Procaps Direct, the parent company of Draxxus, Vforce, and Archon; like any company aims to make to money whereever and whenever possible. In this case, pro paintball teams are going to be a source of additional money by making them pay for paint at events. Pro teams only have to pay for paint once they have exceeded the allotted amount of paint they are given which ranges from 3-5 million paintballs. Teams in both the NXL and NPPL will be affected by this arrangement. Teams possibly undergoing this arrangement are All-Americans, Arsenal, Aftermath, Bushwackers, Naughty Dogs, and Avalanche.
In addition to their new elbow pads, NXe has a new design for their knee pads. The knee shield features 10-layer padding, wider fitting, 3mm breathable neoprene construction, specially woven cushioned velcro-embedded elastic, and an open back for flexibility and all-weather comfort.
Sizes available are S/M, L, XL, and XXL
The cost of NXe’s Knee Shield is $49.99
Exalt has designed a pair of paintball specific cleats. These cleats are targeted towards tournament players, as these shoes are built for speed, traction, and durability. They are modeled after track shoes, spikes in the front and very lightweight. Unlike track shoes though, the exalt cleats do not have metal spikes, seeing that in most places metal spikes are illegal, instead there are golf cleats which are very good for traction on turf.
Sizes available are 9,10,11, and 12 (The fitting is similar to casual shoes, if you wear size 11 for casual shoes; choose the size 11 for the Exalt Cleats. If you are a size 10.5 or 10 in casual shoes; choose size 10 for the Exalt Cleats)
Included with the cleats
– 1 Cleat Bag
– 1 set of plastic golf spikes (installed)
– 1 set of rounded aluminum/plastic spikes
– spare spikes and spike tool.
The price for these shoes is $80.00 *Exalt is located in Canada so shipping may cost a bit and could possibly take a while to be shipped to your door. Not really sure, I have never purchased anything from a business based in Canada.
Overall, these cleats look nice and very well made. If I had extra money to spare, I would pick up a pair of these for myself.
NXe has realesed a new design for their elbow pads. The Techna-flex elbow sheield is significantly better looking than the previous design; mainly for the fact that it’s black. Seeing as it is an armpad, it is not that much different from any other arm pad out on the market. Additionally, like most arm pads, NXe’s armpad also has breathable neoprene and moisture wicking lycra.
One difference though, is that the outer layer of the pad is made from ballistic nylon and is skid resistant. So sliding around on those rocky or rough surfaces should keep the integrity of your armpads intact. Another unique characteristic of these armpads is that they have a three tier securing system. The purpose of the system is to make sure that the arm pad does not move around during play. The first tier is a hand sleeve, much like planet eclipse’s arm pads. The second is a wrist fastening strap which is supposed to “anchor” your arm pad. And the third tier is an upper arm or bicep strap which, apparently, is cusioned. This strap further holds the pad in place, preventing it from sliding down on anyone who has a skinny arm.
The price for the new NXe Techna-flex Elbow Shield is $49.99. Sizes available are S/M, L, and XL.
Tadao Technologies is in the process of making their boards usb 2.0 and a mini-b usb compatible. As of now, the prototypes work with Mac OSX and Windows XP and Vista. Alternate boot screens, saved settings, and diagnostic downloads will be availble with the USB interface. Current Yakuza boards will not be able to be upgraded to use usb.
This thought of using a usb interface is pretty cool and could be very handy for a lot of players but the only thing that isn’t cool is that their is no interface for linux users.