- Misc. low end mechanical markers: The T-Storm performs above most run of the mill low cost mechanical markers, especially a lot of the one's used as rentals.
- Tippmann 98 Custom: The 98 is better in every way, but the T-Storm isn't too far behind in performance and the price makes the T-Storm better for a starter if cash is limited.
Currently in the market.
- New hopper is an absolute must.
- New barrel would be another good investment.
- Very good price.
- Use's the KISS theory (Keep it simple stupid).
- Hopper stands out like a clown in a warzone.
This was the first marker that I ever bought and I found myself to be very satisfied with my purchase. The Brass Eagle T-Storm isn't a stellar marker, but for $60 it more than exceeded any reasonable expectations for a marker under $100. Truth be told it kept up with most mechanical markers I played against and while playing woodsball with it I found that it worked very nicely against even very expensive electronic markers too.
The marker I found was rugged enough to survive a lot of the abuse that comes with woodsball (climate, twigs, dirt, direct hits, etc.). As far as chopping balls go it was highly dependent on the rate of fire. If I was pulling the trigger as fast as I could during a speeball game I'd have it spit liquid about once every five hundred or so shots. But during most woodsball games or any game when I wasn't trying to lay down a hail storm I very rarely had a ball break. And given the field I was playing at for all of my time with that marker I noticed a lot of guys with much nicer markers were having similar amounts of breakage, so I think a lot of it may have been the field paint. But overall as long as you're not trying to use it like an electronic marker there shouldn't be a problem. The range and accuracy on it was also pretty reasonable. It could use a barrel upgrade, but the stock barrel does a decent job.
The biggest disadvantage of the T-Storm is that the stock hopper is very badly designed. It's simply too much of a target. The shape of it is more like a gigantic rifle scope rather than the more curved designs you see with most markers. While it's suitable for carrying a good amount of paint it's a huge target. It's also a pretty loose fit on the elbow which can lead to the hopper actually coming off from vibrations while running. I've also had the cap shot off during a match which wasn't a big deal since it would still go on, but being disconnected from it's hinge means it can easily get lost while reloading and can collect dirt on it if you have to set it down when reloading. So the hopper is the one thing that should be upgraded quickly. If cash is available for accessories I'd highly recommend getting a hopper at the same time as your purchase the T-Storm, or at least before you play with it.
Just keep in mind if you plan on upgrading the T-Storm that the Picatinny rails system isn't real, it's just for show. So if you plan on putting any really neat high end accessories that use that system it won't work with the T-Storm. However a lot of those accessories cost about as much as this marker kit, so I'd recommend just buying a new marker if you're planning on spending that much money into the sport.
The mask has also been more than adequate. I never had any issues with it and never saw it fog up a single time. I've used it in both snowstorms (was using a snowblower last month) and in the middle of the summer after a major downpour the previous day. The protection it offers will cover your entire face, it offers good visibility, and doesn't seem to have any issues fogging up. So while it may be a cheap mask I never had any problems with it until my younger brother's friend decided to decorate it which sadly no piece of equipment is impervious to.
Overall the Brass Eagle T-Storm is a fantastic starter marker. I wouldn't recommend it for any serious players that aren't short on cash, but if you're looking to buy your first marker or are just low on dough this is a good investment. Sadly it's easy outmatched in speedball, but it does excel at woodsball.