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Ravenwulfe Thursday, November 24th, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
1 year
Last There: September 15th, 2005
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
N/A
Review: Barrie Paintball, while hard to locate, is a very worthwhile field to check out if you live in the South Simcoe area. I live in Bradford, so the 30 minute drive is well worth it once I get there.

I'll start off with getting my nitpicks out of the way first: The refs seem to favour a few fields, so you're left wondering about other ones. I assume it's because they pick the best ones that players like and are easy to keep track of. The only time I've seen some fields was at the Judgement Day scenario game when they opened virtually the entire field for play. While this certainly isn't a bad thing, and there's lots of fields you go to, it kind of leaves you wondering what else there is.

It's a hard place to find. If I was looking for a big sign to find the place, chances are, I'd drive right by without noticing. It's pretty out of the way from view, so make notes of when you do find the place what to look for and how to get there.

Proshop is pricey. They tend to overcharge on a lot of things, but others aren't that bad in retrospect. Almost all of my equipment comes from this proshop, and I wonder where I could have bought the things elsewhere.

If there's a big event, the roads for parking are a nightmare because it seems like it's barely enough for two lanes to get in and out.

Now to the good stuff. The field is fairly big and can take virtually any number of players and make them feel like they're playing a good game. Small groups can have a lot of fun, as there's lots of moments for you hero types to lead your team to victory from some sort of feat that you'll be talking about for the rest of the day.

While pricey, the proshop has a wide variety of good stuff, and I've only had a few times where they didn't have what I was looking for.

Even the chrono range can be amusing. You can find anything from toasters to PC monitors to toilets to tires to little statues in there to test your velocity, aim, and just see if your gun's working, as it's conviniently close to the staging area.

Thankfully, they have pop machines in the staging area and change rooms, so life is extremely comfortable. Big lockers can find your stuff and a couple other friends easily, giving you a piece of mind. Luckfully, there's a fair deal of lockers there, and you aren't forced to rent a lock, you can bring your own. The water jugs that have been cut and trimmed to take paintballs to assist you filling your hopper and pods is very helpful and can get you ready for a game in no time.

As long as you're playing at the field, Co2 and air is free of charge. I often get my Co2 tanks filled for free while I'm there before I go, as it's much more economical than paying 12 bucks at Canadian Tire or home hardware to do it.

The refs and owners are extremely nice people and will make your day very memorable. They love to talk to you about your equipment and their own tastes, the sport in general, and they listen to your ideas and generally make the games a lot of fun. They're fair, for the most part, and will make sure to let people know that you're out if you've been hit so they don't plug you on your way out to the dead box. Overall, I'm very impressed with the people employed at the field, and am always suprised they seem to remember me when I go there, even to the point where the shop keeper asked me if I was the guy who bought the A-5 there a couple months before hand.

The fields are big and varied, my personal favorites being the Cabin and the villiage. The cabin is more or less an alamo with one team trying to get up the hill by surrounding them and moving from cover to cover and the other trying to eliminate the other team to keep them out of the perimetre of the cabin. It's easy to advance and flank in this one, so it's well worth your while.

The town has a tonne of stuff in it, several dozen buildings, all you can go in, a two story tower, two with bridges and platforms, there's several entrances and windows and little cubby holes to sneak in and out, and there's cars, barrels, sattelite dishes, bomb shells, a school playset, and all sorts of stuff.

Other fields include the valley, which is a depression between two vehicles on top of opposing hills with a plane in the middle. One side has a school bus, and the other a military transport truck similar to the ML. It's a favorite, and you can practice virtually any skill there. Another is Vimy ridge, which is a steep hill where one team has to get to the top and get to the road and the other has to stop them. VERY challenging for the attackers. Other fields include the castle, Hamburger Hill, the pit, the speedball arena, and more.

For a day's pay and 500 paintballs, expect to pay roughly $60. You can buy more paint at decent prices, and the free rental equipment, use of air tanks, combat jackets, and more are more then enough to make it seem worth it.

This is an amazing field and I recommend it highly to anyone. I introduced my friends to the sport through this field and now we're hooked.

EDIT:

My friends and I are on the website now in the photo section. I'm the guy with the complete combats, the A-5, green profiler, and tiger stripe bandana.
Last edited on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006 at 11:25 am PST
 

Review Comments
zeppelin75 Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006 | 7:39 pm PST
i guess we all have our biases. I Gave Barrie a bad review because i had a bad first time(I will not change my opinion), and you seem to favor it because you have only had good experiences(I assume). However, you must agree that Wasaga is the stronger of the two, and although Barrie may not be going out of business anytime soon, they are suffering due to Wasaga's popularity.
   

Ravenwulfe Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 | 3:43 am PST
It's hard for me to say, really, because I've heard of people who swear by Barrie and others who swear by Wasaga. I can' t say what the better field is, 'cause I've only been to Barrie, but I am looking forward to seeing Wasaga sometime soon.
   

Bozark Monday, May 1st, 2006 | 9:17 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by zeppelin75
However, you must agree that Wasaga is the stronger of the two,

No one HAS to agree Wasaga is the stronger of the two, the review seems to be well thought out. I went to Wasaga, and it was nothing special, I was there for 6 hours and played 4 games, one side of the field. Plus 95% of those at Wasaga re spoiled little rich kids who complain every time you shoot them, good review for a good field.
   

Ravenwulfe Monday, May 8th, 2006 | 7:31 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by Bozark


No one HAS to agree Wasaga is the stronger of the two, the review seems to be well thought out. I went to Wasaga, and it was nothing special, I was there for 6 hours and played 4 games, one side of the field. Plus 95% of those at Wasaga re spoiled little rich kids who complain every time you shoot them, good review for a good field.


Thank you very much, I do my best to give us much information as possible. I intend to visit Wasaga soon and I'll give a review, hopefully as thought out as this one, so stay posted.
   

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