The good folks at Si (Super Impulse) were kind enough to send along some samples of their latest hardware — the Precision RBS or Rubber Band System Talos, Chiron and Hyperion.
Being a crazed laser tag fan and down for anything where I can randomly live out my action hero/G.I. Joe fantasies, I was on board. The results were surprising and I think I’ve found a new toy to use to work off some steam or get in some target practice.
That’s the company line behind it, but what’s it like to put RBS in action? Pretty fun actually. While NERF is the top dog of the launching projectile market, Precision RBS actually presents a strong challenge provided enough folks are willing to give it a shot.
Loading the rubber bands is nice and intuitive. It’s a simple pull back and lock mechanism. You’ll want to be careful loading though as you run the risk of a snap back if you don’t take the time to thread the rubber band in the loading slot properly.
Occasionally, I’ll break out rubber bands and pretend I’ve got dead-eye Batarang tossing aim like Batman or Robin. Predictably, the shot goes everywhere except for its intended target. The Magnus Effect flings the rubber band like a Frisbee that causes air resistance on either side of the rubber band and generate lift making it fly straighter, according to Precision RBS.
For my trial run, I broke out the Chiron first. It’s got a nice heft to it that the rubber band won’t send it flying after it’s launched or be too heavy to make it a burden to carry. The Chiron splits apart allowing for a hand held launching system. My aim on that was better than going with the regular traditional route, but I definitely could appreciate the difference without the benefit of the standard Chiron set up.
I was curious about the impact and from about 20 feet away, I didn’t even feel the sting of being hit. Clearly the closer the shot, the harder it will feel, but barring shots to the face/head there shouldn’t be any issues from a RBS battle with the targets being on the move.
As much fun as I can see the RBS being for children, this is the kind of device that I would have loved to have had at my old office. It’s a quick set up of three targets and it’s a perfect way to let off some passive aggression or unwind for the marathon meeting session.
The RBS run a reasonable price of $17 for the Talos, $20 for the Chiron and $30 for the Hyperion.