Red and Black 06 Ego
Tadao M7 Board
Works flawlessly until it cracks
Easy to break
General Assembly, really
So, I live in Pittsburgh, and a nice, local place to shop is Punisher's paintball. Great products, deals, etc. One cold Sunday, maybe 8 months ago, I took a bit of a trek down to the store with my brother. I was there to buy replacement eyes for my Halo, since mine had supposedly burned out. Of course, while I was down there, I made the mistake of looking around the store. Most devout paintballers will agree with me that, once you start looking in a store, you better take our credit cards away. So after buying a few upgrades for a couple of markers and buying my replacement eyes, this Warrior shell caught my attention. It seemed like a great idea (modeled after, as most of you know, the Hybrid shells), and was cheap, so I figured I'd pick it up.
When I got home of course I started tinkering with my markers. After having fufilled all my tinkering needs, I moved along to the halo. After taking off the stock shell, I replaced the eyes and then inserted the tray into my new Warrior shell. Hey, so far so good.
Oh nuts. Literally. The nuts on this shell are not stationary. You'd think the company could go to the trouble of using some glue or some other substitute to get these things in place, but they didn't. After having several nuts fall out, I realized they weren't so fun to put back in either; usually getting stuck at an angle in the nuthole, and being an absolute pain to get out. But let's forget about those for a second. After positioning all the nuts and getting all of the screws in (roughly 20 minutes time, which would be absolutely treacherous if you were at a tournament and had to replace eyes or a motor), fitting the halo together, and giving it a once-over, I was pretty satisfied. The shell looked fine, it had a nice hue to the smoke color, and the top popped off just fine when you took the screws out.
First test: I took a pod of paint and fed it through my halo. Put the V35 board on mode 6, and it worked beautifully. Paint was through in the blink of an eye, no breaks, perfect. Satisfied, I set the hopper aside for my next day of play.
First day of play: Great. Took the halo out instead of the usual preference for my VLocity. The shell took a hit or two with no damage, and when play concluded I took the hopper out of my feedneck to inspect for damage. I've also been a fan of the halo feedneck, and it didn't let me down with this shell. No cracks. I cleaned the Halo off and went on my way.
Now, as I said, I typically use a VLocity. The Halo is a bit too heavy for my preference, so I passed it on to my brother, who uses an SP-8 (the tactical marker by SP...he's a scenario player). The marker has a slanted feedneck, so to use the Halo he had to buy an elbow (clamp). No big deal, right?
Well, I put my halo up on the nation to sell. After one man expressed much interest in buying the hopper, I went to grab it off of my brother's marker.
Ouch. The entire top of the feedneck was cracked. I'm talking a perfect circle, all the way around. One superman dive with this thing and you can kiss it goodbye. Inspecting the body, it seemed that didn't fare so well either, with cracks throughout the entire thing. It looked like only a few more hits would be needed to utterly destroy the entire hopper (or at least the shell). The SP8 is a huge marker, and I knew my brother had never dived or given the shell any real abuse. The crack around the feedneck was purely from the elbow clamping down on it, and the cracks on the body were from paintball hits. No shell, I repeat NO SHELL should be this fragile, allowing cracks to form so easily.
With some remorse, I had to inform the interested buyer on the nation that I observed several cracks on the halo and that I could not sell him the hopper, at least not in its current condition. He thanked me for my honesty and went on his way, but I still felt a pane of guilt, having talked to him for two days before actually grabbing the hopper. I had taken pictures of it 3 months earlier and just assumed it would still be in the same condition. Man, was I ever wrong.
Warrior Paintball should know that many people using halos kind of like to give their hoppers a bit of abuse. This shell will not hold up for that abuse. As I said, my brother used it only for scenario play, where he never dove or did anything to give this hopper the type of damage I observed. That, along with the fact that assembly takes so long (the nuts are a pain in the you-know-what), warrant my to give this hopper a below-average rating. The concept it great, I have to say. To give people a hopper that offers the same things as a Hybrid shell for about half the price, but you'll quickly realize what that marginal discount did to the production of this shell. Buy this shell if and ONLY if you plan on giving it absolutely no abuse. Otherwise, you're just wasting your money on a weak shell.