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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Gearing Up!: JT Paintball Ball Hauler

 Here I am once again! This time I bring you the “Ball Hauler” by JT Paintball. This device which has a name that conjures to mind a jockstrap is a simple belt mounted pouch with pouches for two 130 round Paintball guppy tubes. The pouches also fit two N-Strike 18 round box mags or one Vortex or Magstrike mag. The flaps will close over the N-strike mags, though don’t expect much overlap, ‘tis a near thing.

The pouches hang at the top of the belt with Paintball tubes, and a few inches above with N-strike mags. This is far more comfortable for use than the Dragonspine Belt System’s native pouch with the 18 round mags. The pouch also comes with a simple 2 inch web belt, and will fit over pretty much any 2 inch tactical belt.

As I was looking for suitable images for the article I came across images of an older model, with a single flap for both pouches. That pouch hasn’t been tested, the camo ones with individual flaps, in the clear plastic bag with the card at the top have. Just so you don’t go grabbing the wrong gear for hauling your junk around

Best part? The set is only 7 bucks at Academy. Expect similar prices online. Some of the best bang for the buck.

Comfort 4
Since it does extend above the belt with CS-18 mags,  positioning can be tricky.  In the wrong positions, the upper portion of the magazine can dig into you when you move.  Even given this I'm giving this item a 4 in comfort, because the pouches hold mags securely with little bounce and makes access easy with simple to operate flaps.  The included belt is best replaced with something padded, both for comfort and better load support.

Compatibility 5
Fits standard 2 inch tactical belts: Check.  
No awkward quirks about using it with Nerf gear: Check.

Capacity 5
For the money you won't find much else that can haul this much goodness into the field.  4 CS-18's, 2 Magstrike, or two VTX mags

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