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Virtue Paintball - Spire Information
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Virtue Paintball
40-14 Oser Avenue
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Fax: (631) 617-5349
Email: info@virtuepaintball.com
Website: http://www.virtuepaintball.com
The Virtue Spire is the next generation in loader technology with a shot activated sensor, jam-proof feeding system and a tool-less design that can be taken apart and reassembled in seconds. Not only is the Spire an aggressive, lightweight, and compact design, but it also holds more paint than the leading competitors.
 Manual: Download the manual for Virtue Paintball Download
 Release Date: 2012
 MSRP: $185.00
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
 Reviews: 141
 Rating Summary:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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  • Currently 4/5 stars.
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
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  • Currently 2/5 stars.
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  • Currently 1/5 stars.
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Virtue Paintball - Spire Reviews
Virtue Paintball Spire I replaced my rotor with one of these and i believe I may have used my rotor once since then. The Virtue is a great hopper that can be programmed to your liking. The speed feed lid flips up which is...
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bubbalee30003
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Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Charleston, WV
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Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $189.99
Pros: Light, Programable, speed feed opens like a lid
Cons: shape
I replaced my rotor with one of these and i believe I may have used my rotor once since then. The Virtue is a great hopper that can be programmed to your liking. The speed feed lid flips up which is a big deal to me I love being able to pour paint in from a bag easily.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire I bought one of the first 'sold to the public' Spires with speedfeed and sold all my rotors, modded the stock speedfeed with an aftermarket Rotor speedfeed ring (the original speedfeed top's fingers...
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Price paid: $140.00
Pros: Small, light, reliable, fast, quick strip
Cons: Hard to reload through speedfeed, JetSki looks
I bought one of the first 'sold to the public' Spires with speedfeed and sold all my rotors, modded the stock speedfeed with an aftermarket Rotor speedfeed ring (the original speedfeed top's fingers were extremely stiff and hard to get paint through), and STILL ended up going back to a Seed modded Rotor again.

Why? Isn't the Spire the best thing since the motorized hopper came out?

Well, yes and no.

The Spire feeds paint like there's no tomorrow. It's reliable, never jams, is lightweight, and is very easy to strip down and clean.

HOWEVER... reloading the Spire is a mess because of the 'spire' tower that sits RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of where your paint drops into the hopper.
With the standard lid feed, it's less of an issue because the lid is HUGE and the feed area is as well.

Put the speedfeed top on there, and you're trying to load a donut with the 'spire' tower being the 'hole' of the donut, the paint is flowing down all sides of the tower... in theory.

I found that in-game, under pressure, you're less likely to get a clean full reload out of a pod than with an equivalent hopper like a Rotor or Z2.

When I'm sitting with my pod up on the hopper an extra second or two trying to get as many balls loaded as possible... there's an issue.

Unfortunately I cannot recommend this hopper unless you plan to not use the speedfeed.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire Been using one for the last month or so and during PSP West coast open. The loader is plenty fast for PSP although prior to the event it seemed slow to me so I had Virtue change the...
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dragtheOne
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Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: SLO, CA
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $80.00
Pros: Fast, Light, durable
Cons: popcorns paint sometimes
Been using one for the last month or so and during PSP West coast open.

The loader is plenty fast for PSP although prior to the event it seemed slow to me so I had Virtue change the settings.

Pros: It has never jammed on me, It lighter than anything else, its easy on paint and extremely durable.

Cons: It tends to popcorn paint although it doesn't really slow it down (I found it to be extremely annoying while snapping at practice). I don't like the hard speedfeed fingers because they get stuck down with paintballs easily rather than being flexible and being able to wiggle them free. I know they say it holds a true 200 but it seems like much less if using the speedfeed.

overall I prefer it over my rotor because I don't have to worry about jams at all. It just works with no real issues
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire I've had my new spire for about a month now. I love it. It looks sleek and sexy. It's very simple to use, just turn on and forget. Lots of customization options. Only uses 3 AA batteries. Plus the...
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $220.00
Pros: Simple, Durable, and Sexy
Cons: What cons?
I've had my new spire for about a month now. I love it. It looks sleek and sexy. It's very simple to use, just turn on and forget. Lots of customization options. Only uses 3 AA batteries. Plus the spring finger speed feed is amazing. Easily feeds my reballs to allow me to practice on my fundamentals at home so I don't have to keep buying paint to practice.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire I really like the Spire. It seems to feed very well in my experience. It is a very low profile and looks good on most any gun. My biggest gripe is that the shell does not come apart in half, it's...
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $160.00
Pros: low profile, quiet, easy to strip, good capacity
Cons: shell design/disassembly
I really like the Spire. It seems to feed very well in my experience. It is a very low profile and looks good on most any gun. My biggest gripe is that the shell does not come apart in half, it's just the back section. Removing the screws is a minor annoyance but not a deterring factor in getting the loader in my opinion.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire Real Talk, no fanboyism. I had been waiting for a reason for to switch hoppers from a VMAX, Vlocity, and a Rotor. After getting the chance to play around with one at an event, I decided to splurge...
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Fedo
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Join Date: Dec 2009
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $185.00
Pros: Solid, Feed Rate, No Jams, Light
Cons: Read Below
Real Talk, no fanboyism.

I had been waiting for a reason for to switch hoppers from a VMAX, Vlocity, and a Rotor. After getting the chance to play around with one at an event, I decided to splurge and get myself a Spire. I am glad I did.

The hopper does have the lowest profile on the market.

Virtue's claim to it never jamming is legitimate. I shoot 5 year old walmart paint through this hopper as well as many different brands and have yet to have an issue. (At least 15 cases thus far.) (APX Aggro, Valken Redemption, EVIL, RPS Premium, RPS Heat, Seconds, GI 1,2,3,4 and 5 star, and Big Ball to name a few)

The speed feed is better than the virtue crown before, but still not as great as HK or Exalt in my personal opinion.

The hopper keeps up well and has a great battery life, beating out all three of my previously mentioned hoppers. Tooless cleaning is also easy and fast with this gem of a hopper.

My one complaint came from an issue that happened from user error. I did not lock the speed feed down and dove into the snake. In crawling I hit the speed feed lid harder and it came off (Did not break at all, was perfectly fine) The power button got shot. After this I went to clean the hopper and was unable to lift the base out. I had to unscrew a tab in the hopper to access the power button that got bent inward. This was unexpected, but an easy fix... Besides for this user error the hopper has performed beautifully.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire I went from the rotor to this. IMO I love it. It has not jammed once for me or broken a ball inside. Batteries usually last me 3-4 times of playing. Good batteries are key tho, if the battery is...
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $180.00
Pros: never jams, sleek, easy to tear apart
Cons: too new to tell
I went from the rotor to this. IMO I love it. It has not jammed once for me or broken a ball inside. Batteries usually last me 3-4 times of playing. Good batteries are key tho, if the battery is low it not detect the stack and keep spinning. I reccommend energizer, duracell, or paintball. It has a sleek low profile and looks very good on top of any setup. All in all a good buy and worth the money.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire This has been my favorite loader I've owned. I shoot alot of reballs at home and it feeds them flawlessly not 1 single jam ever. Its fed everything from junk paint to super fragile ultra evil without...
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jim4130
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $184.95
Pros: feeds everything. reballs go through it just like
Cons: expensive. small feedneck
This has been my favorite loader I've owned. I shoot alot of reballs at home and it feeds them flawlessly not 1 single jam ever. Its fed everything from junk paint to super fragile ultra evil without a single break inside. Its fast reliable and good on batteries. My only gripe is some of my feednecks on my many markers have to be tightened down all the way just to grab it because its feedneck is small.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire I used to use only rotors until my brother-in-law picked up his first spire. I liked the look of it but never had the money to get one. He was wanting to sell his, and I had the money for it, so I...
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $150.00
Pros: sleek, breakdown, battery life, loading
Cons: popcorning
I used to use only rotors until my brother-in-law picked up his first spire. I liked the look of it but never had the money to get one. He was wanting to sell his, and I had the money for it, so I bought it. I won't be using any other loader anytime soon.

The spire is the easiest loader to strip and clean that I've ever seen. It takes a matter of seconds to clean and theres only 3 parts to it. It has a very wide opening for loading, using either a bag or a pod. The battery life seems pretty good on it, haven't had to change mine yet and I play almost every weekend.

The only con I have found is the "popcorning" issue, which is solvable by sending it into Virtue to get the board updated.

I will definitely recommend this to any new player in the sport.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire When I first got my Spire the sensitivity was (and still seems to be a little) too high. It was constantly trying to load, so after a day of play I adjusted it. Far easier than expected. Since then...
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $160.00
Pros: Light, efficient
Cons: Constant Movement
When I first got my Spire the sensitivity was (and still seems to be a little) too high. It was constantly trying to load, so after a day of play I adjusted it. Far easier than expected. Since then it's been flawless. After transitioning from a rotor, I find myself not needing to load less at critical times or having to pull for a jam, this loader really seems to handle inconsistent paint well. Really want to grab the 260 shell, just waiting for the price to drop some.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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