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BabyGotBackman Saturday, February 21st, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months47 of 54 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder E-99 and a handfull of blow-backs/auto cocking markers

I wont say that I "have owned every high end marker out there" as so many others do, but i will say that i have shot many of them
Marker Setup: Tippmann 98 Custom. ACI six stage Reg. Halo TSA LCD Backman. Freak 18in barrel, AA front. 68/45 PMI pure energy HPA system

Spyder E99 Dye Boomstick, Halo TSA 68/45 PMI pure energy HPA system

Spyder Fenix, 18/14in Freak kit and 14in dye boomstick Halo TSA 68/45 PMI pure energy HPA system
Recommended
Upgrades:
Most definentely a new barrel, electro hopper (the TSA is fantastic, but if youre on a budget, i suggest a 12v revy, or emipre reloader)
Strengths: ROF, Price, See review
Weaknesses: Annodizing is somewhat visible, see review
Review: First off, let me say, this is a great marker.

Rate of fire: slightly higher than the E99. According to the chrono(with a built in ROF sensor) the E99 is around 13 to 14, while the fenix is 14, to as high as 16, even though it is supposedly capped at 14, i would imagine this is probally due to a oddly fast set of two balls, or perhaps the grip is set to un-cap when set to 14 bps

Price: I got mine at a local pro-shop for 200 flat, with a sale, great price, but most places sell it for closer to 220, still a great price.

Accuracy: Stock, the accuracy is pretty shoddy, but not horrible. With the freak kit, this marker is fantastic, able to compete with autocockers much more expensive markers

Fire Modes: The fire-modes are semi, 3 shot burst, 6 shot burst, and fully automatic

Recoil: Minimal, but not as good as say an autococker or an angel, but much better than the tippmann

Display: the CAMD display is fantastic, it lets you set firing modes, and rate of fire, very, very quickly, and is bright enough to eaisly use in the dark (fantastic for scenario games or that late friday night game of speedball)

Weight: Weighs in at 4.4 pounds, with the stock barrel, a full VL200, and a full 12oz CO2 tank

Balance: Fantastic, balanced right at the trigger (where its supposed to be)

Grips: Definently not soft or form fitting, but they do serve their purpose. I've heard many say to get the new DYE sticky 3s, and yes, they do have the e-spyder screw pattern, but they do not fit. They will fit perfectly without a battery, but with a battery installed, the Stickies dont fit.

Field Stripping: Incredibly easy, requires no tools, no easy to lose parts, very easy

Customizability: Not so good, the special Fenix top cocking bolt makes findin addons troublesome, however, im sure you can use a standart spyder bolt, at the risk of hitting yourself in the face (lack of beavertail)

Looks: Personal Taste

Color: Fine for speedball, but slightly shiny for woods. It's not as shiny as the pictures make it look.

Trigger: Adjustable for distance, but not for tension. Trigger also rattles to the left and right about half a centimeter (not so bad)

Barrel: Better than youd expect on a spyder. Its fully annodized, has five inches of straight porting, and a muzzle break. It says its a two piece (it is, if you look down the bore from the front you can see where it splits) but you cant seperate the front and back

Internals: Pre-Polished

Regulator/Front Grip: Reg is adustable, from low, to high pressure, comes with a gauge. the front grip is angled foward, and is very comfortable. I was worried that th eline would get in the way, it doesn't.

Durability: The aluminum doesn't scratch, period.

Expansion chamber completely elimates snow (liquid CO2) even on extended use
I am worried about water getting into the grip, the grips should be more ridgid with a built in gasket so that water has a difficult time getting in.

Edit: I origionally said that the exp chamber eliminated the snow, but I test fired the marker today, and had less than fantastic results, I saw chunks of CO2 comming out the gun, perhaps it it beacuse when the tanks were filled they were at too high pressure or it was an especially cold day (55 deg.) (I dont really know the reason)
Conclusion: Fantastic marker. Has all the features an intermediate player wants, or a pro on a budget. I highly recomend it. Gets a nine, (not on par with the four figure markers like angels and high end cockers) Overall, very nice.

I do wish that it had a magnetic trigger, but hey, I also with it had 50bps, you cant have everything.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, May 30th, 2004 at 11:42 pm PST
 

Review Comments
BabyGotBackman Sunday, February 22nd, 2004 | 11:54 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by AirJet
No x-chamber will completely eleminate snow.

here the facts air, 30 shots, continous, fullauto, 65 deg weather, virtually no snow (yes, im running CO2)
   

BabyGotBackman Sunday, February 22nd, 2004 | 4:40 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by AirJet
Just that once. X-chambers never do work. You will still get liquod co2 into your gun. They are not full-proof.

i know that usually even without the xchamber it doentsnow in the beginnin, but i did this after about 120 shots through the gun, and the tank was cold (i was testing the guns limits).
   

carlospbreview Monday, February 23rd, 2004 | 12:39 pm PST
BGB,

The NEW Dye E-Sticky grips fit just fine except the window does not line up perfectly, but good enough to see everything on the CAMD. The old ones did not have the battery cutout. You can send them back to Dye for replacement.

Spudnukl and Bandit Bolts make aftermarket bolts for the Fenix.

   

BabyGotBackman Monday, February 23rd, 2004 | 4:46 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by carlospbreview
BGB,

The NEW Dye E-Sticky grips fit just fine except the window does not line up perfectly, but good enough to see everything on the CAMD. The old ones did not have the battery cutout. You can send them back to Dye for replacement.

Spudnukl and Bandit Bolts make aftermarket bolts for the Fenix.



Thanks for the info on the grips, i mustve gotten an older one. How do i send the grip back to DYE, what is the process?
About the bolts, ive looked into both of those, but they didnt seem fantastic to me, do you have any opinon on either one, or where the best place is to get those (bolts)?
   

AirForce69 Tuesday, February 24th, 2004 | 8:34 am PST
A little harsh dude. But Helpful.
   

crazypunk2F Monday, May 31st, 2004 | 11:10 am PST
soo dudes should i get a fenix??????
   

rhyno_alsnow Friday, August 27th, 2004 | 1:19 pm PST
no, getta impulse
   

Dm4 22448248 Friday, September 17th, 2004 | 9:56 pm PST
what proshop did u get it at and where $200!
   

TGates13 Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004 | 10:08 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by BabyGotBackman


Thanks for the info on the grips, i mustve gotten an older one. How do i send the grip back to DYE, what is the process?
About the bolts, ive looked into both of those, but they didnt seem fantastic to me, do you have any opinon on either one, or where the best place is to get those (bolts)?


I found a Shocktech Supa Fly for my Fenix on ShocktechUSA.com.
   

Bohkka Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 | 5:59 pm PST
I've done quite a bit of testing with CO2 (but just bought an HPA bottle) and the "snow" is more a function of the humidity than the temperature. Yes, it's easier to get snow at lower temperatures, but at lower humidity (average around here is 20 to 30%), snow is next to impossible.

Yes, I'm looking at getting a Fenix (that's why I'm reading reviews).
   

TheSpy11 Saturday, November 27th, 2004 | 6:49 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by BabyGotBackman


here the facts air, 30 shots, continous, fullauto, 65 deg weather, virtually no snow (yes, im running CO2)

Try doing that when it's below 50 degrees-it will snow
   

spencerTLXblu Sunday, December 12th, 2004 | 9:59 am PST
yea...i agree with TheSpy11...me and my friends were playin a while ago and i got snow so you people dont know what you are talking about unless you try it...i also wear a glove on the hand that goes over the regulator becuase it gets cold...also go to actionvillage.com...they sell superfly bolts for the fenix...i should know becuase i bought one from there...action village is where i buy all of my things for paintball (not paint and co2) they have low prices and the products get to you on ground shipping in 3 days (i also only live about 150 miles from addison, illinois which is where action village is) I RECOMEND ACTIONVILLAGE.COM TO EVERY ONE...even greg hastings tournament paintball video game for xbox likes action village...there is a team on there and fields have bunkers that say action village on them...i should know becuase i have that game...AND I RECOMEND THAT GAME TO ANYONE THAT LIKES PAINTBALL AND HAS A MICROSOFT XBOX...hope this helps you people
   

Blue Stream Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005 | 3:55 pm PST
Guys I ordered my fenix yesterday and what kind of paint should I use.
Last edited on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005 at 3:58 pm PST
   

pizza boy Friday, September 8th, 2006 | 5:50 pm PST
is this gun better than an electra
   

wombizle Monday, October 9th, 2006 | 8:29 pm PST
it cant have both an x chamber and a reg. It only has a reg.it has a LP chamber, but that is very different from an Xchamber
   

hpstart Saturday, October 28th, 2006 | 9:28 pm PST
does it shoot well with CO2?
   

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