Quick Look: Chest Protector Comparisons

Valken V-TAC Chest Protector

If you’re playing a good game of paintball with people who are at your skill level, you’re probably going to get tagged a few times. While getting tagged may be a fact of paintball, it can still lead to welts and bruises that might drain your enthusiasm for the game, especially if you’re still new to the sport. Fortunately, the best solution is the simplest; to avoid getting welts or bruises on your body, wear a chest protector. However, not all chest protectors are created equal, and this isn’t just a question of their materials; in fact, some players like the tradeoff of a lighter chest protector for increased maneuverability, or its inverse, wearing a protector with a lot more protection and a little more bulk. Whatever your taste, we at Hustle Paintball have pulled together a solid assortment of chest protectors and tested them the only way we know how; by firing paintballs at AJ. If you want to see the full video (or just want to watch AJ get marked repeatedly), you can see it here.

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Review: Proto Precision Fighter Harness Pack

Proto Precision Fighter

For speedball and woodsball players, a good pod pack can make a lot of difference. Unfortunately, there is normally a pretty sizable gap between good pod harnesses and sub-par ones; on paper, they all look like they do the same thing, so your natural inclination is to purchase the cheaper model. After a single round, however, you’ll find that the cheap nylon belt doesn’t fit, the pod holders don’t open, and the cheap material on the whole thing can get shredded as soon as you touch the ground. What you really need is a solid entry-level harness pack, and the child company of DYE Paintball has just the piece to fit the bill. Whether you’re a new player looking for a solid harness, or just a paintballer on a budget, you’ll definitely find the Proto Precision Fighter Harness Pack to your liking. If you want to see the full review, you can check it out here.

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High And Low Capacity Gravity Hoppers

empire sport shot hopper

It’s one of the many trade-offs paintball players have to deal with on their markers; do they choose to have a high or low capacity paintball hopper? Both choices have their pros and cons; a low capacity hopper is going to weigh less and make your marker easier to maneuver, but at the cost of paintballs. With a high-capacity gravity hopper, you have much more paint, but your marker is going to feel a lot more weighed down. Depending on your play style, one may work better than the other for you. Exactly which one and why, we’ve spelled out in this video here, but if you’d rather read on, we’ve got all the highlights written down below.

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The Hustle Reload #115

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Just when you thought we were done, we surprised all of you and brought it back. Just like Brett Favre, Tupac, and about half the Marvel comic book universe, we’ve come back from non-existence and brought you another episode of the Hustle Reload, your one-stop shop for all the great behind-the-scenes action at Hustle Paintball. Just like always, it’s hip, it’s now, it’s something you can do instead of working, so check it out here. If you’d like to keep reading (it’s easier to look busy that way), we’ve got a little overview of what you can expect in this week’s episode below…

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Behind The Counter #8


Another week, another new set of paintball gear, and another video dedicated to helping you understand it all. We’re talking, of course, about Erik Cromer’s Behind The Counter, the show that brings you all the info you need on the latest markers, gear, and paintball tips and tricks from a seasoned paintball veteran. Whether you’re a new player or a professional, Erik and the rest of the guys at Hustle Paintball have picked out the best of their new gear and given you their honest opinion on what works and what doesn’t. If you want to jump right into the video, you can do so here. If you want to read on, we’ve got a primer all set up to give you the highlights.

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Barrel Break: HDE Pants and Pads

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Today’s feature on the Barrel Break came about from our beloved commander in chief AJ, and came about entirely by accident. After a particularly rough game of paintball, AJ found that, while wearing his Planet Eclipse HDE pants, he found that one of his knee pads seems to have disappeared. To his surprise, he learned that this wasn’t because his pants were broken, but rather because the pads on HDE pants can be removed. All you need to do is simply turn your pant legs out and you’ll find a pouch on the knees; the pads simply pull out. After a little more digging, AJ also found that the same is true for the hip padding, although this one has a Velcro closure. If you’d like to hear AJ talk about it, you can check that out here.

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Cromer’s Behind The Counter #7: Tippmann TCR, Exclusive Kohn Gear, More!

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If you’re looking for an authority on some of the best new gear on the market today, why not ask your guys at Hustle Paintball? After all, that’s one of the reasons we have Cromer’s Behind The Counter, Erik Cromer’s weekly show about the latest and greatest in paintball today, told from the point of view of a real professional. Not only are you getting a solid review from a reliable source, but you can easily find all the products that Erik is talking about on Hustle Paintball’s website; if one speaks to you, you know exactly where to get it. We’re just going to give you the highlights here; if you want to see the full video, as well as past episodes of Behind The Counter, just click here.

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Paintball Conditioning: How to Improve Your Mental Skills


Have you ever wanted to really improve your paintball game? Paintball is a sport and, like any other sport, requires a rigorous amount of conditioning. When we say “conditioning”, we mean a whole program of exercise, technique training, and getting your mind straight to play at the peak level of your gear. In this three part series, we’re going to talk about the three most important aspects of a paintball player’s conditioning and exactly how you can improve them.

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Review: Stella Barrel System

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When you play paintball, you want to be sure that you mark the targets you aim at, and while there are a lot of factors that make for a successful straight shot, one of the easiest for you to improve is your barrel. A properly sized two-piece barrel can keep your paintballs rolling right down the barrel, port off excess gas to make your marker a little quieter, and keep your paintballs from wobbling around, ensuring they fly straight and true. Fortunately, the folks at Inception Designs have finally released a solid system that’s both incredibly accurate and incredibly customizable, the Stella system. This system is designed to fit any size of paint and give you a marker that’s customized to your shooting style, all for an affordable price. If you want the full review, you can check it out here.

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Review: Valken MI-9 Paintball Mask

Valken MI-9

As we’ve said before, a paintball mask will keep you from being shot in the face; a good paintball mask will feel like it isn’t even there. For intermediate level players, it’s awfully difficult to find a “good” mask, simply because there aren’t a lot of choices between your low end and high end masks, where the former get in the way and feel uncomfortable and the latter cost hundreds of dollars. Rather than buy a tournament-grade mask and be afraid of scratching it on every dive, what you really need is a solid mid-grade piece that can take abuse and work at a higher level than your standard rented fare while still staying in your budget. Fortunately for you, Valken Sports has come out with such a piece, the MI-9 Paintball Mask. If you want to hear AJ talk about it, we’ve got that video Here.

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