I love them, there is nothing else to compare, these are fully as durable as any BDUs and it feels like you are wearing nothing more than a T shirt and shorts.
I have crawled through thorns, run into barbed wire fences, fallen out of trees, crawled over and through jagged cement, and generally abused them in every imaginable manner. Where my previous BDUs promptly tore open at their first encounter with a barbed wire fence, the ultralights were jabbed, poked, and stabbed, but did not tear. My field is also home to the most evil, man eating, nuclear waste drinking, poison dripping thorn bushes I've even encountered. Every time you go into the back quarter of the field you are taking your life into your hands, and while I often emerge within inches of my life, looking like I was attacked by a pack of rabid house cats, the ultralites are unscathed. I can post pictures of my arms slashed as if jason himself attacked me, and the ultralites remain in great condition, no tears to date. Also, the knees and elbows ARE reinforced, and I'm grateful every time I'm crawling over rocky ground or tripping over stuff and saving my paintball gun instead of my elbows. If I could post a video of the game yesterday, you would all be like, 'wow, he does cruelly abuse his Special Ops Ultralites, they are very cool.'
This camo is also ideal when playing in the summer heat, and since it's over 100 degrees here often during the summer, I should know. They really do feel as if you are only wearing a t-shirt and shorts (unless you aren't wearing shorts or a t-shirt underneath, in which case it feels like you're wearing only your underpants). Feeling the cool breeze right through the clothes is amazing, and I'm never going to wear anything else.
One problem with the Ultralites that is quite major for me is the lack of ginormous pockets. I enjoy having an excessive amount of pockets in whatever clothes I'm wearing, and in paintball gear in particular. This is an area where Special Ops definitely loses points. With only the traditional dual crotch pocket action going on, there just isn't any room for all of the crap that I routinely lug onto the field, and closable pockets are very important to me. I NEED pockets that zip or velcro closed. They do have 2 more butt pockets, and 2 squeegee pockets, but these are not very useful, I do carry 2 spare 10rnd tubes in the squeegee pockets though. One other minor problem, there are only 3 belt loops. Now, I don't know what kind of pansy pants manufacturers you have over in Utah, but the pants I'm wearing right now have no less than 8 belt loops. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure all three belt loops are of the highest quality, and I haven't broken them yet, but come on, 8 is just better than 3. I've had a bit of fraying going on, but nothing a good pull doesn't fix, and to no ill effect yet. As I've washed them a few times, I've noticed that the material fades a bit, which doesn't diminish it's effectiveness in the least, and in fact improves my camofladge on my normal field.
Overall, 9.5/10 for Special Ops, -.5 for the lack of meaningful pockets, but that's probably just because I don't like wearing a vest, and so need all the stuff in my pockets.
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This post has been edited by Gobo Fongo: 20 May 2007 - 06:44 PM