Gear review: Dye Ultralite Frame
review by Young Choi
The people at Dye keep coming out with the newest innovations. It has been some time where a company has come out with a trigger frame that made sense. A frame that had everything that one would need to just bolt onto a gun and go frame.
The Dye Ultralite frame is here. It is available for the DM4/5/C (comes standard on the DM6) and the Proto Matrixes. The obvious feature that you will notice is the ergonomic “hour glass” shape. The hilt of the frame integrates perfectly heal of the palm just below the thumb. I have been using the Ultralite frame on my Proto Matrix 6 for some time and I find not only comfort, but a more relaxed grip on the frame while gun fighting. I can’t even play with a “normal” frame anymore, it just doesn’t feel right.
The Sticky 3 grips are very tacky and I found that my grip even held in rainy conditions. The bottom of the frame is ready for a dove-tailed ASA. The key plus to the dove-tail mount is that the locking function can be accessed out side of the frame and the grips do not even need to be removed. One interesting feature that can help while in the middle of a point or game is the Heads Up Display LED indicator that is high up on the grips. This HUD LED will let you know the status of your DM/PM without the need of turning your gun to look at the main LED light that is located on the left side of the frame.
Dye has finally done away with the Membrane Pad to turn the gun and eyes on/off. After much criticism, the Membrane Pad has finally been done away with and metal buttons are used. Dye has also done away with the battery/micro-switch wiring harness. The 9 volt battery now clips onto the circuit board.
As far as software goes, the circuit board is loaded. Not only can you adjust the Debounce, Rate of Fire, and Dwell; but the software also includes PSP/CFOA/Millennium Ramp and NPPL settings. One no longer has to dish out extra money for the Ramp software. Sadly, the board does not accept chips. I’m sure this is due to the WDP patent on removable software (chips) that was enforced last year. I’m sure Tadao Technologies and Advantage PB are working hard for aftermarket board options for this frame.
The trigger guard has ample space that doesn’t inhibit finger interaction with the trigger. The trigger is a blade style with a slight bump near the middle. Not enough to “rake” the trigger however (but then again, raking isn’t the best way to lay a steady stream of paint. Funny to see though). Externally adjustable set screws can be accessed without taking off the grips to adjust the pull. Bless this simple little feature, if your teammate borrows your gun, you can easily adjust the trigger quickly at half-time or between games. The force of the trigger pull can also be externally adjustable through the trigger. Behind the trigger is a set screw that increases or decreases spring tension so you can adjust the pull to your hearts content.
I have absolutely fallen in love with this frame and I sincerely hope that the rest of Dye’s markers will have the hour glass option available for as long as I continue to play. Normal frames just don’t feel “normal.” As for the price, the listed price is $250. I have heard and read some grumbling, in my opinion with all the features that is packed into this bolt and go frame, the consumer actually saves a lot of money.