Other standard shells, suicide, maybe a couple others, but only really played a lot with the standard shells.
Custom ION - Virtue, TechT iFit, etc... TONS of upgrades, barely an ion anymore.
'09 Spyder Pilot - Low Pressure Mod, CP reg, J&J S2... sweet little spyder.
PB Superbolt - Backup/anything but speedball marker. FANTASTIC with a few mods.
Cheap, makes the job easy, looks for me
Slightly more brittle than normal
This thing is a piece of crap I think in a LOT of ways. But, I also think it's awesome.
Crap starts as soon as I get this thing out of the box, when I take all the screws out to change shells (with a mistakenly bought $10 glittery-clear shell) and everything seems to fall apart (every nut fell out as I took it apart). After 20 minutes or so, I get the other one apart and start to get all the parts into this one... and all hell breaks loose doing my best to both keep the board, backplate, and raceway (with everything in it of course) together while trying to navigate this other half of the shell in. It doesn't make sense because putting the bottom half of this thing together didn't. Simply put I guess, half an hour from taking my Halo B shell apart, to taking the new one apart (2 minutes, 3 screws up top and the rest in the same place on the lower half), to getting the lower half (and all the internals) installed... The entire time I'm noticing how stiff this shell is, sign of how brittle it would seem...
After an undesirable assembly, I noticed the backplate held in better than the clear standard shell I had (so kudos of course, but no help in the finals) and it would make changing the drive cone and cleaning a blitz.... however with the two side nuts (haha) falling out every time I take the top off (another cool point might I add, no more removing your speedfeed or feedgate!!!!!) it can be annoying.
Now, after two paragraphs on assembly and disassembly, which isn't THAT bad, we get to playing, where it actually does count. Seeing as how we all usually spend HOURS toying, tuning, playing, shooting, playing with, describing, reviewing, wondering, googling, teflon-taping, cleaning.... you get the point, with our markers, hoppers, and other equipment, this is less than routine.
Anywho though, it stood up to multiple hopper hits, from quite a few angles, which is no biggie because we do live in an age of polymer and plastic techno-developers, but it did well with the leaking paint thing I worried about, and had no cracks or breaks anywhere.. The design of this thing has it cut nearly parallel to the ground for the top half to be removed, so it would seem as if it would leak paint that hits it into the hopper itself when you get hit. However, due to some smart guys who created the design, it has a cut-out along the entire edge (lips where bottom and top meet), and holds pretty tight, so this is prevented for the most part.
I hit a few branches with it, handled my marker roughly as normal (I'm military, so if I use it in ANYTHING it will stand up or be replaced as immediate as the situation will allow), and noticed nothing different in terms of durability (yet, but still I worry), but then again it's only been a few weeks. Either way, thus far it's stood up to fairly harsh conditions. Plus for that... Minus for how this FEELS as if it will bust everywhere, very often.
The very front screw hole in the top shell looks like it could break easy as a toothpick in John Henry's hands. It hasn't yet, but I think that's worth noting.
But, because we all crave perfection, I have to grade it harshly. And, to all you Dye guys who pay WAY too much for a 20-50bps marker (which you can't out-shoot on semi anyway, liar idiot) this thing proves pretty clearly how something cheap CAN be as good or better than the expensive crap. In this instance though, the CAN in that statement is pretty removed.
In the end, 6 is good. It's good, but could be worked on. Mostly with stronger (or just slightly more flexible....) plastics. It's strong for sure, but I think too much of a sudden impact or any significant force will shatter this thing.
It's faster for sure (but how often do you really take all your crap apart and clean it... I do every time thanks to my rifle used in ACTUAL combat), easier once it's together and working, but isn't the perfect design, period.
It holds more paint though, I wanna say around 190 or so, but I could be wrong. It is more though.
It's crap, but the thought is awesome. I'd go with something else. I got this because it was sent as a "Halo B shell - color: smoke," not the warrior paintball shell or whatever this is. Good, yes, but not great.
6 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at 2:09 am PST