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idiotwithrpg Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
6 months13 of 15 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Gravity Hopper-obviously cant keep up
Marker Setup: SP Ion w/ Halo Frontman + 48/3000
Scepter Barrel
Locking Feedneck

(Other Gun)
98 Custom
CORE Double Trigger
CORE 4 Piece Barrel System
Pure Energy 12oz CO2 tank
Strengths: (see review)
Faster
Reliable
Simple
Battery Life
Passive agitation
Smaller
Bounces Paint
Looks
Cheaper
Weaknesses: (see review)
Feedneck
Magnets
No eyes
No off (auto turn off)
Review: ---OVERVIEW---
The frontman by halo is a smaller profile hopper that holds up to 180 balls (ideal for front players...frontman for front players, WOW!) The agitator (thing in hopper that moves ball toward feedneck) spins on sound/vibration (such as when your gun shoots) so the motor does not run all the time and that saves you some 9v. If your gun is tilted one way (extremely), the hopper compensates by sending the balls upward and into the feedneck (hope that made sense). The lid is held closed with two powerful magnet pairs (one on hopper, one on lid). The frontman runs on 2 9v or the tray can be removed so 2 AA battery backs can be inserted instead.

note-if you want a larger hopper, the Halo backman holds more balls (stop giggling).

---STRENGTHS---
FAIRLY FAST-The frontman is said to do 13+ according to the company but my buddy and I have got it up to around 17/18 bps.

RELIABLE/SIMPLE-The frontman has never let me down on the field (no broken balls, etc.) because its so simple! A chip hooked up to the agitator -that's it! Also, it has one button and one LED light...you can't screw up turning this thing on (if u do...paintball may not be the sport for you, try extreme checkers). The Halo name is in general reliable (in products and customer service)

SMALLER/BOUNCES PAINT- When your up there grinding at an almost point blank range or running with your gun, small/light is what you go for. The frontman has a small, smooth, and rounded shell which bounces paint. I've played countless times and no paintball has every hit my hopper dead on and broke...EVER.

LOOKS/CHEAPER-Halo has always made attractive products and the frontman is no different. It's sexy. The price is too; if you can't afford those 30+bps hoppers that run the bill or just don't feel you need to rock your gun that hot, get this.


---WEAKNESSES---
FEEDNECK-the feedneck feels a little bit thin (not that bad) but just be careful.

MAGNETS-the magnets the keep your lid open/closed can pop out. A bit of glue and then putting the magnets back in fixes that. Halos newer hoppers have the magnets on the other side of the lid so they can't pop out. The magnets also could've been stronger but no big. (This hasn't happened to me, a few people told me about this)

NO EYES-There are no eyes (to "see" the paint in the feedneck) but that adds to the simplicity of the frontman. You also wouldn't need eyes on a passive agitating hopper. Plus there a pain to clean in my opinion.

NO OFF-The button on the front man only turns on and after 30 or so minutes of nonuse, the hopper shuts off. The hopper can turn on by itself if it is set off. That gets a bit annoying when its in storage and you pick it up or something and it turns on but you love it when you're neck and neck with the other team and the hopper turns itself on so you dont have to stop gunfighting to push the button. If you want it off flip BOTH batteries so the + and - are screwed up (don't forget to switch them back...).
Conclusion: Hopper is great, not quite NPPL, PSP quality but good for those recball, even low tourneys. Fast enough (for me), simple, Bounces paint, looks good. Feedneck is a bit thin but nothings perfect and Id think Halo would give you a replacement or something if you broke it. Hope this helped, HAPPY BALLIN'
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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