Aesthetics, strong waist strap, doesnt bounce everywhere while running
Pathetic velcro straps, annoying additional pod holders
I purchased the Empire 3+2 a little over 6 months ago, and initially loved it. It looks great, holds very tight to your body, and has a great waist strap. It sits very comfortably on the body and virtually eliminates bounce. However, the velcro on the pod holders is awful. I take great care of my stuff, and after 4 months the velcro had already started to completely peel off from the pod flaps. I cant even tell you how many times I've had pods dump out of my pack off the break. Being a mid player, reaching for a pod and coming up empty handed really sucks. A couple of my teammates also had Empire packs, and experienced the same problem after a couple of months.
Definitely not worth the cash. It doesnt bounce, so what? There are lots of other packs on the market with superior quality that offer the same features of the Empire. Spend your money elsewhere.
Empire Reloader B
Empire 7 piece barrel kit
68/45 PE tank
Comfortable and easy to use
This pack (and any of the other sizes) is very comfortable to use. I actually use a 3+2 for 5-man and a 4+3 for 7-man. The velcro straps are easy to reach during a game and the elastic holders do the job.
The extra strap that goes across the velcro belt is way to long and serves no real purpose. I just cut mine off.
The packs aren't durable. Within the first five days of use a "pod" slot ripped off the pack! The same is occuring on my 4+3 now too. A couple of guys at the field that use these packs are having the same problem.
A bit expensive
Excellent appearance, very comfortable and functional. The price is a bit high for a pack, and for the extra money spent I expected better quality stitching. Ronan packs are 1/2 as much and are easily twice as durable. If Empire would improve the stitching I'd give this pack a 9 overall. But because of this problem, I can only give it a 6.
Predator Impuse: Convertable Predator body, WAS Equalizer Board, OTB Vert Frame, Full Freak System, Checkit Norise Clamper, ND Equalizer Bolt, New Designz Internals, ND Detents, Rat Hole SS Hammer, Maxflo Vert Reg, Maxflo LPR, Shocktech Micro Drop, Checkit Unimount. This setup is STUPID FAST.
1. Hella comfortable.
2. Hella light.
3. DOES NOT MOVE at all.
This pack is far superior to any pack I have ever owned. Put simply, it does not move when you put it on, you can not feel it when its on, and you forget your wearing it.
Holds plenty of paint, and when you pull the flap for a pod, it slides into your hand with out the aid of gravity, helps tremendously when in a snake, no more fumbling for it.
No bones about it. Its the best pack I've found to date.
For the money, its the best I found. My 4+3 w/ Smart Parts Pods was 70.00. Considering that my teamates 3+2 Dye Pack with out pods was 75.00, that aint bad. Unless you wanna wait 2 months for Actionvillage to have them in stock...besides there 55 bux there plus shipping and waiting, with out pods.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, February 10th, 2004 at 1:11 am PST
Full Scepter kit
-dosnt slide down
-straps fit nice and tight
straps are a little too big
the pack is overall built fantastic
empire makes some real high quality stuff
the tension sleeves are great when you release the strap the pod falls into your hand
the pack dosnt slide down my back at all
its very hard to tell u even have full pods on ur back
the strap is amazing and theres no way all that velcro could rip off while running, diving, etc!
this is a great product, empire really knows what they are doing and i have to hand it to them, im going to give the empire harness a 9 only because to wear this without the strap interfereing with ur bending abilities you have to have it up around your stomach, the strap could have been a little thinner but this is an awsome pack still! in my opinion if you have the money get the empire harness!
This is a very comfortable pack that comes in different sizes (S-M) (M-L) which is a rarity for harnesses. It's usually one size fits all. Also comes in different pod carrying varieties. Mine is the above shown 3+2. 3+2 means you can carry three pods of paint in it's usually loops, and if you want, comes with folded away elastic loops that can carry two more (for those of you who don't know).
Why I love it. I'm a front player, and this pod is extremely low profile. The waist band on this thing is extremely wide, so from top to bottom your pods are pressed closely against your back. In other words, if you are crouched or hunched over, your pods aren't as likely to be pointed up straight in the air.
The three main rings are capped by dual elastic bands. This is a great feature because they act as catapults. When you unvelcro the bottom to remove a pod, the elastic band will give a little bit of push down to help the pod out. They won't shoot out or anything, but if you use tall 140 pods like I do, it puts alot of tension on those bands. Consequently, you shouldn't leave pods in there when your'e not playing or you'll wear out there effectiveness over time.
Because of the wide belt and large amount of surface area against your back, this pad is excellent at staying place during a full sprint. Modest padding on your back feels good too.
On top of the huge amount of velcro in the front that keeps this thing on is a second smaller band of velcro that goes over the first one with the Empire logo on it.. Just picture wearing two belts in the front. It really seems like over kill, and pointless unless you dive. I tend to go head first on my belly into the ground when making a break for a bunker. With this thing, I had no doubt that it was not coming off thanks to that redundant layer of velcroing. No chance this pack falls off. No chance.
Finally, it really, really looks cool.
The Not So Good:
There's no pockets on here for any little thing. But then I looked down at my paintball pants and realized I had like 42 pockets all over the place. So really, what's the point. But I figured it merited mentioning.
Also, price. But the truth is, all harnesses over 20 bucks are overpriced.
If it's good enough for Chris Lasoya, it's good enough for you.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, July 1st, 2004 at 8:44 pm PST
very confortable,small profile,centered well,good construction
pain in the a$$ to get pods in harness
i like how the pack has extra molded padding on the inside, also it's just like wearing a weightlifting belt. i dont use all of the pods on my harness most of the time cuz i dont like the xtra weight but with this harness i cant really tell the difference, it doesn't flop around like the redz 3+2 harness and the stiching is pretty sound
overall if you want a harness thats made well and has a good level of confort i'd buy this one over the redz simply because its on piece not 2 like the redz
redz pro pack 4v+1h pack, redz dimension 5+4 pack, and the old school stuff that i forgot the names
Psycho Ballistics lighting autococker black, empire barrel kit, black ice regulator, Psycho Ballistics drop forward, 88ci 4500psi cross fire stubby, 12v empire hopper.
no sagging when pack is fulled with paint, well made and tuff, looks great
just a little pain to take off and on
well i been using redz pack for a long time say 2 to 3 years, and i haven't found a pack that keeps tight on you, when you have a half case of paint on your back. also it got to look good when you are wearing it. because 40% of paint-balling is to look good. i used the pack for the first time 2 weeks ago at a local field. it felt like there was nothing on me the hole day. i could be sitting down, walking, run, or crawling. it just was still sitting my back.
well the good and the bad!
1. looks really good
2. fits tight and doesn't move
3. no sagging from weight of the paint
4. made to last
5. great for the price
1. to many logos of empire on it. not saying it is a bad thing! but come on we know who makes it
2. takes a little more time to take the pack off and put on then other type of packs.
3. belt size hard to find
4. only comes in black for now
well my conclusion for the pack is. the pack is the sweeties pack for a noob or a pro. so if you are just starting out or been playing for half your life. this pack is the one to get. great for front players to the back players. the only problem from the pack for the bigger players is finding the right size. i give it a 10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, November 14th, 2003 at 9:59 pm PST
Well I play Xball and anyone who has played Xball will tell you you dont need to be dragging a big huge pack around becasue all the games are very fast, even backmen usually only have a 3+2. As a front tapeman (snakeside) I only use the 3, the games are only a few minutes long at max, lol, one round went 17 seconds, but anyway...iit is very tight to my back, I am yet to be shot in it, but it defiatly doesnt sitck out the sides any at all. It never bounces on me, even when i make a mad dash to the 50, I have never had a bounce problem, stays tight to my back at all times and wont slide off when sliding. It is easliy coparible and equal to (my opinion) any Redz or DYE pack, and in my opinion better looking, thats why I chose it, the 3 seemed the same, but I thought the Empire looked the best so i got it and it was a good decision.
Buyt this pack, also MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE RIGHT SIZE!!! They caome in small-medium, and large to extra-large. You really cant go wrong, if you are stuck between the Redz, DYE, and wutever other kinds, get this, I think it looks cool, and looks are all that matter right...?