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davidlanzi Thursday, December 14th, 2006
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I have not used any other winter paint, but I was originally trying to order Arctic Inferno.
Marker Setup: 06 Eclipse Ego - XSV Board - DART Bolt
Pulse Loader - RF Chip Installed
Deadly Wind - 14' Carbon Fiber Whisper Barrel with Stainless Steel Freak Inserts
Crossfire - 70/4500 HP Stubby Tank
ANY... Let me repeat, ANY barrel will work with this paint. Probably even if it's .005 too small. It's that tough. I used a Freak insert of .689 and the fit was cozy.
Strengths: Hard shell, thick fill
Does not dimple or become brittle until under 30 degrees
Weaknesses: Over 60 degrees it will bounce all day
Lack of information online
Review: If you can't find something on Google, does it exist?

That was what I was asking myself when I ordered some Arctic Inferno from an online store and they said they were out and had to ship Ramp Blizzard instead.

I went to look for a review on it from and couldn't find anything. So, I went to Google. Still no luck. So, I went to the source: Empire. And guess what, still nothing!

Glad I can finally post something about this paint. Thank you PBReview.


Ball construction - 8 (Medium sized seams cause slight ball flight deviation, but it's pretty minor)

Durability - 10 (At 70 degrees you can bounce them 20 feet high off of cement, so you don't have to worry about having a break in an order you just got shipped)

Performance - 8 (At 30-50 degrees they produce a few bounces at a distance, but both me and my friend shot about 3000 of these things at 45 degrees without a single barrel break. That is exactly what I'm looking for in a winter paint.)

Color/Fill - 8 (Bright green is fine. Not sure if they come in other colors and not sure if the fill stains. It is pretty darn thick though, and doesn't wipe easily.
If you are looking for a ball to play with in winter because you are tired of brittle paint breaking in your barrel all day, then I would recommend this paint.

The balls are bright green shells (I don't know if there are any options for shell or fill color). There is a large snowflake logo on one side.

The seams are medium size. I've seen better and I've seen worse.

The shells are pretty thick. I guess that is what makes them winter balls.

In general they are fairly round. In the four cases I got, there were zero dimples, footballs, big balls, or anything out of the norm. I have a stainless steel freak kit and used the .689 insert and found them to all to be pretty consistently sized.

They flew pretty straight for being such a thick ball and having some seams.


At outdoor temperatures of around 45-50 degrees I noticed some bounces, but not a ton. The balls still broke on contact with players even from 50-75 feet.

Let me say clearly... Do not play with these balls in 70 degree weather (unless you just want to hurt your opponents). They are designed for 30-50 degree play. At 70-80 degrees I'm not sure you would get a break by hitting a tree from 50 ft.



I started first by dropping it from shoulder level - It bounced back to waist level.
I then threw it down harder - It still bounced. I was a little shocked at how high I could get it to bounce (20 feet straight up).

To give you an idea of how far they will bounce... I threw one from the front porch of my townhouse, bounced it on the sidewalk, over the SUV parked on my side of the street, and off the window of the car parked on the other side of the street. I paced it off and it was 18 paces or about 55 feet to the car on the other side of the street. The ball did not break off of the sidewalk or the car window. (As a comparison, X-Ball Silver dropped from shoulder level breaks at room temp.)

I then took it into the garage for some live firing (room temp). (NOTE: air tank was under 400ish so I can not validate FPS, but I usually shoot at 280.) I was shooting at the thick corrugated box that the paint was delivered in (packing peanuts inside). First shots onto a new untouched part of the box broke. Shots that hit already softened up areas either broke, went into the box, or in some cases bounced back! Through one hopper (160 shots) at least 10 shots bounced back from hitting a corrugated box at about 15 feet.


The balls worked as I hoped.

At the field target range/chrono area, I shot a full hopper with no barrel breaks.
The balls flew fairly straight and broke very well.

Most others on the field that day had to deal with brittle, cold paint (unless they had winter paint of their own) and that means lots of cleaning. I didn't have to squeegee my barrel once, and that is why I feel this is a good choice.

Overall it is a great performing ball for winter play.

REALLY COLD TEMPS (19 degrees)

I left 5 balls outside overnight. The temp got down to 19 degrees that night. When I woke at 7am and went to take a look, each of the 5 balls had a small dimple in them on one side.

I'm sure this would hamper the performance of these balls in action, but I did not test them in my gun. I did drop them on the ground to see how brittle they were. Even with dimples and 19 degrees, they still needed some force applied to get them to break.


The fill for these is the same bright green as the shell and is very thick.

I don't know if it stains clothing as I didn't get hit with it.

But if you are looking for something that can easily be seen but is difficult to wipe, this may be for you.
Conclusion: Sorry for the long review, but there is no other mention anywhere online about this paint. So I though I would save others the headache I had.

If you want to play in 30-50 degree temps, this is a great paintball. In that temp range the shell is brittle enough to break on opponents but NOT in your barrel. I went through three cases with a friend (06 ego and 06 shocker) and either of us had a single barrel break. Neither of us complained about bounces either, though I'm sure that there had to be some.

I personally would rather have three bounces per game than to have to clean my barrel three times in a game. That is what I was looking for in a winter paintball, and that is what I got.

So all in all I give it a ...
9 out of 10

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