After having recently played paintball all day at my local field. I have since done alot of research, Reading techpb beginners thread watching all the budget baller videos by mike and any reviews I can find all over the web.
I have sold my self on the GoG G1 to start with. Below is my list of items I have come up with to start out with in order of importance as stressed in the videos and in the beginner thread.
New Hobby 2014: Paintball (Initial Investment)
Dye i4: $129.95 w/Dye I4 Thermal Mask Lens - Dyetanium Bronze Fire $39.95?
HK Army KLR: $124.95 w/HK Army KLR Thermal Mask Lens - Blaze Orange $29.95?
VIO Virtue: $124.95 w/Orange Lens $29.95?
Proto Switch FS: $49.95 w/Proto Switch FS & EL Thermal Lens - Smoke Bronze Fire $34.95?
Dye rotor (most expensive): $149.95?
Pinokio PL250/400 Paintball Hopper - Smoke (mid price – extendable): $99.95?
Empire Halo Too SE Paintball Hopper - Diamond Yellow (low price): $84.95?
Ninja Carbon Fiber Air Tank w/ Adjustable Regulator - 68/4500: $159.95
GoG G1 Paintball Gun w/ Blackheart Board: $299.95
GOG eNVy/G1/eXTCy/Vibe/SP1 360 QEV: $24.95?
TechT L7 v2 Ion Bolt - Ion XE, Vibe, SP1, G-1, Envy: $49.99?
Smart Parts Apex/Apex 2 Ready All American Freak Barrel Front (w/Apex): $74.90?
Trinity Smart Parts G1/VIBE/ENVY T-Lock Lever Clamping Feed Neck - Dust Black - (#3O43): $24.95?
STANDARD ON-OFF FOR GOG G1 PAINTBALL GUN/02867234389: $34.95?
Now as I started out doing my research I thought I was going to stay under $150 but after going ga ga over the new territory I raised my initial maximum investment budget to $1000 I think this will provide plenty of extra for apparel or pods etc...
Now please look this over and give me your honest opinions as a fresh beginner setup. I am absolutely sold on the GoG G1 but I am hoping someone can provide an alternative or talk me out of it. I would also consider a used High End as it has been the most reccomended.
My least concern is for upgrades of the marker itself. however I would like to SQUEEZE every bit of performance I can out of the platform and as such I have tried to cover everything as far as potential upgrades in the list above. Additionally the list above has multiple masks and hoppers but the ones I favor most.