Valken Sports - Valken 2011 V-Tac Sierra Paintball Pants Reviews
Valken Sports Valken 2011 V-Tac Sierra Paintball PantsValken have made a massive investment in their V-Tac scenario line, offering playing tops, trousers and accessories in six patterns (black, ACU, Marpat, Tiger Stripe, US Woodland and V-Cam, a...
Valken have made a massive investment in their V-Tac scenario line, offering playing tops, trousers and accessories in six patterns (black, ACU, Marpat, Tiger Stripe, US Woodland and V-Cam, a Multicam copy). Each pattern is available in two distinct ranges. Zulu represents their high-end product, with trousers constructed to the same standard as tournament equivalents and playing tops in highly breathable fabric. Sierra is their value range, designed to offer advantages over military-spec BDUs without breaking the bank. Retail pricing on the Sierra top and trousers is approx £110 for the pair, compared to £200 for the Zulu equivalents.
The Sierra trousers can best be described as ‘combats plus’. If you’re expecting the shiny, vented material you get in tournament pants, you’ll be disappointed. They’re made of a similar cotton/polyester mix as the top (in this case 54%/46%) and are closer to army-surplus style combats, but with some nice extra touches.
First they have thin sewn-in padding on the knees which should help them wear better, but again are no sustitute for proper knee pads. My pair are unusual, with the kneepad area using the same camo material as the rest of the trousers, while my teammates have black knee pads, they’re identical otherwise. The ankles have draw-string closures – not a massive advantage for us in the UK, but a godsend if you’re playing somewhere with a tick problem. Each thigh features a standard cargo pocket with button closure and one simple, paintball-specific improvement. Half of the top of the pocket flap in unstitched, allowing you to push a folded fluffy-stick squeegee into the pocket without undoing it, a nice touch which holds the squeegee securely even when running or crawling.
There are also two front slash pockets and two rear pockets with dual button closure (the latest Valken catalogue has these listed as being velcro closure, so they may have changed the design slightly).
There are four belt loops large enough to accept a 50mm/2″ belt, however a belt isn’t essential due to the velcro pull-strips which allow you to cinch the waist down snugly, ensuring a nice tight fit. Fly closure is by single button at the top and zip – with the zip covered by a padded, velcro secured panel, which both helps protect your dangly bits and prevents paint getting into the zip.
The only nod towards tournament style gear is that the underside of the crotch has a stretchy fabric panel, which should help avoid any embarrassing splits and help slightly with breathability.
The Medium size are meant to accomodate a 30-36″ inch waist. I’m a 30″ with 32″ inside leg and they fit me perfectly, with a small bit of adjustment remaining on the waist pull tabs.Out on the field I found the trousers performed brilliantly, nice comfortable cut, great fit around the waist and they seemed to wear well, with no tears and only some minor paint staining after a couple of days play.
Overall they’re recommended playing gear, although in hindsight I do wonder if the more expensive Zulu range might have suited me better.
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Currently 5/5 stars.
Valken Sports Valken 2011 V-Tac Sierra Paintball PantsBought some Vcam Vtac pants for woodsball, ended up using them for speedball with kneepads underneath.
These pants are exceptionally well made for the price. They're as tough as military BDU pants....
Bought some Vcam Vtac pants for woodsball, ended up using them for speedball with kneepads underneath.
These pants are exceptionally well made for the price. They're as tough as military BDU pants. The fit and finish are really good, there's extra stitching in stress areas.
Extra pockets including a squeegee pocket built into the cargo pockets on the legs make these great for playing in the woods... toss your pod in your cargo pocket and go!
The pattern closely matched my Dyecam equipment, which was a plus.
Only cons really are the lack of padding. If you're going to play speedball, expect to wear some knee pads to compensate. On the plus side, they're tough enough to withstand sliding/diving.
Definitely a great deal for someone into scenario or woods play.
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Currently 4.2/5 stars.
Valken Sports Valken 2011 V-Tac Sierra Paintball PantsThese pants are honestly the best bang for your buck. I play hard in them and have yet to rip or even tear a hole in them. I would recommend using knee pads if you plan on doing a lot of sliding...
These pants are honestly the best bang for your buck. I play hard in them and have yet to rip or even tear a hole in them. I would recommend using knee pads if you plan on doing a lot of sliding though. They look great on the field and perform just as well. They are competitively priced but they do not offer knee protection or venting for hot days. I live in the IE so it gets pretty hot down here and have yet to be too hot in them. They have more than enough pocket space to carry anything you might need while on the field. These pants are, overall, a great buy for any player.