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EmperorGix Thursday, January 18th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
3 months
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
PMI (Pure Energy) remote coil w/ quick-disconnect and slide check.
Marker Setup: Ariakon SIM-4 R.I.S. Elite
PMI 72/3000 HPA Bottle
PMI Remote Coil - Q/D & S/C
Strengths: It works.
Competitive price.
Quick disconnect
Weaknesses: Required some work.
No slide check.
Review: I got this as a 'bonus' when I purchased my Ariakon, back when I first began playing paintball. I didn't know much, and the remote line was constantly leaking. I had no idea what to do. If I would have rated it then, I would have given it a three. It would have been great for strangling someone, but not much else. However, after gaining some knowledge, and losing my fear of taking stuff apart, I grabbed some 'teflon tape' and some o-rings and went to work. Shortly, I had a working, non-leaking remote line. It served me well, but I was looking for another coil for other reasons.

As the other reviewer said, the coil will coil around itself. Easiest way to get rid of the 'bunching up' is to just 'twirl' your marker around until all of the tension caused by pressurization is gone. After that, it performs like a coil should.

For initial, problems, I'm gonna dock it three points. Quality control keeps customers, kids! (I'm an Ariakon freak anyway...) Since I was able to get it to perform perfectly after some fun tinkering, I gave it back two points, setting this at a firm nine out of ten. It does what it's supposed to do, and does it without complaining.

The difficulties I had may be an isolated incident. Also, I may have wrote in, 'No slide check,' above, but that has no bearing on the score. It is however, a small weakness that can be easily rectified.

As far as other remote lines go, I've used two others as of the posting of this: a PMI remote coil with a quick-disconnect and slide check, and a braided remote line of unknown make. Coil is the way to go, and the PMI and Ariakon coils are comparable in quality and ease of use.
Conclusion: I don't hold it against Ariakon that my remote coil had some issues, it happens. However, I just gave it less than perfect because of the issues I had with it. Some people don't like to tinker, and for them, this remote coil would have been a problem.

All in all, if you need a quality remote line, and don't mind not having a slide check, go with the Ariakon! Why not? (You can always add a slide check/valve system yourself.)
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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