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The Inflicted Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Period of
Field Use:
4 years
Last There: August 1st, 2009
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Sir Gooney's- abysmal
Adventures in paintball - closed years and years ago.
Various outlaw fields
Review: I should have written this review years ago.

Insane paintball is the best paintball field and store in the history of Chattanooga. I've been playing there on and off since opening day, and have played there very regularly for the last 2 years or so, and only after moving out of the Chattanooga area have I realized how exceptional a facility it is.

Pro Shop: Far and away the biggest and best-stocked paintball store I've ever seen. Stylish too, with all the blue neon and black shelving. I have been consistently impressed with how quickly Insane gets in new products (DM9 and TPX were in stock within 2 weeks of release, if not sooner) and how well-priced everything is. Most of the time, Insane's price for gear is as low, if not lower than what you'll find on eBay or at the various online stores. Parts and clothing sections are very wide too, and the store's products are split about 50/50 between milsim and tournament equipment.

Field Pricing: Very, very reasonable given the overhead a place like this must generate. I think their regular price is around $15 with all-day-air but I really couldn't tell you since I was always taking advantage of some sort of promotion or coupon or something. Insane runs specials on memberships all the time, and I think they're currently giving out a number of free passes with gun purchases. As often as I played, the marker I bought from them paid for itself. Paint is around $20 for a bag of 500 and $65ish for a case. Make sure you buy paint from the field desk though- the proshop carries all kinds of paint but the field requires white DXS field paint only.

Rental Gear: Tippmann 98's/BT guns with 48ci HPA bottles. Perfect, really, and the field has many, many kits on hand. The rental masks are the lower end Vents masks I think, but there's a bit of variety. I don't rent these things but what I've seen has always been working and in good repair. Chest protectors and camo coveralls are also available for rent for younger players.

Fields: This is where Insane really shines. There are currently 5 fields in operation and usually all 5 are available for play. First off are the two indoor fields. These have astroturf floors and are primarily airball bunkers with the odd plastic barrel thrown in. The smaller of these fields is lit and painted for glow-in-the-dark "Cosmic Paintball" on certain nights. Both of the fields are frequently cleaned and every couple weeks the layout of the bunkers is rearranged, so if you think you've learned one, think again. There is ample viewing area along two sides of both of these fields, and 3 if you count the overhead balcony viewing areas accesable via the stairs.

Outside, there is another field dedicated to airball, usually X-ball. This field is often used during the weekends for dedicated tournament practice so don't count on it being available every time. Of course, if you ask the players drilling there they might let you join in, I never asked.

The real star of the show is Insane's new "Chat-Town" urban/castle field. This is the largest of their outdoor field and is a real treat for new players or anyone who wants something different. It has a number of plywood house-like bunkers arranged very carefefully to avoid giving one side an advantage. 4 of these bunkers are two-story, with railed access ramps leading up to the balconies. One of these two-story bunkers is a very long fort-like structure that lends itself well to attack-and-defend games. I've spent a LOT of time on this field and it's a blast, especially with lot of players.

Finally, there is a long but narrow wooded field in the rear area of the compound. This field simply too small to afford a "true" woodsball experience since you can see the other team as soon as the game starts. Also, a number of ditches and trenches in the field provide for some interesting hiding places but are usually full of mud or water, and I've found some bits of jagged metal half-buried in the dirt out there. Some newer players enjoy this place but I don't.

All the fields, inside and out are VERY securely netted, and the nets are always in good condition and cabled tightly to the ground. There are gravel walkways between all the outdoor fields and astroturf walkways inside to keep players from slipping in their cleats.

AMENITIES: Excellent here too. Insane has a very large restroom for players that is kept clean and functional. You can drink water from the sink (you're going to need something) or buy a cold powerade or energy drink from the desk. They sell microwave sandwiches and a few other snacks there as well, and the field is less than a minute away from a Burger King, Subway, and there are dozens of great restaurants in downtown Chattanooga about 5 minutes down the road.

Insane's staging area is terrific also. They have a couple dozen tables and benches for players to work with their gear on and trashcans everywhere. I'm writing this after a hot Tennessee summer, and the fields, especially indoor, can get pretty toasty. It would impractical for Insane to air-condition a field this large but they do what they can with lots of ventilation fans inside and a water-mist cooling station outside.

PAINT: This is one area where I have a bone to pick. Except for special events the field only allows the DXS field paint. For the most part it's been good paint, but occasionally they get in a pretty bouncy batch and I've played some days where I take 4-5 bounces a game. It's also a VERY small paint, so make sure your gun is equipped to deal with paint in the .682 range. Like I said, it's usually fine but if it's bad you're stuck with it and so is everyone else.

Staff: For the most part, good. I've gotten to know all of Insane's management very well and have great respect for them, but their reffing staff on the field tends to be mostly teenagers and not all of them have as much experience as I think they should. They do a great job of keeping barrel blockers on guns and masks on faces, but I wish they would work harder to enforce the field's 280fps and 10bps limits. One thing I will say is that whenever I've seen a problem and mentioned it to the staff they have been very understanding and have either fixed the problem or patiently listened to my complaint. For the last year, at least, cheating has not been a problem at all on these fields and I credit the staff for that.

Bottom line: This is world-class paintball operation and deserves your business. If you're close enough to check it out, do so. Insane has somehow developed a field that is family-friendly while still having something to offer to the serious rec/tournament player.
 

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