Smart Parts 05 Shocker w/:
-NDZ Stinger v3 Bolt & Firing Can
-SP HE Bolt & Firing Can
-NDZ Roller Blade Trigger
-NDZ SS Solenoid Manifold
-SP Q-Lock Feedneck
-Tag Sportz Predator Board w/ 5.0 software
-Self-installed Break-Beam eye system & stock reflective eye
-AKA 2-Litre + Regulator
I bought a few of these from a friend of mine who was trying to start a business and Syn was his "top-of-the-line" gear he was carrying. He cut me a great deal on 16 pods so I couldn't pass it up. After using them for 6 months of rigorous play, (I bought more of course) this is what I've concluded.
I actually had a lot of problems with the lid snapping off of the pod itself. This fault never caused me to lose a game or not replenish my hopper with paint. But it is a bit of a hassle because these pods cost a little more than your standard pod, so replacing them can become costly. Also, the padding on the lid would also detach itself from time to time, though not without some precursor or forewarning. This is a simple fix that can be resolved with super glue, so it never really plagued my mind too much. Something else I will note is the pod's ball capacity. Because of the padding and possibly the density of the pod, they do not carry as much as your standard pod. I shoot a lot (as any tournament paintballer does), but because I'm a front mostly, I don't like to carry more than four pods a game because of weight issues. So to some this might come as a disadvantage. When I actually compared the capacity of a standard pod to that of the Syn pod, I found that the standard pod will actually hold 15-25 more rounds of paint, depending on how you fill your pod. So, to me, it was the largest disadvantage that the Syn Pods had.
The pod (minus the lid) is built like Gov. Schwarzenegger. They'll take abuse far beyond what any other pod can take. I'm extremely hard on my gear, and my pods are certainly no exception. Even with the lids breaking off, they out-lasted any other type of pod I have ever used. Second, they're quiet. This strength may not apply to tourney ballers, but I've seen most woodsballers at my local field eat the pods up. Thirdly, since there is padding on the top and bottom of the lid, you never have to worry too much about breaking brittle paint. Another nice feature about the padding is that you can toss a pod to a fellow team-mate and not have to worry about paint breaking as it slams on the ground. That alone has saved my team and myself several times in a game. Try that with your standard pod, and you'll have just given your friend a pod of soup. One last strength is (in all irony) the lid. Even though it breaks off sometimes, the pod will stay closed until YOU want it open.
I recommend this anybody who is as hard on their gear as I am. It will be what saves you from spending wasted time cleaning out your hopper from the muck of broken paint that you got when you took a dive and didn't quite land the way you wanted to. To me, the strengths far outweigh the weaknesses. So unless I get sponsored by someone who makes pods, I'll continue to use these for as long as they are made.