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Xbudd Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Redz previous version of this small bag. Note: The previous version is much more compact and fortified than the new version. I prefer the old one to the new one.

Garbage bags (joking)
Marker Setup: Smart Parts Ion
ViewLoader Virtue
NSX Dropdown
Smart Parts Silver Body Kit
Pro Grip - Black
All-American 14"
Pure Energy 48ci 3500psi tank

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Smart Parts Epiphany
ViewLoader Virtue
Pure Energy 48ci tank
14" Freak Jr.
Strengths: Mask Carry Strap
Shoulder Strap
Price
Space
Weaknesses: Poor Material
Lack of Padding
Lacks Features
Lacks Security
Review: I returned this bag after about a week of using it. My last bag was the previous Redz version of this bag. I actually prefer my older bag to this new one! Check out why below:

Strengths:

The new Mask latch on the side of the bag is very useful, but occasionally will de-latch if the mask's band is too thick. On the inside, the tank holder, in the form of two elastic straps on one side, works very well, but creates a bulge in the bag which makes the pocket on the outside of that side unusable.

The shoulder strap is more comfortable than the thin piece of plastic found on the previous version.

Furthermore, the case now has two pull zippers on the top of the bag with rubber grips. Unfortunately, those rubber pull grips are way too flimsy to actually ease the process of simply unzipping the oddly shaped top.
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Weaknesses:

First of all, the case is not made of a sturdy, durable material like the previous version. Instead, it is made of the same material most backpacks are made of. This material is flimsy and thin - not the best material for protecting your gear in my opinion.

The case has two small pockets on the left and right side of the case. These have flaps which attach via Velcro. Great, but the flaps do not cover the entire pockets so small items WILL fall out. Also, when an air tank is strapped into the inside, the left side of the bag bulges out so much that the left pocket is unusable.

There is a strap on the right side above the right pocket which conveniently straps in your mask. Great in theory...but it fails because some straps are too wide for the velcro to actually hold.

Now as for the inside of the case....
When you open the top of case, the top flap/cover holds 3 barrels. The barrels are held in three slots that support up to a 14" barrel. These slots are made of the same cruddy material as the rest of the case (similar to a backpack's material). This is not a smart choice because the material is ROUGH and does not correctly, or tightly hold the barrels.

Moving on...
The inside has two detachable dividers in the middle and an elastic band for an air tank on the left side.

The tank bands work, so no complaints there.

As for the two dividers, I am not a fan!
The previous version of this case had two dividers as well, but they were fortified with a thick and solid material inside of the padding.

The two detachable dividers in this case are very thin, flexible, and are as bendable as tissue paper.
Once again, not very sturdy for holding your expensive guns and gear!

Also, the bottom and sides of this case which should be heavily padded are not!
Even the bottom of this case is not solid! Without a sturdy and solid bottom, the bag can not sit without falling over!

Not good!

Conclusion: All in all, this case is ok, but does not supply enough support or features to make it a worthy case for your arsenal. There are better cases out there, including the previous version of this case!

Keep on looking because this case is just not well thought out!
Rating:
3 out of 10
 

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