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af895 Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Viewloader Evolution II (19-bps), Q-loader, variety of non-agitated hoppers (Archon, Brass Eagle, VL and others)
Marker Setup: Jungle Green SP-8
Extendable Stock
Tactical Rail Kit
Stealth Barrel kit
TechT L6 Lightening Bolt
Smart Parts 360 QEV
CP Regulator, Long
PMI Pure Energy 68/4500 HPA
PMI remote
OpsGear 18" Interceptor barrel
Tasco BKRD30 RedDot Sight
Viewloader Evo II hopper
Q-loader System
Tippmann Triumph SSL-200 hopper
ON ORDER: PPS Brass barrel, Hammerhead Barrel Kit
Strengths: narrow frontal profile, fast, effective agitation/feed, single 9v battery, plastic stronger than Egg
Weaknesses: plastic not as flexible as unagitated hoppers like the Archon
Review: First day playing with this, about 500 balls through it.

I shoot a heavily upgraded Smart Parts SP-8, previously with a Viewloader Evolution II (Egg II) that claims 19bps.

Raison D'Etre
SPPL rules don't permit electronic markers to use any hopper that advertise a feed rate over 15bps. I bought the SSL-200 to remain legal and after looking at reviews for a number of other hoppers in the same speed range.

First of all, the SSL-200 has a very nice, narrow frontal profile and the surfaces are nicely contoured which will probably aid in bounces. The plastic is somewhere between the very brittle Egg and the somewhat softer plastic on typical field-rental, unagitated hoppers. (The Archon comes to mind). I feel more comfortable with the SSL-200's durability than I do my Egg.

Operation
The battery door on this hopper comes off very easily but doesn't have any tendency to open on it's own. A single 9-volt battery goes in "flat" - parallel with the ground.

There's a single pushbutton and an LED on the back of the unit. The LED lights green when on and batteryy OK, red when batteries are low, according to the literature (I haven't burned a battery up yet but I can confirm it does light green when on). Each time the rear button is pressed, the motor activates for a moment. Noise level is similar to the Egg but a bit more "growly" - still very quiet. Unlike the Egg, once your hopper is empty, this hopper won't "WHIRRRR" and give away your position.

The "bend sensor" is a little flexible finger in the ball outlet. Each time a ball (or finger) "twiddles" this, the motor activates and rotates an impeller/agitator. I don't think this qualifies as "force feed" like an Evo II but it seems very effective none-the-less.

When I set my SP-8 (with stock board) to ramping mode and got it going, this Tippmann hopper did very well keeping up. There were a few hiccups - perhaps one in 20 or 30 shots would stutter slightly as the hopper caught up. I had the eyes on so the marker would only cycle when it was properly fed.

I haven't clocked this hopper yet but, subjectively, it is very fast. With an aftermarket board set to cap ROF at 15-bps, I'm quite comfortable this hopper would not be a liability.
Conclusion: The Triumph SSL-200 hopper gets my highest recommendation.

If you want an excellent hopper that lets you shoot an electro' while respecting the letter and spirit of the SPPL rules, you won't be disappointed.

If you compare it to a Halo, Evo III, Apache etc, it doesn't keep up. That's not the point. This hopper is the best in it's class - legal 15bps hoppers for use on electros in SPPL.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Friday, November 3rd, 2006 at 4:28 pm PST
 

Review Comments
Kreth Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 | 4:55 am PST
Ahhhh, someone else that likes the 200!!! I have mine stuffed into my 2KS Blazer and it is a perfect match of capabilites (mine, not the Blazer's ;) ).
   

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