This is a very comfortable pack that comes in different sizes (S-M) (M-L) which is a rarity for harnesses. It's usually one size fits all. Also comes in different pod carrying varieties. Mine is the above shown 3+2. 3+2 means you can carry three pods of paint in it's usually loops, and if you want, comes with folded away elastic loops that can carry two more (for those of you who don't know).
Why I love it. I'm a front player, and this pod is extremely low profile. The waist band on this thing is extremely wide, so from top to bottom your pods are pressed closely against your back. In other words, if you are crouched or hunched over, your pods aren't as likely to be pointed up straight in the air.
The three main rings are capped by dual elastic bands. This is a great feature because they act as catapults. When you unvelcro the bottom to remove a pod, the elastic band will give a little bit of push down to help the pod out. They won't shoot out or anything, but if you use tall 140 pods like I do, it puts alot of tension on those bands. Consequently, you shouldn't leave pods in there when your'e not playing or you'll wear out there effectiveness over time.
Because of the wide belt and large amount of surface area against your back, this pad is excellent at staying place during a full sprint. Modest padding on your back feels good too.
On top of the huge amount of velcro in the front that keeps this thing on is a second smaller band of velcro that goes over the first one with the Empire logo on it.. Just picture wearing two belts in the front. It really seems like over kill, and pointless unless you dive. I tend to go head first on my belly into the ground when making a break for a bunker. With this thing, I had no doubt that it was not coming off thanks to that redundant layer of velcroing. No chance this pack falls off. No chance.
Finally, it really, really looks cool.
The Not So Good:
There's no pockets on here for any little thing. But then I looked down at my paintball pants and realized I had like 42 pockets all over the place. So really, what's the point. But I figured it merited mentioning.
Also, price. But the truth is, all harnesses over 20 bucks are overpriced.
If it's good enough for Chris Lasoya, it's good enough for you.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, July 1st, 2004 at 8:44 pm PST