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Lil' C Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

6 months
Products Used:
Special Ops Marauder 2 pants
Traditional cotton or poly-cotton BDU pants
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5 with E-Grip
Dead On Products Delrin front bolt and power tube
Empire 7-pc barrel kit
Opsgear G36 folding stock
Ricochet R-5 hopper
Dye Throttle 70CI 4500PSI HPA tank
Strengths: Cool and comfortable!
Stylish and functional
Good camo
Weaknesses: Only three belt loops!
Camo on Cordura knees doesn't match
No pads
Review: In additon to ACUs, MCCUUs, and BDUs, my camo collection includes items from all three lines marketed by Special Ops: Fusion Battle, Marauder, and Fusion Ultralite. The Fustion Battle jersey/pants are tournament-style performance wear in woodsball camouflage. The Maurauders are an affordable, lightweight alternative to BDUs that give you a performance fit while retaining many tactical features. The Ultralites are designed for one purpose -- to keep you cool!

The Ultralite material is a football jersey-style mesh available in Special Ops' own "jungle stalker" digital woodland pattern and (as of this month) ACUPat. Jungle stalker works quite well in many climates during the warm months where foliage is green and thick, when you're looking for lightweight paintball clothes. They are fully lined, but I guarantee they are as BREEZY as Special Ops claims.

The Ultralite pants are actually slightly better made than the Maurauder, even though they are slimpler in their design. They have squeegee pockets and double knees, but no facility for knee pads, so you have to wear either tactical pads over the crinkly nylon material or (better) wear your speedball pads underneath if you want protection. The pants run smaller than the Fusions or the Marauders; I ordered a size Large instead of a Medium to get a comparable fit. They are plenty long though, and they have simple drawstring ribbons at the cuff insead of buckle adjusters like on the Marauders.

The weirdest thing about them -- like all Special Ops pants -- is that they only have three fragile-looking belt loops widely spaced around the waistband. I like to wear a belt with these pants, and I find myself wishing Special Ops would put at least 5 (if not 7) loops on these pants. The camo on the knees stands out from the legs a little, but it's not too bad.
Conclusion: Definitely worth the money, these pants, while not perfect, are unique among performance paintball wear.
9 out of 10

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