďoutsideí storage allows you to get a number of other things into the main compartment.
In addition to the 7 side pouches there is a large pouch at either end of the main compartment. These end pouches can hold a lot of stuff. I have 5 pods and my HPA tank in one end and my Halo B, a roll of paper towels, rags, and a towel in the other. I could fit some more in if I want to.
The top flap for the main compartment also has a pouch in it and is accessed via a zipper at one end. Itís perfect for storing your battle swabs and other long items. I have a notebook in there as well (containing info on my teamís drills/tactics).
The main compartment can hold a lot of stuff. There are three layers of stuff: the top layer has my vest and harness (hidden), the next layer is my mask, barrel kit and spray bottle and the bottom layer has my tool kit and slick honey container. My Matrix is in the back gun pouch and my stock Proto barrel is in one of the barrel loops attached to the front gun pouch. I could fit a lot more stuff in the main compartment, as long as it isnít too big (radios, pocket chrony, stuff like that).
The Proto 06 gear bag isnít as big as the DYE Navigator 06, which is the other bag I was considering, but it holds everything I have and I can still fit in more. The thing is heavy so it's a good think it has wheels. I don't think I could haul this thing very far without the wheels. The bag is really wide with the side pouches filled so using the shoulder strap doesn't make much sense. Using it will mean you're carrying this heavy bag at a bad angle for your back. Take it from someone with a bad lower back this is a big issue so the wheels are a huge plus. The loop handles on either end of the bag allow you to carry the bag in front of you with two hands when you canít use the wheels. Itís easily carried this way.
No product is perfect so here are the weaknesses that I feel the bag has:
-The padding on the ends of the internal compartment are in nylon sleeves but not glued/sewed within the sleeves. The padding warped and doesn't lie flat, leaving some areas of the panel with no padding at all. If the padding was somehow tacked down within the sleeve itself the problem will go away. NOTE: This is different from the velcro strips that hold it in place on the top and sides. These are meant to be adjustable, but for the entire panel, not the padding.
-The padding in the gun pouches should be thicker
-The openings into the end pouches are could be a little bigger
-Some fraying at a couple of the seams (very, very minor)
Here are the strengths:
-High quality construction (materials, stitching and zippers)
-On wheels with extendable handle
-Multiple ways to carry (wheels; matching carrying handles on ends; shoulder strap; padded carrying handles that become shoulder straps)
-Compartments allow for good organization
-Large internal compartment
-Adjustable internal end panels allow for expansion of main internal compartment
-I can still fit in another gun and tank with room to spare
Whatís currently in the bag:
Scepter 7 bore barrel kit
Crossfire 70/4500 stubby HPA
DYE tank cover
(9) 140rd pods
Redz Dimension 5.5 harness
(3) barrel condoms
(2) arm bands
(2) head wraps
DYE C4 gloves
(6) battle swabs
11x15x3 tool kit
Small Proto parts kit
Roll of paper towels
Roll of toilet paper (lens cleaning)
Fog tech wipes
Bunch of rags
Plastic bags (for playing in rain)
Small first aid kit
PB manuals/field maps
Iasus NT2 and Firefox throat mics
Unfortunately I can't link over to pbownersgroup to my posted equipment review with photos.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this bag to anyone who wants a large, well-made bag. The DYE Navigator 06 is bigger with a few nicer features but itís also $200 vs +/- $140 for the Proto Gear Bag 06. If you travel cross-country a lot with your gear then Iíd probably recommend the Navigator instead. The removable clothing storage on the bottom would be really useful. If you donít travel via airplane a lot and want a bag for all other situations then the Proto is an excellent choice. I donít regret choosing the Proto over the Navigator.