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echoback Saturday, May 17th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
3 years
Products Used:
HALO B, Empire Magna, ReVLution
Marker Setup: Olive Invert Mini, 68/3k tank, gray E-Vents (fire mirror lens), black Torque loader, Deadlywind Fibur barrel
Strengths: Durability
Extremely fast teardown
Weaknesses: Shape
Lid size
Slipdrive design
Review: (Strength) Durability
The solid color Torque loaders are made of ABS, the same stuff used to make car bumpers. It takes a couple of nervous yanks and smacks to get used to, but you can really pound the crap out of this thing and not have to worry about it. You have to be careful with other loaders not to pinch or misalign a piece, because it might snap off, but not on the Torque: These things are just about gorilla-proof.

(Strength) Extremely fast teardown
I love the look on people's faces when it's time to change batteries: You push the little tabs in, grab hold of each side, and rip the thing in HALF! People usually look over to see what that weird loader is, and then BAM! I can change batteries in well under a minute, and it usually gets a comment or two :)

(Strength) Simplicity
No force settings, springs, or slip plates, just a power button and a reverse. No screws, either. About as idiot-proof as you're going to get.

(Weakness) Shape
While it resembles a HALO, it has a strange, chunky shape. I would prefer it if they put the batteries up front and bent the shell in closer to the raceway, so it looked more like a VLocity. It sits nice and close, but it looks a little odd.

(Weakness) Lid size
As long as you pay a little bit of attention when you fill, you won't drop half your pod on the ground. That said, I would really prefer a larger lid opening so that I could pay *less* attention to filling.

(Weakness) Slipdrive design
Before I go on: The slipdrive works, and it works well. The downside is that it uses magnets against *magnets*, instead of a metal plate similar to the Magna. Don't ever try to disassemble the slipdrive, because if a single magnet gets flipped over, it will start to jam horribly, the motor won't be able to reverse correctly, and it's a nightmare to fix.

If Hard Corps makes the slipdrive as gorilla-proof as the shells, and puts a few more curves into the shell, it will get a 10.
Conclusion: After my first Torque was stolen, I switched to a Magna for a little while. In the end I went back to the Torque, because it's just so damn useful! I would highly suggest this loader for anyone fed up with reassembling HALOs or who just wants their gear to *work*, first time, every time.
9 out of 10

Review Comments
ristuff1 Friday, February 12th, 2010 | 1:32 am PST
Hi, as you said my slip drive has come apart and even though I have managed to get it to come apart I havent been able to get it to slip, it simply locks and I am guessing that will kill my motor. can you help me fix it? do you know which way what magnets go where and which direction the pins go and what not... I would appreciate any help from anyone. for now I just have to use my gravity piece of crap.

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