Posted on June 19 2018
The Virtue Paintball Spire 3 is arguably the most popular paintball loader in the game right now. It is made of a strong composite plastic that has been proven with the original Virtue Spire. There has been some good improvements in the spire 3 that keeps it competing as one of the top loaders in the paintball industry. Punisher's staff has had some time to use the spire 3 at the paintball field and here are our impressions:
The shell of the original spire was made of a durable plastic that was not prone to cracking like previous loaders. The empire prophecy z2 was known for coming into two pieces on the paintball field. The Halo B loader was known for cracking often when clamped to the feedneck of a paintball marker. One area where the spire 3 seems to be better in is the quality of the plastic. It seems to be thicker and more durable. The shell is also slightly shorter, 2.5 mm to be exact. Even though it is smaller, Virtue was able to maintain the great carrying capacity. The spire 3 holds 230 paintballs which is the perfect amount. For a back speedball player or a scenario player that want to shoot a lot of paintballs, the spire 3 is also offered in a 280 round capacity. It is offered at the same price as well which is a nice compliment to the product.
Another area that makes the spire 3 better than its predecessor is the speed feed crown SF 2 and disassembly. The speed feed is no longer a separate part from the shell of the loader. Originally, the speed feed crown SF of the spire was known to crack. Virtue Paintball eliminated this issue by incorporating the speed feed into the shell of the marker. The disassembly is now accomplished using a glass-filled nylon hinge which separates the shell into half. This makes it easier to clean broken paintballs out of the hopper due to not having to stick your hand into a complete shell.
One of the things that made the original spire great was the reliability and ease of disassembly of the inside. Previous loaders were difficult to maintain requiring tools to take them apart and had many issues with jamming. The Virtue Spire did not have as many issues with jamming and was extremely easy to take apart without tools. The new Spire 3 also features a toolless design with the hinge technology. Many of the internals are similar of the original spire with some minor advancements. One advancement can be seen on the bottom of the tray. The microchip is no longer located at the back of the tray leading to possible complications. It is now part of the tray. The technology of the Spire 3 is also better as it is apple and android programmable. Settings of your Spire 3 can be made directly via your phone using Virtue Paintball's Apple and Android application.
All together, Virtue has made some good improvements on an already great paintball loader. It is easier to use, clean, and program. It is also lighter and smaller. You can't go wrong with this loader so please feel free to pick yours up today.