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af895 Saturday, December 30th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

1 year
Products Used:
Tippmann barrel socks, Smart Parts barrel socks
Marker Setup: Palmer Pursuit Shop Blazer ser#: BZ2581, Right-hand feed neck
12" double-ported PPS Brass barrel, matched with sight bead, brass finish
vertical male stabilizer (a PPS high-pressure regulator)
Pure Energy 68/4500 HPA bottle
Strengths: Strong "tip" and sides
Weaknesses: Weak area around opening, opposite of the elastic
Review: I received a black NXe barrel sock with the "starter kit" I bought with my first marker several months ago.

Now, I'm no dummy - I know you can't shoot paint into these repeatedly and expect them to survive. Over the course of several months, I've put less than a dozen paintballs into the sock - probably more like 3 or 4. I wash it carefully in warm water and dry it out when done.

The centre section running from tip to nearly the opening has a thick piece of nylon webbing to keep paint from shooting through. That's the good part.

The bad part is the seam opposite the elastic strap at the opening: it's unreinforced. The reinforced section made of nylon webbing that does the work of absorbing the impact of a shot stops about an inch short of the top. The stress concentrates there and rips the sock after a while. See the photo I posted.

The embroidery is flawless and the sewn in tag features the NXe logo so I'm inclined to think these are the Real McCoy.

This design flaw isn't a problem if you put the sock on properly - it will continue to stop paint.

The danger is when you slide the sock on, if the rip is facing away from you, you won't notice you've just put the barrel through the rip and it's OUTSIDE the sock. I've been careful not to do this but I've seen other people make that mistake - fortunately it's been caught.

For that reason along, I have to deduct points from what would otherwise be a perfect product.

It has the potential to be downright dangerous, though if used correctly and you "avoid the rip", the sock will continue to stop paint because of the reinforced centre. It has to get a "below average" rating because of this.

NXe: I love your products and have many but PLEASE work on improving this! (I have two of these socks that have done the same thing.)
Conclusion: Get one but be careful and watch for that rip or reinforce it yourself with some extra webbing.

EDIT: see the uploaded photo of the sock with a barrel "inserted" outside the sock, through the rip. If flipped over, barrel down, you don't notice this and merrily walk around without any barrel protection. DANGER WIL ROBINSON!
4 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, January 11th, 2007 at 4:09 pm PST

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