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phrenologyfiend Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months22 of 22 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
I've never really used a modular ghillie vest before, nor am I aware of any others readily available on the market.
Marker Setup: -Proto Matrix 6 (Olive)
-14" St!ffi Switch Barrel Kit
-Critical Raze Trigger
-Lucky Un1tech Board with Spitfire software chip
-Halo B
-Pure Energy 68ci/4500psi tank
Strengths: Concealment
Modular
Lightweight
Paint bounces
Weaknesses: Cost
Snags
Tough to see paint
Lack of paint capacity
Review: This vest does all the things that Special Ops Paintball advertises. It's really amazing.


Strengths

Concealment: It's ghille, what more needs to be said? This is wonderful for up here in the Pacific Northwest. I was a bit dubious as to its true ability to hide a person, but the first time I used it, everyone I was playing with was complaining how hard I was to see when I stayed still. Even when I moved, I was told I was hard to see; quite the accomplishment for someone who is 6'3" and 195lbs. Without purchasing the full ghillie suit, this vest provides concealment for your torso which really gives more advantage than I thought it would, even with my arms in regular Digi camoflage.

Modular: This is amazing how modular it is. It is shipped to you with nothing put together allowing you to customize it any way you want. You place the two pod holders, radio pouch, and utility pouch where you like. Then you add the ghillie in whatever fashion you desire to the mesh base of the vest using the zip ties that come with it. It's time consuming, but fun.

Lightweight: Most ghillie suits are made from burlap or some equivalent, and some weight over 20lbs! That makes them heavy, hot, and also a fire hazard. Most ghillie suit need multiple treatments of flame retardant chemicals. Not this one. The ghillie on this mesh vest is lightweight nylon. It's breathable and a lot lighter than even I expected. As a side note, the material is also a lot stronger than I would have thought. It even handles bunker slides fairly well. Not to say that the ghillie material never comes off, but less so than I would have thought. To their credit, however, Special Ops Paintball warns you of this and gives you loads of extra ghillie material.

Paint Bounces: This was a really unexpected and unadvertised, yet pleasant, bonus. Due to the heavy amount of ghillie that I put on this vest, a lot of the kinetic energy of paintball impact is absorbed. That translates to a lot of bounces, even at close range.

Weaknesses
Note: All of these are more like caveats than complaints, of which I have none.

Cost: It's a wee bit pricey, but then again, what in this sport isn't? Even with that said, $164.95 is probably a bit much for most people to spend on camouflage. As stated above, though, I was angering my friends who said they couldn't see me.

Snags: Because of the inherent nature of ghillie, it's prone to snag on loose twigs and the like. It is lightweight material, but surprisingly strong, so one just needs to pull it loose, and if it rips . . . well, Special Ops Paintball gives you plenty of spare ghillie material to fix it, as mentioned above.

Tough to See Paint: This is only a problem if you're an uber honest player like me. I believe in fair sportsmanship and it's been embarrassing a few times when I did a self paint-check and thought I was clean, but due to the deceiving nature of ghillie material, I really was hit and found out later. It was hard to see the splatter. This was all just with my friends, but it's still embarrassing.

Lack of Paint Capacity: This is a no-brainer to me, but others I know have found it annoying. This was built as a sniper vest. Snipers travel light and don't shoot much paint, so they only give two pod holders with the vest. This is fine by me. I don't go through that much paint in one game usually, even with a Proto Matrix, but if you want extra pods, Special Ops Paintball does sell leg straps that hold pods. This is what I do if I know it's going to be a long game.
Conclusion: Absolutely! If you're willing to spend the money and you like woodsball, it's so worth it! It is everything that they advertise, and I have no suggestions of how to improve it. They even tell you of it's limitations, such as its occasional tearing. I eventually look forward to trying the full ghillie suit with it, but that's more money and another review.

I may switch guns, but I'm keeping this vest around.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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