Originally Posted by BigGordo
I've played with spyders since the late 90's. I my self just got back into the game last year after being out for about 10yrs. The first thing I looked for was a spyder. I bought a used fenix and upgraded everything I could. Also did the same with a Azodin Blitz. They both work great. No complaints.
Bro you have to learn how to separate the fan boys and the (PROs) on this forum site. There are people that are here to spread knowledge of their own experiences. Then you have the rest of PBN, those who just repeat what they have heard or viewed on youtube but never actually shot/held/maintenanced any of the markers that they are so quick to bash.
Any marker that you buy should work with proper care. Some companies have poor quality control and ship out lemons that need some servicing to get them up and running. Not saying that you should have to do that at all, when you buy a marker it should just work. This is the main reason you have people hating some of these companies. It's just that they hate them forever from one bad experience. I have had issues with every marker I own from leaks out the box to boards failing. I own Empire, Tippmann, Azodin and Dangerous Power and they have all had issues.
When someone tells you to stay away from this brand and go for this brand it's mainly because they have biased opinions. Spyders when shot have kick like Tippmanns. Azodin markers do not have this shot feel especially when they have the Zero-D system. Empire makes great markers (little overpriced) but great markers and they are much smoother than the STBB platform. You just have to remember that we all don't like the same thing when we are buying our markers.
Tactical, Speedball, Poppet, Spool, STBB you have to pick what you like and research it. If you are a person that enjoys feeling kick and vibrations while shooting then grab a Tippy or Spyder. If it's a smoother shot your after then trust me Azodin is a very nice place to look. If you need smoother than that then I would recommend trying a used Empire axe/mini. Also use this site to your advantage, search the Manufacturers threads and read up on what people have to say about the markers you are looking at. Just be sure to know a fan boy from a PRO.
This is all my own opinion and also my honest thoughts on what people have told you so far. I am also trying to keep your budget in mind. The last thing I want is for you to buy something that I recommend and then you buy it and hate it.
Good luck to you bro, iPS