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f2f4 Saturday, September 18th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
1 year11 of 16 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
- VL 200 gravity-fed hopper
- Empire Reloader
- Halo B
Marker Setup: If you REALLY wanna see my setups... which I doubt, go to:
Strengths: - Good hopper for a decent price
- Innovative lid design, helps with feeding
Weaknesses: - Some don't like large profile
- Previous ones had strength problems
Review: This hopper feeds pretty fast, but can be found for cheap. Stock (with the Y-board), it's only good to ~16 BPS. The Z-board improves this number some, but only up to 19 BPS tops. I also like the way the lid opens up, which is downward instead of upward. This greatly assists in reloading with pods, as it acts as a "funnel" in which to pour the paint into. Be sure to remove the lid springs, as it will greatly reduce stress on the lid. Otherwise, the sudden stop when closing the lid could weaken the area around the hinges, causing cracking...

The Evo2 is pretty infamous for it's strength, or lack thereof. Some people have reported their raceways breaking, as well as the shell, lid, and every other possible part breaking. Personally, I haven't had a problem with it so far, and I'm pretty rough on it too. My best guess is that ViewLoader took notice of the complaints, and started using better plastics (or a better curing process). Either way, I haven't had any issues.

As for the shape, that's really just personal preference. Some people hate the way it looks, some people like it, and some are in the middle (like me). If you like the looks, good for you. If not, well, that's just another reason to start saving up for a Halo B...or Reloader B.

Another debatable topic is the weight distribution. In case you don't know, the Evo2's feed-neck is at the VERY front, which shifts all the weight to the back. For front-heavy markers, such as Spyders, Tippmanns, Piranhas, etc., this actually helps a lot, letting you balance out the marker for a much more even feel. For neutral markers, such as Intimidators, Angels, and Freestyles, it's more of user preference (it won't offset the balance enough to really affect anything). However, for markers that are already a little back-heavy, such as most 'Cockers and the '03 Shocker, this can be an absolute nightmare.
Conclusion: For most players, this is more than fast enough. It can feed RELIABLY up to ~16 BPS with the Y-board, 19 with the Z-board.
If you tend to shoot very quickly (18+ BPS) and can spare the change, however, I would get a Halo B (with Victory board!) or an Empire B.
Overall, it's still a good product.
8 out of 10Last edited on Monday, July 18th, 2005 at 9:24 pm PST

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