While Azodin’s KD-II looks like a ray gun from one of old Flash Gordon comics (see what I mean), there’s nothing out of date about their sequel to the Kaos-D (available April, 2014). The first thing you notice when you look at Azodin’s latest offering is that the color scheme for each gun looks sleek. The colors have a slick metallic look to them. Again, they look as if they were ripped out of the pages of a Flash Gordon issue.
Magfed play is on the rise here in North America. Opting to play with a magazine of two dozen balls rather than a hopper filled with a few hundred, magfed play challenges players to make every shot count. Perfect for the player that prefers their paintball slow yet strategic rather than fast and frenzied, quality magfed play demands top-quality magfed markers. Thus, that’s where Tippmann comes in, as they have just announced their newest magfed market, the TCR (Tactical Combat Rifle).
I don’t know about you guys, but I hate lugging a heavy tank on the field. When I started playing in 2000, I used to carry one of those cheap 20oz aluminum tanks from Walmart. I thought I was awesome carrying all of that air, but once I hit the field? I couldn’t run, couldn’t crawl – I couldn’t do anything. I rely on my speed when playing, and without it? I might as well have a target on my back. Suffice to say, I was shot more times than I can count using that tank, and once I got rid of it? It was good riddance forever.
Tank technology has come a long way since then, and the Ninja HPA tank is the proof in the proverbial pudding.
T’was over two years ago that Angel Paintball Sports closed its doors forever. To say this was a sad day is a vast understatement. I mourned, as did most other players. Famous for their line of Angel paintball guns and the Angel Eye mask, Angel Paintball Sports was certainly responsible for bringing electronic paintball guns to the forefront. It was terrible timing too, as the company was on its way to revolutionizing masks in the same way it had revolutionized paintball markers. Alas, Tippmann purchased Angel Paintball Sports in late 2011, and as a result, we all wept.
Well, December was so nuts that I was unable to write about anything! Thanks for choosing us for your holiday shopping, everyone!
The end of 2012 has come and gone; we’ve reflected on where we have come since the beginning of 2012, and it is absolutely astounding. Right before Christmas of 2011, a big change in the company happened when our former Operations Manager parted ways from Hustle. We really had to look deeply into ourselves and see what it was that we needed to do to make everything better, rather than blaming any past mistakes on the departed. Not just for our own satisfaction, but for you all, our customers.
I would like to take this opportunity to talk about what our mission has been for the past year, and what it is in the year moving forward. In the last few months we have made a very large push with our video channel. Not only are we focused on making sure we get AT LEAST 3 videos up per week for all of you, but we have quite a few ideas floating around on what we would like to do in the coming year. Of course our production values are only going to get better as we learn more and put more assets into the video portion of our business. Really though, I want to acknowledge each and every person on the team for what we have accomplished this year.
Not many of you know this, but 99% of the items on our website go up because of Jeff.
We would not have the up-to-date catalogue that we do were it not for him. You may not see him in as many videos as some of the other guys, but he is an extremely important member of this team who deserves just as much love as the rest of us. Due to the fact that we were able to hire two new people before the end of the year, Ethan and I are hoping we can help Jeff out a little more with his products. By doing this, we are focusing on getting our website cleaned up and getting up to date. Look out, we have big plans for our “2.0″ of each and every product on our website this year.
Wow, have ya’ll been watching our videos in the last year? Check out the difference between our first video in 2012 the Lapco TPX Front Block and our most recent video the Psiworx PC3X. First off you will notice a few things, it feels like it has been much longer, but 2012 is the year we went HD.. finally! This has been absolutely huge for our channel. Next, you will see our studio and production values as well of our knowledge of editing and how to make an appealing video has increased. This is all due to Jay’s unwavering drive to ALWAYS improve our videos. Once Jay was free to explore what he wanted to do and learn more about the science of making videos, it opened up our possibilities with film so much more! Heck, we even did a huge production with our Versus video. There will be more on the way this year, promise. We just need that practice and they require A LOT of man hours and preparation. If you enjoy our videos, be sure to email Support@HustlePaintball.com and let Jay know, I am sure he (and the rest of us!) would appreciate it.
While we are on the subject of videos, let’s not forget about the best host in paintball, Russell Wiarda! Seriously, we have found our guy who is just a natural talking to you all, not only do we like him in that position, but you all have been very vocal about how he is your favorite host. Why wouldn’t he be? He’s possibly the most entertaining guy in the industry.. even when he is showing you how to install something you may never even own. In the 105 videos that we did in the last year Russell was in 21 of them. Considering we hired him in February, and his first video was in May that is a lot. Since May of 2012 Russell has been the host in 26% of our videos. When you think that myself, Jason, Ethan, Jeff, Erik and Jay have all been in the rest, Russell is clearly the most used and most liked. Hopefully you all are looking forward to our new segment we are moving forward with, our weekly check-in video the “Weekly Reload” because Russell is spear-heading that project and I think you will all enjoy them as much as we do.
Erik and Jason have not had as much of a quantifiable impact that you all can see just yet, 2013 will show a little bit more of their personal talents and what they can do for the company; but behind closed doors they have been doing a lot all year. Both Jason and Erik have been hired recently, but they have been coming in to the shop and helping ship out orders and work with showroom customers all year round. Were it not for the countless volunteer hours that they put in throughout the year there is no way we would have been able to make the progress we have. If you talk to them in any shape or form: YouTube, pbRIOT, emails or even the phone – be sure to acknowledge them and thank them for all of the hard work they did for you in 2012. Doing hard work out of the kindness of your own heart is something that should be celebrated much more widely than it is.
It feels a little odd to write about myself, but I am going to lump Ethan and I into the same paragraph. You see, a lot of what we do is inglorious boring stuff, but the biggest thing of 2012 for us was to have a cohesive management corps. Before the split, things were very hectic around here. I am sure you all know, it is hard to have focus and drive if you do not have a leader to get you there. Anyone who has played a team sport knows that a captain is paramount to success. Ethan is not only our companies owner.. gosh that seems so disconnected from who he is. Ethan is our captain, he is the team leader, he pushes us because he pushes himself so hard. He sets the pace and we follow knowing along the way that we are working towards a single important goal: To provide the best retail customer service in the industry. To provide the most friendly and comfortable internet forum in paintball, that is also knowledgeable. Lastly, but not least is to provide the absolute best paintball channel on YouTube.
Our goals are no small order, and they could not be achieved with bickering and lack of understanding of the role of position. Since I have become Operations Manager, Ethan and I have worked extremely well together. We have kept the team mentality around here, something that was missing under the previous.. “regime”. I do not believe I have written about this at all this year, but when we make big changes in the company, or brainstorm about anything really – we do it as a team. Everyone’s voice is heard, which is something we will continue to do in 2013. More heads are better than two and if we can find better ways to improve, why not? While at the end of the day it is not a Democracy by any means.. it is always a team effort and the Captain makes the call with the team’s best interests in mind.
I am going to stop myself before I write an entire novel, but I want to end this post with a word of thanks to everyone involved in the world of Hustle Paintball. Those of you reading this blog, those of you who watch our channel, who post on the forums; hell, those of you who just purchase gear from us. Thank you so much for helping us grow this year, not only do we do this to support our families, we do this for you. You all have helped build this company as much as the rest of us. Without you all we wouldn’t be where we are now and we will NEVER forget that.
Thanks for 2012, let’s kick 2013′s ass even harder huh?!
Time is fast approaching the year of 2013 – and with it comes next years designs of cool and new stuff! Personally I have a bit of a gripe, and I have a question for you all.
Now, instead of a Lime Tiger i4 I can get a Lime Atlas one! Admittedly, Dye’s patterns this year look a helluva lot better than last year. Seriously, the mottos plastered all over the gear was lame. Honestly though, do any of you get excited about the “new” stuff every year?
Clearly there are some differences between the C12 and C13 soft goods but nothing big that is going to actually change perception on the quality of goods or if you should buy them.
This issue even goes beyond the soft goods. The Ego no longer has a number associated with it because Planet Eclipse made a smart move of letting us all know they have nothing they can/want to change on the platform. Unfortunately for most other markers, they are treated just like the soft goods. Milling changes, colors change, the box design changes; but in reality nothing really changes.
Look at the DM12 compared to the DM13 – Aside from the trigger and some milling absolutely nothing changed. NOTHING. Does it bother you at all? I know it does for me. I get WAY MORE excited when there is a brand new product (I.E. DAM) that is announced. I like new, I like different, I like out of the ordinary.
I don’t know about you, but I care about the 2013 version of all of this stuff about as much as I care about the upcoming 2014 Toyota Camry.
See what I did there? I actually don’t. I feel like in a way, some manufacturers are just complacent with changing some colors and rolling out “new” gear every year and I just don’t like it.
There is of course a flip side to this argument that if nothing “changed” in the industry year by year, if things were not created for you to purchase because they are just ever so slightly different than the rendition that came before it — would you get bored?
Personally I wouldn’t - but then again I am not a gun/gear whore of any kind. I have three pairs of pants I have gotten through seasons of sponsorship, and I am happy with those pants until they fall apart. I don’t need to run out and get the new Slash Blue Redemption pants because that pattern is calling to me like my one true love.
The difference for me between this, and when the E-Flex came out last year is absolutely huge. My mind was so blown I thought about getting arrested for knocking Simon the ‘eff out and running off into the sunset with my stolen E-flexes never to be seen again.
That is the thing though, the E-Flex is a mash-up of two currently existing masks that was something absolutely brand new and different. It did not make the Proflex a waste of money, or the E-Vent even more of a waste of money, because it was always awful. The E-Flex came into the fold as an instant contender that did not directly compete with the other two masks it was related to. It was an extremely smart decision and I am still excited that the mask released in the first place.
I am looking forward to seeing what new and different things come in the years to come, I am not excited about if I will be able to get C14 Pink Hack pants or whatever they decide to make their patterns next year.
My question to you is, do you get excited at all? Is my opinion off base from the rest of the ballers out there? Will you go out and buy a jersey just because it is the next years version? Do you appreciate the fact that the jersey you own currently is no longer on the market and no one else can get it now that the year has passed?
Really, as a consumer the only true advantage I see is that as soon as the new stuff comes out, the old stuff goes on sale because it is no longer under the MAP umbrella. The whole thing just frustrates me.