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NorCalMatrix Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Redz Ultimate Gear Bag, Jt Rolling SUV
Marker Setup: PM5, '06 Cyborg
Strengths: Large. Some great side pockets. Nice venting. Great wheels, easy handling.
Weaknesses: No retractable handle. Not much you can change to your needs.
Review: OK, here's the GOOD:
Top half: Good padding for the markers, with velcro straps to them in place. Wheels are great. Nice that you can unzip half of it and it turns into a backpack., very large and long though.
Comes with lock for main compartment zipper (nice touch by DYE). Can hold 3 markers in padding, one with a tank. Two separate zipper areas for barrels and a few other items. Nice padded goggle compartment. A few pass-throughs from compartment to compartment. Real heavy duty material, best I have seen for a bag! You will hard time ripping this bag!

The bottom half: Is great for your cloths and shoes. The shoe compartment has a lining similar to tarp, more heavy though. Very nice there. There is also a "cloth" lining that can be removed in the cloths area for washing, good touch. Also has the nice clip like a suite case to keep your cloths in place during travel. In that same area, some zippers in plastic hard mesh, one large and two small. They are flat so I don't what use they would have for string issues.

The BAD:
No retracting handle for wheeling around. BIG miss there. Still easy to handle, but better with a retractable handle.
You can not customize your compartments. Big downer there.
No where to put a "tool box" unless you use the bottom half where you would put you cloths. That's the only place it would fit. If your like me and play serious, you have to have a tool box and multiple trips back to the car isn't something you want to do!
No pod storage unless you use the cloths dept. again!
You need a 4' X 4' area to open it up when you have to get ing to the bottom half for your shoes, tools, gloves, ect. Staging areas aren't big and you have 7-9 other guys gear bags to contend with. Not good.
When empty, the bag weights 20LBS! Only leaves you 30LBS to play with or your gear when you have to fly. Most airlines charge about 25-50$ for luggage over 50LBS. Some airlines wont take bags over 75LBS either. So, after adding everything I have, it weighs in at 68LBS.

Conclusion: Overall:
Good bag for what you need. Heavy. Not customizable. Some great features and innovation. This bag is not for everyone. If your a local tourney player, this would be great for you.
If you travel for tourneys, this may not be for you. The weight is a major issue and you would have to comprimise some of the areas for what they are not intended to be used as.
Rating:
5 out of 10
 

Review Comments
splatmaster man Monday, February 19th, 2007 | 12:31 pm PST
If there was a retractable handle you would have to andre the giant to be able to use it.

also why would you not look at the bag before you buy it if you are worried about size weight. Sorry but this bag does not deserve a 5. You have have looked into a bag that more fits YOUR needs. Dye makes plenty of bags
Last edited on Monday, February 19th, 2007 at 12:35 pm PST
   

NorCalMatrix Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 | 9:04 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by splatmaster man
If there was a retractable handle you would have to andre the giant to be able to use it.

also why would you not look at the bag before you buy it if you are worried about size weight. Sorry but this bag does not deserve a 5. You have have looked into a bag that more fits YOUR needs. Dye makes plenty of bags


OK, Andre you don't have to be. More than a buck 125 soaking wet, yes.

I did look at the bag. Thing is (think about this please) you can't possibly think of everything you have to fit into certain spots until you get it home and try it for real. I take it you don't have one.

The bag is great. No dought. It just doesn't work for most MAJOR tourney ballers. Take a look at NPPL, PSP, XPSL, CFOA. Then tell me what gear bags are most prominant. Mostly: JT's, PE's, Empires.

You see, these bags have changable area's, the DYE Navi does not.

Please write comment with substance next time. This is what reviews are for.
   

nicholai Sunday, February 8th, 2009 | 1:12 pm PST
I have issues with the BAD's on this review.

The BAD:
No retracting handle for wheeling around.


-This one I agree with, but the bag is so large just grabbing the handle works fine

You can not customize your compartments. Big downer there.

-I find it has a compartment for everything I need. No need to customize.


No where to put a "tool box" unless you use the bottom half where you would put you cloths.

-I use the back compartment and I have QUITE a large tool box. Not sure what you are talking about here.


No pod storage unless you use the cloths dept. again!

-This one is really funny to me. I use side compartment for my 4+ harness with pods, then the other side compartment fits 3 HPA tanks and 4-5 extra pods no problem.


You need a 4' X 4' area to open it up when you have to get ing to the bottom half for your shoes, tools, gloves, ect.

-There is no getting around this, you want a big bag its going to take more room, you want more room, take less stuff with a smaller bag. I don't see why this is the navigators fault, it never claimed to be small.

When empty, the bag weights 20LBS! Only leaves you 30LBS to play with or your gear when you have to fly. Most airlines charge about 25-50$ for luggage over 50LBS. Some airlines wont take bags over 75LBS either. So, after adding everything I have, it weighs in at 68LBS.

-Again I don't see how this is a negative, this is one of the ONLY bags I have found that can hold all my stuff. If you don't want to bring all your stuff, then don't, then it will be lighter. I mean what do you think that somehow other brand bags make your gear lighter to fly with?? Strange review man.
   

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