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pbagent Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Draxxus Blaze, PMI premium, whatever field paint is around etc
Marker Setup: Diablo Wrath, Diablo Delrin bolt & pin, Evil Driver, Endo Cradle, Smart Parts on/off, dyed blue grips
Recommended
Barrels:
Smaller bore
Strengths: Cheap
Weaknesses: Not really round, small
Review: I play mostly woodsball, and a nearby field that I am going to check out is BYOP for woodsball, but only white fill is allowed. I picked up a case of Cryptic white/white for about $33, so the price was right... but I had never used any Zap paint before.

Before I went out to play, I decided to test out the Cryptic in my back yard. I tried it with my Evil Driver barrel first, and then, just for kicks, the stock Wrath barrel too. (FYI, the stock Wrath barrel is not that bad... I just hadn't used it in a while.) With all of the other paint I've used, the Evil Driver has been more accurate than the stock barrel... but not with the Cryptic!

I checked a little closer and discovered that the Cryptic runs a little small. I set the Cryptic side-by-side w/some other paint and it was very noticible. Since the Evil Driver has a slightly bigger bore than the stock Wrath barrel, that explained why my stock barrel was more accurate.

As soon as I started playing with the Cryptic, I noticed that the pb's were not as accurate as I would have hoped at long distances. I was getting some funny curves and hooks, even though I didn't have any breaks in my barrel or gun.

After further inspection, I discovered that <all> of the Cryptic pb's had the same flaw - along the entire seam where the 2 halves of the case are sealed, the pb's were actually flat. So these paintballs were not round, they were shaped like cylinders. You can roll them along the seam edge as if they were a tire. They'll just keep rolling along that flat seam.

To make matters worse, on many of the pb's, the seam was actually pinched in. It looked like the pb's had tight little belts on. (So maybe they look more like yo-yo's than a cylinder!)

None of the pb's were dimpled... but the pb's were all pretty much identical, so whatever production process caused them to turn into cylinders was at least consistent.

I had zero barrel breaks or chops in about 800 shots.

This last part isn't really specific to the Cryptic pb's, but might be a good tip anyway. I'd never played with a white shell before. Its highly visible in the woodsball environment, and I really did like that. If you get a chance to play at a BYOP field, try shooting some paint with a white shell. It makes it easy to track them and walk it in if you need to.
Conclusion: I doubt I'll buy these again, unless I can open the case at the store and see lots of round ones. I've always had great luck with Draxxus, so I'll probably just buy that next time.

The price is not bad, and like I said, the manufacturing was pretty consistent... just not round!

Quality = 4/10 (at least they were not all different shapes and sizes)
Price = 8/10
And since it didn't break inside my gun or barrel, I'll give it a 6/10 (slightly above average) and recommend it as a buy on the condition that you open the case first =)
Rating:
6 out of 10
 

Review Comments
PaulWest Wednesday, June 14th, 2006 | 5:07 am PST
to get them flat like that who ever had been storing them was not rotating the boxes
   

firecracker91 Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 | 1:39 pm PST
is the shell of these paintballs ALL white or are they two toned?
   

raphy Tuesday, November 14th, 2006 | 7:59 pm PST
u got a lemon
   

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