Giving A5 owners another option in hoppers is Ricochet Development. Ricochet’s new R5 hopper combines their well known “deflection engineering” faceted shape with an A5 size feed neck.
Ricochet’s deflection engineered shape is somewhat elongated, presenting mostly slight angles as a target to anyone shooting from directly ahead. This design carries the purpose of increasing the change of a paintball glancing off of its surface, rather than breaking and eliminating the player.
Because all of the Cyclone feed components are on the receiver, the R5 has not electronics or active feed mechanism, and functionally works just the same as the stock hopper. Aside from the shape, the other chief difference is that the R5 holds approximately 210 paintballs as opposed to the stock hopper’s 180.
The Ricochet R5 gives Tippmann A5 owners another choice in hoppers with the opportunity to give their A5 a more unique profile, and carry a bit more paint on the field.
The Ricochet 2K Ricochet R-5 is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
Tippman A5, E-Trigger, Blackcell barrel, BSA Red dot site, etc.
Some of the same strengths already listed in the previous reviews.
Did not fit my special ops stovepip offset.
The hopper is noiser than the standard A5 hopper. However, I fixed this problem. I opened the thing up and duct-taped the interior of the hopper. Now it's very quiet. Not sure if this will have any negative long term effects. But I don't care. Only cost 15 bucks. ;) Also, I had to sand down the latch a bit to get it to fit into my A5 stovepipe offset.
Not a bad deal for 15 bucks. I rated it an 8 only because it's louder than normal hoppers. Feels brittle, but looks cool and seems to work really well because I have yet to be hit on my hopper since I purchased it. :)
8 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, January 5th, 2007 at 2:14 pm PST
A-5,Egrip,flatline and freak kit,DOP-short dropforward-power tube-rear velocity adj. ,offset sight rail,BSA red dot,ACI 68/4500
2 Broken and very Noisy
I have purchased two of these hoppers, the first was only used about 6 times.I was shot from the side at probably 40 feet and the entire side cracked breaking most of the paint left in the hopper, so I bought another thinking I would give it another chance. This time on the first time out, I slid in behind a bunker and the lid popped open and both sides where the lid hinges broke off. This hopper is VERY NOISY when running.
I woud not buy this product !!!!!
WHY CAN'T RICOCHET USE THE SAME MATERIAL AS TIPPMANN WITH THEIR SHAPE
A-5, JJ Performance 16", Pure Energy coiled remote line, Tasco red dot, Special Ops sight rail, super fly mark 2 forward bolt, Redhot power tube, Tapco A5 6 position stock, Ricochet R-5
Deflects paintballs, can use with sight.
Lid pops open sometimes, holds less than stock.
I bought mine used but I'm getting a new one cause there is a crack in the housing. It does what they say it will do but it sucks when the ball is deflected into your mask(happened once). I dont have a offset for my hopper yet but I can still mount my 30mm red dot scope on there. I dont know if it will work with a bigger scope or not.
The only down side is that it holds less paint than the stock hopper and the lid will pop open sometimes but I think that is because its just worn out and it only happens when I use CO2.
I love it. If you dont mind not being able to carry less paint then this is a great buy for you.
J&J 13" ceramic barrel,
20 oz. pure energy tank,
deflects some shots
very cool looking
holds more balls
I could not find any
so i just have the stock a-5 hopper, and it works pretty good, but as you may know, that a-5 with the cyclone ripps trough balls like no tomorrow. so i tried it out because my dad had one and i liked how it looked, so i asked to borrow it.
i don't really have any great stories but this hopper did the trick and i got shot in it and it deflected it. so that was pretty good. but i had a great time with this hopper and for the price you cant beat it. i think mine comes in on Thursday. :)
Buy it, its worth it for the price and is very cool looking!
Stock Hopper (sucks in comparison, it should come with a red bullseye painted on it)
14" Smart Parts TearDrop
Ricochet 2K R5 Hopper
16 oz co2 tank
Holds more paint
Obstructs sights a lil bit more
I bought this hopper for about 20 bucks at my local paintball store. It was really cheap and I'd heard good stuff about it so I jumped on it. I haven't been disappointed yet.
I ran a little test just to see what it looked like on a chart.
I hid behind a tire stack with my gun elevated enough so that the hopper was only visible. My friend fired 10 rounds at the hopper.
10 shots - 9 hits - 9 deflections - 0 breaks
We ran it again to make sure
10 shots - 10 hits - 8 deflections - 2 breaks
You do the math.
Get it. If you've got an A-5 (hopefully you do, you're looking at a cyclone feed hopper review) and you want an upgrade from your standard (*cough* dartboard) hopper, you'll have spent 20 well placed dollars. It gets a nine, for slightly obstructing a sights view more than a stock hopper.
PMI Pure Energy CO2 Tank with On/Off Switch
Deflects Lots of Paint
Holds More Paint
Very Loud (Can be fixed)
I bought this hopper along with my brand new Tippmann A-5 and I used it for the first time with my friend. The thing held more paint than I could ever hope for, I don't know why the websites say it holds only 180 paintballs. In many situations, I had a paintball hit the front of my hopper, and not yet have I gotten out by a hopper hit. This hopper has saved me on the paintball field so many times, I cannot count them because I barely notice if a paintball its it. Sure, the hopper is loud, but you can easily fix that by buying a hopper cover or coating the inside with cloth. The hopper covers are kind of hard to find.
Get it, it will save your butt and it is pretty cheap
Rufus Dog double trigger
Evil Detonator Reg.
32 degrees 7 inch universal drop forward
16inch all american/freak barrel (silver/black)
Pure energy 88ci/4500 tank w/ Dye rhino tank cover
Cap seems like it will break easy, (mine isn't broken)
none other than that
i like the new design of this, the front of the hopper is awesome no more square footage to measure, pointed at the end, holds a bit more than stock about the same but maybe a bit more. good product for the price. And it looks great too, next time the refs come to check your paint they just look at the side and thats it, we have strict rules at bfg where you have to use their paint (rps premium field colors) and they check occasionally. so its all good. it fits snug too.
Great product for the price i reccomend it, but if you are not in a worry about your hopper sticking out, i wouldn't, seems like the cap will break off sooner or later, there is always replacements, for 14 dollars they are replaceable. they should last more than a couple games.
standard gravity feed hoppers
a few electric hoppers
a-5 /w response trigger, 16" j & j ceramic, 20 oz. c02 /w anti siphons, r-5 ricochet(smoke)
Deflected 7 of 10 balls (shot 3 10 round tests)
Lid can be a little hard to get open at times (good or bad)
Overall its a very nice hopper its nice looking its got a nice spring lid so when you open it goes all the way for a clean fill without spilling everywhere from a half open lid the lid is a tad bit hard to open (cant flick it with ur thumb) but this can be good or bad wont pop open when u dont want it to i deflected average of 7 out of 10 balls in 3 tests the stock hopper took all 10 twice and 9 one test and i dont know if it is a problem for most people but its helpful to be able to check ur paint count without flipping the lid overall great buy
Foronly 10$ at most local pb store its definitely worth the money. i really like it.
This is a good hopper for your A-5 (or 98 w/ the Cyclone up). I have not gotten hit in the hopper since i got it, but you can read stories all over about the deflection that this hopper can cause. The hopper is loud, but thats not a big deal. If it really does bother you, there are things you can do to quiet it up (cloth inside, etc). The lid seems hard and brittle to me, but it hasnt broken, so i won't complain about it.
Overall, this is a good hopper. It looks cool, and it could save you from getting hit in-game. Go for it!
Tippmann A5 E
Ak Folding Stock
Pure Energy 72/3000
I picked this hopper up because i was looking for a replacement for the bulky stock hopper that came with the a5.
When I first used this product, the first thing that I noticed is that it was a bit loud, but that is not much of an issue for me since my marker is loud.
Anyways, my biggest problem with this hopper is the fact that it feels so cheap. So far it has held up just fine to my abuse, but when you open the lid, and have it up, there is a lot of free play, and i'm worried that it may be a little too easy to break right there.
But overall I think that this hopper is worth the money, and it does exactly what it is supposed to do, fit tight, and hold balls. I also like the fact that the lid is clear, so it is a little bit easier to see how many balls you have left.
This is definately worth the ten dollars I paid for it, it gives the a5 a little bit slimmer look.
If you are looking for a replacement to the stock hopper on the a5 than this is for you.