Extremely brittle shell, most intense fill color possible, anti-wiping thick fill formulation, precision sized and finished, engineered for maximum range and accuracy, designed for maximum spread area on impact. Gold shell with a fluorescent pink fill.
The Zap Chronic Ultimate Paintballs are newer, so they should be commonly available.
A myriad of different brands. The only ones that were comparable to this would be Ultra Evil, Hellfire, and Inferno
'04 Blue to black fade Angel Speed
.688 14" dye Ultralite
It's pretty strong all the way around.
I'll let you know when I find one.
This is really, really good paint. I got my wife to pick up two cases of this before I left on vacation. I only noticed one small flat spot in a bag. The size was very consistent and very round. The only flyer I've had out of the first case was the second ball I shot when I first got it. All the rest have flown straight as an arrow. The day after I arrived at my mom's house, I shot a hopperful at reeds on the other side of a pond located behind her house. I was consistently hitting reeds the size of a fat kindergarten pencil at a distance of about 75' at least once every five shots.
When I got to use it on the field, the accuracy was just as good. I was hitting barrel tips poking around bunkers from the fifty. I even broke one on a harness flap that was sticking out. Everyone has a time where an opponent has left something sticking out, and try as you might, you can't hit it to save your life. I did not have this problem all day long. Walking the trigger this paint comes out in a straight line and maintains a tight grouping downfield.
It also breaks every single time. And I mean everytime. I dropped tested four of them from six foot on a concrete floor. One broke on the first drop, the other three broke about the third drop. Like I said, I broke one on a harness flap. The fill is super bright pink. If you try wiping it , the break just smears and gets bigger. You can see this stuff break from across the field. The fil is so bright you can see it through the shell, which gives the ball kind of a pearlescent effect.
I'd also like to note that the day i played with it was extremely humid. The humidity did not seem to affect it.
Reading back over my review I make this paint sound like the wonder ball. But that's how it performed. If you can get it, I'd say do so. Even for rec ball I've always believed it to be more economical to buy a more expensive paint, because you use less paint in the end. Use this stuff and I think you'll agree. You'll hit what your aiming at, it'll break the first time, and there's no wiping it.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, June 28th, 2004 at 7:41 am PST
Zap Chronic (non-420)
Draxxus Polar Ice
-Custom Built Sniper II (2001 WGP Body)
-Custom Built Autococker (2004 AIM Body)
-Upgraded Smart Parts Ion
-Upgraded CCI Phantom VSC
-Upgraded Ariakon ACP Pistol
Anything that matches. I'm an advocate of the SP Freak & Powerlyte Scepter barrels myself.
-Very Bright Visible Fill
-Always breaks on target
-Extremely consistant & round shell
-Brittle shell can break in HP markers or cold weather
I was a huge fan of Zap paint before they got bought out & changed their paint standards (back when Spank was a green shell, not purple). I Thought their Spank & their Chronic were both amazing. Spank was durable enough to be shot through ANYTHING without breaking while still breaking on the target, and Chronic was just as good, only it had the added bonus of being more consistantly sized & round, and thus flew amazingly well.
Then Zap got bought out. After wasting my money on 2 cases of Spank & two cases of Chronic, I gave it up as a lost cause. The new owner cut quality control and raised prices. Spank now broke on a regular basis, and Chronic wasn't much better. My friends & I spent more time squeegeeing our markers & wishing our shots were going straight, then we did getting eliminations.
That brings us up to the present and gives you an idea where I'm reviewing this Chronic 420 from. After giving up on Zap, I discovered X-Ball gold & loved it. I used it for close to a year before my store was completely out the day before paintballing. I'd heard from a few people at the store that 420 was still good despite the new owners at Zap, so I broke down & bought a case.
It cost me $65 which strikes me as a lot considering I pay $40 for X-Ball gold, but I was desperate so I paid it. Upon getting home and looking at the paint, the first thing I noticed is that it was all a consistant size again, just like the old Chronic I used to use before the buyout. It was fitting my .687 FREAK insert perfectly. In 50 something rounds only one rolled straight through, and none were so tight that I couldn't easily blow them out. I thought we were off to a great start. I took a few out onto my back porch and firied off a hopper with my autococker. It looked like we were off to a more then great start. It was not only shooting just as straight as my X-Ball, but I didn't have any of the breaks I feared I might get. I was set to hit the field and depending on how it performed it looked like I had a permanent replacement for my X-Ball gold.
Now before, I start on what happened at the field, I'd like to make it clear that it was snowing, 30 degrees, and windy which more then likely had a big impact on the events.
When I got to the field the next day I went to chrono my markers. This is usually a comical task because I'm walking to the back of the staging area with anywhere between 2 & 5 markers. Today, I was walking back with my ACP pistol stuffed in my pocket, my sniper II & phantom in one arm, & my cocker with tank & hopper in the other. First I tried to chrony the ACP. I should have known better then to even try to use a marker that runs on 12 grams in freezing whether. The third ball out of the barrel was a break. Every subsequent shot after that either broke in the barrel or shot off so wildly that it was anyone's guess where it would hit. Well crap, alright not to be discouraged I put the ACP away & tried my phantom. Hopefully it would fare a bit better on 12 grams. Nope another break inside of the first 10 shots. Hmm, that's no good. Alright I guess I can give up on my pumps & pistols today. At least I have a full case to use with the cocker. I went to chrony the cocker. 276, 280, 288, 284. Good good, shot a rope to make sure everythign was working alright. Suprise suprise, another break. At this point I simply gave up on the Chronic 420 and borrowed a case of polar ice from my friend (which worked well I might add) for the rest of the day.
Not to be discouraged, I took all my markers out to my back yard on the next nice day we had. It was about 48 degrees, sunny, & no wind. I brought out everything this time., My cocker, my piranha, my ACP, my sniper II, & my phantom. Without a chrony I had to hope they were still all chronographed, but I was reasonably sure none were shooting over 300fps just by watching the ball's flight. First I tried the cocker since that had worked earlier. I shot half a hopper in perfect ropes. No breaks & I couldn't ask for better shot consistancy. Next the Phantom. I fired the first ten rounds with no problem. I broke round number 6 in the next ten rounds. So I got 16 rounds before a break. I cleaned the marker out and started firing again, and I got 12 rounds this time before a break. Well, I guess my phantom just doesn't like this stuff. Next onto the ACP, where I had the same results as the phantom. I broke round number 8. Cleaned it out then broke round number 14; well crud. Onto my piranha. The piranha was a paint blender. I broke one on probably the 7th or 8th round & went downhill from there. Well only one marker left, time to try the sniper II. Thankfully my sniper put it's entire mini-hopper of 50 rounds out without a single break & as accurate as I could ask for. After sighting the red dot scope in for the correct distance (a large tree in my backyard) I was able to consistantly put rounds onto the dot.
I don't know about you, but my experiences at the field & at my back yard lead me to believe that Chronic 420 is an excellent paint with a very brittle shell. It seems to be poorly suited for high pressure markers or cold weather conditions. It shot poorly and broke whenever the round was stressed (cold weather or a high pressure markers) and it shot amazingly well when conditions were good for it (warm weather & a low pressure marker).
Would I buy 420 again? Not when 1/2 of the markers I regularly use at the field can't fire it. Should you buy it? I'd say, only if you live in warm weather and shoot an Ion/shocker, cocker, matrix, or other lower pressure marker.
If you're shooting a tippman, blowback, or any sort of high pressure marker or if you plan to use your marker in colder weather then steer clear of this paint. If you use a LP marker & you're willing to treat this paint right (not use it in cold and not abuse it too badly) it should treat you very well, and I would reccomend it.
I'm going to give it a 7 out of 10. Great in the right conditions, if you can meet those rather picky conditions.
Bright fill, cannot wipe this stuff!! Great shell breaks everytime!!!!
None At All
I have used so much paint, and I am only impressed with proball more than this paint, simply because it is 20 bucks less than This ulimate and almost, not quite, but almost performs as good as far as range and accuracy goes. But the fill is impossible to wipe, you only make it worse when you do. I will continue to buy this paint forever. Also, the real name of this paint I believe is now called 420. Buy it you will not regret this purchase especially if you have cheaters where you play!!!
Wonderful flight, great shell that always breaks on target and not in barrel, and such a bright thick fill that no one can successfully cheat after being hit with this ball. Buy it, You will really enjoy the money well spent.
Spyder Imagine 04, 12oz CO2 tank, 20 oz co2, 14 in. barrel,
Great fill, fly straight
I bought these from my feild thinking they wouldn't be really good, but i was wrong!! These paintballs rule! They fly straight, they have a great fill that only an idiot woouldnt notice, you cant wipe them of and say you didn't get hit and there allaround great paint.
05 Black-Blue Fade Proto Matrix
Halo B w/ Rip
Dye Peanut 70/4500
Hybrid Blunt Drop
Hybrid Grind Rail
Hybrid Hedlock 2
Hybrid Contract Killer Grips
CP Roller Trigger
Kaner, Freak, anything BIG.
Holy Bright, Thick fill. No wiping this stuff.
Best ball I have ever seen at any field. Just try to wipe it. I even stained a guy's teeth through his mask with this stuff. Flies super straight, and almost seamless. Always round, no dimples. I did not have a single barrel break after a case and still going. Brighter than anything else out there also. If there is a better paint, show me!
Buy this stuff, you will not be disappointed.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, February 5th, 2005 at 7:11 pm PST
Tippmann 98 Custom
Zap Amp Reactor
Two 14 Ounce co2 tanks
And One 9 ounce tank
A Good Sized Barrel Works Best With These Paintballs
It has A Nice Thick fill And Breaks Every time
There Are No Weaknesses
I once saw this ball about a month ago and i bought 1 case of 2000 balls. And i went into the target rage with 200 balls in My electronic hopper and Zap AMP REACTOR. I put it on full Auto (20 bps) and they all broke i filled my hopper again and went in with my gun on semi auto every ball broke then i switched guns and went to a 98 custom i filled the hopper went in the target range and pressed the saftey off and started shooting (and i only had a little bit of air left) And they all broke again
Im telling you go out and search for a dealer that sells these paintballs cause i can guarntee you that they will break every time and i forgot to tell you... for those cheaters out there that wipe the paint off when they get hit you can not wipe these babys off Im telling You get these balls
blaze - a lot of dimpled balls, flew pretty straight but not as good as ultimate
big ball - pretty decent paint for the money - no breaks
2005 WGP Trilogy Pro
14 in. die ultralite barrel
System X Web Drop Forward
68/4500 PMI nitro tank
My .688 bore ultralite works great
accurate, BRIGHT thick fill, breaks on target EVERY time
None that I've found...maybe too brittle for some guns?
Ok, first off I'd like to say that this paint is AWESOME. All of the paint was perfectly round with practically no seam. Also, I swear the fill is so bright that you will go blind if you look at it directly. Definately the brightest fill I have ever seen other than normal chronic. So far I've put about 2,000 rounds of this stuff through my marker and haven't had any break in my gun, but at the same time I have not seen one single bounce which is a huge plus. Also, this paint is extremely accurate I was able to consistently hit a 2 in. tree from about 100 ft. away, missing only 1 in 10 shots.
Basically, if you can find this paint, buy it. The price shouldn't be too steep (you should be able to find it for around $50 ish) so there shouldn't be anything standing in your way.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, May 16th, 2005 at 6:23 pm PST
evil, jt elite and a lot more that i cant remember
Any, I use a spyder shutter stock barrel that is 4 years old and this paint had never breaked on me.
Very very accurate.
No weaknesses not a single one that i've encountered
I have use a lots of different kinds of paint, ranging from house paint to tourny level paint but Chronic is the only paint that i used more than once. I been using this paint for about 3 years now and I had not seen or used any paint that performs as well as the chronic. Best paint out there and with a good fair price of 50 bucks a box.
Accuracy is also great its almost like shooting an airsoft gun. It doesn't swerve around like other paintballs
GO AND TRY THIS PAINT OUT NOW!!!!!
The best paint out there with a good reasonable price, You will find that you will actually save a lot of money because this thing is accurate like hell. You will spray a lot less because u can actually aim with this paint.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, November 25th, 2004 at 10:31 pm PST
Blue Invert Mini
68/45k pure energy low pressure fix
dye boomstick or ultralite
I just tried this out because my team is thinking about using this in a tourney sersies and this is hands down one of the best paints i have ever shot. To start off i did the simple drop from head lengh test (Im 6'1") and it broke with easy eposing the thick yellow fill that could not be easily wiped off if hit on a player. I ran this through one of my friends pmr and my mini and it was very consitant on both guns and i had not had a report from anyone that i bounced one off i knew if i hit someone because i saw it break and never bounced. I shot a full case and only one time i choped and that was because i switched barrels. There was only dimples on a few balls but my case was at the bottom of the pallet which that can explain them.
This is a tourney level paint that should not think twice about buying it will pay off and help you win
Q lock feed neck
Maxd body kit
Smart parts on/off
U1 tech barrel
Vrtue ez on
Sart parts qev
Any thing that fits i personaly like the un1 tech and the freak and the cp classic
any thing in the 697 and 687 or 689
-Breaks on target
-Crap 4 woodsball
-Breaks a little (not a major concern)
I was playing a touney and had 2 cases of chronic and this was my first time using Chronic besides shooting some from my friends hopper and well i was extreamly impressed we lost in the semi-finals so i couldnt play speedball because it was beong used for the finals so i went to play hyperball/woodsball and chronic held up alright the balls were breaking on little twigs now keep in mind this paint is used for shooting at inflatiable bunkers with with open space between them and no trees...the shell is desiigned for speedball because of the brittle shell for speedball not woods now the other paint at the field was spank and that was ment for woods not speedball and. . . well chronic proformed over the whole day with out to many flaws but none to major but ill have to give it a 7 for woods and a 10 for speedball
I have to give it a 7 for woods and a 10 for speedball and ill give it a 10 cuz i play speedball not woods now i proformed alright on woods but not to well