Spyder Xtra (looks better, performs about the same...maybe more chops)
Only tried electrical markers except for the 98 and the Xtra, and it wouldn't be fair to compare the Tippy to an Angel.
Smart Parts Eos Blue/Black
Empire Reloader II
DXS 68/4500 HPA, proto blue/black cover
Honestly, if you wanna play anything other than basic basic woodsball, buy another marker. If money's the issue, buy a vibe. But if I were to upgrade this I would probably put a double trigger on it, upgrade it to electronic (you can snipe with an electronic but you can't hit 17 bps with a mechanical), better barrel maybe freak, and a q-lock.
Sights (also indirectly a con)
Accuracy (see below)
Mechanical (possible pro)
Too many upgrades necessary
Ok guys. First out let me say that the rules written above mention the line "Be critical. Nothing is perfect." So before I start out, I want to say that every gun I've ever seen reviewed on this website has an 8.5 or higher. EVERY SINGLE GUN. Come on guys. 10 is an Eclipse 08 or SL74, an Angel A1, because they are the pinnacle of paintball guns (it just doesn't get better). 9 is a Bob Long Timmy, a Smart Parts Shocker (maybe), a Dye DM9. You get the point. Great guns, but not quite an eclipse or an angel. I love the hell outta my Eos, but I gotta be realistic. It's a 7 or an 8, tops. Hey don't get me wrong. I know the rush you get when you try out your new gun for the first time. It seems like the greatest thing ever. Heck, thats one of the things I love about paintball. I'm just saying don't jump on pbreview and give your new Brass Eagle a 10, cause some people don't know anything except what they read here, and we need to be reliable. Just to be clear and all so you see I'm not trying to be mean, just to help out.
Ok now (finally) the review. I play with a bunch of friends who don't own guns, so to even it up I bought myself a 98Custom to use against their rentals (98Cs and Xtras). Maybe my Eos has spoilt me, but at first I couldn't believe my eyes. I was using Draxxus Basic Training paintballs, and they were going all over the place. Sometimes I'd pull the trigger and nothing would happen, then I'd move the gun and watch the paint fall out the end, whole. So no chopping at least, :P. I discovered that literally the only way to eliminate someone with this marker (stock) is to bunker them, which makes the sport entirely different (pretty fun though lol). Also, the sights make life a lot easier (well they would, if the paint went where you shot it), but the side loading gravity hopper was looking weak as hell. One hit to the feedneck and I was gonna have to get me a new hopper.
The next week I brought a case of Marballizers, and accuracy was only marginally better. So yeah. If you've got the money to buy this and you aren't a woodsball junkie, get a vibe. You'll thank me later. Now don't get me wrong, I mean you gotta remember this is a hundred and seventy buck gun, but still...it's ridiculous. $170 isn't easy to get your hands on, and the vibe proves that you can get more value for money.
However, if its purely low-end mechanicals, tippmann 98 is king. At least it didn't chop. The Xtras were making paint smoothies. :(
If you want a woodsball styled marker, you only got 200 bucks and you know you'll never need anything more than 3 BPS, this is the gun for you. Otherwise, get a vibe. Or an Eos. Or a Planet Eclipse Ego 08. It gets a six for the reasons I explained above, which seems bad compared to other ratings but hey, thats about 30 bucks a point which is a much better price to quality ration than you get with higher end electricals.
6 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 at 8:04 pm PST