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Vertigo_07 Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
these were my first and are still my only arm pads.
Marker Setup: White/Blue Planet Eclipse SL8R w/ RF chip installed, Empire Prophecy, Ninja Paintball 50 ci/4500 PSI stubby tank, Hammerhead Barrel system



Backup marker:
Tippmann 98 Custom w/ autococker->98 barrel adapter, Empire two-piece 14" barrel, DYE rotor loader, DXS 45/3000 N2 tank.
Strengths: - Amazing bounce factor
- Comfortable
- Don't slip
- Great protection
Weaknesses: - Overpriced
- "Glove" a joke
- Very vulnerable to wear and tear
Review: When I first began to play speedball seriously, I began to notice that the old rollerblade style elbow pads I'd been using just weren't cutting it; they slid, they were too rigid, and they were uncomfortable, despite the amount of physical protection they provided. I needed something different.

I checked into DYE's pads, and had seen a few in person. They seemed solid, so I threw down the 50 dollars and bought the camo colored ones. A year later, here are my thoughts.

Because of the kind of gel/padding used, just about any hit to the forearm while wearing these is a bounce. I've had maybe one paintball burst, and that being from well under fifteen feet away. Also because of the kind of gel/padding used, you feel next to nothing when you slide or hit the ground with these; they do what they were meant to do and then some.

Similarly, they don't slip. The "slider glove" (more on this later) ensures that pad stays exactly where it's supposed to. The pads are incredibly comfortable- after the first few minutes, you barely notice you're wearing them. It should be noted, though, that if worn beneath a heavy jersey, these will get toasty.

All this having been said, I wouldn't pay 50 dollars for them again. The "slider glove" is a joke- they threw some paper thin padding on the back of the hand along with some mesh and decided to call it a glove. After a mere six months of normal wear, I noticed a large hole had torn open on the left pad, right where the glove connects to the rest of the arm pad. I tend to play mid/back, so I'm not exactly putting constant pressure on those seams.
Conclusion: While being great arm pads, I wouldn't recommend them for 50$. If you can find them at a lower price, then I would definitely advise picking up a pair. They're functional, comfortable, and work great, but not for 50$.
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

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