None really...I never viewed packs as an important factor to the game.
Hybrid Lady Grips
Ton Ton Grip Frame
NDZ Equalizer Bolt
NDZ Roller Blade Trigger
SST Ported Manifold
Is easy to get pods out
Not enough Velcro
Can Slip because of less pods
Well, when I bought my Nerve I knew I was going to be wasting away a lot of paint. So while I was at Punishers (a paintball store in my area) I checked out a bin that had several packs. I was asking the guy at the counter which one he would choose, and after trying them on and pointing out their strengths and weaknesses, we chose this pack. It came with four fairly nice pods, and seemed to stay in place. I took it up to the counter and had a nice little surprise when the guy told me the bin I had taken it out of was a bargain bin, and the pack rang up at only 30 bucks. I was feeling pretty lucky, and a week or two later I got to try this thing out.
All I can say is fantastic. There are three layers of velcro for you to attach this thing to yourself. Not some crummy plastic clip, not one strip of barely passable velcro, an entire three layers. Not a whole lot of bounce either, luckily enough. It stayed firm, the pods stayed filled, and taking them out was a snap. Putting them back in is a little harder just because you have to fish around trying to find the open receiver, but this happens with every pod pack so I'm not going to hold it against this one. I always had paint when I needed it and it was only one tug away.
Now recently it's been giving me just a bit of trouble. After using it practically every weekend for six months it's not breaking down on me, but the pods seem to be declining. I've had two paint spills from them, which is not acceptable (to me personally...I conserve paint so losing an entire pod is devastating). Twice I've pulled the small strap from the velcro that is holding it and *bam* the pod opens with it and we have paintballs all over the ground. The lids, which used to snap firmly into place, have declined and do not fasten as safely anymore. However, really, pods are 4 bucks apiece, so replacing them really won't be that hard.
One other problem I've experienced is that, due to the difficulty of fitting pods back into place, I would often throw them onto the ground and continue playing, just telling myself that I would be back to pick it up. But of course I started advancing and by the time the game ended or I got out it would be gone from my mind, and I lost two different pods this way (both times I went back onto the field to get them and they had already been stolen). Now, I'm fine with two pods, because generally I try to conserve paint, but the absence of the other two created a problem. It seems that, with this pack, the more pods you put in the tighter it gets. This is logical, and because of that this pack started slipping occasionally. Either I lost weight (Which i don't have much to lose of) or else the absence of these pods made an extreme difference in the stability of my pod pack. I would stretch the velcro to the tightest I could make it and actually run out of velcro to attach it to. I'd have to put is as close to the edge as I could, and then do the same on the next two layers. Luckily, the velcro still somehow sticks and stays on, although the belt slipping is still a minor problem. So to those of you who plan to get this pack, remember to keep at least 4 pods in it at all times, even if they're not all filled.
This product is great. The only reason is slips at all on me is because I lost two of the pods that originally came with it, so really it's my fault in the first place. If you can find this pack in a bargain bin, get it. If it's at its regular retail price, still get it. The pack itself is extremely durable, mine has yet to tear even after sliding into snakes, diving into foxholes, and being shoved up against a long series of bunkers. For whatever price you pay this product delivers ten-fold.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, June 11th, 2007 at 8:06 pm PST