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ravl10 Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
3 months
1 year
Products Used:
Spyder Rodeo
SmartParts Ion
Marker Setup: Spyder VS2 (stock)
Empire Reloader.
JT 50ci/3000 psi HPA aluminum tank
Drop Forward
Strengths: -Feedneck
-On/Off valve
-Fast trigger
-Stock Barrel
Weaknesses: -Lack of firing modes
Review: I got the VS2 when I moved from rec ball to playing speedball tourneys. I used a Spyder Rodeo for rec balling, and since that gun never failed me, I decided to get the VS2. Since I'm in Ecuador, it took a while for my marker to get here, so I used a friend's Ion during those months. He was trying to convince me that the Ion was the way to go.
I read the reviews of the VS2 here, but I didn't have any problems.
When you take the marker out of the box, the foregrip and the ASA are lose, but it doesn't take much to tighten everything up.
I did what was recommended in some of the reviews, to run the marker at 250 psi or so for the first cases of paint. It now operates consistently at 200 psi.
I listed the stock barrel as a strength, because it's the most accurate stock barrel I have tried. I also recommend upgrading the barrel, especially if you want to play as a back, it will extend your range.
Having used the plastic feednecks on my Rodeo, and the Ion's feedneck, I really appreciate the tightening feedneck on the VS2.
The adjustable trigger is awesome, I can easily fire as fast as my loader can feed the marker and I have yet to chop a ball. The buttons are far easier to use wearing gloves, compared to the Ion.
The ASA works great, it makes it easy to connect and remove the air tank. One tip: don't turn the knob all the way off until it tightens, it pinches the o-ring and you will have air leaks around the knob. It's an easy fix though, a replacement o-ring is in the parts kit that comes with the marker.
Now to the major weakness, the lack of firing modes. It hasn't been a real problem to me, but if you have a faster loader, you'll have to upgrade the board so you can get the most out of your loader.
I admit the marker itself is a bit heavier than the Ion, but I don't consider it a weakness, since my fully loaded marker weighs the same as a friend's fully loaded Bob Long Timmy with a carbon fiber tank.
Conclusion: This is a reliable all-around marker, I give it a 9 because the lack of firing modes, which is the only thing that bothers me about the marker.
9 out of 10

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