Originally Posted by 98Pro
My question is why these over the exalt? I mean durability clearly however a hard finger sounds nice
I see it as a "time value + performance" price trade off. We have lower dollar speed feeds too (lowest is 15, now most expensive is 45).
These do feed better. And they keep the paint in. Others feed on a range of "ok" to "good", but none of them keep the paint in like these.
So you pay more (upfront) for better feeding performance and less balls lost. (not even including the value of a warranty in this consideration)
You use a cheaper one and get ok to good feeding performance, but lose a lot of balls during the course of using it.
I see some guys that lose 10-15 (or more) balls
on every breakout or dive. Others are a little more careful and cover their hopper when they run or run with a nearly empty hopper so paint isn't flying everywhere.
My opinion is you don't just have to consider the value of the lost paint, but the fact that you lost that paint in the middle of a game where you might actually need it (you're either reloading sooner, or worse out of paint).
Random anecdote: when we were developing this before the Spire launched, all our test models were being used on Rotors. Mike won a limited paint 1 on 1 tournament using a Rotor and early prototype CrownSF. He won with something like 2 balls left in his hopper. That paint definitely would have been gone had he not had the SF. I think you could make a valid case that if he was running out sooner because of spilled paint he probably would have played differently (clearly you don't know "I shoot until my gun is empty Mike"), but even in that case you're changing your game to adapt to lost paint which could slow you down, change your shooting style, etc.
But at the end of the day it's certainly a cost that some people just don't want to pay. I think you can find some original speed feeds for 5 bucks
As if this post isn't long enough, I'll reminisce about a time 15 years ago (that long!?!?) when I put down my main gun and went out and just played in a team practice (10man) using a Model98. I shot 4 guys on the break, had a great time and remembered asking myself... "Why do I have a $1000 gun again?" Well, sometimes it matters. But in the end, use what works and gets the job done. I don't want to see anybody get any more broke than necessary
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