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I_D_R Monday, April 3rd, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder TL plus (Java Edition)
Spyder e-99
Spyder Elektra
Tippman 98c & A-5 w/ flatline
Marker Setup: Spyder Fenix ACS
Empire II Reloader
68/45 PMI n2
Dye Stickie 3's
Recommended
Upgrades:
Most Necessary to Least Necessary
1. HPA
2. Barrel
3. Hopper (egg/emp B/Halo B (or TSA))
4. Trigger (stock is really "loose")
Strengths: 1. Low price
2. Easily uprageable
3. R.O.F.
Weaknesses: 1. Inaccurate
2. Loose (lock scews/other screws)
3. Heavy (especially with a 68ci)
Review: I started out with lower end markers and have moved my way up over the 3-4 years of paintball experience. The more time I spent on the field the more I realized that a player's skill can only increase with the marker he/she uses. The better tourney ballers that I encountered as a newbie always said that a players gun determines A LOT on the field. Since I wanted to up my game to an amateur tourney player, I figured I would drop a lot of the recball and woodsball and play more air ball/hyperball. Also I knew I needed to buy a new marker (was using the Spyder TL plus stock w/ Co2). So I do a bit of research...and I find that the Spyder Fenix would be a great entry level tourney marker for my price range...($200 online is pretty sick price when you need ups as well). So i pick up the gun with 68/45 and an empire II reloader (strictly because of the low price). So the next weekend I hit up the field and goto chrono...(290...chop...295...chop...chop...285)
Wow...so then I walk the trigger balls just chop and I was like WOW...my TL never even chopped with bolt that is so outdated its not even funny. So..I was like wtf is wrong with my gun? I figured it was the paint...may have been old (JT premiere series paint). So i play a few games and get raped...the gun was just very inconsistent and the empire II wasn't working properly (that is what i get for going for the cheap products). So I play a few more games thinking I would just need to get used to the weight of the gun and its adjust to the poor accuracy. I then go up to some recball (not worth getting owned on the Xball course) We start a game of attack and defend...I sprint to a bunker...all the sudden i hear air leaking from my gun! WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? There were three expansion chamber lock screws 1 was missing, and 2 were loose. I also noticed that the stock drop was really loose on grip frame...Okay...SO i go back and tighten everything fill up the 45 and play some more airball...this started to go okay...( i guess it was just me getting used to my gun).
I'm sorrry for going into detail about MORE than the gun, but I was extremely dissatisfied with my first impression of a supposedly great entry level marker.
Conclusion: If an intermediate play such as myself is looking for a marker I would recommend paying an extra 50 bucks for the elektra. Why? Well if a player wants to get serious with they game and wants to improve, than they need to have a positive feel for their marker,
With the S.F. ACS, an extra 300-400 dollars worth of ups (incl. air) must be spent in order to have a really competetive marker.

I am really confused as to this marker's rating...
I give it a 7/10 strictly for price and the fact that it needs upgrades (hopper/barrel)
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

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