Virtue VIO – Paintball Mask – Review
Jan27

Virtue VIO – Paintball Mask – Review

The Virtue VIO paintball mask has been one of the most anticipated new products of 2014. Since its announcement just before World Cup 2013 there has been a great deal of interest around the Virtue goggle and how it would stack up against the competition. PunisherPB.com has long been one of the biggest supporters of the Virtue product line and has dove in with both feet stocking a huge assortment of the goggles and its accessories. Here we are going to take a look at the goggle and how it looks against the market. The VIO sports a number of unique features, starting with its customization ability. Using the customizer players can fully customize the goggle to their unique style or tactical objective. This means that when you purchase a VIO goggle you can get the exact color and lens combination you want without buying things you do not. This comes in handy as a lot of player’s first purchase is a new lens for their goggle and they may never actually use the lens that comes with the goggle. The color combinations are seemingly endless, and with VIRTUE promising to continue to add new color-ways and potentially (unconfirmed) special editions, the options only grow. The VIO paintball goggle’s innovation does not stop with the customization aspect, they have brought new and unique safety features as well. The lens mechanism on the VIO is incredibly simple as well as incredibly safe. By pinching the strap latch and pulling on the strap you can disengage the lens lock, this exposes a unique “unlocked” tab (pictured above) that tells the user that the lens is no longer secure. This feature also aids in lens installation as the “unlocked” notification does not go away until the mechanism is properly re-engauged. It is important to note that Virtue has brought the goggle to market with MANY strap options that all include this safety feature. The VIO also ships with a padded chin strap, the strap is well made and the clasps are thoughtfully held on top of the padding, meaning no pinching or wearing should occur during use. The chin strap is also removable should the user decide to take it off, with simple Velcro. The Virtue VIO has exemplary construction, there where question marks about a hopper/board company producing their first goggle, but VIRTUE has knocked those away confidently. Pictured above shows the statement of quality Virtue has used on their VIO paintball goggle, the hinge plates that secure the lens and anchor the ear flaps and strap are held in place by a bolt, with a locking nut. This is a...

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OLED Luxe Paintball Gun – DLX Technologies
Jan11

OLED Luxe Paintball Gun – DLX Technologies

Recently confirmed by Daryl Trent, early February will see the release of the OLED Luxe. The latest installment of the prestigious DLX Technologies brand. Lots of questions have been raised about the gun, so we have done our own back avenue fact gathering to bring our readers the most accurate up to date information on this new paintball marker. The Name – DLX has confirmed that this gun will not be officially labeled the 3.0, despite the fact that this would follow their previous method of updating the gun using this nomenclature. They have instead labeled this version of the Luxe the “OLED” this is referring the the integration of an OLED screen and board system to the newest version of the gun. The Changes – The DLX Luxe’s internal operations will remain virtually unchanged, baring a few immeasurable tweaks more related to production than performance. The major change is the integration of the OLED system into the frame. The OLED readout will be rear facing toward the player very similar to that used by Bob Long in his frames. The board system will retain the use of the famous speaker that has become a much loved feature of the Luxe paintball gun. It is important to note however, that the speaker can be removed and the board will still function without issue – for players that want to mute the gun in favor of using the OLED. The OLED screen itself will plug into the board, eliminating the need for additional wiring harness or ribbon cables, this means that the un-cluttered nature of the Luxe grip frame will remain intact. The previous “cats eye” shaped button will be replaced by a silver diamond shaped button located below the screen. This is a welcome change as some players did have issues with accidentally pressing the 1.0 button while during play. Changes made to the 2.0 eliminated this issue, but it is good to see DLX continually improving this feature. The screen being rearward facing means that all current grips produced for the Luxe will continue to fit the gun. The charger, battery, solenoid,and eye ribbon will also remain backwards compatible. The body will remain the same milling as it has since reaching 2.0 status, the eye securement will not change nor will the milling lines. DLX has continued to innovate with regard to their anodizing process and is set to release some limited runs of the 2.0 and the OLED in the coming months. (unconfirmed) The OLED will ship with an all new semi-rigid case, with two divided halves. The gun will be stored in one side, and the barrel...

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Exalt Fast Feed Install – Spire260
Jan02

Exalt Fast Feed Install – Spire260

The new Exalt Fast Feed for the Virtue Spire is the first speed feed system made for the Spire by a company other than Virtue. This is an important fact to note because it means that the Virtue Spire is being recognized by other companies as a big player in the paintball game. Those of us who have been using the Spire for a long time already know how amazing this hopper is, and now we have another option for our paintball loading needs. The Exalt Fast Feed installs into the factory back shell of both the Spire and the Spire260, utilizing its own spring and pin. The factory parts are not modified and can easily be swapped back in if you choose to put your hopper back to stock configuration. The Exalt Fast Feed includes a snap in rain cover at no additional cost and is a great feature for those of us who play rain or shine. This rain lid was not previously available for the Spire  although HK Army offers it on their Epic Speed Feed for other hoppers on the market. The feed gate itself is very soft and pliable while its design makes it very good at ball retention. The paint will easily enter the feed gate, and wont fall out, thanks to unit-directional design of the fingers. If you are in a hurry to fill the hopper, or if you want to fill it to absolute maximum capacity the Exalt Feed Gate lifts up and you can access the entire opening of the hopper just as you would with a traditional lid. There are now a multitude of options for the Spire or Spire260 owner, leave us a comment and let us know which one is your favorite!...

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