Gear review: Proto Pants
review by Young Choi
|06 Proto Pants|
The Proto line is now on its 3rd generation. I finally got my hands on the new Proto Pants for 2006 and I come away really surprised. I hate to think that the Proto line is meant to be a “cheaper” brand than the Dye line. Though Proto is a division of Dye, the quality is what you would expect from Dave Dehaan’s company. The only thing that is “cheaper” is the price.
|Padded crotch and side venting|
I would call the new Proto Pants a hybrid between last years Proto Pants with this year’s Dye C6 Pants. There is massive ventilation around the key areas of the lower torso and down the length of the legs. The cooling liner is built into the new Proto Pants, the same length of boxer shorts. The crotch area is elastic and does not hinder the legs from all the crazy contortionist positions that any paintballer would be familiar with. Towards the front of the crotch is a nice thick pad to protect the family jewels.
|Compression formed padding|
The waist has Velcro straps on each side to adjust the waist size. The back of the waist has compression formed padding to add comfort when wearing a paint ladened harness. Two elastic loops are on the back as well. These loops have two purposes, one is to have something to hang dry the pants from and the other, is to carry a pod of paint. This is a great feature for those that don’t want to be weighed down with a harness while still capable of carrying that insurance pod of paint.
|Reinforced knee padding|
Built in knee padding starts above the knees and ends at the middle of the shin, the extension past the lower knee is a great feature to provide more protection during a dive or a slide. I would still recommend additional knee padding for more aggressive players.
These pants, especially the olive colored ones, will make great pants for all the scenario recreational players. The built in padding is sufficient enough to provide protection for the usual non-diving players. I don’t see the need for a tournament player needing the outdated cargo pockets, but the pockets are great additions for the rec/scenario players.
The Proto Pants are comfortable, light, and with the mass ventilation very cool. A fair warning on the pants however, if you prefer a looser fit, get the next size up from what you normally wear. The Proto Pants wear like a well broken in pair of jeans.
*All ratings are 1 to 5, 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest.*