The Slik Edge III bolt is definitely designed for the electro cocker crowd. Just looking at it, you can tell it's rediculously light. There isn't a scrap of extra material on this bolt. It weighs in at 15.7 grams, which is less than HALF of most other all-delrin bolts on the market. There is simply no competition to this bolt for its weight.
The design of the Edge III is also superb. For authentic WGP bodies, the bolt fits very well without the use of o-rings, which means less friction and less parts to lubricate at the end of the day. For those would-be Slik owners with focker bodies, the bolt may require o-rings to fit without blowback, so Slik cut some grooves into the bolt for the o-rings to go. The o-rings, however, are not a standard paintball o-ring size, and can therefore be hard to find if your bolt doesn't come with them. Slik is very good about providing o-rings to people who need them, though. (In case anyone is wondering, it's a #13 o-ring.) The angled inlet port and open face make the Edge III a very efficient bolt.
The bolt is made from nylatron, which is a lightweight plastic very similar to delrin. Unlike delrin, however, nylatron does not swell when it gets water on it. Nylatron is also self-lubricating, so you no longer have to lube your bolt at the end of the day.
One of my favorite features of the Edge III is the lug access ability. Slik has cut away enough of the bolt that you can access the hammer lug without removing the bolt. It's not a huge improvement over other bolts, but it's definitely a nice touch.
At $45, the Edge III is very competitively priced.
My biggest complaint with the Edge III is the bolt pin detent. In their quest to make the lightest bolt possible, Slik used a rather unorthodox bolt pin detent method that screws into the bolt from the body side of the bolt instead of the back, like most bolts. The problem with this is that if it's not Loctited heavily, the detent tends to back out into the bolt, which loosens the bolt pin and can cause it to come out, which will make your bolt fly out of the gun. Two dabs of Loctite on the detent usually does the trick to keep in in place, but it can be a big pain if it's not taken care of right away.
This is the bolt to have, period. If you are looking for an upgraded bolt, look no further; you have found your bolt messiah. The Slik Edge III's combination of light weight, excellent design, and reasonable price make it the best bolt around.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 at 9:13 am PST