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Montalban Monday, October 30th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: October 28th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Skorpion, Fou de l'ile, Mirabel, Big Foot, etc,etc
Review: I have played paintball for 8 years, this was the first time I went to this local field. In the past I only used the proshop. People reading these reviews should take note that SXC shares the building with a well stocked proshop (www.buypbl.com), a laser tag field and went through 2 renovations in the past 2 years, so the reviews dating before 2004 don't really apply to today's setup.

I went along with a group of 25 players, mostly co-workers who had little or no past paintball experience. Earlier in the year I had bought some gear at the proshop and had recieved a free 1 yr membership to this field.

-Prices;
They were quite fair and they had a good special on paint for members, one of the cheapest fields around.

-Proshop;
Although its meant to be a seporate entity, the proshop is well stocked and they have improved on staffing.

-The field;
The current setup at SXC is 1 field (check the photos section on their website) that appears to be a 10,000 square foot rectangle. There are 2 main "alleys" , the rest of the field is covered with wood divisions and a few "boxes" about 4 feet high and they make a bit of a maze in the middle. The divisions along the sides have 2 stories with the lower one being a crawl space. Along the back wall they built a 2 story "house" that doubles as a fort. My teammates had 2 opinions on the field. Some found it "cluttered" and hard to navigate and too small. Others found the field challenging as there are litterally dozens of places to hide. I can see both opinions being valid, but as a outdoor player, I would have prefered something a bit more open.

Facilities;
Theres only 1 bathroom, no changing rooms, no lockers and no sinks or "wash" area to clean your masks, you have to the little sink in the bathroom.

-Staff,refs;
We had 2 refs working with us all day. There are 4 game themes available; a) Full elimination , b) Street (you can only stay in the alleys, can't go inside any structures, c) flag capture, d) Attack the fort.
They did their best to enforce safety, but didnt manage the groups very well. I was surprised they don't use arm bands or anything to identify teams, they rely on the color of the rental clothes, but this doesnt work well for players who bring their own gear and we had alot of "friendly fire" incidents. They didn't seem too interested when I suggest we use armbands. Late in the afternoon we had a flood of walk-ons and the refs had a hard time keeping the teams balanced out.

All in all , im going to use my free membership and its a great place to practice, but not a field I would bring my groups to.

 

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