Oh, I should also mention that I do have my own mask, soft gear, etc still. I have used rentals and know they can sometimes not be the greatest, so that is why I wanted some opinions from fellows!
Bought and sold countless markers in my day, but that itch to just PLAY gets too much to handle. I don't want to come off as pretentious or too good to use any 'ol marker. And paying a $10 field and rental fee plus cost of paint one weekend is much more affordable than dropping a few hundo for me right now.
But once I have some cash saved up, I'll be getting yet another Phantom.