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Special Ops Paintball UltraLight Fusion Jersey Reviews
Gain the edge on your opponent by keeping cool. When summer is in full swing, and temperatures are rising, while the other guys complain about "sweat-crack," you'll be enjoying the light weight football mesh construction of the new Fusion Ultralite. Ultralite weight combined with 600den. Digi Camo Cordura Padded knees and elbows... this bad boy's all that and a bag of chips!
The Special Ops Paintball UltraLight Fusion Jersey is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
Mesh is very lightweight
Promotes some bounce
Mesh can hang up
Tanks slip off shoulder
I have been using this jersey about a month or so before D-day 06. For the money, it is a pretty decent jersey. You get another quality product courtesy of Spec Ops with great features for playing in the woods.
The key plusses for this paticular jersey is that it is incredibly lightweight. It is made out of roughly the same mesh that jerseys for football use. This provides great airflow when the weather is in the mid to high 90's. All you need is a slight breeze, and you can feel the sweat whisking away from your body. Another key feature is that the elbows are reinforced and this once again helps out when doing a mad crawl. The digi pattern is well designed and even has the Spec Ops logo blended in. It is a great pattern when you are waiting for to spring that perfect ambush. The high neck, and the longer wrist cuffs provide extra protection against direct shots, and also help in a minor way to keep bugs off. The last major feature that I have noticed, is that it comes a little baggy which is key to getting a bounce. All in all this jersey provides you with all the basics that you will ever really need for a hot day of play.
As all products though, there can always be room for improvement. The biggest problem that I have is that I use my tank for my stock. It doesn't really stick to the mesh for some unknown reason. I ended up having to go buy a Dye Rhino tank cover (great investment by the way) over my JT one, to get any sort of stick. Now while I like the elbows, I have used a few jerseys that already have elbow padding built in that is made of kevlar. That would really save the elbows even more as every now and then a rogue twig or sticker will jab through. I don't know why I didn't list it up a little higher, but the #2 weakness is also the #1 advantage. The mesh can really get hung up on foliage that is on the dense side of things. I am not saying you are flapping your arms around trying to get free, but it does take a quick pull every now and then (still no tears which really attests to the quality.) One last thing that I can thing of that should be put on this jersey is that maybe a little rubber nubbies on the back. Most people who purchase Spec Ops equipment also buy vests. The rubber would help hold the vest secure and not give any bounce or jiggle.
For your typical "woods" player, this is a great jersey to own. My rating is the way it is because while it is a better jersey than many I have either seen in use, or used myself (which is way more than what I listed as those are other ones I own), it doesn't really compare to the additional features that the contact, and airtime jerseys have. It is better than average, but no where the best. For the money, you can't really do much better for this jersey.
80's MilSpec WoodlandBDU Jacket (Better Protection, Heavier, Hotter, Less Effective while still, Ineffective while moving.)
90's MilSpec Tiger Stipe BDU Jacket. (Better Protection, Heavier, Hotter, Slightly Less effective while moving.)
Black Sweatshirt (Great Protection, Very Hot, Marginally Effective while Still, Barely Effective while moving.)
Black Double-T (Poor Protection, Less Cool, Marginally Effective while Still, Barely Effective while moving.)
Vented for cooling.
High collar for protection.
Not using the new digital Tiger Stripe pattern.
Atypical digital pattern.
Envy. When it is above 80 degrees, this jersey inspires envy from those around you. You can feel every breeze, but still keep the sun off your skin and the bugs and paintballs from hitting you directly and carry a nice camo pattern too.
Combined with a wicking undershirt, you could wear this jersey from April through October above the Mason-Dixon line.
Really, there aren't many weaknesses to this jersey.
My only wish is that it was in one of the new digital tiger stripe camo patterns. If SpecOps picked up a digital tiger stripe, I'd buy this jersey all over again.
An amazing product. Necessa Est for summer games. Simple as that.
CCI Phantom, 32 Degrees T-Stock, Armson Pro Red Dot Sight
Massive breathability, great camo pattern, high collar, well made
Just like every other paintballer out there, playing in the summer made me want to find something to wear that wouldn't kill me in 95 degree heat. The jersey is the perfect solution. It's made of mesh, so it's really, really light and breathable. If you don't where something under it, it's not quite like playing without a shirt, but it's almost as good. I've been using it since the spring, and it has really been a lifesaver on the hot days.
The digi-camo pattern is excelent. It really does its job well. I don't know how many players benefit from camo, or how often, but if you want to remain unseen, this is a verly nice pattern for woods and brush, at least in nothern NJ.
A few other little things that are worth pointing out: It has a fairly high collar, which provides quite a bit of protection against neck shots. It also has non-mesh elbows to prevent rips while crawling. On the subject of rips, it might seem that the mesh would be prone to catching on thorns and such and tearing. I've walked through thorn bushes in this (by accident), no rips to speak of.
There is one thing ou have to watch out for. The sizing. These things are made really, really big. The small fits me perfectly, and I'm 6'1". Just watch out for that if you buy one.
So what's the final word? Do you play in the woods? During summer? Is it really hot? Then get one, it's worth the price. 9/10.
Tippman 98, Tapco 6 pos. stock, Tippmann Cyclone feeder, Palmer pursuit stabalizer regulator, BSA 30mm red dot, Shock tech Super Fly bolt, Maddmann spring kit, and Ops gear interceeptor barrel.
Keeps you cool, good camoflauge, very breathable, great to wear daily on hot summer days
After a day of crawling they tend to fade. only comes in digital
well this product really is cool. literally and figuratively. I live in norfolk VA, and it can get quite hot and humid. Great just to wear around the house. i have three, 2 for paintball and one for the house or runnin around town in. for hot humid summer play, this is were it's at. even if your just a speedballer. the digital camoflauge pattern is super affective. I am my teams dedicated sniper, and i do alot of low crawl. the only down side is it seems to fade a little in an allday crawl. but in my opinion that does not make a great deal to me anyway. and it only comes in digi. im very partial to tiger. I have used this product for 3 games this month and it performed 110%, even threw thorny thick brush. didnt snag one bit.
If you wanna stay cool, on hot game days. then you might want to invest in this.
I got this about 6 months ago for when I played in Georgia while at my dads house. Not only did I wear this for paintball but for dirt bike riding and right about everything else. It is extremely comfortable especially in hot weather. When you get running it gets more comfortable. The camouflage is superb. I was crawling through the side of a field in the tree line that would normally be very visible in but instead no one saw me. I wa able to get three eliminations without anyone knowing I was ever there. Also they are very durable. Mine snagged on a piece of barbed wire and didn't rip.
These are awesome. They can't be beat in the summer and even in the winter. I reccomend these for anyone that plays when it gets hot.
APE Board Egrip
9" OPSGear shroud
8" Lapco Fake supr
16" J&J Cerm Barrel
Smoked ricochet hopper
30 Swat Force Red Dot site (yes it works) w/ offsite rail
3 point sling
Dead On Power Tube and Bolt upgrade
Palmer Inline Regulator w/ remote line (maybe the best upgrade)
Very baggy if you want to call it a weakness.
This thing is a must if you get hot or play in hot areas. While all the guys wearing BDU's are take their tops off, I'm getting cooled off by the breeze passing past me. I played football from grade school up to 12th grade and only saw a jersey tear once. The football mesh jersey can handle the beating it gets from me. I also noticed that I had alot of paint bounce off me too. I'm a pretty big guy and like to buy things extra baggy, so I went 5x and this thing is huge but it gets held down buy my vest. So just be careful ordering too large.
I would say buy it, the price isn't that much to pay to keep cool and to have the durability it does its a steal!!!
US Military surplus BDUs
UnderArmor wick-away T-shirt
-Dye ExCel barrel
Lightweight, breathes well
Camo colors are off slightly, and a bit too "intense"
When it gets to be June, July and August in Sacramento, the temperature climbs to 105 and up out at the field, and my buddies and I look for anything- ANYTHING- to reduce the slogging, painful delirium of the heat. We play woodsball, and so need something that won't snag on brush or let said brush poke us in soft spots (and since we're all over 30 and not consistently all that active, most of our bodies are "soft spots").
My buddy bought this jersey as a test case. I was dubious. The colors are mostly accurate to US Army digital, but they're move vibrant than the real thing, and even after a couple of washes, his jersey hadn't faded out at all, which was a downside.
He wore it on a group trip to the field, and raved about it. He totally forgot about the color issue, and couldn't say enough good things about the jersey. Interestingly, the mesh actually encourages more aggressive play, because when you're moving, air flow through the material increases. He's usually a devious, not to say vicious, defense player, so seeing him playing mobile offense was a clear indication something was up. He loved the jersey and kept telling the rest of us (in our BDUs) that we were fools. We nodded at him like he was crazy ('cause usually he is), gulped our Gatorade, and thought nothing more of it.
I headed out to the field last weekend with another buddy, and borrowed the magic jersey. I played the first couple of games in my old BDUs and an UnderArmor T-shirt. When it got up to over 100, I decided the heavy cotton was getting old, and put on the SpecOps jersey.
The difference was immediately obvious. Even though the jersey was about 2 sizes too big for me (I'm 5'6" and my buddy is 6'1"), every time I moved I could feel air across my body. I played three more games that afternoon, and played them aggressively, and loved the fact that I didn't feel about to stifle in my own heat cloud. I'm buying one of these bad boys out of my next paycheck (in a size closer to my own, naturally).
Ten of ten. This jersey manages to breathe without sacrificing durability or creating a risk of snags.
digital camouflage blends well
accepts Special Ops Action Ghillie (I use it when I snipe)
near impossible to snag
bug repellent (may just be me)
difficult to rip
baggy enough to promote bounces (again, may be just me)
paint doesn't have to be washed out; just fades away
a little bit thin, so hits hurt more, but not that much, and it doesn't really matter
gets colder than BDU's in the winter, but again, doesn't matter if you remain stoic
This ROCKS! You're invisible once you hit a bush. You'll never overheat again. If it wasn't for the bugs not biting your skin, you'd swear you were running naked. The mesh accepts Special Ops' Action Ghillie, and will probably take jute, too. They never snag or rip; I tried both. Padded elbows let you crawl without scratching your arms.