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The season of “new” stuff is here!

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Time is fast approaching the year of 2013 – and with it comes next years designs of cool and new stuff! Personally I have a bit of a gripe, and I have a question for you all.

Now, instead of a Lime Tiger i4 I can get a Lime Atlas one! Admittedly, Dye’s patterns this year look a helluva lot better than last year. Seriously, the mottos plastered all over the gear was lame. Honestly though, do any of you get excited about the “new” stuff every year?

Clearly, releasing the same product with slight to no changes has been working for someone.

Clearly there are some differences between the C12 and C13 soft goods but nothing big that is going to actually change perception on the quality of goods or if you should buy them.

This issue even goes beyond the soft goods. The Ego no longer has a number associated with it because Planet Eclipse made a smart move of letting us all know they have nothing they can/want to change on the platform. Unfortunately for most other markers, they are treated just like the soft goods. Milling changes, colors change, the box design changes; but in reality nothing really changes.

Look at the DM12 compared to the DM13 – Aside from the trigger and some milling absolutely nothing changed. NOTHING. Does it bother you at all? I know it does for me. I get WAY MORE excited when there is a brand new product (I.E. DAM) that is announced. I like new, I like different, I like out of the ordinary.

I don’t know about you, but I care about the 2013 version of all of this stuff about as much as I care about the upcoming 2013 Toyota Camry.

Can you spot the differences?

See what I did there? I actually don’t. I feel like in a way, some manufacturers are just complacent with changing some colors and rolling out “new” gear every year and I just don’t like it.

There is of course a flip side to this argument that if nothing “changed” in the industry year by year, if things were not created for you to purchase because they are just ever so slightly different than the rendition that came before it — would you get bored?

Personally I wouldn’t - but then again I am not a gun/gear whore of any kind. I have three pairs of pants I have gotten through seasons of sponsorship, and I am happy with those pants until they fall apart. I don’t need to run out and get the new Slash Blue Redemption pants because that pattern is calling to me like my one true love.

The difference for me between this, and when the E-Flex came out last year is absolutely huge. My mind was so blown I thought about getting arrested for knocking Simon the ‘eff out and running off into the sunset with my stolen E-flexes never to be seen again.

That is the thing though, the E-Flex is a mash-up of two currently existing masks that was something absolutely brand new and different. It did not make the Proflex a waste of money, or the E-Vent even more of a waste of money, because it was always awful. The E-Flex came into the fold as an instant contender that did not directly compete with the other two masks it was related to. It was an extremely smart decision and I am still excited that the mask released in the first place.

I am looking forward to seeing what new and different things come in the years to come, I am not excited about if I will be able to get C14 Pink Hack pants or whatever they decide to make their patterns next year.

My question to you is, do you get excited at all? Is my opinion off base from the rest of the ballers out there? Will you go out and buy a jersey just because it is the next years version? Do you appreciate the fact that the jersey you own currently is no longer on the market and no one else can get it now that the year has passed?

Really, as a consumer the only true advantage I see is that as soon as the new stuff comes out, the old stuff goes on sale because it is no longer under the MAP umbrella.

The whole thing just frustrates me.

- Trevor

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  1. BIGBOSS_202's Avatar
    Dude, your onto something many of us have issue with. The point of making new products is to fix or improve on any drawbacks of a preceding model. Of companies like Valken really want to do better, they'd make their combat shirts more around the design that tru-spec has and make it in different patterns that are with new or more vintage camouflage patterns.

    Just my opinion on this.
  2. Ogemow's Avatar
    I want to start this by saying, I am not the kind of guy that is scared of change. I welcome it with open arms but when it comes to the Dye I4 mask, I really don't think they should make any change to the mask itself because the mask performs flawlessly. It does not fog and it is comfortable and light. I actually currently own 2 of them now in different colours. The only thing I would like Dye to change about this mask is to make the whole mask Tiger Stripe or Wodland camo, like the Valken V-max loader, because the Dye Cam does not match any camo except Dye's camo which I think is very lame, also you should be able to put a visor on it, but yes I would say when it comes to markers or things of that nature I don't think that they should pump out the same product the next year with a new colour and act like it is a new product, but that being said I am sure it is nice for speedball players to be able to buy a marker that matches the colour of their outfits. I think when it comes to the questions your asking Trevor, there is a wide variety of opinions so good luck trying to get the answers you seek.
  3. Snausage's Avatar
    Dye is the biggest example, and possibly one of the only examples of this problem. Empire has released all sorts of new products, such as the E-Flex, and a whole new line of milsim clothing and products. Spyder is selling new, low cost first-strike capable guns like the E-MR5 and Hammer 7. Valken is always launching new stuff, such as a brand new marker, and lots of new milsim clothing and whatnot. Sure, when you look at jerseys - there's really nothing you can do except print a different pattern.

    Dye probably had a lot of their R&D resources dedicated to the new DAM, which is a wonderful gun, so maybe they'll focus on other stuff for next year. I'd be disappointed if they released another, unchanged DM.

    From my perspective --and I'm someone who plays woodsball mainly-- it was a good year. Lots of new woodsball products, because that seems to be where the money is right now for these manufacturers.