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RevmaynarD Sunday, April 9th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
HALO B
Marker Setup: 2005 Planet Eclipse EGO
Dye Ultralie Barrel
Strengths: -Very Fast Loader
-Lighter than HALO B
Weaknesses: -It's a little loud
-Large side profile and a straight-on flat spot
Review: I finally got a chance to take my Vlocity to the field and get some in-game experience with the new hopper.

First to the Strengths:
This hopper seems to be built pretty tough. The feed neck is thick, clear, one-piece plastic. It seems to be far more resistant to twisting and turning than the HALO B feedneck in that the HALO feedneck is essentially the outside plastic shell surrounding the blue feed tube from the cup. The hopper stood up to an entire day of mixed woodsball and speedball (hypercube and airball) including many dives, jumps, and running into trees, brush, and bunkers of all types and materiels. The thing kept up with my ego (ramping and regular semi) all day long with no missed shots and no jams whatsoever. I also prefer the toggle switch on the Vlocity to the pushbutton of the HALO B. Another strength for me is tha the hopper uses two 9V batteries as opposed to the AAs of the HALO B (I know there is a mod for the HALO to use 9Vs). The two 9Vs seem to help with the weight of the hopper in addition to lasting longer than the AAs. Even when I do run 9Vs in my HALO, the thing just eats batteries. This does not seem to be the case with the Vlocity. The Vlocity also has features similar to the HALO by the way of indicating a jam, low batteries, settings, and on/off status (all are indicated by and easily visible LED). I'm not really sure about the automatic jam detector/clearer as the hopper has not yet jammed on me, but this seems to be a great feature to me.

Now to the weaknesses:
The hopper is a bit loud with a low electric hum not only when it is feeding but in between shots. This is just the hopper trying to maintain the desired pressure that is set by the user (8 different settings), but the sound could be disasterous to a sneaky frontman trying to make a stealth bunker move or a woodsball "sniper". The sound does stop after about 10 seconds of inactivity (no shooting), but this is a rare at best situation in speedball. The settings are also a little tedious to dial in as the hopper must be allowed to blink though each consecutive setting to reach the desired setting (1 blink...then two...then three...then four....five....six...seven...eight...=36 blinks to reach setting eight). This is really not that big of deal to me, but for some it may be intolerable. Another problem that I found is that from a side profile, Vlocity is very flat and easily hit on the field. There, is also a flat spot straight on right around the batter cover on the hopper. These were both weaknesses that were exploited when on the field, but the weaknesses were no more or less than those of my HALO in this matter.

Overall, I am very happy with the new hopper. I bought this because my HALO needed a shell replacement and I thought I would treat myself to a new toy. I don't think there is any reason to throw out the HALO if you already have one, but the Vlocity is a nice alternative.
Conclusion: Overall, I am very happy with the new hopper. I bought this because my HALO needed a shell replacement and I thought I would treat myself to a new toy. I don't think there is any reason to throw out the HALO if you already have one, but the Vlocity is a nice alternative.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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