I got my Apache 2K5 off of EBay for less than 90 bucks Canadian shipped. That's less than an X-Boarded Revvy around these parts.
Successfully fed a Victor II with a Dragun TES frame. I was doing a good 12BPS and it should no signs of trouble. I consider 12BPS fast and most loaders that say they can do 12BPS can't
I originally bought a Ricochet G2K, not because I believed in the ricochet technology but because I thought it looked really cool. The Apache is no exception. Whereas the G2K is a horrible gravity fed hopper the Apache is a great agitating hopper with the same pretty looks.
I got the LED version and I think it's a solid investment. Put it on your marker, press the button and rock out with your... well just rock out.
I've read all the reviews on the Evo II and the reports of the battery hinge constantly breaking worried me. When I pulled out the battery tray of the Apache I just thought, "That is freakin' clever." If you haven't seen one it allows you to drop your 2 9vs into the tray and slide the tray in place, kind of like a clip for a machine gun. Nicely done
If you want to move from a 2K3/2K4 to a 2K5 (faster feed by +~2bps) you can just give Ricochet a call and it'll cost like 10 bucks! My window cracked and they sent me a brand new set of shells, free of charge, no warranty information required.
Slow with last balls
Get down to the last 10 or so balls in the hopper and your feed rate will chug to snail's pace. It bounces more balls around then it feeds some times. When you get to the end throw in another pod and you're good to go.
Yup, I've had it happen and when it jams it jams. I think I had to shove a swab up into the feedneck and manually bend an arm out of the way to loosen up the stack. However that was just testfiring with some year-old Zap rec paintballs. It has never done it on-field in a game.
*UPDATE* Since some cry baby thought I shouldn't review this until I "really" used it (pardon me I think my review was still a lot more real than OMG IT'S THE BST EVR!) I can give you an update. I take back what I said about the feedneck, the elbow I was using blew, way too wide. I used it on the bone daddy with a new Elbow and it was stellar. Locked in like a pittbull. Similar results with an Evil Smokestack on my shortlived Dragun/Spyder and also fits perfect in my R6. I managed to test fire half a loader with my VictorII/TES (tes frame on a spyder) and it fed perfectly, no problems at all. One of the windows broke that day of play... don't know how it happened but I emailed Ricochet and the guy just asked for my mailing address, and sent out a brand new set of shells! Now THATS customer service. To this point I love this hopper. It's light, it's not too loud and it's not too high up on the marker. I'm going to try it on my R6 this weekend hopefully, I'll let you know.
If you can find it for a decent price I'd say go for it, it's a great investment as agitating hoppers go, and it has similar performance to a Egg II without all the falling apart. If you have a marker that fires at 17 BPS or under this hopper would be awesome for you. Or if you have a high end marker with a good eye I think this would be fine as well. Only reason not to get it would be if you require 15 BPS or more, you can't find it for less than $90 or you have too much money burning a hole in your pocket. Me, I can't wait to get my next marker so I can put this puppy through its paces! -1 for the brittle windows and the high MRSP.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, November 11th, 2005 at 1:53 pm PST