Dust Black Ego8, Empire Reloader B, 68/4500 crossfire, Dye UL barrel
Marker has been owned since October 30, 2007(just to give you a better idea of how long I've owned Layla). Yes, I named the gun Layla.
I have shot 24bps with my stock reloader B. If you attach a Magna loader and RF, I am sure you can get it to shoot 30; I was able to get 30bps in training mode. Since the majority of tournaments will not allow players to shoot in excess of 15bps, this marker more than exceeds the speed requirements for any tournaments.
Eclipse included the Zick(Zero Kick) Kit in this marker. The only reason you know its firing is because you can see balls flying.
The Ego8 weights under two pounds. This makes it one of the lightest markers on the market. Although one wouldn't think there is a big difference between 2 & 3 & 4 pounds, the low weight does impact the players ability to move; this is especially true once the tank and loader are attached. Also, the trigger is designed with a small lip on the back, so it also makes the marker easy to carry;its like a handle built into it.
Efficiency is an important factor to consider when purchasing a new marker. Tournament players shoot outrageous amounts of paint in a single round, and they expect their markers to have the ability to go longer then they can. As for weekend player, an efficient marker will let them stay on the field for the extra game once half of the players have gone back to refill their air. I have a 4+5 harness, and I will run out of paint before I run out of air! This alone is testament to how great of a job Eclipse did in designing this marker.
The stock board offer users the ability to adjust anything in the marker with great ease. Since it has an LCD built in, the player can adjust firing modes, rate of fire caps, dwell, tourney modes, etc., to specific settings without having to mess with counting L.E.D.s. Furthermore, the stock board has a timer so you can see how fast you win and a shot counter so you can see how many balls you threw at the other team.
Trigger: The trigger has a magnetic return, so it is really easy to adjust how hard of a pull you have. It can honestly feel like you are pulling on air!
When it comes to maintenance, the Ego is one of the simplest markers to work on. The manual is a simple ,read because it walks the user through maintenance step by step. Also, the bolt can be removed easily. If the player gets a ball break--which doesn't happen--they pull out the bolt and run a squeegee in the back and out the front. This is by far the best way to remove broken paint. In a DM, for example, the player would practically have to disassemble the marker; you can't really do that on the field.
Customer Service: Planet Eclipse has some of the best customer service on the market, and thats all I have to say about that.
The Shaft II is an excellent barrel, but the marker comes with a .692 barrel stock. Unfortunately, this is far to large for most paintballs and decreases the accuracy and efficiency significantly. Planet Eclipse, to my knowledge, does not sell .689 backs for its barrels, so you can't buy the shaft II .689 back without buying the full kit for almost $200. Therefore, I recommend the Dye UL barrels because they are accurate and make the marker much quieter.
This is a high end marker, and I have high expectations. The marker offers many advantages to both the tournament player and the weekend warrior. The extreme performance, adjust-ability, and simplicity make this the best marker on the market. Some people would argue that the $1250 price tag is high, and I agree, but you pay for what you get. The pros give the gun a 10 and the stock barrel knocks it down .5 points. Since that brings the marker to a 9.5 and this option is not available, I have no choice but to give it a .5 point bonus on account of the fact that I own it and I can do that; we will just say I rounded up.
Feel free to post comments about the review. I look forward to seeing if anyone found it helpful.
P.S. This is pretty much a SL74 but a little heavier.
Great review. The only thing i didnt like is that you made the stock barrel sound really horrible. It isnt that bad and for the money id rather have a matching two piece barrel then go out and buy one that dosent match. O well i guess it is just personal preference. Cant wait to hit the field with my ego 8.
overboring is for people laning so you can shoot through broken balls but a tighter bore will give you a better acuracy in egos as long as you have a good hopper and paint you shouldnt need a bigger barrel though i preffer an 89 bore its whats on my lucky and it is great!!!
over bearing is more accurate. it doesn't make sence that some one would only be accurate laning and not doing anything else. why are soo many more companies using .692/.693 bores?....it's more accurate.