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Old 09-01-2012, 02:53 AM #1
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Good Pod Pack for Front Player?

Hey all,

I'm in the market for a new pod pack and was wondering which is a good one for a front player? Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:12 AM #2
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Anything 3+4 or 4+5. I prefer NXE, Laysck, Critical, and Sly packs. You can't go wrong with a NXE. The Laysck packs use magnets to hold the slots closed instead of velcro. The Critical pack has pull over tabs instead of velcro.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:07 AM #3
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empire packs are pretty good
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:11 AM #4
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You typically don't need a ton of paint if you're a front player, just a couple pods usually. I use a Jackco 5+2 and rarely carry any more than three pods. If you really like to dump paint, go with something that holds at least 7, like a 3+4 or a 3+2+2 (do they even make those?)
NXe makes fantastic packs, if you can find an older Redz pack that's great, Ninja Critical is a very nice pack, and Empire makes awesome packs. Don't use anything that carries the pods horizontally, that makes everything so much harder to use...
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:07 PM #5
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i like planet eclipse packs personaly i have a 4+3+2+2, but i play back but i know they make smaller ones
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:23 PM #6
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:37 PM #7
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My vote goes for the NXe 3+4.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:45 PM #8
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I can vouch for Empire and LYSK packs.

Fantastic elastic.

The LYSK is the comfiest pack I've ever worn and dealt with. It's the most stable, it's just awesome.

Getting used to the fact that there isn't velcro holding the pods in kinda creeped me out quite the few times when I first had it and the fact that the body holding the pod is really hard was kind of odd, but there's so much external and internal padding that it was making it quite the chore for paint to break on it from a distance or angle.



Empire Reacts are my go-to. I have 5+8s of those and they last me several years. They're not the most stable or durable, but they're tough where it counts. The elastic ejectors makes it easy for the pods to shoot out (smooth plastic inside of the pod body means no friction holding it back) into your hand (no sexual innuendo there, either.). That also makes them easy to stuff as well, btw.


Other packs I've tried and liked:

Critical's v2 pack. Gets some getting used to, but no pod straps is always nice. When under pressure, you really need to know where their "pod strap" handles are or you'll be fumbling for a way to let a pod out. Elastic is phenomenal on them and the belt is very wide and durable... maybe not the most ergonomic, though.


NXes are pretty good. I was using the RL pack of a friend's for a while. The back pad is HUGE and very stiff, which for me is a big plus. Allows you to keep your body rigid at a weird angle longer with less fatigue. It also makes it unbearably sweaty, wet, slippery and hot at times, but nothing a tight hold and microfiber rag can't postpone. Ejectors are pretty decent, but there's only 1 strap over instead of 2 for each pod, which means sometimes it can escape the ejector and you'll end up pulling the pod lid off instead of the whole pod and the paint will obviously come out until noticed or empty.


SLY goes the same way as NXe, but with all the little issues revised. Awesome ejectors and solid pod holding straps.

The back is even thicker and less breathable, though, unfortunately. It also is modeled a bit awkwardly and your elbows may dig into the pods on the sides on the larger packs. Not a big deal, but maybe it kind of is as well. Ya never know.



I don't really dabble into the world of fastpacks, but those seem to be the go-to method for many front players from what I've seen. Understandable, yet not so understandable.


As far as fast packs, seems Hybrid and DYE make some of the few that have super strong elastic that will consistently hold lots of pods in.
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dont worry about whats "good for a front player", because you might end up playing somewhere else. get a 4+5 and just put 3 or so pods in it if you want to be lighter. youll still be able to carry more paint if need be that way instead of buying a small pack and later wishing you had one with more capacity. personally i have an empire pack and like it, a friend has the lysk ones and its pretty nice. the nxe ones are great too, i also really liked my diablo one i used to have since it offered just as much as other packs and was far cheaper. i dont think they make them anymore though.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:20 AM #10
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i would go with a 3 pack because it will be smaller and if u need to fit more pods u can always use the elastic straps
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You typically don't need a ton of paint if you're a front player, just a couple pods usually. I use a Jackco 5+2 and rarely carry any more than three pods. If you really like to dump paint, go with something that holds at least 7, like a 3+4 or a 3+2+2 (do they even make those?)
NXe makes fantastic packs, if you can find an older Redz pack that's great, Ninja Critical is a very nice pack, and Empire makes awesome packs. Don't use anything that carries the pods horizontally, that makes everything so much harder to use...
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