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Glenn142 Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: December 28th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
All of the other fields I have played on previously have been outdoor fields (woods ball and a little bit of speed ball) in the Maritimes or Eastern Ontario. This field was indoors so I won't compare apples to oranges.
Review: I have a mixed opinion of this field. My observations are as follows:

Response to my e-mailed questions: The field responded very quickly and was very helpful.

Reception at field: The staff was very friendly and efficient. They processed our party of seven very quickly (a mix of marker owners and rentals.)

Cost of paint: The paint was cheap. You could bring your own paint but the paint was so reasonable that it was cheaper to buy the paint at the field (if you're buying paint in boxes of 2000.)

CO2 and HPA refills: Very quick and reasonably priced.

Proshop: Well stocked and the prices (Boxing day specials) were good. The place had been robbed the night before. The staff remained positive and helpfull. I purchased one item while I was there and it took a long time to pay for it. I waited about 10 minutes in line while they processed two customers before me.

Refs: They were polite but inconsistant in their abilities. Some of the refs were doing their jobs during the games and others just seemed to hang around the field exit and make sure you put your barrel bag on before leaving the field. The ref function at the field would have been better if they had appointed a senior ref and the other refs supported his direction. They did a good job of making sure that masks were on and barrel bags were back on when leaving the field. They changed up the games frequently and kept the games fresh.

Other players: Skill levels varied from first timers to experienced players. There were a few times when booked parties took the field but their games were over quickly and we could get back on the field very quickly.

Facilities:
- Bathrooms: I can only speak about the men's room. The place was filthy. The most discusting bathroom I've seen outside of Afghanistan. Someone needed to unplug the toilets and put a garbage pail in the bathroom so that customers would have somewhere to put their used paper towels.
- Paintball field: Field was dark. It needs better lighting. There was only a few spots on the field where I could see where my paintballs were going. The layout of the field was good. The placement of the obstacles and cover made it possible to have a large number of people on the field at one time but not feel crowded. My biggest complaint about the field is that it never appears to have been cleaned. The field is slippery and covered in a thick coating of slimy paint. Everything is covered in the thick coating of slimy paint! There are parts of the field where the used paintballs make up a gooey mess at least four inches thick! I've washed my coveralls three times since I've left and I still haven't been able to get all the paint out of my clothes and gear. Don't wear any shoes there that you don't mind getting filthy. I scrubbed my running shoes with soap and hot water and they still are not clean. My nephews' shoes were new when he went in and will never be clean again. I would strongly recommend knee pads due to the thin covering of small gravel that appears to be thinly spread over some parts of the field. Thermal lens are a must. I played without my thermal lens and there were times I had to walk off the field because of fogging. My son (and one of my nephews who was using my thermal lens) used his thermal lens and didn't have any fogging problems.

Overall impression: Mixed. It was the first time we had played indoors. The layout of the field was good. The intensity of having two teams of 20+ going at it at once was a lot of fun. The players worked well together and helped the younger/newer players with tactics, etc. I would have rated the field a 8 but the slimy covering of paint on everything and the filthy bathrooms really diminished what could have been an excellent time for my brothers and our sons.
 

Review Comments
csgoldfinger Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 | 6:17 am PST
Dispute:
1.The bathrooms at Paintball Nation are cleaned everyday by a cleaning company. Since you appear to have been there over the winter holidays, you can expect that with so many people, by the end of the day the washrooms are not going to be perfect.

2.It’s a paintball field. It’s supposed to be covered in paintballs. The rental coveralls at Paintball Nation only need to be washed once….maybe you’re not doing your laundry right?

3.Why would anyone wear NEW running shoes to play PAINTBALL in? And YOUR mask fogging up has nothing to do with the field.
   

Glenn142 Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 | 7:27 am PST
Just a couple of points for clarification:

1. We were the first customers when the field opened on 28 Dec 07. The bathrooms were a mess at that time.

2. Washing in warm water on the heavy duty cycle, with the proper amount of soap, still hasn't got all of the mess out of our clothes after three tries.

3. New running shoes? What can I say? He's a kid. I acknowledge that fogging has nothing to do with the field. I simply added that comment for other so that they bring their thermal lens if they have them.
   

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