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w00tus Friday, May 9th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
Less than a month
Similar
Products Used:
None.
Marker Setup: BT-4 SWAT, BT e-grip, Tacamo hopper, 20oz CO2 tank.
Strengths: Cheap
Durable
Easy to set up and take down
Weaknesses: Tip over easy
Plastic stakes
Review: I received a set of R2 bunkers for my birthday from a friend. The set included two 6ft bombs and one 4ft barrel. I've only played with these once but I feel that they've gotten a bad rap due to some other reviewers not following the instructions.

When they first arrived from wal-mart.com I broke out my electric air mattress pump and blew up the 4ft barrel. Following the directions I only blew it up to about 80%, or to a point where you can still put your hand on the top and depress the bunkers 5-8 inches. We then placed the bunker about 25ft away and I decided to torture it to see what it could take. My gun had been chrono'd about a week ago at 280fps but I wanted to know if I'd have to worry about popping these things. I loaded up my SWAT and shot about a full hopper directly at the bunker all over its surface, some balls broke but plenty bounced off. NO HOLES.

Later that day we loaded them up and took them out to play and I must say they performed great. They seem to be very durable and versatile. At one point my buddy had the 4ft barrel jammed into the fork of a tree when we were building bases and we had no problems with tearing or popping.

My main complaint is that to get these things to stand well you have to stake them into the ground, but the stakes they give you are cheap plastic stakes. I think some metal ones would be the ticket though.

Another thought to consider- these things will expand and contract when they get warm and cool down. For example when we went and played we inflated them in the sun and then when we rolled them down the hill to where we were going to play in the shade and after a while they seemed slightly deflated. I didn't put 2 and 2 together until today but it was because the air contracted when they cooled off. I had left my pump at the truck and didn't feel like walking back to get it, so it would be handy to keep your pump with you if you are using these things.

A final minor complaint I have is that mine did not include any patching material as it states in the manual, but when I received my package it appeared as if maybe it had been previously opened, so maybe someone 5 fingered them?

If during continued use my opinion of these change I will update the review.
Conclusion: I would definitely recommend this product to any recreational players who are looking for cheap bunkers. They seem to work perfectly fine if you follow the directions and don't over-inflate them. 9 out of 10, they are durable and cheap, but the stakes suck and I didn't get any patches included in mine.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Friday, May 9th, 2008 at 5:20 pm PST
 

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