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[paintball] Friday, March 2nd, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Army bags, schoolpacks, laptop backpacks/paintball backpacks(same thing as a laptop one but it has barrel sleeves generally), full-size gear bags. Hell I've even used old chests but you get the idea.

In all honesty I'd say a bag is a bag, but this one looks especially cool.
Marker Setup: Main Set-up/Speedball
- Shocker STF (Olive w/Black Accents)
- Nerve Virtue Board
- Break-beam Vision
- High Efficiency Bolt/Valve assembly w/New Desingz ULP Firing Can (Black)
- New Desingz Roller Trigger (Black)
- Smart Parts Q-locking Feedneck
- Egg 3 (Black, n yeah I just like eggs better)
- Stock frame and grips (Oh yeah .45, I like it old school. I don't know what the fascination with sticky grips are. I've never dropped a gun, gotten a blister, or lost my grip while playing n I never wear gloves)
- Max-flo inline reg (Olive)
- 68/4500 Smart Parts tank w/ Guerrilla Air Fuku Reg
- Freak Kit w/ Olive AA Front 14"
- VForce Profiler (Yellow)
- Smart Parts Defender Pants (Black)
- LSU PB Jersey
- Freak Headband
- Shocker Barrel Condom
- Redz Small Gear Bag (Grey)

Back-up/Woods Ball
- Tippmann A-5 (No better gun to have when it all hits the fan)
- E-grip w/double trigger
- Ti Boomstick 14' (Sounds like a cannon on the A-5)
- Rear thumb velocity adjuster
- Lapco Machine Gun Shroud (To cover the shiny Ti back/for scenario play)
- OpsGear Magazine
- Sight Rail
- Car Stock
- 20oz Co2
- JT barrel condom
- VForce Morph (Grey)
- Random baseball hat
- Army Fatigues (Pants and Jacket over a t-shirt/underarmor)
Strengths: Looks
Tank Holder
Barrel Sleeves
Decent Side Padding
Capacity
Priced Fair
Sturdy straps
Weaknesses: Dividers
Bottom
Dividers
Organization
Dividers (laugh)
Lack of compartments
Did I talk about the dividers?
Review: I guess I'll kick off this review by saying I purchased my bag from ansgear.com, which I would highly recommend if you want to receive it in a timely manner without having to spend more than 10 dollars on shipping for priority mail.

When I first received this bag my first impressions was 'wow, it sure is a lot longer and shorter than I thought.' The pictures online are misleading, though you can bet the color is as vibrant as it is in the pictures.

[Inside the bag]
When I got it home I immediately got all my essential gear and opened the bag up and much to my disappointment the marker divider is not actually a sectioned off part of the bag designed just for marker, oh no its two horrible little lightly padded squares that velcro to a strip in the bottom of the bag, there is nothing sturdy about them but I suppose it does prevent scratches. I was hopping for a snug section to keep my gun from moving around, much like what can be found for laptops in a laptop backpack. After I got over the minor annoyance of any real divider I started to put my stuff in. There is a nice space in the corner for a 68ci bottle, it is very snug and promises that your bottle won't move around in the bag, on the top of the "lid of the bag" there are three barrel sleeves that fit a 14' barrel perfectly(anything bigger and you'll have to break it down or just lay it in your bag) that have a velcro flap to keep them from falling out(which wouldn't happen anyway considering the snug fit). If you were expecting more on the inside then you were wrong, much to my dismay there were no internal pockets or small zipper sides to put documents/manuals or a place to keep your tools secure.

[Outside the bag]
As you can tell from the few pictures the bag is gorgeous. It is made out of a rigid material that promises to take your abuse. It has two handles on either side that velcro together and a strap for carrying it like a messenger bag. There are two pockets on either end of the bag, enough to fit some batteries, gloves, etc, but unfortunately they closes by a very very thin velcro strip and that just isn't safe enough for any important stuff you don't want falling out while you carry it or for some little thief to rob at a field and also a velcro loop that would be ideal for holding a mask or hat.

[Size]
For most of you I'm sure this is what you want to hear about. Well let me start off by saying that I believe one's marker and paintball equipment should travel apart from all other things. Not a fan of big bags when I travel, I have luggage for clothes, shampoo, shoes, etc. I like a paintball gear bag to be just that, a paintball gear bag.

Now that that's out of the way I'd say it's just about a perfect size. Like I said earlier it is very wide and short, which proves to be a better design than the previous redz gear bag. There is plenty of room to put two markers(with the barrels in the top sleeves), a 68ci tank in it's straps, your manila folder of documents(since the damn thing doesn't have a place to put them away), a mask, extra lens, barrel condoms, two hoppers, tool kit, freak kit, swabs and honestly there is quite a bit of room left to spare. Could easily drop in some clothes to change into after an evening of paintball for the car ride home, which would be a good idea to keep everything from moving around or making noise, maybe your shoes if you're insane and wanna stink up/gunk up the bag. The external pockets are pretty worthless in terms of size, you certainly wouldn't want any small tools in an external velcro pocket so I guess if you are Michael Jackson you could pack all your gloves in them. There is that loop on the side for a mask, but honestly if there is room inside why the heck would you want it on the outside considering how easily mask lenses scratch today, I keep my profiler in it's mask bag inside the bag so I'd say it's pretty much worthless unless you want your hat to hang on it, which is good because they usually get pretty gross after a day of play.

[Protection]
I would have to say the padding is quite good for it's price, all four sides are quit thick and the outside is durable. I agree with the others that the padding on the bottom is pathetic(being only cardboard in nylon) but in all honesty I have never dropped a bag with my gear inside of it. It's moving around and bumping it on corners n people that bothers me, so this bag protects my gear well enough and the bottom really doesn't concern me. The bag itself can take a good bit of water(and we have lots of that in LA) so unless you're playing in a ditch or pass out drunk in the rain your stuff should stay dry. Surprisingly enough considering it's somewhat flimsy design the bag sits upright on it's own quite well. The only place protection lacks considerably is the two dividers that separate the marker from everything else.

[Quality]
From what I've inspected and use so far it seems to be a well built product. The stitching is great, everything lines up. The logo and zippers are really cool even though the zipper can become a minor annoyance but that goes hand in hand with how the top is designed like a door which makes zipping it up somewhat frustrating. God are those marker dividers terrible, buy a dang marker sleeve.
Conclusion: I'd have to say it was worth the purchase. It does almost exactly what it says. Don't be fooled by this blatant lie of a statement "packs a strong number of must-have features inside". Those features which consist of pathetic dividers, barrel sleeves, and a place to strap in your bottle. I guess strong number means 2.3 features. So unless you travel and enjoy putting everything into one bag or want to carry 4 a-5's and 4 jt full head masks then this bag should be perfect for you, assuming you don't drop things alot, but if you have a nice gear bag one would assume you aren't dribbling your marker like a basketball. Buy it at a local shop if you can, support your community. Otherwise I'd say go to ansgear.com, but everyone has em online.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Friday, March 2nd, 2007 at 1:10 am PST
 

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