The unique design & material of the Exalt tank cover allows the one size to be used on any tank size from 45ci to 68ci. Made from a high quality elastomer the tank cover contains features to provide superior shoulder grip even in the wettest playing conditions, while the inner side provides a secure grip with any tank to eliminate any movement or slop found in other tank covers.
The centers can be cut out so that they can be used on the front half of the tank, allowing the possibility of using 2 covers to protect the whole tank. The user can simply use 1 cover mounted on the rear half of the tank or even cut down the covers to suit the users preference.
The Exalt Tank Cover is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
Won't Slip/Spin Around On Tank
Somewhat difficult to put on tank.
Roll it on ..
Gear: 45/4500 Pure Energy Tank
Dye Rhino tank cover (unknown year) $30 US from http://www.thematrixcenter.com/ (I couldn't find it on any Canadian sites)
Exalt tank cover - $14 CAD from www.exaltpaintball.com
Pictures: Sorry the pic quality on some isn't great since it was night time and that room isn't lit the best.
Exalt Cover on tank --> http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu277/Schencker/DSCF0053. jpg
Dye Cover on tank --> http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu277/Schencker/DSCF0056. jpg
Exalt/Dye together --> http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu277/Schencker/DSCF0060. jpg
Exalt/Dye butt shot --> http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu277/Schencker/DSCF0064. jpg
First Impression: Well when I first saw the Exalt cover in photos on the internet I thought it was some what ugly. After seeing some in practice a few times they slowly started to grow on me, and now that I actually have one on my tank I think it's a nice looking cover although that is personal preference.
Material: The Exalt tank cover is made from rubber that is fairly strong, but still flexible to be able to fit over your tank. The material does stretch out, but seems to go back to its original shape and size after being removed from the tank. Since they are flexible they have one really neat feature is the one size fits all style, so if you change tanks or borrow a tank you can most likely still use your cover since the Exalt cover will fit any 45 or 68 ci tank.
Style: As I said previously, the style of the tank cover has grown on me quite a bit over the last few months but again style is all personal preference. One nice feature about these tank covers is that they're customizable, meaning you can put 2 different covers together to cover the entire tank and mix and match those colors. You can also cut the tank cover so you only have the "butt" of the tank cover on your tank for grip or cut it to whatever desired length you're looking for. Again, this is all your personal preference I personally like mine stock since it's simple.
Function: In this I am going to compare it to a Dye Rhino tank cover that I have had for about a year. I am unsure of the year of the tank cover (07ish?), but I dont believe it's extremely old and i'm unsure if anything other than the pattern has changed on these, feel free to correct me if i'm wrong.
Exalt Cover - The first thing I noticed after putting it on my tank and using it was that there is much more grip on the butt of this cover compared to the dye cover. The rubber material really grips to your shoulder and doesn't slip. I was very impressed with the grip I had from this, and didn't have one slip of the tank while holding it against my shoulder. The rubber material seems light at first, yet it held up fine with no scratches or damage to my tank while diving hard into the snake all day long. If you're really concerned about the entire tank you can use the 2 tank covers together to protect the entire thing, but I am confident the 1 cover will protect my 45/45. Overall great functionlity from the Exalt cover, does everything a tank cover should do. The exalt cover is more difficult to put on the tank, but isn't hard by any means. The easiest way we found was to roll it on to the tank like a condom. The exalt cover is probably the easiest tank cover to clean, simply spray some water onto it and wipe it clean with a paper towel or shammy and it's clean.
Dye Cover - The Dye cover also has very good grip although I personally feel the Exalt cover has much more grip to it compared to the Dye cover which was a nice feature. Also, the one thing that always seemed to bother me about the Dye cover is that it spun around on my tank while playing or unscrewing my tank, which the Exalt cover will not do, since it has such a tight fit. I would have to say the Dye cover likely offers more protection for the entire tank, since it covers the whole tank and is a thicker nylon and rubber type material.
Overall both tank covers do what they're supposed to with the exalt having a better grip on the butt of the cover, and it will not slide around on the tank while playing/unscrewing your tank although the Dye cover may offer a bit more protection for the bottle. The Exalt cover should be more than enough to protect your tank unless you play on cement, in which case you should stop playing on cement. If concerned about the protection you can double up the tank covers to protect the entire bottle.
Installation/Cleaning: The dye cover is easier to put on, simply unzip it, put it offer the tank and zip it back up. This cover is more difficult to clean as I would always put it into the wash with my paintball gear on delicate. The exalt cover is more difficult to put on the tank, but isn't hard by any means. The easiest way we found was to roll it on to the tank like a condom. The exalt cover is probably the easiest tank cover to clean, simply spray some water onto it and wipe it clean with a paper towel or shammy and it's clean.
Conclusion: I really love this Exalt tank cover since it's customizable, has great protection and offers superior grip on the butt of the tank. I also really like the fact that the cover doesn't slide on the tank when playing/unscrewing. The only downside may be if you like the style of the tank, but it has grown on me to the point that I really like the way it looks on my tank. It all comes down to personal choice and the Exalt tank cover is a great choice at over 1/2 the price of most other covers, overall I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new cover or better grip from the butt of the tank.
Best grip available
Stays on tank
One size fits all
A rubber tank cover that fits over half the tank or the full tank if you use two. Gives the greatest grip on your shoulder possible, I honestly cannot use anything else or I end up knocking myself in the face when I switch hands. No air between cover and tank. Can easily peel back to show hydro.
You can cut it up and do designs to looks are not that bad, also if it is the same color as the tank it looks great
This is the greatest tank cover on the market, and for $15 you cannot go wrong
Black starr Butt
Other various Tank covers
Do not even compare to what exalt has brought to the table, this could be one of the best paintball accessories that has come out to date, in all seriousness this thing rocks, sticks to your shoulder even during a slide or while running and gunning with one hand, truly awesome
Does not stain, or retain moisture like other tankcovers, easy cleaning
A little difficult to get on, thankfully theres a great video to show you how
I have been using exalt tank covers for a few months now and i must say im extremely impressed. Becuase of the rubbery material used and specially engineered grip ridges, this cover wil always be the medium between your tank and your shoulder providing a great force of adhesion which will prevent your setup from slipping away and possibly injuring yourself, even with excess paint, dirt, or water all over, this tank cover will still be glued to your shoulder.
I really like the fact that it is cheaper than anything else out there, but without sacrificing quality and design. Really cant be beat, and even if you happen to lose it or get it stolen, its not goina hurt your wallet or have you contemplating to buy another one.
The installation at first was a little difficult, but after you put in on the first time youll perfect the technique, and once its on you really dont need to take it off. As well as soemone else mentioned, there is a video which i recently watched, which made the process that much easier, giving a full detailed video explanation of how to put in on and takeit off and tips as to making the most out of this products,
Since using the Exalt tank cover it hasnt stained, ripped, damaged my tank, or been defective to me in any way, truly an awesome product and seems like a really great company coming out with some sick products. If the rest of their products are like this, i will definetely be grabbing some more gear from Exalt in the near future.
Great product highly recomend anyone from beginer to pro pick one of these up and give them a try you wont be dissapointed trust me. As i said before, for the price you really cant go wrong. Great job Exalt!
Stays on tank AND Shoulder!
Can be difficult to apply
(edit: watch the Youtube video, it's actually really easy.)
I have been using exalt tank covers for a short period of time, and already I don't think I will be able to use anything else. I am thoroughly addicted! Here's why: never has anything stuck to my shoulder this securely! The rubbery material combined with the detailing ridges on the back end of the cover practically glue this thing to your shoulder, even when the tank cover gets wet or paint-covered.
Another neat feature of these covers is their ability to be customized. They can be cut shorter, colours mixed and matched, and doubled up (one on front, one on back). Currently my tank has 2 black covers on it. I love the look, and it gives the tank superior protection... The price is cheaper than anything else I have tried (except maybe tape... but it needs to be replaced... and doesn't work nearly as well.)
At first I struggled to get the tank cover on... but with some effort it worked. However, the company owner ( i think) recently posted a youtube video of how to apply it. By turning it inside out, it makes the process quite easy - just roll the rubber on. Reverse the process for a quick way to show the hydro date... very nice! The material has no signs of wear after constant use and abuse, and the light weight makes it unnoticeable on your setup (aside from the fact that your gun is glued to your shoulder). A High Quality product from a up and coming high quality company.
You cannot go wrong with this product, especially for the price. This new company has a good chance at going somewhere if it continues to release extraordinarily functional products like these! Hands down, better than anything else I have ever used, and I know the other people who have tried them will agree!