Vertical Maxflo - Solid reg, I loved it, very simple did its job
Bob Long Torpedo Reg - Never had a problem with this one either, solid reg
Dye Hyper 2 Reg - I just liked the swivel of the elbow, not a design I liked
Solid Annodizing (Looks like Liquid)
Comes with Macro Fitting
4 Different Colours
Thin - a little Hard to handle
I was pretty hyped up about the Empire Vertical Regulator after seeing it in a NPS "To Be Released" flier that we got through our dealer. After talking to our NPS rep I was lead to believe that it would just be a Torpedo that was milled with the empire logo. A little bit of a disappointment, but i like Empire and I backup their products.
After receiving them in, I noticed that they were a shim style reg, and not the piston style like torpedos. We received in 4 Different colours, Black, Red, Blue, and Chrome. So you can outfit it on pretty much any colour of marker you have. The anno was very slick, it was an actual black (as opposed to the Bob Long black which is just a deep purple) and the anno was flawless, so flawless reg looked wet to the touch.
Now onto testing. After having the reg for a month before our season started I finally got to test it. Right out of the gate, after never having any air through it, I loaded my marker up at the chrony only to receive steady 299, 299, 299 (right out of the box!) too good to be true? Definitely, the next couple shots spiked to 301, and 300, so I only had to crank it down a little and then it was good to go. (This was also without adjusting any settings on my marker, I unscrewed my torpedo, screwed in the empire, and then chroney'd)
Another plus with the reg was that it came with a 90° macro fitting, so no need to spend more after getting a reg on a new fitting to adapt with your macroline. As well as a sticker on the side of the packaging for instructions. Definitely another quality product from empire.
I'd definately reccommend the Empire Reg as a reg. I've had nothing but good stored to come of them. Worth the price. Combines the easibility of a maxflo, the solid operation of a torpedo, the swivel fitting of a Hypder 2 and the Top Notch chroney results as regs twice the price.
I'm using this on my personal marker and I'm not switching to anything else any time soon.
I give this reg a solid 10. The 299, 299, 299 right out of the box is what made that Rating Possible.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 at 8:32 pm PST