Price, "Bolt-Out-The-Back" design, size and simplicity.
It is an Air Hog. Trigger Pull needs work.
You cannot beat the price and it's very simple to maintain.
If you want to play tournaments and hardcore speedball, then get an Ion/Shocker/DM/Ego or whatever. This is a great recreational gun for the price.
For under $150 you have a gun that is enough for how most people play.
The only upgrade I will say is a barrel.
If you're new to the sport, buy this gun and save a lot of money. Spend it on paint and learn how to aim. Buy a better gun next year if you need to.
For the experienced players, this is not a bad gun. Maybe something to give to a friend that you brought to play, or as a good backup to the recreational player.
Thank you for posting a review. I've been waiting for someone to do it. How does the marker shoot? What do you think about the low force bolt preventing chops?
I just bought a Spyder VS1 and was thinking about exchanging it. But I'm conflicted about the Vibe not having eyes. You stated it feels like a loose Ion, what do you mean by that?
Thanks again for the post.
You should stick with the VS1. Its got break-beam eyes and that is a real nice feature to have, especially on a marker so inexpensive. If you don't like how the Spyder feels or shoots, you should replace it for a different Smart parts, if you like them in particular (I do), such as the ION-xe or the EOS. Buying the Vibe would be like taking a step back.
Thanks for the advice onslaught. I ended it keeping the vs1. On part because the darn shop doesn't take returns or exchanges. I almost blew a lid. I had them let me test everything and show me how they both work. The vs1 seemed faster and the eyes definitely the top reason. But the vibe definitely feels nice and is much quieter. You are right though, once I need to upgrade to an all pneumatic (blow forward non stacked), with eyes and higher rof then I'll just get a higher end marker. The vibe sure does look nice though.
How bad is the trigger on the Vibe? i am also trying to decide between the VS1, and the Vibe. I had an ion, and sold it because i needed a clutch in my truck, and i didnt want to keep driving 45 miles every time i wanted to play paintball (closest HPA fill station) so i have not had a marker in over a year, and i want one just to play with my friends (they shoot mostly older gen spyders) I pretty much sold everything, so im trying to get back into paintball for under $250 (as i also sold my tanks and mask) so which is the better shooter the vibe or the VS1?
quazey-i suggest getting the vibe for the following reasons: 1. Spyder Pilots are not alowed in tournys. 2. Spyder Pilots are heavy and unbalanced, and with the tank +hopper youll wanna kill yurself (it could kill you first!). 3. Spyder Pilots triggers are nothing like VS ones, and u cannot in anyway roll them, so ull be doing 2bps max. 4. Barrel accuracy sucks. GET THE VIBE!! its good for beginners and can be used in tournies unlike the Spyder Pilot. GET IT!! I do not work for Smart Parts or any other company. I just made the mistake of buying a Spyder Pilot. Dont make my mistake.
quote:Originally posted by sciondyoyoyo the vs1 is way better than a vibe fo sho
I would say that is absolutely not true. The Vibe is fully electropneumatic, so it is much quieter and smoother than Spyders. The higher ROF cap on the VS1 is a BIG plus, but I would still go with the Vibe over that. Now the Electra 08 I might consider..
All spyders are crap PERIOD!! spyders use the old and terrible stack tube blowback design, and does not recock in colder weather, the vibe and sp1 give you way better gas value as they are low pressure, and are not mechanical. Spyder sales are gonna be completley dead i predict in the next five or ten years, as sadley the cant compete with enything out there, namely SMART PARTS does enyone else agree?
quote:Originally posted by sledgehammer All spyders are crap PERIOD!! spyders use the old and terrible stack tube blowback design, and does not recock in colder weather, the vibe and sp1 give you way better gas value as they are low pressure, and are not mechanical. Spyder sales are gonna be completley dead i predict in the next five or ten years, as sadley the cant compete with enything out there, namely SMART PARTS does enyone else agree?