When searching for a paintball marker, it is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by the countless models available and the seemingly never ending claims of each gun to be the best on the market. However, there is no “best on the market” when it comes to paintball guns, there is just the best gun on the market for you. Each marker will offer your something different and each has its pros and cons. Some markers have more cons than pros, so it is advised that you checkout a couple of blogs and online reviews before deciding which gun you want to spend your money on. Of course, you’re reading this, so you obviously already know that. It is our job to keep you from wasting money on a marker which is of poor quality or not suited to your skill level. In order to do that, we are breaking down some of the most beloved paintball markers available today, one article at a time.
In this particular post, we’re going to be looking at the Spyder Fenix.
In a Nutshell
A newcomer to paintball may be brimming with excitement and full of fantasies about their future as the greatest paintball player of all time. That’s alright, anybody who has ever been anybody in paintball is familiar with that feeling. However, when you’re feeling like this, you could end up dropping hundreds of dollars on a marker only to grow tired of the whole thing a year from now. In order to avoid being too much out of pocket, it is a good idea to test the waters with a beginner’s gun before committing fully to the sport. The Spyder Fenix from Kingman is a fantastic gun for a beginner. It is straightforward and easy to use and is equipped with a number of features to ensure you can develop as you play.
Break Beam Eye Technology
Chopped balls are a problem any experienced paintball player is familiar with. A chopped ball occurs when a paintball bursts while still inside the gun, meaning when you fire all you are met with is liquid trickling out of your barrel. This is incredibly inconvenient, particularly if you’re in a shoot or be shot situation, and frequent broken balls can cause serious damage to your marker. The Spyder Fenix is fitted with break beam eye technology, which eliminates the risk of chopped balls almost entirely. Anybody using this marker will be able to fire safe in the knowledge that they will produce a ball every time.
I should probably preface this by saying you should never by paintball equipment just because it’s cheap. There are a lot of markers out there that sell for under $50 which seem like a good deal until your firing broken balls or trying to glue the barrel back together after taking a run-of-the-mill dive. A paintball novice should seek out a marker which is of a high quality yet isn’t going to set them back too much. The Spyder Fenix falls firmly into that category. While it is fitted with countless features to improve your game and will serve you well until you decide it is time to upgrade, the marker usually sells for $150 or so. Some guns sell for a couple of hundred dollars more than that and still couldn’t hold a candle to the Spyder Fenix.
In the opinion of many seasoned paintball players, a lightweight marker is always superior to one which will weigh you down during a game. A compact marker is even better. Paintball is all about movement. In order to stay in the game and take out your opponents, you need to have the freedom to move around and roll and duck and dive. If you can’t do those things, you’re going to have a very hard time trying to keep up with everybody else on the field. A compact marker is rarely anything but a plus, as it can be stashed under your arm or over your back, making it easy for you to hide if it is necessary. It also allows for you to use more attachments and other accessories as you will have room for a little bit more weight.
The break beam eye technology which we discussed earlier on is great, it really is. However, reducing the risk of chopped balls doesn’t mean all that much if you have to pull the trigger a couple of times in order for the marker to fire. The most frequent complaint from those who have used the Spyder Fenix is that the trigger is not the most responsive available, and that obviously poses a problem for a lot of players. Anybody who is just starting out and plans to take things slow during their first couple of games probably won’t have anything to worry about with this marker, but those hoping to get involved in speedball should research other options.
Low Battery Life
A paintball newbie might easily fall into the belief that if something is electronic, it must be better than its mechanical counterparts. While an electronic marker certainly offers a great deal more features than a mechanical one, it also puts you at the mercy of a battery. The battery life of the Spyder Fenix is a common cause of frustration among those who use the marker. Even when it has been fully charged, the battery is unlikely to last the length of time most paintballers would like to play. Some have tackled this issue by keeping a second battery on hand during games, but you really shouldn’t have to compromise like this in order to be able to remain an active part of the battle.
While it is not without its faults, the Spyder Fenix is undoubtedly one of the top markers in its price range and offers a whole lot more than some of the more expensive guns out there. Any beginner looking for a marker which they can use while learning the ropes – or any experienced player who is just looking for a neat secondary gun – should definitely consider the Spyder Fenix.ne