Reloader (A and B)
DW hollowpoint bolt
Trinity clippard-type QEV
Tadao Raider board
J&J Edge elite kit
Crossfire 88/4500 Fixed high
Pure energy remote
I bought this hopper as part of my ongoing Winter gear upgrades, to replace my aging Egg hopper. So far, I've been very impressed.
Externally, it looks good, sleek and king of curved, like a less angular Ricochet hopper IMO. Personally, I'm not a fan of the far forward feed neck design, but in as far as it goes, it's a minor gripe. The battery door is solid, but has a tool less removal, which is pretty nice and fits well with the rest of the hopper. The feed door is Set high up on the back- and it takes a bit of getting used to, because it's not as steeply angeled as the doors on other high end hoppers. However, it's again, not that big a deal- it's pretty easy to get used to, and not that hard to deal with.
Feedwise, I have my 8 capped at 15BPS- most fields around here use that as their field cap, as do many of the scenarios I attend. The fasta has no problems keeping up with this, at all. And although I am not a fan of the impeller design, it seems to work pretty well, As I've had no broken paint yet (It's possible this problem is one they corrected in later-model fastas), and I've shot some nasty paint out of it that my marker, set to a dwell of clicks and at an operating pressure of just over 150psi would break in barrel or in the breech.
Edit: I forgot to add, the only thing i really honestly don't like is the sensor- basically, it's a little tounge that sticks out into the ball stack and detects when balls start falling past it, which then engages the motor. It takes a second to activate the motor and impeller though, so there's the possibility for some lag between when you start firing and when it starts feeding.
All in all, I consider the fasta to be a definitely solid mid-range hopper. It can feed 15BPS with what appears to be no issues (I had no skips in my firing all day, despite broken balls) and it's price makes it competitive with older, more solidly established hoppers like the ricochet apache and Evolutions. All in all, I'm giving it a nine out of ten- i like it alot, but there's a few minor annoyances that add up to ding it a point.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 at 12:12 am PST