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PSP West Coast Open

10 August 2014 - 12:53 PM

Anybody else following the craziness at the PSP West Coast Open? Dynasty and Infamous, the teams that won the first two events of the season, will both be playing in the Challengers division for World Cup. Dynasty is 0-7 for their last seven matches. This relegation system the PSP has borrowed from the soccer world makes for some dramatic stuff...

Cooking up a sacred cow. (The topic is masks.)

14 July 2014 - 10:52 PM

Whenever someone asks what mask they should get on TechPB, they'll usually hear some variation of the following points:

  1. We can't tell you what mask to buy.
  2. You have to try them all on to see what fits you best.
  3. Masks are your most important piece of equipment, so...
  4. You have to find the very best one, and...
  5. Forget your budget. Spend whatever it takes to get the best mask for you.

I fully agree with points one through three, and I've probably offered them as advice dozens of times. But I only half agree with point four, and I'm pretty sure I disagree with point five.


Here's my thinking: over the course of my time playing paintball, I've worn a bunch of masks while playing. I've owned a few masks. I've rented masks. I've tried on a bunch more. I have been miserable because of masks for only two reasons: 1) because the masks were shitty rentals that were scratched up, fogged, and/or didn't fit because the foam was yoked or the straps didn't have any elastic left, and 2) because a mask that I owned didn't have a thermal lens (yet) and fogged up. My first mask was a low end Vents that my daughter gave me for Christmas one year after I'd come home bitching about a rental mask. Bless her (then) little heart. I think that mask cost her $20. It was nothing special, but once I put a thermal lens on it, it was fine. I wore it for years without a problem. I still loan it out when I bring my daughters or friends, and I've never had any complaints. Years passed. My growing love for paintball conspired with my growing disposable income (or maybe it was my credit limit), and I became a minor gear whore. I bought more masks for all sorts of reasons, none of which were necessity.


Here's the thing: all of the masks I own are fine. Some are a little more comfy, some have a little better coverage, some are easier to mount a camera on, some are easier to change lenses, some look cooler than others. If I had to pick just one, sure, I'd pick the one that happens to be the most expensive. But if I had to play with the many-years-old Vents, it would work fine and I wouldn't give it a second thought on the field. Same for the others. I guess I don't believe that there's One True Love out there for everyone with regard to masks, and that everyone absolutely has to pay as much as it takes to own it.


The new players who come here looking for advice tend to be young and they tend to be on a budget. Does it really make sense for us to tell them they have to spend $125 for their perfect mask, when maybe they can get 95% of the way there for $80 or less?


If you read this far, thanks. Why am I wrong about this?

No NPPL in 2014

07 February 2014 - 10:16 PM

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.- Founded in 1992, the NPPL (National Professional Paintball League) has had the honor of sanctioning some of the largest, successful, paintball events in the world. Many players have speculated as to whether or not the NPPL series will return for the 2014 season. It is confirmed that the NPPL will take time off this season to restructure, reorganize and focus on bringing you yet another prosperous season in 2015. The NPPL will utilize the time off to generate new interest in the league and attain new promoters, sponsors, vendors, and field operators.



KEE Action Sports closing Clearwater, FL plant, laying off 109.

03 February 2014 - 10:43 PM


KEE Action Sports, the biggest maker of paintballs in the world, has closed its Clearwater manufacturing facility and is shipping the bulk of the work to cheaper labor in Asia.

The closure means KEE is laying off 109 of its 110 plant employees, the company said in a mass layoff notice filed with the state Monday. Only one senior executive working there will be relocated.

CEO and president John Robinson said about a third of the production "high- and mid-grade stuff" using higher quality paint will be sent to the company's plant in London, Ontario. Most of the work will go to Asia through strategic partnerships with producers in Taiwan and China.

"It was a pure economic decision," Robinson said, citing a "glut in the marketplace" with international manufacturers that didn't exist even a few years ago. "We were just not able to compete."

"As you can imagine, it was a brutal decision to ultimately get to," he added.

KEE Action Sports, which pumps out about 5 billion paintballs a year, is an amalgamation of acquired sporting companies and has a dispersed organizational chart as a result. Its headquarters is in Sewell, N.J., while its CEO is based in Bentonville, Ark., the home of Walmart.

The Clearwater plant at 11399 47th St. N, which has been used by KEE for the last seven years, closed Thursday.

In a letter to the state, Robinson said employees will not be required to report for work unless requested to help decommission the facility. Employees will continue to receive pay and benefits until March 31.

After the layoffs, KEE will have about 170 employees remaining between Canada, a small office in the United Kingdom, and multiple distribution centers around the United States, including nine employees in sales and distribution in Tampa Bay.

MacDev dropping ANS Gear

27 January 2014 - 01:23 PM

Looks like MacDev is dropping ANS Gear as a distributor for repeated violations of their MAP policy. Interesting look at some of the channel management issues that come up for a manufacturer.