Recently I was able to try out a Furious Lotus barrel. I am unable to re create the previous testing environment/setup at this time. This is not per say a "test" as much as it is a "review".
The conditions were hot and humid. ~ 87*F & 45% humidity. I am using Xball paint, and an 04 viking (set in semi). I shot 1 pod of paint through each barrel.
Testing ~ 20-30 balls. The paint size was ~ .684ish. IMO too small for both of these barrels.
To have a point of reference I used my titanium longbow barrel (ti series).
the longbow was .690" back 14" front (msrp ~180.00)
the lotus was .689" back 14" front (msrp ~60.00)
I shot ~25 balls through each barrel without changing the velocity settings. The longbow averaged ~285 while the lotus averaged ~275. To me this makes since as the longbow only has porting on ~ the last 2" of barrel while the lotus has porting ~ the last 5".
Lotus 113g (per their website)
Longbow...I am not sure. It is on the first page somewhere, but it really doesn't take a scale to know that the Lotus is super light compared to any of my other alum barrels.
Honestly I couldn't find my decibel meter so I had to depend on my ears. It was quieter than the longbow, but again the porting pattern differences made that pretty obvious.
The accuracy was slightly above average for the Lotus. I think the paint being too small for the barrel was a deciding factor. The longbow did a little better, but again not as good as it could with a smaller bore barrel/larger paint. IMO it was comparable or slightly better than most "big name" barrels.
Accuracy after a break:
I used an ink pen to poke 2 holes in a paintball, and then shot it through the barrel. It exploded somewhere in the barrel, and left a nice mess inside the barrel. I was not impressed with the Lotus's ability to "self clean" with this paint/barrel match. The barrel's diameter needed to be smaller to effectively test this barrels "self cleaning" properties.
When factoring in price/availability I'd say this barrel is a 7/10, and a good pick for a player with a budget. Currently Furious has .693 & .689 barrels available, and .686 will be released soon. I personally would like to have a .683 available as it would allow the player the extra accuracy when using smaller paint.