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Sydarm Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: July 23rd, 2011
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
OCP-good all around, esp woodsball and nice staff
Addiction-closed
Orlando Paintball-staff sucks, prices suck even more
Review: Proshop: Not a true "shop" it's where you sign the waivers, pay, get paint, and rent gear (outside, in shade though). There were always staff members there ready to help you with whatever was needed.

Prices: $10 admission (includes all day air), $48 of their custom Empire (worked well for me), $68 for premium paint (RPS). XPX is field paint only, but I saw that their prices for 500, 1000, and 1500 were very reasonable, only a buck or two above that percentage of the case price. This can really come in handy.

Fields: All woodsball here. They have streams, hills, forts, tire bunkers, cars, wooden structures, trees etc etc. 6 or so large fields were available. I enjoyed each and every one. There are multiple game types from attack & defend, to vip, disarm the bomb, simple elimination, and more. The additional game types were a refreshing change from the norm.

Food/Drink: I did not purchase any from them, but I saw that they had a few drink options.

Rules: 300fps max (and every player who brought equipment had theirs confirmed by a ref), 10 foot rule, and standard safety

Safety: The safety I witnessed was very good. The refs made sure of it.

Services: 3000 & 4500 psi air are available (no co2). They only filled to 3500 at the start of the day in 4500 and it declined as the day went on. A bit of a shame considering the turnout and offering hpa only, but perhaps this is not always the case. Either way, it was still quite satisfactory. **edit** Common for fills to not go much above 3500-3900 here...but it's good enough.

Bathrooms: 4 portapots were present. I used one, which had minimal odor and was fairly clean save for the two small spider webs.

Turnout: 40-45 at peak (actual players). We did play a 20v20 or so a couple times, not bad! The player base was overall very good on sportsmanship and friendliness. There was one patch of jerkweeds, but hey that is unavoidable anywhere.

Refs: This is a true highlight of playing at XPX--the best refing I have ever experienced in a walkon setting for sure. Early on it was only one and later was 2-3 or so per game. They got right into the fray, checked people, and kept the games running smoothly. The gaps between games were not very long either. I was impressed.

Staff: I was treated with respect by every member of the staff that I encountered.

Other notes: Be aware that the fields are anywhere from a 2-6 minute hike from the pits (each way). Adequate hydration at XPX is absolutely essential, I cannot stress this enough. I was slamming a drink after every game and it was not enough for me at all. I ended up taking a bottle of water in my pod pack (in place of a pod) to every game after that, which really helped. If you have a camelbak and are going to play here when it is hot, I HIGHLY recommend that you bring it and use it. If not, plan accordingly and/or put a bottle of water in your pods.

Overall Experience: I would give this place a 9.5/10, only deducting for the less than optimal air fills and portapots. This is a terrific place for rec and woodsball, no doubt about it. The prices are reasonable, the staff is wonderful, and the fields are fun. I will be returning here as frequently as I am able.
Last edited on Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at 5:21 pm PST
 

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