Spyder imagine, ACS delrin bolt, SP Teardrop barrel (sold to buy Wrath) - Does not compare well.
Stock Wrath & Egg II
Fast hopper,Nitro, Delrin bolt, possibly a new trigger
Dual beam break eyes, quick strip bolt, vertical clamp feed port & the grip.
No delrin bolt, no extra o-rings & the trigger is a little sloppy.
I am very new to paintball, but I think that may be a plus as I have slightly different view point. My review may be more helpful to new players, or anyone just looking for any possible extra detail on the gun.
My first gun was a Spyder Imagine with an ACS Delrin bolt, and a SP Teardrop barrel. I liked shooting the gun just fine, but I was very frustrated at having to spend a large portion of my time cleaning the many ball breaks. Admittedly, many of the breaks were my fault.
All I wanted with my second gun was one that would shoot and keep me out playing on the field. I didn't want to spend more than $200. I also did not want a marker that required immediate upgrades. I wanted it to work well right out of the box. I quickly realized $200 wouldn't get me everything I wanted.
I liked the reviews for the Misfit. The ION came out just as I finalized my decision to upgrade. I also considered the Odyssey 02, of course the Wrath, and few others. Since my first priority was not to break balls, I wanted to go with the best eyes possible. From what I could find, the ION and Wrath both have the dual beam break eyes which apparently don't have issues with darker paint.
After reading a few of the Wrath/ION threads on the net, I felt that they both must be pretty nice markers. Neither gun seemed to be a clear winner in the debates. I decided on the Wrath because I like the look better, and I don't like the idea of having the same gun as everyone else.
I ordered mine from Brady's and received it a couple of days later. I was pretty excited. The box looks good, but I was a little disappointed when I opened it. I was expecting the brilliantly shiny black that you see in all the images. Instead the gun was covered in fingerprints. I was a little peeved that someone had been pawing my new gun!
Anyway, I picked it up, buffed it with a cloth, and then turned it over to look at the other side. By the time I flipped it back over, the fingerprints were back on the gun. I quickly realized that it is so black and shiny that everything shows on the gun. This is a disadvantage of the black I suppose.
I'll just go ahead and list the small details that I didn't like to get them out of the way. I didn't like the packing inside the box. The gun was set in foam, but should have had a small layer covering it in case the box is flipped over. No extra O-rings were included (My Spyder came with them). No charger and no charging port so you always have to take the grip off to replace/charge the battery (This is the only thing I miss about my Spyder). The included user manual is like a photo copy of a photo copy. It looks cheap, and has no diagrams at all. If you don't already know the name for every part of a marker, then the explanations given don't make a lot of sense.
I liked the looks of the trigger when I first saw it on the net. I have had some trouble adjusting to it though. I am getting better at using it, and I think I am going to learn to be happy with it. It does have a bit of side to side slop, but I never notice it when I am playing.
My only experience is with the Spyder Imagine, so it is the only thing I can compare with. Compared to my Spyder, the Wrath shoots awesome. I love the feel, it seems accurate, and the eyes work perfectly so far. When I do something stupid (like not turn on my egg) instead of making a mess, it just doesn't shoot. It is pretty much idiot proof in this regard. The feed port holds my egg perfectly with no tape, etc. It seems to make about half the noise of my Spyder. The grip is comfortable. The LCD is easy to use, and cleaning it is a real pleasure. Removing the bolt takes all of about a second or so.
When I first brought it out to the field, I received several ooh's and ah's. Several of the staff "had" to check it out, and they were excited about it. They were able to make the trigger work a lot faster than I can, and they all seemed very impressed. They did hook it up to Nitro as well, and the consensus was that the gun definitely shoots better with it. I just can't afford it at the moment.
I have had a couple balls break in the barrel, but it doesn't seem to be a big issue. If this happened with my Spyder/SP Teardrop barrel, I had to clean it. With the Wrath, I just fire off a couple of balls and it seems to clean itself out pretty well.
The reviews I find most helpful are ones that are primarily about the stock gun. If the review is after upgrading the bolt, barrel, regulator, feed port, grips, etc., then feel that I still don't know much about the gun. Comparisons are helpful between stock and upgrades, but a review only after a ton of ups is not.
I will break down and score some of the details. I find a one number rating a little limited. The scale below is 1-10 with 5 being average.
Marker looks - 8
Feed port - 9
Trigger - 8
Grips - 8
ROF/Feel w Nitro - 10
ROF/Feel with CO2 - 8
Ease of cleaning - 10
Anti-chop - 10
LCD - 8
Speed - 9
Overall Quality - 9
Overall value - 10
This is a great gun, and it is well worth the money. If for some reason I was offered $400 for gun, I would immediately buy another Wrath, and put the extra towards a Nitro tank. It really is a pleasure to shoot and clean, and it looks good. Because of the poor manual, lack of additional O-rings, and the slop in the trigger I am going to give a 9 as my product rating.
of corse the egg is fast enough for the wrath, i own one that is a back up for my little brother if his pimp goes down. if you are going to spend 200 on a merker through down like 50 to 70 more and get a dm3. they are easy to customize and you can do great things if you know a little somethin somethin about guns. my back up marker is a black dm3 with a dmc trigger. all i had to do is bore out the triger and drill holes because the two don't line up