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SLoWpAyNE Thursday, January 28th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
6 months4 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder MR1
Spyder Pilot 09 with Eye
Piranha E-Force
Smart Parts Vibe
Marker Setup: Smart Parts Vibe
Dye Ultralite 2 Piece Barrel (.692 back)
Crossfire 68/4500 HPA Carbon Wrapped Tank
Halo B Hopper
Recommended
Upgrades:
I recommend soft paddles for the cyclone feed and a better barrel. An e-grip is really the only way to utilize the mediocre firing capability of the cyclone feed. It performs well but it is over engineered.
Strengths: Tough
Reliable
Looks cool with add ons
Weaknesses: Heavy
Slow
Cyclone chops paint in cold weather
Over Engineered
Take down is too involved
Review: The A5 is a solid marker in it's price range. I think it's hard for it to compete against lighter and faster markers, even in woodsball, though. When you're walking two miles in a massive campaign the thing gets rediculously heavy (even more so with a "kit" installed). Some of the games I play last 12 hours which make it impractical. When you're carrying around extra weight the fact that it looks cool wears off pretty fast. I switched over to the Vibe because of its reliability, weight, price and ease of operation/maintenance. The A5 is super reliable too but since there is a lighter more simple marker in a lower price range the choice was obvious. The A5 always performed well except in cold weather. Let me explain. I use HPA, not CO2. In several cold weather games everybody, including me, that had an A5 was chopping paint like crazy. We believe the cyclone feed was causing this because everyone else's markers were fine. Seriously. 30 people one day all had the same problem with their A5. The theory is that the cold weather made the balls brittle. In a normal marker the balls would fly out fine. In the A5 the brittle balls were being cracked in the cyclone and breaking on the way out. When the weather was warm the marker performed flawlessly.
Conclusion: I think for regular woodsball this is a great marker. Avoid this marker if you play in long campaigns. If you can grow out of the "cool" factor and move away from milsim kits I recommend purchasing a Vibe for a lower price and get a much easier and more practical marker that will out perform the A5. Altough the A5 is capable of shooting 15 bps, it needs an e-grip to do so which will cost another $100 and soft paddles. If you need the vibe to shoot faster than 11 bps you can get a blackheart board.
Rating:
7 out of 10Last edited on Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 5:52 am PST
 

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