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04-03-2013 07:47 PM
Soul06
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Originally Posted by East告de View Post
It really is sad. I tried many times to stop playing competitive (tournament style) paintball but no matter what I did, I couldn't turn off the fire to play as hard as possible and against the best there was out there. Inevitably within a few months I'd be back on the tournament scene or guesting with different teams at different events and as always the political and monetary BS would arise. Eventually one day I just packed up my gear bag and somehow I knew it'd be my last time playing. That was around 4 years ago. I haven't looked back.
In retrospect, I stopped loving the game long before I stopped playing it.. But when you're good at something it can be tough to stop.
Precisely why I stay away from the tourny scene. True it makes it harder to find good competition when I do play but I already know that going into the tourny scene would make it more work and less about the love of the game. And that love is what I want to keep.
04-03-2013 03:10 PM
bamfb2 Yes, "sad" is probably the more apropos term.
04-03-2013 02:30 PM
East告de It really is sad. I tried many times to stop playing competitive (tournament style) paintball but no matter what I did, I couldn't turn off the fire to play as hard as possible and against the best there was out there. Inevitably within a few months I'd be back on the tournament scene or guesting with different teams at different events and as always the political and monetary BS would arise. Eventually one day I just packed up my gear bag and somehow I knew it'd be my last time playing. That was around 4 years ago. I haven't looked back.
In retrospect, I stopped loving the game long before I stopped playing it.. But when you're good at something it can be tough to stop.
04-03-2013 02:12 PM
Soul06 Amusing and sad at the same time.
04-03-2013 01:46 PM
bamfb2
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I've been playing for 11 years now and at what I would say is an advanced level. But for some of the same reasons East告de said, I stay away from the political side of things which come along with tourny play and instead just play rec for the enjoyment of playing.

It's darkly amusing how humans can screw up any good thing if given half the chance.
04-03-2013 11:29 AM
Soul06
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Originally Posted by East告de View Post
Well I can give you SOME insight into Dye. I played paintball at a very high level for a long time before hanging up my gear, and my last pair of goggles were the Dye I4's ... Dye makes the highest quality products in paintball IMHO, and I've heard nothing but good things about both the T1 and CLK's.. The problem I've found with most stores around here is that since they are new to snow sports and don't offer an entry level goggle, people aren't quick to buy 160$+ goggles by them when Smith and Oakley are right next to them.. Therefore not alot of stores are stocking them around here. I can't speak for the peripheral vision on them, but Dye has incredible quality, a really really good design team and I don't believe for a second that they'd put a pair of goggles on the market that couldn't compete with the best out there.
Ill probably snag a pair next season when I have some extra cash ... I like the easily changeable lenses and I've always supported Dye gear
I actually use the i4s now though in the avi I am using my Grill. Its my love for the i4s that have me wanting to try Dye's snowboard goggles. I keep a close watch to Ebay for deals on brand new pairs though the specific ones I want haven't gone up yet.

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What makes one hang up their gun on their paintball career?
Paintball is not very profitable for a person if played as a profession. For most people, even if you were a pro, you would still have to have some second job if your truly wanted to live comfortably. There are a number of pros who work within the industry for the added income.
I've been playing for 11 years now and at what I would say is an advanced level. But for some of the same reasons East告de said, I stay away from the political side of things which come along with tourny play and instead just play rec for the enjoyment of playing. I have a crew of dudes with me that all like to roadtrip and look for the best places to play with the best comp rec play can provide.
04-02-2013 09:20 PM
East告de I honestly just got burnt out.. It's a big commitment for not alot of payout. I'd accomplished pretty much everything I'd wanted to accomplish. I finally got to the point where the politics involved , the expenses and the bs just weren't worth it to me. Nowadays I'd rather compete against myself and nature.. I loved paintball, made some of my best friends through it, travelled all over the country. I just lost the passion that kept me going through the bullshit. Once sponsors and free gear and handouts get involved, it stops being fun and starts being a business. Just wasn't for me .
That's one thing I love about snowboarding.. The pureness of it. Ill never be a pro rider.. Ill never be sponsored . I'm okay with that. I compete against my own limits, I go at my own pace, and I love every second of it .
I will admit I have some great memories though .
04-02-2013 09:14 PM
bamfb2
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Originally Posted by East告de View Post
Well I can give you SOME insight into Dye. I played paintball at a very high level for a long time before hanging up my gear, and my last pair of goggles were the Dye I4's ... Dye makes the highest quality products in paintball IMHO, and I've heard nothing but good things about both the T1 and CLK's..
What makes one hang up their gun on their paintball career?
04-02-2013 08:59 PM
East告de Well I can give you SOME insight into Dye. I played paintball at a very high level for a long time before hanging up my gear, and my last pair of goggles were the Dye I4's ... Dye makes the highest quality products in paintball IMHO, and I've heard nothing but good things about both the T1 and CLK's.. The problem I've found with most stores around here is that since they are new to snow sports and don't offer an entry level goggle, people aren't quick to buy 160$+ goggles by them when Smith and Oakley are right next to them.. Therefore not alot of stores are stocking them around here. I can't speak for the peripheral vision on them, but Dye has incredible quality, a really really good design team and I don't believe for a second that they'd put a pair of goggles on the market that couldn't compete with the best out there.
Ill probably snag a pair next season when I have some extra cash ... I like the easily changeable lenses and I've always supported Dye gear
04-02-2013 08:52 PM
Soul06 I was hoping you had the Dye T1 goggles in there. I don't seem to see them. You whole collection is now void

*joking* but seriously though I am looking to see how the T1's are
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