It’s officially here!! All the info you need to know about Virtue’s new hopper!
The Virtue Spire III is an all-encompassing upgrade to the game-winning design of the original Spire 200 and 260. The Spire III is built on technology that made the original Spire the best high-end loader in paintball, while simultaneously improving its performance, reliability, and ease-of-use.
The Spire III is built on the proven original Spire design that has won more professional tournaments since its inception than any other loader in the sport of paintball.
The Spire III features numerous upgrades to help you take your game to the next level! These features include:
Dye M2 w. MOSAir
The M2 just took another giant step in the world of technology with the new MOSAir. DYE’s new Method Operating System Air takes the best paintball gun control platform of the M2 marker and makes it better. The M2 MOSAir allows the operator unparalleled access to precision tuning, vital marker performance, feedback and marker service reports. Now with even more customizable features, such as power control options, multiple boot screens, a brand new firing mode, new play screens, shot tracker as well as Cable Free Charging and wireless Air Sync. The MOSAir actively tracks subsystems for you, so you are focused on the game not your marker. Customize nearly every aspect of the next generation M2 operating system for the ultimate playing experience.
Note: All new above features are only available on the new M2 MOSAir Circuit board due to the highly updated processor and coding that make up the MOSAir circuit board. MOSAir circuit boards are backwards compatible into all M2 Markers. All current M2 owners can upgrade their M2 Markers to become M2 MOSAir, with DYE’s customer upgrade program. For the first 90 days, all current M2 owners can upgrade their M2 to MOSAir for a special introduction price.
Dye i5 Goggle System
The i5 e.VOKE allows players to go wireless. With the simple plug and go kit, your M2 with MOSAir is ready to send vital game time info to your i5 e.VOKE via a Wireless PAN (personal area network) connection. Keep your head in the game while the e.VOKE feeds you real time updates and alerts or let your M2 and e.VOKE walk you through pro inspired drills, designed to help you improve your game. e.VOKE is the next technological evolution in paintball goggle system technology.
This revolutionary goggle system features:
"EVERYTHING ABOUT THE APPEARANCE OF THE CSR LETS THE USER KNOW THAT THEY ARE IN THE PRESENCE OF SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL."
That feeling of being one of a select few. Part of an exclusive group. Special.
There are few ways of achieving this feeling in today’s modern world of globalisation and mass-market production. Yet there are still small enclaves where it’s possible to find exclusivity.
At Eclipse we have always tried to produce something special. Every one of our markers is special to us. But some are just that little bit more special than others. We constantly go out of our way to push the boundaries of what we do and how we do it. We try to envisage what the ultimate would be. How far we can take it. For something to be the pinnacle of performance and design.
Eclipse markers such as the GSL, the SL8r and the ultra-rare SL91 have given players a taste of what it’s like to belong to an exclusive group. A group of people that covet the very rarest and best we have to offer.
In the mold of the SL lines that came before it, the CSR is a heavily modified variant of the current headline Eclipse marker, the CS1. It features bespoke machined components and custom accessories that can only be found on the CSR, such as the frame, body, POPS assembly and eye covers and introduces a completely new barrel system in the Shaft FL.
"THE INSANELY LIGHT SHAFT FL CARBON FIBER BARREL SYSTEM COMES WITH THREE BORE INSERTS AND RUBBER GRIPS."
Designed and manufactured in collaboration with the world’s leading carbon fibre barrel specialist, DeadlyWind, the Shaft FL combines decades of barrel manufacturing know-how to produce an incredibly light, efficient and consistent barrel system.
In fact, the ethos behind the CSR has been led with weight reduction in mind and it comes in at a noticeable 100g or 3.5oz lighter than the CS1. A difference that can really be felt in the hand. As if that weren't enough, the box itself is hand-made from authentic Carbon Fibre. A true light-weight package.
But above anything else, the CSR brings that exclusivity that so many crave. Produced in limited numbers and over a limited period of time it’s an object of desire and engineering beauty that only a lucky few will ever get to experience.
Every visual aspect of the CS1 was considered when approaching the visual sculpting of the CSR. From the feedneck down to the POPS, the CSR exudes a level of refinement and weight-saving purpose that takes it into modern day SL territory.
"AT OVER 100G LIGHTER THAN THE CS1, THE EMPHASIS ON WEIGHT-SAVING WAS APPLIED TO EVERY ASPECT OF THE CSR’S STYLING."
The IVCore was the first commercially available system to bring true decoupled breech-sensing valve technology to a system tuned for reliability and efficiency whilst being completely dwell insensitive. The large volume for the firing chamber, modified bolt port geometry and large adjustment range for the SFR give the CS platform its exceptionally smooth and consistent shot characteristics. The IVCore’s now trademark quiet sound signature and awe-inspiring soft shot gives the user a marker that produces very little kick and can be relied upon to deliver, no matter what the weather, terrain or game format.
"THE IVCORE IS A BENCHMARK FOR SPOOL VALVE TECHNOLOGY AND IS WHAT GIVES THE CSR ITS INCREDIBLE ABILITY TO HANDLE BRITTLE PAINT SO CONSISTENTLY, FLAWLESSY AND RELIABLY."
The IVCore’s now trademark quiet sound signature and awe-inspiring soft shot gives the user a platform that produces very little kick and is a marker that you can rely on to deliver, no matter what the weather, terrain or game format my throw at you.
"THE NEW BLADE TRIGGER DESIGN IS INTERCHANGEABLE WITH 3RD PARTY CUSTOM TRIGGER SHOE DESIGNS."
Deciding what air tank to buy can seem overwhelming purely because of the fact that there are so many options.
Then there are carbon fiber tanks, which come in a huge variety of sizes and designs. Carbon fiber tanks will allow for more psi, generally 4500. By comparison, a tank with 3000 psi will get you on average 10 shots per cubic inch, while a tank with 4500 psi will get you 15 shots per cubic inch.
Depending on what the manufacturer chooses to name them, there are also selections of tanks known as ultralights/superlights. And that's just what they are. They are the same size and have the same volume as their standard counterparts, but they're just lighter. For example, a standard 68 carbon fiber tank form Ninja weighs in at 2 lbs 3.4 oz, which a superlight 68 carbon fiber tank from Ninja weights 1 lb 11 oz.
The tanks we see used most commonly are the 68 SL and the 77 SL because they offer a bit of everything- comfortable sizing, comfortable weight, and substantial volume. But at the end of the day, choosing what tank really comes down to what level of functionality you need to play and how you like your tank to feel.
For a more in depth look at air tanks and for further help deciding what type of tank to buy, check out the video below!
In a broad sense, paintball hoppers are classified as either gravity or electronic.
There is a common misconception that gravity hoppers, because they are less expensive than electronic hoppers, are bad hoppers, and this isn’t actually the case. They just serve their own purpose. For players who use pump or tactical markers, a gravity hopper will do the trick because shooting very fast isn't a priority for these players. Also since pump players don’t use as many paintballs as a speedball players do, it would make more sense to have a gravity hopper like the ones from gen x global. These kinds of hoppers hold 50 or so paintballs, and this is a better option as opposed to something that holds more because loaders that hold more paintballs are designed for a different type of game.
For players who focus on trying to prevent chopping, shoot faster, and have a more consistent feed, an electronic hopper would be the choice to make. There is quite a variety when it comes to electronic hoppers. There are relatively simple ones like the Empire Halo Too and the JT eVolution.
Technology wise, the Halo Too is a real step up from other hoppers, with a device inside that rotates paintballs through, forces them down the ball stack and through the feed neck. Then, there’s the Empire Z2, essentially an upgraded Halo Too with features that create more convenience for cleaning and maintenance.
Going to the higher end electronic hoppers, there is a great deal more technology involved. The Virtue Spire 200 and Spire 260 are extremely easy to take care of and maintain. The technical build of these devices allow for them to hold significantly more paintballs than the basic hoppers, and they operate in way to maximize the amount of paintballs shot at the fastest speed possible.
The same can be said for hoppers like the Dye Rotor and R2, as well as the HK Army TFX. In the realm of higher end hoppers, deciding which one to get comes down more to personal preference of the player, which includes factors of both functionality and aesthetic design.
Choosing a hopper really comes down to what you need to get out of it.
For even more info about the differences between hoppers, check out the video below!
One of the main goals of paintball players is to continually improve their shot accuracy. A great way to do that is by changing the size of your barrels to accommodate the size of whatever paint you are using.
Some may think this doesn't apply to them because they always buy the same paint. However paint does swell or contract depending on the weather, so even if you do buy the same brand and make of paint every single time, it won't always fit in the same barrel exactly the same way.
One of the more common ways to counteract this and thus improve shot accuracy is by having a collection of barrel backs, with each back being a different size. You just match up the barrel back that works best for the paint you are shooting that day to a corresponding barrel tip and connect it to your marker. Barrels from Dye and other brands as well come in a variety of colors in both carbon fiber and glass fiber.
A different option that involves having and carrying around less pieces is to use inserts. You can buy a full one piece barrel for your marker and have a set of different sized inserts that fit into the back of the barrel that can be swapped out depending on the size of the paint you're using at any given time. Gog offers some great choices in that department. Inserts also work with two part barrel backs and barrel tips, like the Shaft FR series form Planet Eclipse.
There is also the option of a product like the Empire Freak Kit, which is one collection ready to buy with all the essentials such as different sized barrels and freak inserts. This is a good choice for players looking for something quick and easy.
For more details and specifics, check out the video below where we go in depth and go over all the specs of the different barrel options that can help improve your shot accuracy!
SP Paintball has issued a recall on the firing chamber for the Shocker RSX paintball marker!
To see if you qualify for this recall, take the firing chamber out of your Shocker RSX. If it is a light blue color, then your marker is in fact one with the part needing to be recalled and you will be able to receive a new, upgraded firing chamber from SP.
For players whose markers qualify for the recall, replacing and installing the firing chamber is quite simple.
You don't need any tools, but SP does encourage using their own brand of grease. Below we have a full tutorial that will show you how to properly assemble and install the new high flow firing chamber.
SP strongly advises against playing with your Shocker RSX if your marker does have the faulty part. Please click on the link below to be directed to SP's page where you can find more details and exactly how to receive a new firing chamber. Remember, safety first!