Upgraded Hopper to keep up with burst and automatic fire.
Quick Charger (1.5 hour turnaround vs. 5-6 Hours on standard charger)
Cheap can of compressed air to do reccomended maintenance by Kingman.
Display on grip.
Easy to dissasemble.
Trigger feathers well.
Manual is weak.
Colors - metallic blue sticks out in the woods.
I did lots of research on Spyder vs. Kingman and used both. In the end I chose the new Spyder Pilot which is a newer line (replacing the Imagine soon) that Kingman plans on keeping around a while (as opposed to coming out with a new model in a month).
I've had a chance to use this all day last Saturday in speedball, airball, and woods. Couple things off the bat I noticed:
Even w/ all stock parts It shoots far and straight. My distance on this thing was amazing compared to others with thier own upgraded markers (i was not just beating rentals). I was pegging people with incredible distance. (And being a newbie, I am not the best shot in the world). That distance gave me an advantage (and yes, I was chrono'ed correctly)
I was also taking shots in the woods where I had no buisness weaving my shot between 2-3 trees to hit my target. But if you can aim true, it shoots true.
I liked being able to easily read the display. You don't have ot read and interpret LED lights. It plainly says "Burst", "Semi", and "Auto. Easy to tell if your safty is on and if your battery is low.
It's super easy to take apart and clean. Reccomend getting some canned air to use in some reccomended maintenance of a spring mechanisim in the grip. (Suggested from manufacturer after each game)
I let some more experienced players use my gun to get thier feedback and only recieved high praise.
For a newbie - if you get past the Tippman vs. Spyder argument and decide to choose a Spyder. I highly reccomend this gun. It's great just as a stock gun, easy to use, lightweight, and fast as heck. Not only am I happy with my choice, the more experienced players that used it said I made an excellent choice.
I am giving it a 9 only because the operation of the display was not intuitive, the documentation is weak, and the battery charger takes forever to charge. The gun as a whole kick's.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, June 29th, 2004 at 11:04 am PST