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GambitPB Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
None
Marker Setup: Diablo Mongoose
20 oz CO2
Empire Dropforward
Viewloader 150rd Hopper
Strengths: Incredibly Effective
Light Weight
Not Hot
Looks Amazing
Weaknesses: Expensive
Mask Velcro is Weird
Mask Fogs Up
Review: I didn't find any of the other accessories for ghillie from spec ops, so I'll assume this includes the gun rag, mask ghillie, and gloves. Personally I recommend you get those along with the the suit. If you're going to do it in pieces, you'll actually want to go in this order: Mask, Gun Rag, Shirt+Pants, Gloves. The Pants and Shirt will find no complaint from me. The mask ghillie and gun rag come unmade, which isn't much of a problem. My only qualm is that the under material is a yellow-ish color. I mean not huge, but it just bothers me... I painstakingly crafted my mask cover, it definitely took me at least 8 hours of sitting there. Granted if you do it normally, it should take you less than half of that. My method is putting the ties in backwards, so they don't lock, which means you can edit them later, attaching more pieces of leaf later. After that's completed, you can just reverse the ties and cut them. My OCD led me to make sure there was not a single patch of yellow. The velcro on the mask is kind of weird, it gets caught up in the fabric of the cover itself. As an after thought, get some good mask defogger for God's sake. Trust me on this one. Your life will be living Hell if you don't. The gloves are definitely a good touch, even if you don't put ghillie on them, but with that they're that much better.

The effectiveness of all these products is incredible. So this is kind of an embarrassing story for me. During a big game at Canobie Paintball in NH, I ended up behind bush with another guy. Two opposing team members came up from behind. I glanced over in time to see one of them lining up on me. I froze(in a bad way). At any rate, his barrel went right over me to the guy 5 feet behind me. He opened fire and I heard 10 paintballs whiz 6 inches over my head. My teammate called himself out, while the other two quickly stalked away before I could recover. Embarrassing? Yes. But it does prove a point for the ghillie itself. Did I mention I have a bright blue marker? Yup. They didn't see that(under the gun rag) either.

If for nothing else besides aesthetics, this suit looks damn cool. You'll get the respect of 80% of the people on any field. People know that the guys wearing ghillie are the guys who will be there when they least expect it. It looks just as cool as any of the other ghillie suits out there, though may be slightly more expens

The downsides? The leaf tears. It's exactly what it's designed to do I suppose, although if you're hard core crawling, then you're going to get a whole lot of tear that's going to need patching up on the pants and shirt. If that's no objection, just get a density upgrade. It's pretty easy to fix. I would recommend the density upgrade anyway, I grabbed a forest one, it helps give you some extra material when you need it too.

Oh and I can't get the smell out of it from crawling around in the swamp, but that's probably to be expected. I hosed it down and let it dry during the summer, but that didn't quite get the earthy smell out. So I Febreezed it. Don't judge me; what the hell was I supposed to do?
Conclusion: If you're willing to drop the $250 plus for it, go for it. Absolutely. I doubt there's anything so effective out there. It will need a little working, but honestly, you'll have fun doing it. When's it's completed you'll also be quite satisfied.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Friday, March 27th, 2009 at 5:28 am PST
 

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