In a multi-year agreement, Portland Uprising will be using Virtue Spires in the 2013 and 14 seasons.
Uprising has been using Spires since the Las Vegas NPPL Championships, and is looking forward to relying on the Spire in the coming season as a fully sponsored pro team.
"One of the features that stand out about the Spire for me is the increased ball capacity. It gives me that couple extra seconds off the break to keep my lane strong while most people are busy reloading," said Uprising Captain Tommy Tucker.
Uprising has attracted a lot of attention in the Pacific Northwest, where the team has fought through the ranks and earned their place in the NPPL pro division.
"We were first turned on to Uprising by Nick Slowiak. He guested with the team at the NPPL DC Challenge last year and had great things to say about them. What's awesome about Uprising is these guys don't have huge industry sponsorships and yet, they're giving everything they've got to move up through the ranks and compete at the pro level. At Virtue, that's something we want to associate with and support."
Uprising will be competing exclusively in the NPPL pro division. In addition to fielding a pro team, Captain Tommy Tucker is running the paintball clothing company Pbrack. "Uprising will be wearing Pbrack gear again in 2013 and the new Flow line hits stores this February," said Tucker.
Portland Uprising joins Edmonton Impact, CP Raiders and other soon to be announced top Pro and D1 teams who are switching over to the Spire.
In August, 2012 Virtue Paintball unveiled the Spire. Its purpose was to deliver to the best players in the world a jam-proof feeding system, fast tool-less assembly, in an aggressive, light weight, compact design that holds more paint than its competitors. Today, more and more teams are upgrading to the Spire. Find out why by checking out the Virtue Spire at your local field or pro shop.
I can vouch for how well the Spires work with any MacDev gun. Good stuff guys
Thanks! And I just wanted to vouch for how cool Uprising is.
Here is the video they made at the end of the season that gives you an idea at some of their success and struggles:
I think the team is definitely one of those inspiration stories for a team sticks it out and that one day aspires to play at the pro level. Of course, the Uprising story isn't done yet, these guys are still hungry.
I have been around uprising since the beginning, this is a great move for both parties.
Also, love the picture from DC! I know several of them were using the Spires prior to switching over fully in Vegas
WTB OG uprising "jersey" the baige/tan longsleeve!!! PM me if you have one!!!
Rocking the #14 for those who can't. RIP little brother.
We go hard 7 days a week so on Saturday were ready to make it to Sunday.
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This is hardly the place to bring up something like that, this thread is about our team and our new sponsorship with Virtue.
Happy to be in the Virtue family Christian!
Ya, I don't quite know how or why I should respond. The guys on Uprising are reputable from several sources, and how they've handled themselves with us gives me no reason to question that. I did read a couple items in that thread and one of them apologized a lot for manufacturing delays and offered some free design work. The custom jersey business is not one I would want to be in though, because we did some non-custom jerseys in the past and getting the designed, produced, and delivered took over a year! I can only imagine how terrible I'd feel if we had a team "waiting" on us... (luckily it was just our own branded Virtue jersey we could release whenever). Big props to the guys who can actually make it happen...
If there's one thing I can imagine about a startup the Pbrack guys are trying to do (I'm not their spokesman, employee, etc. why ask me?) is build a solid reputation. So speaking as a person who's committed to the industry and the players, when you let someone down you really feel like crap. I can only imagine they'd feel the same since they are still trying to make it happen.
I seriously don't want to get sucked into a long battle back and forth about something which I quite frankly have none of the specific details about on either side and would be simply just shooting blindfolded from the hip. But really a forum is not the best place to address that. A phone call will always get quick results from any company if you have a service issue.