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Jeff_Meister Monday, December 11th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
6 months6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
grav hoppers
Over Drive hopper
Marker Setup: Shocker '03 vision with all necessary ups
Smart Parts All American two piece 12'' and 14'' with freak kit.
Halo B with Rip
Scion HPA
Strengths: Speed
Durablility
Balance
Reliability
Weaknesses: Eats Batteries
Doesn't see dark shelled paint
Review: The Halo B is a name that comes up time and again when talking about top of the line hoppers. There are plenty of good reasons for this, which I will list below. I would like to point out that one of my greatest dislikes about some of the reviews I see are people just give the product a 10 because they bought it, and they want it to seem like its good when its really a piece. I will do my best to place an unbiased review.

Strengths:

Speed:The HaloB is one of the fastest markers on the market at this point, it can keep up with any marker you have, and I have never chopped paint using this hopper.

Noise: The hopper is incredibly quiet. Its completly silent until your ready to fire, then gives a low whir as it feeds 20+ BPS. When your firing your marker, its not even noticable that its feeding.

Balance: The layout of the Halo B, unlike the Eggs, is a very balanced one. The feedneck is in the center, you have the batteries at the front, and drive cone at the rear, balancing the weight. It sits very nicely on your marker.

Durability: People have talked about the shells breaking, I have never had a problem with this at all. Just holding the hopper you can tell that the thing is built to last. All parts are well manufactured and have yet to let me down.

Looks: Not that this is a huge deal, but seriously, we all like a hopper that looks as good as it feeds, the Halo B does an awesome job at this.

Profile: The Halo B has an incredibly low profile, with its feedneck and layout, one more thing to help with taking as few hopper shots as possible.

Lid: The lid is placed at an angle as to allow you to see how much paint is in your hopper, without having to lift or move it, so you know when you have to reload. The lid is also easy to open and close, making reloading that much easier. There is not a load "pop" when opening the lid telling everyone that your reloading. Its only happened to me a few times that the lid has popped open on my after a dive.

Rip Drive: A great addition for the extra price. If your run outta batteries in a game, you can still feed manually, keeping you in the game. If your hopper jams, spin it the opposite way, and it unjams the paint, great solution for the jamming problem.

Weaknesses

Battery life: The Halo B does eat through batteries quite vigorously, but not as badly as everyone makes it out to be. Ive played 3 hours straight, and put over 2000 round through the hopper, and didnt have to change my batteries once. Just be conscious to turn off the hopper when its not in use. When the red light is showing, change your batteries, it will not work at all on low battery.

Eyes: Eyes dont read black paint, or can have trouble reading paint with glitter in it. Simple solution, dont use black shelled paint. Most tournaments dont use black shelled paint because they know many teams use Halo's, so this is really not that great a deal.

Strong Drive cone: There are many complaints about the Halo B pushing balls through the ball detents, just buy good ball detents instead of crappy ones. It using this force to feed quickly, and yes it might be a little more than necessary, but Ive never had a problem on my shocker with it pushing through the ball detents.

Battery change: It is somewhat annoying to have to unscrew the lid to put that batteries back in, somewhat of an inconvienience.

Conclusion:
The Halo B has some problems with it, that many wish could be fixed. The eyes would have been better to be a break beam system instead of reflective so it could read any color of paint, that is the greatest flaw in this hopper. The only hopper that i think tops the Halo B is the Empire B, which I believe to be the best hopper on the market at this point. I am giving the Halo B with Rip drive a 9, because it strongly deserves it, the eyes are the only real thing that holds it back
Conclusion: The Halo B gets a 9 because it is one of the best markers out there, and one of the fastest. You really cant go wrong with this one. If you need a fast hopper, a Halo B or a Reloader B are definetly the way to go.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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