Here comes the time for the newest in the Empire pants collection. The Contact SE 08 pants are basically an upgrade of the Contact 07. The differences are not much, actually if I understood correctly by reading the features it is only one big difference and this is a padded lumbar and rear panel. It’s not bad that they still can come up with newer and newer ideas for upgrades, but the price those pants hold is so not worth that one difference they have from their predecessor – the 07 edition. Even the design haven’t changed that much…yes it’s a little better than before, but it’s definitely not worthy the 35 more dollars. Anyways check the features (maybe I should say again): • Built in hip slide pads- Whether you are the guy running out to the corners or the snake on the break our all new Slider Hip pads will keep you from limping off the field. These built in pads keep the raspberries in the produce department, not on your hips. Self contouring design rises above the waistline to cover your hip bones. • Wide hole belt loops! You asked for them we delivered! • Kevlar pre-curved Dual density knees. The most technically advanced & protective knee on a paintball pant period. • Em-Flow Panel design tm Air intake in the front and output in the rear. Heavy duty lilac mesh Construction • CB pad and waistband padding. You (and your girlfriend) will thank us later. Not only is there a pad in front of the family jewels but then ENTIRE area! • Belt Buckle internal hideaway key pocket. Now you can take your car key on the field with you with out fear of losing it on the field. • Neoprene covered Zippers. Keeps the dirt out of your zippers and the paint away from any hard spots • Dual density reinforced pad zones on shin and side of knees, because not all sliding happens directly on your knee • Newly designed padded lumbar & rear panel with Rubberized pop outs to grab onto your harness. Not only will this help keep your harness in place but the lumbar pad helps cushion the weight of the pods against your lower back • Neoprene lined internal swab pocket • Triple stitched double mesh inseam • We not only started the 4 way stretch panels above the knees but we have perfected it. These panels give so your pants don’t have to. • Cinch cord cuffs because we know not everybody is the same height • Adjustable Velcro waist, that can cinch down an extra few inches • Colorfast sublimated polymesh panel • Available in Sizes: S, M, L, XL So here’s what I think…yes, those are the newest and slightly better pants than the Contact 07, but if you can hold up for a while buying them I’m sure their price will drop…and if you can’t I suggest you get the 07 ones. So the total price of the Empire Contact SE 08 is $124.95 and they come in black, blue, red, desert camo and woodland camo shades. They also come in two limited editions – American legion and Fire shades which do look nice (although they are kinda flashy for me), but you have to say goodbye to $149.95 to get your hands on them. Still, they are a limited edition and that almost guarantees that you’ll be the only one wearing them. The choice again is nothing but personal.