Smart Parts Rase Tank CoverI've been using this for a little while now. I like the neoprene tank covers much better than the thicker ones, like the dye rhino covers. For a cheap cover, this does the job. Stays on my...
I've been using this for a little while now. I like the neoprene tank covers much better than the thicker ones, like the dye rhino covers. For a cheap cover, this does the job. Stays on my shoulder really well, and covers the whole tank nicely. With my ninja tank it rides up onto the reg with the straps, but I wrap them over the burst disks and the fill nipple and it actually is kinda comfy. Overall a really nice tank cover that I haven't found any reason to change yet.
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Smart Parts Rase Tank CoverI got a Rase tank cover with a tank I bought back in late 2006. It is the only tank cover I use on my 68/45 tank because it is the most comfortable and I like it the best out of all the different...
I got a Rase tank cover with a tank I bought back in late 2006. It is the only tank cover I use on my 68/45 tank because it is the most comfortable and I like it the best out of all the different covers I have owned.
Similar Products used/owned -
Dye Rhino, NXe, Redz Dimension, Invert, Athletic tape, and Empire.
Look - Well I liked the look of this tank cover. It was really thin looking and formed to the shape of the tank. The one I got was all black which matched my setup very nicely. But, it was a bit plain having only a rubber back to grip the tank to your shoulder, and a little logo. There are some available that have designs on them, such as team custom covers, but most are just one plain color.
Durability/Reliability - This tank cover is very durable and lasts a long time. Since there are no additional pieces of material or rubber extending from the sides there is nothing to start peeling off like some of the other tank covers such as Dye and Empire. It is also only two pieces which means it only has a few seams, which happen to be very sturdy and the threads do not break. As far as ruggedness goes it is not the kind of tank cover you would put on a tank you are about to smash against the sidewalk. It is made of a thin material that does a great job protecting it from scuffs, scrapes and minor dings, but it does not have the thickness or rigidity to protect the tank from extremely rough treatment. This kind of treatment though is hardly ever achieved on the paintball field unless there is a collision between two people, it mostly occurred from mishandling of the tank outside of the field. So, it is very reliable at protecting a tank in proper use, but is not reliable protection against clumsiness.
Performance - It is very light so it does not add a lot to the weight of the marker setup. Another thing is it is by no means rigid so you can fold it up and jam it away in your gearbag, if you are using another cover on your tank at the time, and it uses up very little space. Some other tank covers are not as easily crumpled up and thus take up more space. In addition since it is so thin it does not get in the way as some bulkier heavy duty tank covers do a little. It is very easy to take off and put back on, you only have to remove two velcro straps and it slides right off, and back on with ease. Some other tank covers have a tight elastic neck that makes it hard to stretch around the base of the tank when trying to put it back on. This cover is made entirely of an elastic material that is easy to stretch an place on the tank but tight enough to stay in position once its on. Some tanks are made a bit smaller and the tank cover spins around the tank, or the tank is a little too big and the cover does not fit right. My brother was able to use my 68 ci Rase cover on his 70ci stubby, it stretched right around and fit great. Having no zipper helps as well, eliminating the possibility of the metal zipper from scratching the tank. But, the rear rubber grip does not work as well as I had hoped. It sticks to your shoulder very well, but due to the stretchy material of the cover the tank is able to move around on your shoulder. This sometimes effects you when you are shooting because the marker has some room to move around and change your form. It is like skin covering one of your joints, when you press on your skin you can drag it around on top of the bone. So, the tank cover can be considered a stretchy outer skin for the tank. The velcro is very strong and holds up in the most extreme conditions such as diving in mud puddles or covered in sand and dirt. Finally, the stretchy arms that go around the front neck of the tank in order to hold it on are great. If you have a slightly longer tank the arms will stretch right around and keep the cover securely on. If you have a slightly shorter tank the arms do not stretch as far and therefore still securely hold the cover on.
Price - This cover is great and I would definitely pay what i paid for it, but the retail price is a little much. It is made from very little material and few seams to sew, meaning it costs much less to manufacture, therefore it should be sold for less. Instead they sell it for the same price as most other tank covers.
I would recommend this cover to anyone who is looking for lightweight, quick removal/installation, durability, and great protection in their tank cover. I hope my review is helpful to all readers.