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fourthsyde Sunday, July 6th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tech-T Squishy paddles
Marker Setup: X7
E-Grip
JCS redhot power tube
16"J&J Ceramic
Commando Air Thru Stock
TechT Ratchet
TechT Lightening Rod
TechT QEPH
88/4500 Pure Energy HPA
Strengths: Interlocking design
Weaknesses: Some flashing left from manufacturing (no performance effects)
Review: Initial Observations –
From my first look at the Wargear Flexi-Paddles I noticed the jointing that allows the 2 paddles to stay in the same position. One major downside that I have found with other branded aftermarket paddles was the fact that if one paddle were to jam it would spin separately from the second paddle. The other major thing that was evident with the Wargear paddles was the fact that they had decided not to round the edges of the paddles. Further tests will prove whether such actions were necessary.

Construction – 9/10
I wouldn’t call them soft per say, but the paddles do offer a fair amount of flexibility, this should allow enough give to not crush paintballs while spinning, but still be tough enough to keep a full hopper moving. Again the points are highlighted from my initial observations the Wargear paddles have several small pins in the lower paddle that allow the two pieces to interlock. Like mentioned above, this will force both parts to operate together in case they do manage to spin freely on the ratchet rod. Other than the two points mentioned, the Wargear paddles seem very similar in construction to the stock cyclone paddles. There were some small sprue marks on them (leftover from casting) that had to be trimmed off. A little more care from the factory would solve this problem, but all it takes is an exacto and two seconds to fix it.

Installation – 10/10
Fairly straight forward, simply undo the screw at the top of the ratchet and remove the stock parts. Then place in the small white plastic washer at the bottom, after that place the small paddle in with the locking points facing up. Next add the larger paddle with the holes for the locking points facing down.

Performance – 9/10
I started the test with the premium paint as I new it would be stable and I would be able to dump a lot of paint through without having to worry much. I wasn’t let down by this section of the test. I put the greater part of the first 500 rounds through on full auto (~12BPS on R/T) without one problem; I did not have one barrel or cyclone break. When it came to my White Box paint I experienced very similar results. Again, I tested the cyclone at full automatic to test the quality of the parts under high speed (where the cyclone is best known for making the ‘blender’. I did have one chop with my White Box paint, but it was a barrel break. Upon closer inspection, it seems that the ball had a huge dent in it (that’s what I get for buying the cheap stuff). The overall performance showed fantastic results on both kinds of paint, making it usable for all levels of users.

Advantages –
Over stock paddles, the Wargear Flexi-Paddles offer superior protection against the infamous “blender” that the cyclones are known to cause. Small design features like the interlocking two-piece design allow for superior fitment and stability under extreme usage. As far as the cyclone feeder goes, the Flexi-Paddles should be anyone’s first upgrade. Coming in at just under twenty bucks its money that will save itself in no time.

Disadvantages –
The only real complaint I have is that there were small sprue marks that were not trimmed off, though I don’t know whether they would have made a difference for actual performance, they just didn’t look good (I’m picky like that). Otherwise, there are no other complaints to report.


Conclusion: Conclusion –
I wouldn’t say that the Wargear Flexi-Paddles surprised me with their performance; the concept for a softer paddle is an ideal replacement for Tippman’s rock hard paddles that come stock with a Tippmann cyclone feeder. The paddles performed incredibly well under a higher rate of fire with no failure under my tests. At a price tag just under 20 dollars, these are a very economical fix for the ‘blender’ issue that all cyclone users should add to their kit.

Construction – 9/10
Installation – 10/10
Performance – 9/10

Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, July 6th, 2008 at 8:00 pm PST
 

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