Strategy Plus - Very nice woods field. Speedball field is lacking. Quality of the paint available to purchase is not that good. They do not have a pro shop just a small trailer where they keep their gear.
Hogan's Alley - very nice speedball fields. Awesome pro shop with plenty of gear. Great technicians. However, I feel they overcharge for membership and day passes.
Matt's Outback is hands down one of the best paintball fields in Connecticut.
The owners, Tom and Brooke, are extremely down to earth, friendly, easy to deal with and very conscientious towards their customers.
They by far have the best prices for memberships and day passes of any field I've played at in Connecticut. They also really go out of their way to make sure their customers are happy. Matt's provides free HPA for members as well as for those who just pay for a one-day pass (no charging extra or per thousand PSI to fill up which is annoying).
Annual membership fees are $100 (which only gets you a 10 day pass at Hogans) and that includes free HPA, access to their fields anytime you want to play (as long as they're open) as well as discounts on paint and gear. They also provide free hotdogs for lunch which is definitely a plus.
The prices on paint and gear are definitely the best of all the fields at which I've played. For example, the same price at which I was able to purchase a crappy case of Empire Ramp from Strategy Plus which came dimpled and deformed the last time I played there, I can get a case of All Stars from Matt's Outback.
On most days Matt's will have at least six to eight different brands of paint to choose from ranging from $40 to $65 per 2,000 round case for members (extra $5 for non-members typically). However, they don't have as much gear for sale in the pro shop compared to Hogan's but they do have a good selection and Brooke can order anything you want and will take good care of you. They provide a lifetime warranty on markers you purchase from them so if it ever needs repairs they'll fix it for free for life, whereas most fields only give you one year.
The quality of the fields is excellent and they've gotten even better over the past year. Matt's has great speedball fields, one of which is an Xball field and the other a seven man field, a tires speedball field, and an awesome woods field with several different sections.
They've really done a great job of upgrading and improving their fields. They put up two new castles in the woods, covered dugouts next to each speedball field which helps with entering/exiting but also acts as shade in the summer time when it's really hot out, and they're in the process of putting up a dome for winter play. It is also the home field for the UConn Huskies paintball team.
Lastly, the quality and caliber of the regular players that frequent Matt's is top notch. Very good speedballers as well as woodsballers who respect the game and each other.
If you're looking for a field that takes care of their customers, has awesome prices for play / gear, and is a ton of fun at which to play then head out to Matt's Outback and check it out.
Last edited on Saturday, January 10th, 2009 at 3:35 pm PST