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Number of Reviews: 13
Average Rating: 9.1 / 10
Manufacturer Website: Click here
Suggested Retail Price: $1250

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In late 2006 Planet Eclipse unveiled, to much public and critical acclaim, the new Ego7. Derived from the operating principles of the previous two Egos, the Ego7 demonstrated a new direction for the brand, redefining the standards that players should accept for performance, reliability, durability, weight and ergonomics. Add to that list peerless Customer Service and uber-simple user-maintenance, and the complete package becomes a formidable prospect.

This year the Ego8 will push these boundaries even further, by building on the already impressive platform of the Ego7, drawing on some of the experience gained from the highly-developed SL74, and molding all the entities into a new marker with devastating effect . Open up the glossy clam-shell packaging “Pod” and it is clear that the Ego8 has retained all of the Egos visual traits. Aggressively angled eye covers, sleek sculpted lines and comfortable proportions. Yet the profile has been reduced again, with the rear “hook”, or heal of the frame moved up closer to the firing-line of the upper bore and barrel, and the whole frame raised up. This makes the gun feel even more “pointy” as the hand comes up even closer to the sighting-line of the barrel. This closeness of hand to the axis of the barrel gives a feeling of directness that is often lost in the design of most markers, making the Ego8 feel, more than ever, like an extension of your arm.

The placement of the front frame screw to inside the trigger guard for the first time as well as a change to shorter frame screws has resulted in a smaller profile directly behind the FRM as well as more finger room between the FRM and trigger guard. In moving the frame up into the body, it has also allowed a flanged fitment between body and frame, which prevents ingress of dirt and paint, and aligns the 2 parts better for a superior fit.

Inside the trigger guard is a re-worked SL74 style trigger. A modification to the bearing carrier has allowed the fitment of a larger magnet which provides a greater range of adjustment for the trigger return force. The front trigger stop point has also been re-designed so that the complete trigger set-up can also be achieved with the frame removed from the marker body.

One of the main features of the Ego8 that has enabled the reduction in body/frame profile and allowed the rear of the frame to come closer to the barrel axis is the development of a completely new QEV assembly. This new Q-Block assembly has been designed from the ground up to offer unparalleled Quick Exhausting performance for both the fore and aft ports of the rammer. Combined into one, small, low-profile block. Dual QEVS release used and unwanted gas from the Rammer chamber directly to atmosphere without having to pass through any restrictions such as threaded banjo screws, hollow bolts, solenoid or hosing. The Q-Block is fully strippable without tools, allowing quick access to the diaphragms for cleaning and maintenance.

Just above, and being fed by the Q-Block, the Ego8 houses the rammer. The Ego8 has borrowed technology directly from the SL74 of last season, and incorporates the highly effective Zick Kit (Zero Kick) Rammer system. Thought of by most as just a one-trick feature, the Zick technology actually offers exceptionally low kick, but also combines it with super-gentle paintball acceleration. This feature, when combined with the standard Cure Bolt system, enables the Ego8 to shoot the most fragile tournament paint available with awesome accuracy with virtually zero barrel lift even at the very highest rates of fire.

Also making the cross-over from the SL74 are both sets of regulator internals. Where the LPR retains its dual gold-spring operation, it now includes the industrial hard anodized 7000 series grade aluminum piston assembly. In the Inline regulator the alterations have been even more radical, with the inclusion of not just the light-weight aluminum piston, but also the adoption of the coil spring design from the SL. This new design not only produces a lighter and more simple-to-maintain regulator, but also offers superior performance in every way over the old Bellville Spring Stack design. The new spring design offers quicker and more accurate recovery after every shot, and the single coil spring means that maintenance and lubrication of the inline regulator is easier and quicker, with no Bellville shims to lose or incorrectly orientate. A real win-win situation for this particular upgrade.

The Ego8 also sees a change to the valve guide and internal bore geometry. With requests for quieter and quieter shot characteristics, without the compromise of reduced air efficiency, the Ego8 incorporates a new “stepped” valve design. It was found in testing that most high end guns actually produce virtually identical decibel readings when firing a paintball. It is more the frequency-range produced by the shot that offended certain ears. By more tightly controlling the flow of air through and round the exhaust valve and valve guide we have attempted to reduce the higher, more irritating frequencies generated during firing, helping to reduced the perceived noise level. The real beauty of this new step valve design is that, together with the new Q-Block and Zick rammer, the Ego8 has improved efficiency with reduced kick, increased rates of fire and quieter operation.

Of course the Ego8 has retained its full range of electronic features, including the revolutionary Duel Trigger Sensing (micro-switch and optoelectronic sensors) enabled board, the head-up LCD display in the rear of the frame, fully adjustable semi and ramp modes, user definable Debounce settings and presets, tournament preset modes and training modes. The LCD display has the capability to allow users to view game timer and alarms, shot counter, peak and average rates of fire, as well as access all adjustable parameters either through an internal set-up button, or when unlocked, directly from the rear user-interface buttons. For the Ego8 we have moved to a new Black on White LCD display that offers greater contrast to previous models. New icons and graphics in the user interface of the LCD have been improved, making them more legible in game-time scenarios. The Ego8 board also has a new “Auxiliary Output” port that allows direct control and drive of aftermarket hardware such as the Pulse loader. Secondarily to that there is also interfacing on the board for the addition of expansion-board accessories, such as an audible game timer beeper. Other aftermarket accessories that will be available from launch besides the Beeper board will be CCU kits and Laser Eyes. All 3 of these accessories are retro-fittable from Ego7 to Ego8, making them readily available in dealers around the globe right now. Aurora CCU kit on an Ego8 anyone?

And of course the launch of a new Ego wouldn’t be the same without a mention of its vital statistics: If you go out and play with the Ego8, come back in from the field, pull off the loader, unscrew the tank, and drop the gun onto the digital scales the Ego8 weighs in at a staggeringly low 906g. That’s under the 2lb mark, fully laden, ready to play. No tricks, no special light weight batteries, or missing parts, just as it comes out of the box, with barrel, On/Off/Purge system and all.

So as the evolution of the Ego continues, are we getting any nearer to the perfect marker? Well, with the modifications and improvements that have been worked into the Ego8, combined with the customer support, attention to detail, and customer driven direction that Planet Eclipse continues relentlessly to pursue it would be difficult to concede an area of this product that could be considered less than class-leading.

Does that make it the ultimate all-round package? Try it. You decide.
Product Availability 
The Planet Eclipse 2008 Ego is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
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JustVic326 Thursday, February 28th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
6 months11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Etek Ego(owned), Proto matrix(just tested)
Marker Setup: Dust Black Ego8, Empire Reloader B, 68/4500 crossfire, Dye UL barrel
Marker has been owned since October 30, 2007(just to give you a better idea of how long I've owned Layla). Yes, I named the gun Layla.
Recommended
Upgrades:
New Barrel is a must! (UL recommended)
Strengths: Speed
Kick
Weight
Efficiency
Stock Board
Trigger
Maintenance
Manual
Customer Service


Weaknesses: The stock barrel is kinda weak.
Review: Speed:
I have shot 24bps with my stock reloader B. If you attach a Magna loader and RF, I am sure you can get it to shoot 30; I was able to get 30bps in training mode. Since the majority of tournaments will not allow players to shoot in excess of 15bps, this marker more than exceeds the speed requirements for any tournaments.
Kick:
Eclipse included the Zick(Zero Kick) Kit in this marker. The only reason you know its firing is because you can see balls flying.
Weight:
The Ego8 weights under two pounds. This makes it one of the lightest markers on the market. Although one wouldn't think there is a big difference between 2 & 3 & 4 pounds, the low weight does impact the players ability to move; this is especially true once the tank and loader are attached. Also, the trigger is designed with a small lip on the back, so it also makes the marker easy to carry;its like a handle built into it.
Efficiency:
Efficiency is an important factor to consider when purchasing a new marker. Tournament players shoot outrageous amounts of paint in a single round, and they expect their markers to have the ability to go longer then they can. As for weekend player, an efficient marker will let them stay on the field for the extra game once half of the players have gone back to refill their air. I have a 4+5 harness, and I will run out of paint before I run out of air! This alone is testament to how great of a job Eclipse did in designing this marker.
The board:
The stock board offer users the ability to adjust anything in the marker with great ease. Since it has an LCD built in, the player can adjust firing modes, rate of fire caps, dwell, tourney modes, etc., to specific settings without having to mess with counting L.E.D.s. Furthermore, the stock board has a timer so you can see how fast you win and a shot counter so you can see how many balls you threw at the other team.
Trigger: The trigger has a magnetic return, so it is really easy to adjust how hard of a pull you have. It can honestly feel like you are pulling on air!
Maintenance/Manual:
When it comes to maintenance, the Ego is one of the simplest markers to work on. The manual is a simple ,read because it walks the user through maintenance step by step. Also, the bolt can be removed easily. If the player gets a ball break--which doesn't happen--they pull out the bolt and run a squeegee in the back and out the front. This is by far the best way to remove broken paint. In a DM, for example, the player would practically have to disassemble the marker; you can't really do that on the field.
Customer Service: Planet Eclipse has some of the best customer service on the market, and thats all I have to say about that.
Barrel:
The Shaft II is an excellent barrel, but the marker comes with a .692 barrel stock. Unfortunately, this is far to large for most paintballs and decreases the accuracy and efficiency significantly. Planet Eclipse, to my knowledge, does not sell .689 backs for its barrels, so you can't buy the shaft II .689 back without buying the full kit for almost $200. Therefore, I recommend the Dye UL barrels because they are accurate and make the marker much quieter.
Conclusion: This is a high end marker, and I have high expectations. The marker offers many advantages to both the tournament player and the weekend warrior. The extreme performance, adjust-ability, and simplicity make this the best marker on the market. Some people would argue that the $1250 price tag is high, and I agree, but you pay for what you get. The pros give the gun a 10 and the stock barrel knocks it down .5 points. Since that brings the marker to a 9.5 and this option is not available, I have no choice but to give it a .5 point bonus on account of the fact that I own it and I can do that; we will just say I rounded up.
Feel free to post comments about the review. I look forward to seeing if anyone found it helpful.
P.S. This is pretty much a SL74 but a little heavier.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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TippmannCCI Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion on the comments page.
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Ion
Dm4
Dm5
Dm7
Marker Setup: CCI Phantom VSC
Gauged Rear Adapter
Gost ring

Smart Parts Ion
Ricochet Apacher
Smart parts 360 QEV
48/3000
Recommended
Upgrades:
A barrel kit, this thing is amazing
Strengths: Light
Range
Super effecient
Snappy trigger
Easy to maintain
Weaknesses: Price
Review: I was at my local field today and one of the regulars there had just bought this gun. He was playing with his 07 Ego and asked me if id like to help him break in his new ego. I was like heck yes!
Heres are a few things i noticed
Light:
Compared to the ion i had been using all day (ya ya theres nop comparison) this thing was amazingly light. It was very easy to snap with and i could move around quicker with it.

Range:
Now yes i know that any guns supposedly cant shoot farther then any other gun going to same fps, but when i saw him chrono it, it was goin 281 (field limit is 290) and someohow i was outranging everyone. I honestly dont know how that is, maybe it was that i had a good paint to bore match, maybe PE has come out with a new bolt design that somehow makes the ball travel flatter. All i know is that the range was amazing

Super effecient:
Now i personnally dont shoot alot of paint but i saw the guy that let me use this gun go through a hopper and 8 pods of a 68/ 4500 filld to 3000 psi. Since its a poppet valve it naturally going to be very effecient but this is still super effecient for even poppets.

Trigger:
The gun seems to have a sweet spot. When I hit about 9 bps something just clicks ( no it wasnt ramping). The trigger just gets incredibly snappy and bouncy. It even through my index finger againt the trigger gaurd. It just amazing. The bps counter says i hit 22. I think he set his debounce so that it gets like that, but it was very cool.

Maintence:
Like all egos this is a very easy gun to maintain. and i say that because showed me the insides of it and i was amazed at how quick he could strip the bolt, wipe it clean, lube it and put it back in. Very neat.

Price:
The gun is very expensive at 1250$ but you get what you pay for, and you get a heck of alot of gun for the price. Its cheaper then the DM series and i would say it is easily better then all of them.
Conclusion: If you have the cash buy it. Its a great gun and i honestly cant think of anything i could want more of it. In my mind this is a perfect gun, so im giving it the perfect score
Rating:
10 out of 10
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mag_user666 Friday, December 7th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
3 months7 of 12 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Other Egos (05,06,07)
Marker Setup: Ego8
Vlocity jr
Crossfire 45/4500
Recommended
Upgrades:
None
Strengths: Very light
Very comfortable
Easy to use and maintain
Reliable
Excellent customer service
Weaknesses: Kinda loud
Spare parts can be expensive
Review: I bought my ego8 right after it came out at the world cup. Came in nice case or "pod" which contained the gun itself, 2 piece shaft barrel, manual, allen key set, and spare orings +misc parts. The gun itself is very light and very easy to handle and control for quick snap shooting on the field. It is also very easy to maintain by just oiling the rammer after every day of play, and lubing the regs (hpr,lpr) every 10,000 shots or so. Remember to ONLY use synthetic gun oil for the rammer as grease type lubricants can cause the qev's to become clogged. The board comes with many features to fine tune your settings to get the most out of your marker, and many presets to confine with the rules of the most popular tournament series.

At first the gun seemed to have quite a bit of kick. I thought this might of been due to the extremely light setup I had with a vlocity jr. and a 45/4500 tank. It is noted that the initial break in period is around 10000 shots. After I reached that the marker seemed to have less kick and became more consistent over the chronograph as well.

On the field the gun as I wrote earlier, is very easy to handle and play with. It is light and compact and with the sl74 style trigger it makes it very easy to achieve high rates of fire.
After around 11-12,000 shots through the gun, I am managing to get about 5-6 pods and a hopper out of a 45/4500 shooting around 260-280 fps.

The only problem I've had with my ego8, is after around 9000 shots one of the qev diaphrams broke, causing the gun to have massive shootdown and in general poor performance. This problem is a rather simple fix for the technologically clined but may seem difficult to others. If your not sure how to take apart your marker I recommend taking it to your local planet eclipse dealer for service.




Conclusion: I'd recommend this marker to anyone wanting a high performance paintball gun and looking for the added features such as reliability, easy to use, and excellent customer service.
Rating:
9 out of 10
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