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Ephialtis Wednesday, January 21st, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Similar
Products Used:
Cloth Gym Bag
Marker Setup: 2K3VF Autococker
SM1 Barrell System
AKA Sidewinder Reg
Palmer Micro Rock LPR
Shocktech Bomb 3-Way
KAPP Twisted Cocking Rod
Dye Beavertail
Worrblade Bolt
KAPP Detent
Strengths: Durable Construction, the wheels are nice, multiple carry options.
Weaknesses: Lack of paintball specific storage options, cramped, Takes up a lot of room when open.
Review: To make a long story short, some misinformation I received from an on-line retailer resulted in my becoming an owner of this product. It’s a beautiful bag, and well suited for weekend trips to Vegas, Palm Springs, etc. The bag is well constructed, and has plenty of space for Levis, t-shirts, and swim trunks. You even have some nice places to put your toothbrush. Unfortunately, the 4 Day Roller does not appear to have been designed with paintball in mind. ALL of the paintball related features appear to have been an afterthought. Someone added some Velcro and neoprene to a carryon bag, slapped a few Dye logos on it, and decided to market it to paintballers as a gear bag.

The exterior has two pockets. The first pocket appears to have been designed to provide easy access to airline tickets, etc. I keep some of my smaller manuals and instruction sheets in that one. The other pocket is about the size of a paperback book. I pretty much use that one for Allen wrenches, lube, o-rings, etc. You access the main compartment by unzipping it and opening it up like a book. This would work great if you were unpacking on a hotel room bed, but at the field you end up needing half a picnic table to open the bag, and pretty much the rest the table to lay out your gear.

The first thing you see when you open the bag is the so called divided gun pockets. They actually look like well padded envelopes, and are just large enough to hold my cocker and drop. The problem is these “gun pockets”, rest between the two main compartments when the bag is closed, things get pretty cramped. The “gun pockets” are Velcroed in and are reasonably secure. Since I currently have one marker, I’ve removed the other pocket to provide for more room. While cramped, this is the nicest PB specific feature of the 4 Day Roller. The zippered door covering the upper compartment includes three, very small, zippered compartments (More airline tickets?). One pocket is just large enough to hold spare batteries, or possibly a slender tool kit. The bottom compartment is covered by mesh, which is nice because it provides a clear view of the compartment's contents.

The bottom compartment contains all of the “PB specific features”, other than the gun pockets. The “Barrel Compartment” consists of two strips of Velcro that you can use to form loops accommodating your barrel on one end with Neoprene sleeves about a foot away for the other end of the barrel. This “Barrel Compartment” is covered by a flap of nylon sewn to the lining on one side, and secured with Velcro at the top. The “Barrel Compartment” can accommodate three barrels. The bottle sleeve is a piece of neoprene, with some rubber strips in the center. It’s attached to the lining with Velcro. You wrap it around your tank and Velcro it closed. You’ll typically find that the tank spends a lot of time smacking into the unprotected ends of your barrels. Everything else you place in the bottom compartment is pretty much free to settle on your tank when the bag is upright, so pack accordingly.

I won’t get into the top compartment much as it is pretty much as advertised. It’s a clothing compartment much like you’d find in any other piece of luggage. All in all you get a solid piece of luggage, a lot of Velcro, some neoprene, and not a whole lot of practical options when it comes to stowing your gear. Forget about putting your gear and a case of paint in this bag. It's probably not going to happen, unless you don't have a lot of stuff.
Conclusion: While this bag may be well suited for the traveling player who needs compact storage space, and plans on unpacking in a hotel room, I wouldn't recommend it to those who are looking for a good way to get their gear to the field and home again. I pretty much just own the basics, and no spares, and this bag can hardly hold my stuff. I would have rated the bag lower, but I'm giving it a seven only because it is well constructed and really is a nice piece of luggage.
Rating:
7 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, January 21st, 2004 at 10:04 pm PST
 

Review Comments
Sam (theA-5man) Monday, January 17th, 2005 | 10:27 am PST
it says Dye '05 4 Day Roller <<<<< "Luggage">>>>>>(being the key word) on Hot Shot Paintball's site
   

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