Bob Long Intimidator
eVLution 3 Egg Hopper
Stiffi Carbon-Fiber .689 barrel / Smart Parts Progressive barrel
Pure Energy compressed air tank
Dye Meta Core gloves
Evil Puncher Ram
Feedneck was a bit thick
I got the eVLution 3 hopper because I bought a Timmy and I didn't think that my old hopper could keep up with it. I was going to buy a Halo B (I actually regret not doing it sometimes), but I decided on this loader instead, mainly because I found it new for the same price as a used Halo B. But it's definitely a good hopper, and I'm glad I decided to get it.
The eVLution 3 can easily keep up with my ROF (although that's not saying much). It's a little lower than the stock Halo B, but I doubt I'll ever go over 20BPS since I'm not really a hardcore player.
The hopper isn't cheap, but it isn't expensive, either, around the $50-$60 range on eBay. It's definitely a good alternative to some of more expensive Halo or Empire hoppers that can run up to $100 or so.
I personally like the egg-shape of the hopper, even if it does clash with my gun a bit. It's smooth, so paintballs don't just slam against it and bust (at least not as easily as something more edgy), which is always nice in speedball.
This isn't a major issue, but the battery door can be a real pain in the ass to open, sometimes. The little slider that keeps it shut can get squeezed in there pretty tight if you don't do a good job of mashing the batteries all the way in there, and can be tough to get out. I've had to push it out with a screwdriver or the edge of a surface once or twice, and I don't typically like to force my equipment to do things, because I'm afraid of breaking something. But at least once you get it closed, it stays closed.
The feedneck felt strong, despite what most reviews say. I think what everyone might have been referring to when they said it felt weak was the clamshell design of the feedneck. This does make it feel like it might crack sometimes, but only when you're trying to force it into your gun. Which is the other problem with the hopper... The feedneck seems to generally be a little too big, as it definitely was for my gun. I had to spend a few minutes sanding it down before I could even get it to fit. When I had to swap it over to my Infamous, the sanding made the neck too small, so that was sort of annoying.
The loader is definitely tall. I suppose that's not too bad, since it puts more paintballs in queue, so to speak, but it's a bit of an inconvenience when you're behind a low bunker in speedball, or trying to blend in during a woodsball match. This is another one of those things that can be remedied easily. All you need are some careful measurements and a saw, if you're so inclined.
I would recommend this product to anyone with a gravity fed or low-end electronic loader, assuming they were on a budget.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 11:02 am PST