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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: 167
 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 1/5 stars.
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Virtue Paintball - Spire Reviews
Virtue Paintball Spire I used my rotor for about 4 months. And the switch to the spire and I absolutely love it. The speed feed is incredible and love that I can quickly change to the solid lid if there is rain. Only...
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DJ NEM
 
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Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Bristol RI
DJ NEM has been a member for 10 years
DJ NEM owns a Planet Eclipse Etek
DJ NEM plays in the APPA D4 division
DJ NEM supports Empire
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: $140.00
Pros: Light fast looks good.
Cons: Had to buy spring ramp separate
I used my rotor for about 4 months. And the switch to the spire and I absolutely love it. The speed feed is incredible and love that I can quickly change to the solid lid if there is rain. Only real issue I have is paint loading into the drive if im running low on paint from the front of the hopper
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire ive only used my spire like twice, but so far so good. disassembly is extremely easy for cleaning and putting speed feeds in. Ive been shooting extremely brittle paint through it and no jams or...
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DLeonetti55
 
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Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: NJ
DLeonetti55 owns a Planet Eclipse Geo
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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: $170.00
Pros: looks, disassembly, profile, anti-jam
Cons: could have been cheaper
ive only used my spire like twice, but so far so good. disassembly is extremely easy for cleaning and putting speed feeds in. Ive been shooting extremely brittle paint through it and no jams or breaks. and its alot quieter than the rotor.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire great only had one problem for all the time i had it
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drew47471
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Length of use: More than 1 year
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: $120.00
Pros: works great
Cons: one piece cracked
great only had one problem for all the time i had it
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire I picked up my spire 200 and have been very impressed with it. It comes apart easy enough, which makes cleaning a breeze. It's very good on batteries, has a small profile, it has never jammed on me....
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dubv187
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Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Pittsburgh
dubv187 owns a Planet Eclipse Ego
dubv187 is an NCPA player
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: $150.00
Pros: fast, comes apart easily, small, light, reliable
Cons: $$$$$$$$
I picked up my spire 200 and have been very impressed with it. It comes apart easy enough, which makes cleaning a breeze. It's very good on batteries, has a small profile, it has never jammed on me. Only complaint I have is that it is very expensive, but I believe you get what you pay for. Best loader on the market.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire To start off, I think I have one of the defected spires. Pros: This thing will feed as fast as anyone can shoot With its sleek design, it is very easy to see around, and even easier to clean off. A...
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D_Boy_21
 
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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Utah
D_Boy_21 plays in the PSP
D_Boy_21 owns a Planet Eclipse Ego
D_Boy_21 plays in the APPA D5 division
D_Boy_21 has perfected Level 2 in PbNation Pursuit
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: $100.00
Pros: Sleek design, always a ball when I need it
Cons: Constantly pulses
To start off, I think I have one of the defected spires.

Pros:
This thing will feed as fast as anyone can shoot
With its sleek design, it is very easy to see around, and even easier to clean off. A simple wipe and you're good to go
Very easily field strippable. With the toolless design, you can pull it apart and clean out any mess made during a game.

Cons:
*Disclaimer* this may be due to a defect, but my spire is constantly agitating. It never stops trying to feed a ball. I play pump so this sound can sometimes ruin my ninja sneak attacks

Overall:
I am very happy with this loader and am completely satisfied with my purchase. If I had the choice, I would buy another one.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire So upon returning to the sport in 2013, I picked up a whole new gear setup and bought a Rotor because I've always liked Dye hardgoods (aside from their guns anyway). Despite never having a problem...
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Erok
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Join Date: May 2006
Location: Alaska
Erok has been a member for 10 years
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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 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $175.00
Pros: Lightweight, low profile, never jams, peripherals
Cons: "Unbundled" peripherals upset some people
So upon returning to the sport in 2013, I picked up a whole new gear setup and bought a Rotor because I've always liked Dye hardgoods (aside from their guns anyway). Despite never having a problem with my Rotor, I decided to pick up a Spire towards the end of last season. I had really come to appreciate Virtue's business practices in releasing well thought out, high quality products with extreme focus on their consumer's wants. The Spire certainly didn't disappoint.

As far as loaders fundamental purpose of loading paintballs goes, I'd say the Spire and Rotor (or Rotor 2) are in the top of their class, and really quite comparable in that respect. But where I think the Spire really separates itself is in its peripherals. Virtue without a doubt engineered the best speedfeed on the market with the Crown SF. Not only are the spring loaded fins worlds better than any other speedfeed, the simple interchangeable housing that can be swapped back out for the standard rain lid is a really great design. Additionally, the spring ramp for the Spire is a nice add-on, and personally I like that Virtue kept their peripherals unbundled from the loader itself. That way they can keep the price down for those that don't want all the bells and whistles, but also have a nice offering of extras for those of us that want all the best tech. I could go on and on about the lightweight and low profile design, anti-jam features and so on but it's been said countless times.

The only real complaint I will make note of is that it is somewhat obnoxious to me coming from a Rotor to have a loader constantly "revving" when not completely full while you're on the field. The Rotor of course does spin endlessly when empty but I find the revving of the Spire to be more annoying.

The last thing I want to talk about is Virtue's customer service. Second to none. The only recurring design complaint I've seen about the Spire was the backplate that housed the power button, led light, and locking switch. It was brittle and had lots of individual pieces built into it. Virtue recently released a new, improved backplate that all Spire owners can obtain for free - just $8 flat rate for shipping. I've already installed mine and it is a well constructed and effective update.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire The spire has been a great hopper with a small profile. I have used it on the field several times and have used it during tournaments. The only problem I have had is that the accents have started to...
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Evan15549
 
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Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: 54880
Evan15549 owns a Planet Eclipse Geo
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 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $115.00
Pros: Great Build
Cons: Weak Accents
The spire has been a great hopper with a small profile. I have used it on the field several times and have used it during tournaments. The only problem I have had is that the accents have started to peel off. Would recommend this if it can be found for a low price.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire I bought the Spire last year because I decided that the Eggy has had a good run. This loader is crazy good. It's way quieter than the Rotor and Prophecy, it has a very durable shell, and it has never...
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fenskedeathcore9
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Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: NJ
fenskedeathcore9 owns a Planet Eclipse Lv1
Length of use: More than 1 year
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: $150.00
Pros: Performance, and appearance.
Cons: Doesn't come with a spring ramp.
I bought the Spire last year because I decided that the Eggy has had a good run. This loader is crazy good. It's way quieter than the Rotor and Prophecy, it has a very durable shell, and it has never not loaded a ball for me. I once was shot in the button, and the button broke (point blank, don't ask) and I called virtue and they send me a new button for free. Great customer support. And the spring ramp for $8 made the Spire fantastic. I love the look too. And the only time I thought it didnt feed, I had a mangled ball that didnt fit through. So yeah, the only way to make a spire not work, is if you feed it square shaped balls. Great job virtue.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire
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Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Northern California
freak_apocalypse supports Empire
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Price paid: $165.00
Pros: lightweight, low profile
Cons: Jams sometime,battery life,popcorns paintballs
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball Spire As it is in the world of competition paintball, you gotta have a back up. Gear breaks down or goes sideways. Whether you are practicing or playing, you gotta back your **** up. It was with this...
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Funny Old Guy
 
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Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: SoCal
Funny Old Guy plays in the PSP
Funny Old Guy owns a Planet Eclipse Ego
Funny Old Guy owns a Planet Eclipse Ego
Funny Old Guy plays in the APPA D4 division
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: $185.00
Pros: Easy to clean, easy to tear apart
Cons: The jury is still out on this....
As it is in the world of competition paintball, you gotta have a back up. Gear breaks down or goes sideways. Whether you are practicing or playing, you gotta back your **** up.

It was with this mind I went shopping for a backup hopper. I have been a fan of the Dye Rotor and my initial thought was "Why not roll with what you know?" And then I saw the YouTube video on the Virtue Spire. In the video, this hopper gets run through some pretty entertaining torture. Water, blow torch, bacon wrapping , tomato smashing , chicken pecking, dog eating and showing a resiliency against the blast of 12 gauge shotgun.

After shopping around, I hit up a shop in FLA, got free shipping and delivered in a quick manner. I ordered the optional speedfeed to go with it. I got the straight forward black one, nothing fancy.

I popped the batteries in, dropped a pod of paint in the Spire after I put in on my DM12. You will not be impressed immediately if you are a Dye Rotor player. In fact, it rather disconcerting to find the Spire was absolutely quiet with very little in the way of agitation of the paint. This all changed when I started ripping in PSP mode. The Spire keeps up without hesitation.

I ran two cases through the Spire in practice at my local field and I have to say overall I am impressed. Some things I have to adjust to: I need to reconfigure the speed feed for easier dumping of paint into the hopper. I am a back player that keeps my marker rolling. And rolling. And wait! I roll some more! One second hesitation means my opponent bumps up the snake. I also need to rethink my timing on the re-loading of my hopper while rolling my marker. I have been so used to my Rotor in that I had the timing straight on when to reload. Leaving partially filled pods on the field in practice is not an efficient use of my money or effort. Because the Spire has more capacity, it will take me another practice or two to adjust my reload timing.

In conclusion, I see good things in this hopper. If you can dig out an extra 50 bucks between the seat cushions for the Spire, you would be doing well. When I get through this learning curve, I think the Spire is an excellent hopper. I like the simplicity of assembly and ability to clean it. I gritted my teeth slightly at the purchase price over a new Rotor. My 2 year old Rotor has now been relegated to back-up status.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
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