Paintball can range a lot in price. They normal start out around $40 USD for a box/case of $2000 and can go all the way up to $85. With such a big difference, and what are you actually getting when you buy tournament level paintballs over recreation grade?

I’ll also be using the Planet Eclipse Emek and the Field One Acculock barrel.

The goal of this video is to show the difference between a low-end and a high-end paintballs. I wanted to be able to show the biggest difference, so I picked something that was a lower-end paintball, the Valken Infinity and a high-end tournament paintball, the Valken Pro. The Infinity is an entry ball that sells for around $40 for a case 2000 and the Pro is around $70.

Valken Paintballs ➡

One of the biggest advantages to shooting an expensive paintball is they are more brittle. I set up a little bit of a test to show that the Pro is more fragile than the Infinity. Ideally I would like the Pro and the Infinity to be more brittle than it was on this day. I used some of this exact Infinity and Pro last week, it was 100°F and the field that day. When it gets really hot paintballs are affected and they get softer. When with the paint being a little softer you can tell that the Pro breaks much easier than the Infinity. 

Along with breaking much easier that paint on the inside of the pro is much thickened and marks much better than the Infinity as this still grab from the video shows.

The Valken Pro is also a bit rounder. Having a rounder paintball means that it will fit well in your barrel better. Sometimes paintballs aren’t perfect round and they can drag down the barrel or sometimes roll out because it was too small, this all affects accuracy. So ideally we want our paintballs to just fit snugly in the barrel and be consistent, so each ball fits just as snug as the last. With that really good fit the same amount of air is trapped behind that ball maximizing velocity consistency. 

Make to watch the video above to get more in depth.


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Yo! My name is Brad Johnson, I'm the author/creator/owner/janitor of Paintball Ruined My Life. I worked in the paintball industry for over 16 years, before starting this website and my YouTube channe. I worked as a sales rep for WDP, as a tech for KEE Action Sports (GI Sportz/KORE), and author for FaceFull and