Well, my local field uses XO paint as our field paint.. we've had ALL of the entire XO line here at some point or another, and we pick it up DIRECTLY from the factory here in Ontario, Canada. This paint is the worst out of their line-up, even worse than Hotbox (which is supposed to be their worst) They just are not any better than whitebox paintballs, and we get them RIGHT off the assembly line, so they're as fresh as humanly possible. Too many balls don't even shoot straight, and almost all of them are noticably out of round. the Fill is decently thick, but you're lucky if it breaks on anyone.
I shoot a FS8 and a Phantom. When playing pump i can't afford to shoot crappy paint that will curve or bounce. There's MUCH better paint out there for the money.
If 5 is average then i give this paint a 2.
2 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 at 6:04 pm PST
Empire WIcked Twister Rifled barrel shoots amazing for such cheap paint.
I am not in the money I would say, and am constantly on the search for cheap, good paint. I love the Marbs, but they are too expensive for me. I have tried the other stuff. Stingers, Rampage, Premiums, polar ice, and all the other borderline pricey stuff.
I was goin to get a bag of paint at the local shop and noticed spectrum. It was only 9.50 for a bag which is GREAT so i got a bag.
I shot with my friends worn down Model 98 with my barrel on it (see above) and it was breathtaking. My shots didnt quite go as far and the other paints, ( might be the gun dunno) but they were as straight as anything. They came within a foot of eachother from at least 60 feet. Also, the fill was bright orage andf even broke on my friend, who was wearing a heavy ghilly suit, which is really poofy!!! you conserve even more money because of how little paint you have to use. When i saw someone, 5 shots was generally enough to get em out, even playing two shot kills!
Overall, this paint deserves a 10 out of 10, not because it stands out in quality, but in relation to the tiny cost of $9.50 a bag, this paint is heaven for people that arent gonna spend hundreds.
Great paint for the money, if you are cheap like me, and want a reliable and accurate paint for your money, spectrum is the way to go. ;)
I'm a casual rec player and had been looking for a good value paint for a while. My friends and I happened apon XOs cheaper paint, hotbox, and were surprised. It was playable. Nothing special, but good for 30$ So we decided to give spectrum a try.
It's not tournament paint, but if you're looking for something to goof off with at the field on your day off, this stuff is pretty darn good. We get it in bulk for 32$ a case, which is hard to beat. It has good thick, almost neon fill. It rarely breaks in the barrel. ( although I had trouble running it through a flatline), It also flys pretty straight 9 of 10 times. ...but you will get a bounce now and then.
If your rating it as a field paint it's a 9.
Tournament rating, would be much lower, 6 maybe? I only use tournament quality a couple times a year.
hybrid clamping feedneck
CP ASA with on/off
32 degrees medium drop forward
Pure Energy 48/3000 tank
Evo II hopper
I picked up this paint the other day at my local shop with not too high expectations. But after shooting about 500 balls, I was reasonablly impressed. I did not have one break, all balls broke, bright fill and decent accuracy. I did have a few fliers probably due to dimples on the paint.
If you need some pretty cheap paint, $40/case, then pick some up. It was a pretty decent paint for rec ball on the weekends.
ZAP Cryptic (not as good but close)
PMI Premium (not near as good)
Empire Bullets (doesn't even come close)
A4 Fly Angel
.684-.689 depending on the weather.
Consistant for the price
None so far
For a price of only $34 a case I wasn't expecting much. Most paints I've tried close to this price range just didn't work out quite well.
First thing I noticed when opening the box was the sealed bags. Sealed paint always stays fresher longer & with sealed bags you know the company that makes the paint is putting a little more work into their product. The paint was also very round & consistant, running in at around a .684. Now the shell is a little thick, but it's designed as a field premium paintball, not a tournament grade. The fill was also thick & bright. The paint I was shooting at the time had a bright orange fill, almost a soft neon color. Way brighter than what I expected for the price. Since this was a test for the paint, I figured I would give it the ultimate, full-Auto unlimited BPS. I loaded up the HALO & let it rip! Not one single break through the whole stream, very impressive. Next, I loaded it up for some accuracy shots. The accuracy was even better than I expected. Most every ball hitting the same spot. Now I don't expect every case a person uses will be as good as this test case, but even if it's half as good, for the price you can't go wrong.
I think Spectrum is worth every penny. It does have a tough shell, but on the good side, you won't break any paint. Out of all the field paints I've ever shot, Spectrum tops them all. As a Premium paint I would rate it a 7-8, but as a field paint I rate it as a 10.
Chronic- Much Better
Evil- Much Better
Tempest- Much Better
PMI Premium- Better
Hotbox-almost as good but not quite
Stingers-almost as good but not quite
WhiteBox-Not As Good
Red SP ION
68/45 PMI TANK
Contract Killer Grips
Mini Eclipse On/Off
SP BlackHeart Board
For The Price($40.00 CAD) These are pretty good balls. These are good field balls that people should try more often. The fill is bright yellow and is decently thick, about 8/10. The balls are mostly round and fly straight. Not ball on ball but close, about a 7/10 as well. The shell is sort of thick so it will not break when dropped from 6 feet and will break on flesh some times.
If your'e ever at you're field just practicing and need some paint, buy it if they carry it. It;s cheap and it shouldn't let you down.
It would have gotten an 8/10 if the shell wasnt as thick.