Private fields, and woodsball. I cannot compare them.
Jaegers has it's good points, and just a few bad points.
One of the really good points is that is a great field for somebody who is just starting out in the sport, or has never played before. They are extremely safety conscious, and give some tutorials for new players, before they go out on the field.
And there are quite a few teams that come thru here too. On their way to tourney's in other states, or other parts of the state, so you get a good mix of players on the weekends.
The staff there is great. Every single time that I've gone to this field, everybody has been really friendly, very helpful, and well...friendly. And even tho I'm not there as much as I'd like to be, most of them recognize me and remember me from previous visits. BIG thumbs up there.
The management is great. I'd voiced a complaint about some players that were cheating the last time that I was there. They had the refs watching the players in question.
Another cool thing that they do (that I havent taken advantage of) is that you can rent a couple of the fields for private parties. They even do bachelor parties there! (tho, I think that would kind of show TOO MUCH of an addiction to this sport if you had a paintball bachelor party...but hey! Whatever floats your boat!).
They also have a laser tag field for the really young parties.
As mentioned before, they rent out just about anything and everything that you would possibly need to play. And if your equipment fails on you while you're there, they will give you a "loaner" from the rentals selection. VERY COOL. You just have to put up your tank or marker as collateral, and they give it back to you when you turn their gear back in to them.
The proshop and the guys back there are great. Granted...they are a bit overworked on weekends, so wait time can be pretty long sometimes. But they try to get you in and out as quick as they can. the prices are pretty reasonable there too.
Granted...their senior tech did make a comment about my marker that I didnt appreciate but that was a one time occassion.
They also have a target range, which is really nice. Tho, kind of small. the furthest target you've got is a 50' range, which is alright, but not good for long range shooting. But I've been yelled at for firing at high ROF back there. Its a target range for heaven's sake, and I was IN the field legal Semi! You'd think they'd WANT you to burn more paint.
The indoor fields are open all year round. which is really great. and since they are indoors, in a cave, the temperature is never killer. Never too cold, never ever too hot. Tho...the fact that its a cave also plays a detrimental affect too, which I'll get to.
They have so much of what you could use. Vending machines, anti-fog, an ample amount of paper towels, restroom, arcade games, just about everything. About the only thing they are lacking is a mcdonalds or something like that, lol.
They also have a very large area where people can watch the players play from one side of the field, behind plexiglass.
BYOP nights every thursday!!! For an extra ten bucks, you can bring your own paint every thursday night.
All day air. Your 15 dollar (10 if you're a member) field fee gets you all day air.
Some of the bad.
First off to me is the lighting. Granted...it IS a cave. So you have absolutely NO natural lighting whatsoever. Its a little bit dark in there. I've been taken out by peeps further down field than what I could see. But I have lousy night vision.
The lighting is also all ceiling mounted. and it puts a pretty good glare on your lenses if they arent perfectly clean. Last time I was there, I accidentally shot one of their refs, because all I could make out thru the glare on my lenses was his shape. Tho it would be a lot worse if the lighting was wall mounted.
As mentioned, the temperature in there is great. However, it's a bit humid, since there is a lot of moisture in the air there. (the cave is near a river, alright?) So after a full day of being there, you can see some of the paint getting spongey and soft shelled, if the bags are left open. It will also cause non-thermal lenses to fog up more then if it was outdoors.
Some of those people behind the plexiglass will cheat. And point out where members of the opposite team are.
You definitely notice a scent when you walk in. like I said, it's humid. But there's nothing that they can do about it, and you get used to it after being there for just a few minutes. It's nothing overwhelming or will make you vomit, or anything like that. It's just...musty at first.
The traction on the field is great. they heavily sand it down, and sure footing is never a problem out on the field. The bathrooms however, are slick as hell. Its almost as if they just hose it down before they open the doors, and it never dries out. I literally came out with wet pants the first time I went there because I slipped and fell on my butt.
Paint prices are steep. The main field paint is rps stingers. 65-70 bucks for a full case when you can buy them anywhere else for 45-50 bucks. I understand that paint is what keeps them open, but that's still a hefty pricetag!