Shocker with various mods, mostly eclipse, Pure Energy 88/4500 nitro, Freak
'98 Cocker with many mods, mostly ANS, Pure Energy 68/3000 nitro, Freak
This pack fits with less slop than others I have worn. The velcro engages better than most, so that once you cinch it in, it won't let go until you peel it open. The belt is nice and wide.
While the tight loops for the pods are real enough, I have encountered much tighter loops. The elastic material in these is stretchy enough to let the pods twist almost 90 degrees if no other pods are loaded and the velcro strap is left open. That is not too tight for my standard; it is tight enough to possibly save a pod in the event of an accidental strap release. Accidentally opening the strap is unlikely, however, due to the use of the same high quality velcro on them as the belt.
The pods are all accessed from the left, which for a right handed player is ideal. It allows the player to stay tight with out being a contortionist during reloading. I have found it quite easy to get out a new pod withone hand.
In cool weather, this pack can't be beat, but paintball is a summer sport.
The back of the pack is some sort of nylon that passes little water or heat. I have found that playing all day in this pack leaves my back uncomfortably sweaty. This may be partly the result of play style, but I don't find the rest of my jersey to be soaked through every time I finish a day at the field. A mesh or at least some more breathable or wicking fabric would've been nice. It would be a shame to change the cut of the pack's back, as it is tailored for stability.
One other thing: if you are left handed, this pack is just not for you. Ned Flanders might have something more suitable.
This is one of the classier packs available. It is cozy, stable, and durable. If you can accept the sweaty hot lumbar region (I often can), this pack is worth serious consideration for any level of player, whether running a remote or not. Unless he or she is left handed.