Released this year at Paintball Extravaganza 2014 Vortex Bunkers are now being shipped.
Field owners, if you are unfamiliar with Vortex Bunkers, this article is to re-introduce these self-inflating bunkers. Yes, self-inflating. No more need for gas or electric blowers to inflate your bunkers. Red Dot Paintball owns and markets the Vortex Bunkers from Richland, WA.
We have been working with the bunkers for more than 3 years and are now releasing the newest version for other field owners to purchase. We are saving hard dollars every weekend of the year. The traditional set of bunkers takes 2 players and two blowers about 1 hour or more to set up. The Vortex bunkers takes one employee about 1/2 hour to set up 45 bunkers. Take down and washing and cleaning is another huge savings.
The material and system keeps the bunker inflated all day. There is no need to send referees out for touch ups all day. Simply open the material, set in the fan box, attach the battery and close the bunker. (Takes less than a minute). Move on to the next bunker while it self inflates.
As the material prevents paintballs from breaking hard on them, the material stays clean and they do not need to be washed at the end of the day. Also no need to squeegie them all day. The result is a minimum of $2000.00 savings in labor annually and 100% payback over the life of the bunkers.
There have been similar ideas in the past, but the problem field owners found was that they did not stay inflated long enough. We have spent the last two years upping technology at a reasonable cost. Now the bunkers will easily stay inflated for 7 to 12 hours with the included rechargeable batteries.
Also, mobile operations such as Splatmaster, Bazooka Ball, Laser Tag and Paintball can now put a 3 - Man 17 piece bunker set in 3 large carrying totes and easily move them in and out of a minivan.
Field owners may need to have the latest vinyl fields for your league tournaments. Using a set of Vortex bunkers between tournament dates will greatly enhance the life of your bunkers. They are workhorse bunkers and can take the day in day out need for setting up and taking down bunkers for your players.
Soon there will be a training kit for paintball stores that will allow players and small teams to purchase bunkers that can be used in the yard or in public places like parks to get drills in. They are not dependent on power and easily fit in to a gear bag.
The bunkers were well received at Paintball Extravaganza 2014 and the first purchased set has already shipped.