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Ultralite Fusions Spec ops answer to summer heat!

#1 User is offline   Gobo Fongo 

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 01:55 PM

I've got the Ultralite Fusion battle pants and jersey, and have used them since last spring.

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.

9.5/10

*if anyone wants to post here, include meaningful input and review - PM me for questions.

This post has been edited by Gobo Fongo: 20 May 2007 - 06:44 PM



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Posted 04 August 2006 - 02:02 PM

I have worn my ultralites the last few times ive played and couldnt agree more... good review even outlining the low points well
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Posted 04 August 2006 - 04:25 PM

Nice review.I got my ACU Ulatralites about a week ago and im finally going to use them tommorow.
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Posted 04 August 2006 - 05:00 PM

I love my ultralights too!

Yeah, the belt loops thing is kinda lame too. I mean I use a belt to hold my grenade pouch and there is a serious difference in the support between 7-8 loops and, just three. I can only assume it's because of the elastic waistband and not a poor cost-cutting measure.

You forgot the two cargo pockets (on the thighs vice, the squeegie pockets on the calves). I like them but, the could be a bit bigger (closer to BDU size would be perfect).

One thing peeps need to be aware of though before crawling or even playingin woods where there may be the risk of getting lyme disease from a tick. Wear some Under Armor '"Heat" pants and long sleeve top. Those ticks will crawl right through those ventilation holes. And treat the suit with some permethrin just for good measure.
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Posted 04 August 2006 - 07:33 PM

Good to know I got the good stuff. From how I've used them so far I can see they are of the TOP quality. I just ordered the pants though so I hope they are just as good.
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Posted 04 August 2006 - 11:35 PM

umm, oops, sorry bout the double postage

my bad

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 11:36 PM

Whoah!, what's this about cargo pockets? mine certainly have nothing like cargo pockets, I got them just after they came out, is it possible later issues had more pockets?


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Posted 05 August 2006 - 03:26 PM

I got mine a bit more than a month ago and they have cargo pockets now. The three belt loops issue hasn't been resolved yet :-/
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Posted 05 August 2006 - 10:33 PM

View PostUV Halo, on Aug 5 2006, 03:26 PM, said:

I got mine a bit more than a month ago and they have cargo pockets now. The three belt loops issue hasn't been resolved yet :-/


ultralite fusions dont have cargo pockets
fusion battle pants do

i have the ultralites... and i do wish they had more pockets :P
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Posted 06 August 2006 - 07:21 AM

View PostKmart Shoppr, on Aug 5 2006, 10:33 PM, said:

View PostUV Halo, on Aug 5 2006, 03:26 PM, said:

got mine a bit more than a month ago and they have cargo pockets now. The three belt loops issue hasn't been resolved yet :-/


ultralite fusions dont have cargo pockets
fusion battle pants do

i have the ultralites... and i do wish they had more pockets :P


Before you get all italicized on me, insinuating I'm either a liar or somebody who doesn't know what he owns, consider the following photos:

Note the "lightweight athletic mesh construction".
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Note the pull tab on the left hand side of the pocket.
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Note the velcro tabs that keep my pull-through squeegie inside.
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Any questions?

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Posted 06 August 2006 - 12:48 PM

Holy shizzle!, I need some cargo pockets!


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Posted 04 February 2007 - 04:11 PM

I am going to ge ultrailites and now since they have CARGO POCKETS Iam going to have to get them and rub in that i have CARGO POCKETS!! :rolleyes:
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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:56 PM

weird I just got a pair of fusion ultralights in the mail tofay and they had no cargo pockets
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Posted 16 March 2007 - 06:12 AM

great review. Definitely going to get some of those. It gets hot here in SO idaho.




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Posted 21 April 2007 - 08:37 PM

Today is April 21 2007
My set of Ultralight fusion pants was delivered two days ago.
I checked them out after reading this string of posts.
My ultralight fusion pants do not have cargo pockets.
My Marauder II pants do have cargo pockets.
I just sent in an order for two more sets of Marauder II pants.
I am more used to wearing cotton fabric BDUs and
the Marauder II seems a good compromise between the
BDU and special warm weather fabric.

I do like the length of the UltraLight fusion pants.
My inseam is 33 inches and the Ultralight fusion are just right
in length for me.
The Cordura knee reinforcement is placed properly
when standing up, but seems a little high up when you are
sitting down.
I am a little worried about bugs being able to
bite me thru the mesh fabric. We have Lyme Ticks here in
the NorthEast, as well as mosquitoes and gnats which could
enter the holes in the mesh.
Will need to stock up on insect repellant.

I am looking forward to summer weather
when I can really test the Ultralight Fusion stuff out.
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