I originally purchased the beta version of the squishy paddles when they were first released. My cyclone was a blender and I needed something that was going to help. I put the paddles in, and from that moment on, I haven't experienced any cyclone breaks.
I use whatever paint is available to me, whether its Wal-Mart paint, or some field only brand, and since buying the squishy paddles, it hasn't mattered what paint I shoot, it's all good. It's nice having one less thing to worry about on the field, and it's also nice not having to take apart my cyclone every time I play.
I think the price is very reasonable, especially since you can upgrade to the newest version of squishy paddles at a discounted price. Just send your squishy paddles to TechT with $10, and they'll ship out your NEW squishy paddles, along with your OLD squishy paddles for you to do with as you please.
The customer service for TechT is great. They are quick to reply to emails, and fast with shipping. I just recently upgraded my beta squishy paddles. I don't have any big games coming up, so I figured if it takes a while to get them back, no big deal. I sent them in, and about a week later I had received them back, along with the new ones. I was surprised by the quick turn around, and I personally prefer buying from a company who takes pride in their product, and looks to keep the customer happy.
I highly recommend the squishy paddles to anyone using a cyclone. If you're having problems currently, or just want the piece of mind, these are a good investment.
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion on the comments page.
Period of Product Use:
Less than a month
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More than 5 years
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Dumb product overall
Seriously, lets all take a minute and think about how many times the "too hard" stock paddles have broken paint. I would say that the idea should be obscolete. The product, in my opinion, is just one to say your Cyclone has been upgraded this much more. In no real way does this help out with anything. Take a look on youtube and watch how many videos have A-5's running at higher speeds, most likely with stock paddles unless stated, and see how many Cyclone breaks they get. I doubt you will see any.
I've never had a problem with my god forbidden stock paddles breaking paint, the only reason I purchased these was to work my way down the path to a completely aftermarker A-5. A year ago I shot some Ultimate Chronic paint at a scenario game, while Chronic is known for it's extremely brittle shell and ability to break, I had absolutely no problems with the stock paddles at 15bps. The paint never made it past any branches it was so brittle, but it had no problems with the Cyclone. I thought it was a neat idea and all thinking that the paddles would be semi-soft but when I recieved them in the mail today, the idea went right out the window. I do like the lime green color though :).
Don't listen to the people and the hype about how they aren't breaking nearly as much paint as they were. They are really just trying to justify their purchase. It really is just hype. This product from TechT really fails. This isn't the case however for the QEPH and Vortex. I swear by my Vortex, these paddles just serve no real purpose.
I have yet to play with the new paddles but when I play, IF I notice any sort I difference, I will update my review. But don't hold me to anything, as I am not looking to be surprised.
5 is average. That's what this product gets.
5 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 at 7:28 am PST
Tippmann A-5 primary::
PPS Brass barrel w/ Apex tip
Palmer's Male Stabilizer
Armson Prodot sight w/ Lapco offset rail
OPSGEAR G36 folding stock
CMI micro-coil remote
Won't break the bank (or your paint)
Shaft wobble - fixed after Beta testing
These are much softer than anything else you can put inside your Cyclone. If you're using a set of X-7 paddles, you're still not even close to being as pliable as these things. The tips of the star are very flexible, but become stiffer as you approach the center, because there's more material. You can easily flex the material with your fingers. Also, there are no sharp edges like you'll find on Tippmann paddles. If you look at each of the arms on the stock paddles, you can see that there is a point where the arms tun sharply and there is a corner that makes contact with the ball. These paddles don't have that. Every corner that makes contact with a paintball is rounded.
I picked up a pair of these because I recently ran into the worst paint I'd ever seen. I was shooting entire volleys without a single intact ball leaving the barrel. Barrel breaks, cyclone breaks, chops... you name it and I was getting it. I even had balls pop in the hopper just from being jarred.
I put these paddles on and took this same paint for a spin. I shot about a bag of paint. I was still getting breaks, but nowhere near as frequent as I had before. I'd guess a 50% reduction in breakage. I had expected there to be soup in the cyclone when I pulled the hopper off, but to my astonishment, there was almost nothing. What little paint there was inside the cyclone looked like splatter from barrel or breech breaks. I was pleasantly surprised.
If your Cyclone is having trouble breaking paint, I highly advise these.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, February 7th, 2008 at 5:06 pm PST
tippmann 98 custom response
tapco car stock
evlution 2 w/ y-bored
rocket cocker II
Easy on paint
Alot of colors
Expensive for some little paddles
I bought the paddles at my local dealer and im kinda glad i did because im cheap and i buy monsterballs lol the hard plastic paddles were ripping the balls to nothing and it looked like a cream pie exploded in my cyclone so i went and i bought these paddles for $25 but im kinda glad i did cause i played a hole game without one break i was so happy i didnt have to clean my hopper when i got home i had some paint and co2 left over so i nonstop burned a full hopper and still didnt have a break so these is a great upgrade for anyone who buys cheap paint
I recommend this product for anyone with a cyclone
Doesn't Break Paint
Allows for faster shooting
I picked up this product because the stock paddles I was using often broke paint at the speed and fps i was shooting at. Since I replaced them with the squishy paddles I have not had a single paint break in my gun. These paddles work especially well in the heat and with junky paintballs thatare softer than average.
I recommend these paintballs to all A-5 and X-7 users whether or not you have problems; they always add a higher level of performance to your marker.
Tippmann 98 Custom Basic
Flatline Barrel w/ Tactical Rails
GTA Expansion Chamber
TechT Hair Pin Trigger Kit
Cyclone Feed System (Votex Mod, Lightning Rod, Squishy Paddles, Silver QEPH)
Low Profile Hopper
Red Hot Power Tube w/ Derlin Bolt
TechT Zero Kick Hammer
Adjustable M16 Sight Rail
Tippmann Bravo One
Cyclone Feed System (Vortex Mod, Lightning Rod, QEPH)
Aluminum Power Tube w/ Derlin Bolt
NcStar MARSH Front Hand Grip
TechT Remote Line Adapter
TechT Low Pressure Spring Kit
JT Tac5 Camouflage (Completely Stock)
Decreased ball breakage
Faster RoF (with other upgrades)
If you are having problems with balls breaking in your Cyclone Feed Hopper your best chance to fix that is getting this upgrade. It's a little expensive for what you get, but it does a great job.
The stock plastic paddles sometimes break paint, I have never had the problem but I got this upgrade to increase my RoF as efficiently as I could. I do have another paintball marker without the squishy paddles, and it also has the E-Grip. It breaks paint maybe 1 out of 50 paint balls. Not very good for Full Auto. Another thing I noticed is that the balls don't bounce around as much in the hopper with the squishy paddles.
I found if you have all the TechT Cyclone upgrades the paddles can be held back by the neck of the hopper. I am not sure if that's something I did, but I had to trim the neck so the paddles didn't make contact. This happened only when I had all the TechT cyclone upgrades. There is less effort to spin the paddles so I am guessing that was my issue. That's about the only thing I noticed, but only with the complete upgrade.
Everyone will probably have a different experience with this upgrade depending on your marker setup. My marker has all the upgrades I can fit on it and I know it wouldn't work as well without it. It took a lot of fine tuning to get everything working together.
I think this product deserves a solid 9. The rubber isn't as soft as it describes but it is much better then the stock plastic paddles. If you are out to make your marker into a full auto setup, you need this upgrade to keep up with the feeding requirements.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 at 1:27 pm PST
LOT easier on paint
More space verically for paintballs to line up in
Haven't found any yet
I ordered the E trigger and cyclone feed together online. When they got to my house, I was so pumped and installed them. On a dry run, the e trigger worked great, and the cyclone appeared to as well. The first time I fired the cyclone on any thing more than full auto i was shocked. My paintball gun was now a blender. Everything was coated in paint. Also the cyclone was a little jiggly. It had a gap where it hooked up to the gun. I then opened up the cyclone and couldn't find anything wrong.So i orded these new paddles. When I went in to install them, noticed the screw holding the cyclone to the gun was really loose, so i cinched it down. No problem from that anymore. The paddles were very easy to install. Only after I installed it and was about to shoot it that last time I had shot the cyclone with bad, bad,bad paint. So I shot it with good paint first and then bad paint second. On 100 shots in full auto on good paint I had 1 chop, but it was in the barrel, at the very tip. On bad paint 200 shots I had 3 chops, 2 in the barrel.
Very good product, the deliverly was timely and hassle free.
I haven't used any other similar products, what does it matter? These work like a charm, why would I test anything after having this success?
Tippmann A5 with E-Grip, 14 inch J & J Ceramic Barrel, Squishy Paddles
Softer than the plastic paddles that come with stock cyclone feeder.
The problem I had before installing the squishy paddles :
I had problems with chopping paint when I first used my A5 with E-Trigger. I wasn't even able to use the full auto setting because I would only get a couple of paintballs to actually shoot out. I have a 14 inch J&J barrel that cleans itself if you chop a ball inside of it so I knew it wasn't the barrel. I can't describe how dissapointing it is to get shot only because your gun does nothing but spray paint when you shoot it.
Buying experience and results:
I ordered my TechT Squishy paddles for about $20, I was still new to paintball and found it ridiculous that these little things were $20. (I soon realized that anything that has to do with paintball is expensive and overly priced) After using them I would have been willing to spend $40 for them because I do not chop paint anymore.You will EASILY save up what you spend on these because you can EASILY chop $20 worth of paint with the stock paddles. THESE PADDLES SAVE YOU MONEY!! I will say it again, THESE PADDLES SAVE YOU MONEY! Even if you're not using the fully auto E-Trigger, you will manage to chop paint if you pull the trigger too fast. ( there shouldn't be such a thing as pulling the trigger too fast) When I say fast I'm not even talking all THAT fast, cyclones chop paint all the time without the squishy paddles. The squishy paddles allow for me to perform as well as I do. Don't let your marker hold you back. If you're not getting any hits on people because your marker is chopping paint or due to poor marker accuracy, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! With as much as you spend on paintball crap, $20 is NOTHING for what it does.
The installation of the squishy paddles is very simple. Even if you can't figure it out just go on YouTube and find a video that shows how to install them. (video won't even be 2 minutes long I wouldn't think)
I have been taking down both speedball players and mil-sim players now. Head shots have been plentiful, NO CHOPPED PAINT, and I have been able to win in games where I had three people against me. I've noticed that I have better accuracy because I don't have any broken paint in my barrel anymore. I am able to use full auto to intimidate my opponents now and make them hide while I advance up the field without them seeing me while they hide in fear.
The cost is cheap for what it does(paintball items are expensive to begin with, so get over it), it's easy and almost fool proof to install, and my game play experience has been greatly enhanced.
I now find the squishy paddles to be essential. If you're debating on getting them, just get them already! You really do NEED these! This upgrade shouldn't even be considered an upgrade, it should be a STANDARD. Before you upgrade anything else on your marker get the squishy paddles. If you don't get the squishy paddles then you might as well not even get a marker that has a cyclone feeder, because they really are THAT essential. I give it a 10, 5 Stars, A+, 4.0 GPA, and any other possible amazing rating that is possible.
X-7 w/ Egrip, ricochet hopper,32 degees whisper barrel, lightning rod, vortex mod, squishy paddles, 68/4500 cf air tank
Nomore brakes in hopper, cheap, easy install
Loose fit on axel ,paddles slip causing the gun to not fire and un-cock
Veryhappy with no more chopping and spraqying splatter in a battle, I tell everybody I see with a cyclone feed that it is absolutely neccassary will continue to do so because all players i hve seen with stock paddles has the chop and spray problem no matter what gun or quality of paint.
hopefullt techt will find out about looseness as a problem and stiffen up the inside of paddles
Squishy paddles shoild become the stock part for cyclone feeds because stock paddles will work for 6 hours then chop at any rate of fire, squishy paddles will fire at high bps and not brake in hopper
Tippmann A-5 w/e-grip
14" J&J Ceramic
Lapco m4 mag
Metal cyclone internals
TechT squishy paddles
Very soft and pliable
I like to play aggresively so a high rate of fire is needed, I normally shoot R/T or 15BPS. I was playing last weekend and my cyclone made paintball soup. I went and cleaned it out and played another game same thing happened, except worse. When I finished the game (maybe 1 in 5 balls left the barrel intact, cold weather) there was paint in the cyclone, in the chamber, and dripping out of the barrel.
I took my gun to my local proshop and had my monthly cleaning done to it and had the squishy paddles installed.
Talk about a difference. The only break out of a 1,000 was because of a bad ball. A must have if you have the metal cyclone internals, lightning rod and QEHV. The stronger spring in the Lightning Rod causes the stock paddles to cut through the paintball in the cyclone in cold weather.
Great product a must for any A-5 with an e-grip and like fast fire modes.