Airsoft Action 07 - Mar 2012 - Page 82

STYLE OR SUBSTANCE? Gucci kit won’t make you a better player – so is it worth paying through the nose for it? Mike Buttrick looks at both sides of the spectrum T he term ‘Guccisoft’ has been used increasingly over the last year, but what does it mean? For the uninitiated, Guccisoft relates to expensive airsoft kit or aftermarket upgrade parts. There are many reasons people buy expensive kit or parts, but there’s always some important questions to ask: is it worth the expense? Does it make the airsoft experience any better? Some skirmishers will buy specific combat fatigues in an attempt to replicate their teammates or a character from their favourite game or movie. A player who regularly attends games at my local club has modelled his look on Captain Price from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series. While this can be a very striking look, and rather distinctive, unless other players take up the same idea it is expensive as the uniform worn by Price is reasonably modern and expensive. Another down side to modelling your look on a character is that the uniform may not be well suited to the environment that you play in. If you model your clothing on a character from a desert-based action game then the camouflage will not fit in well in a European woodland setting, so you stand out against the local flora. Ultimately this makes you more of a target than other players who have chosen more suitable camouflage. I chose to wear Flektarn from my very first airsoft game because that was the camouflage worn by my team. At the time there were very few people wearing Flektarn as most wore DPM, so this gave me the advantage of standing out from the crowd while wearing one of the cheapest forms of camouflage on the market. I quickly learned the benefits of wearing Flektarn when I spent 082 March 2012