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Everything posted by SecondWind

  1. What's your current knowledge/experience with using gloves in general outside of airsoft? Given that many of these types of gloves are not meant to last forever I recommend you start with the original mechanix and keep a log of things you like and don't like. You can always cut the fingertips off if you like but spend some time using them to get a better idea of what you want in a pair of gloves. By the time they get busted you will have a good idea of where to go next.
  2. stop overthinking this! Get your little bro a CYMA AK, if you know history and look around, children use real AKs all the time (often unfortunately).
  3. Hi, what's your budget? TNVC has a lot of good info and products.
  4. funnel the attackers by blocking entrances you don't want them to use and set up an "easy" way in to lure them in. If you're allowed, place random furniture around to block movement etc. all these tactics/techniques need to be practiced extensively and despite how great your tactics are, often enough they fly out the window when you and the other side just happen into each other and then it becomes a game of who is fastest on the gun and on that note, don't be afraid to start engaging even though you may be shooting into someone's pelvis/gut.
  5. yes! Do save your money! I think one of the better bets for a decent mix of quality, performance, and external feels for under $150 is CYMA
  6. A drop leg platform riding high on your thigh is an option for the handgun but another thigh platform for a few mags is a lot of extra fabric and bulk when you can simply run pistol mags on your rig or on your belt. As for plate carrier choice and gear in general, less bulk is sought after if the direction that nylon gear has gone in for the past 7+ years is any indicator but I understand you are leaning more towards covering your bases in terms of pouches. The point I am trying to make regarding camouflage pattern is that you should check your local fields and events you plan to attend to see if camo in general is a strict requirement. If not, I would suggest considering not buying them immediately or going with woodland or some other pattern that costs even less. That way you might be able to spend that money into better and more versatile gear that have multiple applications. What I am saying overall to provide constructive feedback regarding your gear plan is that there are other options available to you that will result in a lighter and lower profile setup while still allowing you carry plenty of things and you might end up spending less. You have your preferences but there is tremendous value in re-evaluating your preferences and what you're used to it in context of how they affect your performance.
  7. That is way too much gear. Can you list out all the equipment you plan to carry? If you are set on a plate carrier, go with one shaped around the size of plate you plan to wear so you don't have extra fabric and bulk limiting your range of motion. Drop leg platforms are not that cool and there is almost always a better way of carrying that gear somewhere other than your quads. BDUs and camo are cool but really do your research and think hard on this one since your situation and preferences may change. A lot of fields give out colored armbands to distinguish between teams and the large events may come around on their sometimes ridiculously strict camo requirements so they can be a bit of a moot point. The cool factor however is real for many players so think hard on this one. A riggers belt is a good choice. There are a lot of brands that will work. I think you should strongly consider the time tested chest rig with sewn in pouches + backpack combo in the time being. Gear preferences will change over time and you will find yourself selling things you don't need anymore so it pays to have a very streamlined, low profile, and versatile setup. None of this stuff will make you a better player or even let you run faster so really focus on developing your playing ability before jumping so deep into the gear game.
  8. Can you elaborate on why you want a unique look for your gun beyond most other players using M4s and AKs? Have you checked out G36 and M14s?
  9. ESS, Revision, and Smith Optics have goggles with built in fans but they are all over $100. Do you wear glasses underneath the goggles? What are your fogging issues like specifically I.e. mainly in hot weather, indoors, etc? Do you have high cheekbones and or a flat face? I ran ESS Turbofans for years and they worked pretty well. Currently I use Revision Asian Fit Wolfspiders with the wide-I magnetic wipers and they work great. I also use Johnson&Johnson No More Tears mixed with a bit of water and smeared around. If it works for astronauts it'll work for the airsofter! 'http://www.businessinsider.com/astronaut-chris-hadfield-ted-talk-blind-spacewalk-2014-3
  10. Krytac is worth a look. Why 11.1v specifically?
  11. Arena flakjaks are an option too. If possible, try to find a local store where you can try it on and see how the fit is since it might vary based on the size of your frames. Go with larger goggles that have more volume so you can reduce fogging issues. If at all possible, save up for contact lens. For years I tried a lot of "over the glasses" options as well as Rx inserts and none of them worked as well as contacts, but other players may not have had as severe a fogging issue as I did. Had I went straight for contacts I would have saved a lot of money despite the cost of contacts being greater than glasses in some cases. Simple hygiene will keep everything good. If not, some of the paintball masks out there that have large thermal lens with good ventilation + flexible lower face is a great investment either way.
  12. how much have you played with it? And what are you trying to upgrade?
  13. just practice hip firing and or shooting with your gun shouldered but not actually using the sights.
  14. OP, did you already set aside money for other gear like eye/face protection, footwear, bbs, batteries, and charger? You have a lot of options including CYMA AKs, Krytac, G&P, and others. Get what you like and leave it alone for now. So many players focus on spending money for what they think will improve their performance but really if you run fast and have a good sense of direction you are gonna outplay a lot of players running "better" gear.
  15. Just use a chest rig. Don't worry about your backpack being CB or whatever color/camo since you should be facing your opponents and given the distances and all the cover lying around it won't matter much. Any backpack you have lying around will do.
  16. What have you looked at on SKD and OPT? What specific features are you looking for and what counts as low profile to you?
  17. You probably don't want to make friends with people who are gonna judge you based on the equipment you're using anyways. Have fun. I'm indifferent to the gear and such players use. I just want to hang out with cool people.
  18. Sport holsters are fine for airsoft. The term "heavy use" in the context of holsters and guns possibly means that many sport/competition holsters are not meant to be used when there is a lot of climbinb, fighting, etc involved. If you're extra worried about your gun falling out at a large event or something you can use some bungee and lash it to the holster or your belt as a lanyard.
  19. Pick whatever gun you like. Shorter guns are popular because they are slightly easier to maneuver around in tight spaces. Do you already have eye and face protection and good footwear? Many fields do not have a dress code so camo and other stuff is not 100% required; check with your local field in terms of terrain etc to figure what you need. Unless you are planning to also purchase a lot of spare magazines right away, you won't need a vest or other load carrying gear. Maybe a small backpack for you to keep supplies like extra bbs, snacks, water, etc in. I play in throwaway jeans and shirts all the time.
  20. I'd recommend that you hold onto your money or spend it on more important stuff that you use more often like having solid footwear, eyeprotection, etc like that if you don't already have it. Maybe it could go towards a better AEG or upgrades for your current one, I don't know. I have met many players who have multiple guns yet are using cheapo eye protection that fogs and have awful footwear that causes blisters within an hour. Or the player with the tricked out GBBR but literally only has 2 mags because they ran out of money. Don't let that be you!
  21. The first link refers to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3514985/ and it is also referenced in the second link. The authors of the research do highlight some methodological issues and raise concerns about confounding and causality/temporality despite using a prospective design given the study population of older adults who are already overweight or obese on average although various news articles do not pick on that. The media frequently doesn't get it right. The MD in the second link is a radiologist by training and does not appear to have recent obesity/nutrition/public health I.e. epidemiology research and education listed and according to his CV hasn't published anything since the 80s, and they are not related to aspartame. In that article he lists research that was carried out in the 70s-90s where study design issues have since been identified. WebMD does a good job of explaining how diet soda and other lifestyle factors play into health and their information is often more current but I think it is a great idea to hit up pubmed or google scholar and read of the literature published in vetted journals like Obesity. A lot of observational studies will purposely recruit a "high risk" study population I.e. older adults who are overweight/obese who clearly have risk factors for stroke/heart events such as diabetes etc to ensure that enough cases occur within a reasonable time frame. So it is difficult to establish rock hard evidence in support of xyz exposure (diet soda) being responsible for outcomes (stroke) when your study population has possibly accumulated a lifetime of bad habits and is likely already on their way to poor health when you start taking notes. Studies using much younger populations with much better methods of tracking diet and other covariates are needed but would take decades to complete. So is the evidence clear cut and rock solid comparable to smoking and lung cancer with regards to aspartame/diet soda and stroke? Still unclear. There are some meta-analyses underway looking at multiple ongoing studies and so far an overall association hasn't been observed. But the evidence is much stronger and well established when it comes to being overweight/obese and not physically active and having a much higher risk of poor health outcomes. There are other and more powerful risk factors for stroke out there and trying to decide between regular or aspartame'd soda is small potatoes when it comes to stroke risk when it is not clear whether aspartame is a meaningful risk factor. But given my general lifestyle I am okay with the occasional bottle of diet coke given my activity level and general diet.
  22. Please cite a source for that. Given my education and work background I will say that some of these food/health myths come from flawed research that was conducted decades ago and unfortunately still persist despite being debunked by more recent and less spotty very large scale studies that have been scrutinized to death for methodological issues. But Hawaiian Punch comes in a can so it counts as soda to me. And I prefer the taste of diet coke compared to regular but these days it is mostly water for me. I actually have a case of sprite in my pantry but I use it for cooking.
  23. something with thermal lens and a bit of room for ventilation. You are making things hard on yourself by wearing a bush especially in warm weather.
  24. You cited M4/SCARs but are you open to other styles? CYMA AKs are worth looking into as they are low price and work fine out of the box. With some retailers doing discounts during the summer you may be able to find Krytac and G&P M4s for around ~$300 a gun. They are nice guns. I also ran the ASGI FMG4 for a bit and they worked fine too. Have you also considered the price of batteries, chargers, bbs, and safety equipment? Paintball masks work fine but many players opt to go with a helmet+goggle+lower face metal mesh combo for the lower profile.
  25. My all time favorite is probably Hawaiian Punch but I haven't had any in like a decade. I drink diet coke sometimes and diet caffeine free coke for when I want coke but also want to go to bed.
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