The VL has a light sensor that agitates the hopper when it is reflected back to itself. Hence, when therei is no ball present in the feed neck the hopper agitates to fill the void.
The Ricochet has a small detent that agitates the hopper everytime a ball passes over it and pushes it down. This keeps the hopper agitating each time a ball is fired, so it never really gets to a point where there is a void in the feed neck.
'95 Automag, bone stock, '03 Autococker, bone stock
Prone to bounces.
4 flexible paddels work well.
On off switch in back of hopper.
Rubber liner inside doesn't stay put.
I like this hopper a lot. It feeds consistently. It is simple to use. The 4 paddels work well,they remind me of really stiff weed wacker line, just slightly flexible. I've yet to get hit in the hopper so I don't have a deflection ratio to give you.
I do NOT like the inside rubber liner. While it does quiet ball rattle down a bit, it has a tendecy to come loose, especially when I am running around. Then the balls get between the rubber liner and the shell, and the liner gets pinched up against the feed paddles, which in turn don't move, so it stops working.
This has happended to me continuously over the past year, so I just took the rubber liner out and now everything works fine.
If you are the "sniper" type player, not much running, slow crawls and long waits in still hide, then this product would work well for you.
If you are like me, running, sliding, jumping, then I would simply get the standard Ricochet. The liner in this sniper model is too prone to shifting and binding in my opinion for an active player.
For performance of a Richochet hopper i give this a 9, but based on the performance of the sniper rubber insert I would only rate this a 7. So I'll split and give it an 8. Overall I am happy with the Ricochet hopper despite that I ripped out the rubber insert.
I fixed that insert shifting problem by using bent papers clips taped to the liner to reinforce that area near the agitator. Later on, I bought some velcro to attach the liner to the shell body, but the paper clip mod that I did on the fly worked so well I didn't want to mess with it.
Before the mod, I'd have my agitator get caught up in the liner every game, it was annoying as crap. After the mod, I've never had it happen again... and I've ran more cases of paint then I'd care to admit through the marker.