Empire, I honestly think you're missing the forest for the trees. I believe you're describing people who I would place in my second category: people I would tell to just rent and not even buy their own setup. In which case I would advise them not to spend their money and instead save it to play. Again my belief is that if you can't afford what I consider the minimum critical point, you should rent. I had thought you would understand that.
With regards to the mask, that's the one thing I recommend a splurge on. It's your mask. The single most important piece of equipment you own. Adequate isn't good enough in my opinion. A VForce ProVantage is fine for someone in my first categry (the sub $150 or doesn't know if they want to stick with it), but I wouldn't recommend that mask for someone who is going to stick with paintball for a very long time. Again, skimping on a mask is not something I ever condone, unless you're in group #1. And yes, the VForce ProVantage is not the best mask. It's skimping. Hell even the manufacturer acknowledges that.
The GoG G1 is there because it's only a net extra cost of $15 when you get the blackheart board down the road, and you end up with a marker basically equivalent to the extcy. If that's the difference between renting and not, well at that point using it just once pays for itself and with zero downside. The same cannot be said for the examples you are giving out.
All of this is easily spelled out in the original post. The setup you describe is functional, yes. An Azodin Blitz with an Invert Halo TOO, VForce ProVantage, and 48/3000 tank isn't actually something I would mind using on the field. I'd be glad to, but only for specific situations. However this is for budget ballers. At that level I'd rather just save money and rent until I could reach my critical point. If you don't stick with it, then you wasted money. If you do, every paintball player I've met with a setup like that is always talking about what they want to "upgrade" and that's definitely not budget friendly. Again, this is all in the original post.
Also, with regards to tank capacity, do math
. 4500 divided by 3000 is 1.5, not 1.33. 4500 is 50% more than 3000. Also I am well aware that comparing a 68 to a 48 may not be strictly fair, which is why in my original example I compared it to a 50/4500. Even so, I still believe it to be valid as those are the typical sizes. Most people buying steel tanks get 48/3000, and most people buying carbon fiber tanks get 68/4500.
I don't like repeating myself, especially when all of these responses can be predicted by simply reading my original post.
This post has been edited by Lotus: 03 May 2012 - 08:28 PM