If you have played paintball with a milsim (or military simulation) marker, you have probably noticed something. Your marker alone is pretty heavy with all the grips, tactical rails, clips, and hopper but once you put on your tank it can sometimes double in weight! If you have a lot of accessories like a stock, your marker will be very unbalanced and difficult to hold. Well, there is a cheap and easy solution: remote coils.
A remote coil - or remote line - is like a macroline but is very long and coiled. It connects to the ASA of your marker and the end of your air tank. It allows the player to hold their HPA or CO2 tank in their pack instead of on the back of the gun. It makes holding the marker a lot easier, and allows more movement. A remote line will create a very big difference if you have a heavy woodsball marker with a stock.
An average remote coil will cost between $50-$100, depending on it's features. Two key features you want in a remote coil is an on/off slide and a high coil tension. A slide will allow you to turn the airflow on and off just by flipping a switch or turning a lever. This allows you to disconnect your air tank easily without wearing the threads of your ASA or tank regulator. It also makes emptying your tank very fast easy. You want a high coil tension so your remote line will stay tight to your body and not get caught on twigs and branches. Having to free your remote line from a bush will cost you critical seconds in a paintball match.
If your marker does not have a stock or back heavy loader such as the Empire Magna, your marker may become very front-heavy. If you don't have either of those, I suggest purchasing a carbon fiber tank to make your setup lighter instead of a remote coil to keep things balanced. A carbon fiber tank will cost $100-$150 and are also compatible with remote coils if you ever decide to make the switch later on.
Overall, a remote line can be a very good investment. If you need to lighten up your gear or just want to get that annoying tank out of your way, you should definitely look into purchasing a remote coil. If you do not have a back-heavy loader or stock, take off your tank and fill up your loader to see if a remote coil will work. If you can comfortable aim and move around, a remote coil will work fine. When purchasing a remote line, make sure it has an on/off slide and a high coil tension. If you don't own a specialized pack already, you will need a pack that has room for your tank. Once you have done all this, your remote coil will work perfectly and you will be good to go out and play with a lighter setup.