Always wanted to get into PB and finally went with a coworker to SC village in SD and loved it and started to buy equipment and now down to last items which are Marker and Tank. Work is giving a nice bonus but want to spend around $500 for both items, marker I would take used or new. With tank I have an idea of the Ninja 68/4500, but only want to buy new as I don't know much about hydro yet. Now I've played with a really old gun a coworker lent me and it was a poppet valve I believe and fell in love but was too outdated. He currently had a spool valve and loved it too but didn't like the maintenance behind it. I would prefer a poppet to begin with and eventually will upgrade to an axe once i get better at the sport and play on a regular basis.
Below is what I currently have but will take recommendations for an upgrade.
Mask - E-Flex
Jersey - Empire
Pants - Valken
Cleats - Nike (from playing softball)
Harness - Empire 4 pod (with 4 pods only)
Hopper - Pinokio (Just ordered) with HK speed feed
Caddy - GXG Hauler
Protectors - Will be buying these depending on field near my house. Location is Hollywood Sports in Cali, looks to be scenario gameplay but don't see speedball field.