Brief History of Exalt Paintball at 2018 Paintball Extravaganza | Lone Wolf Paintball

Brief History of Exalt Paintball at 2018 Paintball Extravaganza | Lone Wolf Paintball


(exciting metal music) – Hey guys, what’s going on, it’s Tony from Lone Wolf Paintball. Today I’m here with one of
the owners, Ben from Exalt. We’re gonna do a quick history of how he kinda got
involved with paintball, and the history of Exalt. So, without further
ado, I’m gonna let him, you know, take it away. How did you first get
involved with paintball? – Paintball’s been a part of my life since I basically can remember. It’s, I started probably when I was 14, in the woods, with a Talon
in my buddy’s backyard. – Yeah. (chuckles)
– It grew from there. Went to a birthday
party, got more involved, ended up playing my first big game when I was probably 15, 14 – 15 at Hell Survivors in Michigan and fell in love with it. After high school was over, I didn’t have any way to
compete any more in any sports, so I just fell in love with paintball and ever since then, I’ve been involved at the industry level somehow, some way, setting up fields in Michigan, playing on teams in Michigan, and in college I eventually
moved down to Florida, and then first thing, my first friends, where I met my first people in Florida was at the paintball field. I finished college, started
a company called Hater. – Okay, so that’s where the… So you started out in Michigan, moved down to Florida college, after that you started Hater, – Yeah. which a lot of people know
for the Hater Sauce, right? – Yeah, it’s a lubricant…
– Okay. – That we still sell today. It’s that popular that
the name still has stuck and it’s not going
anywhere, I don’t think. Started Hater, it evolved from there. Ended up acquiring and merging with Exalt, which was originally started by Ed Evans, who’s my business partner
and managing member in Canada. For logistical reasons, we
moved it down from Canada, down to Florida. Now, our base of our operations now is out of Orlando, Florida. – Okay, so a lot of the stuff… Obviously, you’re shipping
out from Florida then. – Yes, that’s correct.
– Okay, okay. – All of our inventory’s held in Florida. – So do you say like,
was there one big product or big kind of thing that happened that made Exalt really flourish? ‘Cause obviously it’s come a long way, I mean, it’s pretty popular now, so… – The… I think what we’re known for, the staple of our brand
is the Barrel Maid. It’s the, we were the first company to really integrate the
straight shot features and the foldable fluffy features. – Yeah, no, the Barrel Maids
are obviously fantastic. We sell a ton of them at our store. So that was really like the… You think that was one of the, let’s say a flagship
product that kinda brought. – It’s the product we
sold the most volume of. – Okay. – Before the merger, Exalt was really known for the
quality of the speed feeds, which we still sell today. And we’ve kinda grown from
both of those staple products to where we’re at now and the product offering that we have now. – Barrel Maids, I mean,
you guys sell a ton of like the FreeFlex knee pads, elbow pads, I mean you guys have
a full soft line of… – Yeah, we have a full protective tine. – Yes. – So we sell knee pads,
slider shorts, elbow pads. Our new release here is a chest protector. We have bounce hats, we have pants. So we have a full line of
protective paintball equipment that we’ve now gotten into. So we went from some of the
silicone or the plastic parts into the softer line. – Okay. Joe, do you think anything else you’d kind of like to touch
on while we’ve got Ben here? – [Joe] Yeah, so, as far as… You said your first company was Hater. What was kinda your inspiration and why, what made you
start a paintball company? And how did, what got
you into making things? – Just for the love of the game, or? – Yeah, you know when someone says you have to do what you love? I kinda took that to heart at a young age and I’ve fell in love with paintball and I’ve never wanted to leave it. It’s the only job I’ve ever had. (chuckles) Since I, you know… Since I was, before I could even drive, I worked at the paintball store. I’ve shown the field breadth. So yeah, it was definitely a
love for what I wanted to do. – And you just, go ahead. – [Joe] So if I remember
correctly, like with Hater, kinda the flagship of
Hater was boards, right? – Yeah.
– Back during the time…. – Yeah. – [Joe] When ramping and
the thousand fighting was first become allowed. – The arms race. – [Joe] Yeah, it was the arms race. That was the whole kinda foundation of Hater, was it? The electronic side of it, that was back with Virtue… I mean, Virtue was more company to start. – Yes, sir.
– Even to now, with Predator, Hater, and
all that type of stuff, so that’s cool. That’s how you got into it, and then how did you end up linking up with Ed from Exalt? – We had worked on projects, we had collaborated on a
few things over the years. We were both similar ages, similar… We just clicked. And… After the arms race kind of ceased, and rules had changed, and boards became almost obsolete, we got together on a couple projects and decided to collaborate and try to grow Exalt
into what it is today. – Awesome. Anything else? – [Joe] Yeah, what was, as
far as him starting Exalt, ’cause I remember back when
they were first starting out they were always, they were always geared towards the speed feeds and the soft wear, things like that. Kinda similar story to that is, I guess, just a paintball player by heart, just looking to make better
gear for himself, essentially. – Yeah, Ed comes from a
mechanical engineering background, and he was able to see
voids in the marketplace or inefficiencies that he could fix. And right away he became, you know, it was easy to kinda penetrate
the market with accessories. So, he was able to come
up with new speed feeds and some of the smaller niche items that everybody needs in their gear bag. Which, we still kinda hold
onto that value today. Like, we want to have that
one product that you… Don’t necessarily know or
have a want until you see it, and then it becomes very apparent, like, I should have this, right? – [Joe] Yep. I think one of those
products, that product line, is our cases, all the protective stuff. We really think that that
fills a lot of the voids as far as that one of those products you should have in your gear bag. – [Joe] Yep. – And even like the Barrel Maid, like you were saying earlier, I mean, it’s just something so simple but such a need in, you
know, you really need that if you got broken paint in your barrel and stuff like that. So, I think that’s really cool. I appreciate you sitting down with us and kinda talking, giving us a little history and background. So for you guys out there
that are our viewers, I know you guys are all across the nation and even the world, he is a Michigan native, so… – Yeah, I still call Michigan home, even though I’ve lived in Florida for 12 years.
– So you guys, for you guys that don’t know, I’m gonna leave this with the closing note he’s a Michigan native,
so that’s a cool fact of, that you guys don’t know. So once again, thank
you from Ben from Exalt, and give the video a like, subscribe to the channel
if you haven’t already, and thanks for watching, guys. – Thanks. (keys click) (static crackles)

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