Weight (Super Light), Quiet, Accuracy, Strength, Zero Thermal Expansion
Price, Can only use only a rubber and/or silicone squeegee to clean the barrel
The SITE Stiffi barrel is one of the lightest barrels out on the market only being 53 grams. When I placed the 14" Stiffi barrel on both my 2006 PlanetEclipse Ego and 2004 WGP E2 Mini Orr-acle there was a significant weight reduction from the front half of the marker. One thing that you need to take into consideration before purchasing this barrel is how it will affect the balance of you marker. However, the weight reduction aides you in being able to move your marker into a position so you can lay down a lane of paint in a specific area faster.
The porting on this barrel allows it to be one of the quietest barrels out on the market. However, don't worry about the porting effecting the distance of the barrel. I didn't notice a huge change with the Mini Orr-acle in sound, but I did notice a huge drop in dB with the Ego.
Stiffi barrels are among some of the most accurate barrels out there. SITE Manufacturing has made a barrel that has a seamless carbon fiber wrap, smooth "mirror like" finish on the inside, along with excellent porting, to make it a really strait-shooting barrel. It takes one to two shots to line up the barrel, after that it is really easy to keep a stream of paint flowing into one specific area.
Carbon Fiber is one of the strongest materials ounce for ounce. It is 3-5x stronger than steel but is lighter than aluminum. As for the rumors that are going around that these barrels will "shatter" when struck against the ground, these are all false. Stiffi's showroom along with their moving tent that shows up at tournaments, have Stiffi barrels being held up by 2x4's or metal. They tell you to grab onto the barrel and do chin up's or just hang on it. If you happen to break one, they will give you a barrel for free. Now if a company is tempting people to "try and break" one of their products, do you really think that the product will break?
Zero Thermal Expansion:
Zero Thermal Expansion means that this barrel is not affected by temperature changes, hot or cold. This can be good and bad. The good is that this barrel will not be the reason that the paint is flying the wrong way. The bad is that paint is effected by thermal expansion. This had me worried at a tournament I just played at. The temperature was 93 degrees with 80% humidity, horrible conditions for paint. I was worried that the paint was going to expand and the barrel would chop the paint. The tournament had .689 paint and I was shooting it out of a .693 barrel. I was relieved when I didn't chop one ball thought the tournament. I would recommend that if you do purchase one of these barrels get at least a .691 barrel.
The maintenance of a Stiffi Carbon Fiber Barrel is really strait forward and is really similar to cleaning a regular metal barrel.
If you are out on the field and you chop a paintball in the barrel, follow these steps.
1. Turn the marker on its side/upside down (so there are no paintballs in the feedneck).
2. Shoot a rapid succession of shots.
3. The air should clear the barrel (The "mirror-like" finish on the inside makes it easy to clean).
Off Field Maintenance:
1. If there is paint in the barrel/porting, run the barrel under warm water. Do not use any cleaners in the mix. The cleaners can over time deteriorate the carbon fiber.
2. Make sure to use a rubber and/or silicone squeegee (soft/hard).
3. Do not use a battle swab or any swab that has fibers in it. The fibers break off in the porting and can deteriorate the barrel. *A barrel that is deteriorating by fibers is NOT covered by SITE's return policy, voids warranty*
After viewing the extreme build quality and experiencing the excellent results, I highly recommend this barrel.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, January 15th, 2007 at 5:11 pm PST
Up until last year we did not allow battle swabs or any fluffy type swabs to be used in our barrels. It used to void the warranty. We did some research and found that is not that big of an issue and lifted the ban. When we first started making our barrels we drilled the porting different and the fluffy swabs used to catch and delaminate the barrel on occasion. We have since changed our porting process and it just took a while to convince upper management that it would not hurt the barrel. So the rumors were true until this year. The Redz swab is the one we recommend. Pass the word on that it is ok to use a swab now.