Virtue Spire IR2 Unboxing & Review
IR2, it's the IR2 and boy they made some good changes to this one compared to the other model, the standard Spire IR, which is still a great hopper, but the IR2 definitely stepped it up a notch.
Unboxing and Reviewing the Spire IR2 Hopper
Let's pull this bad boy out of the box while I'm doing that Mark, correct me if I'm wrong, which you might not even know. I think they came out with four colorways, black, ODG, FGG, and FDE.
[Mark] I'm not sure if the initials are correct, but it's basically black, olive, tan, gray, and wait a minute, wait, black, olive, tan and gray.
Yeah, cause this one should be the FDE, I believe, Yes, this is the FDE. So this is like, I believe flat dark earth I want to say. So first initial impressions go over the specs kind of before we, you know, reach into it. So I know this thing weighs under a pound.
I know this thing has a 200 plus paintball capacity, 68 caliber. I do know that it does have a two-piece show, which I'm going to show you here in just a minute. It is operated by three AA batteries and they do have some specs on how tall it is and how long it is off the top of my head I don't.
[Mark] It's like nine inches long,
[Mark] four inches tall,
Four inches tall so it's a low profile.
[Mark] three, almost four inches wide.
Overall I mean, it's got, it's light. I mean, it's got a nice profile obviously, if there's a sitting on top of the paintball gun, I mean, it's very slim on each side. Doesn't give you a huge profile when you're coming, you know, in and out of the bunker so, I like it. It looks good. So let's crack on with this Spire IR2 review.
[Mark] If I remember it's about two ounces lighter than the originals.
Virtue Spire IR2 Features
Okay, so we did, Yeah. I was going to say, when I picked it up, it was light. This one is brand new out of the box. It doesn't have any AA batteries in it right now, but we'll throw some in there later in another video and we're going to shoot this bad boy.
So initial thoughts, let's pop the lid open here Mark. And as I can see right here, right away, it's got the quick change lid. So if you want to throw a speed feed on this thing, I mean, you're getting right into here. You can press the button. Button was right here on the lid, press that easily slap on a speed feed, a crown, something like that. Good to go.
Let's go actually inside of the hopper now as well. Let me get this lid back on, snapped in place. So this is a huge change in difference from the previous model of the IR, it's got this tab here. You can pull this tab and the entire shell is going to come right off the hopper. So now this is a two piece nylon durable shell design, which is huge if you guys, it happens, you took a bad dive out there. You smashed all the paint balls in your hopper. You see it all the time at every single tournament you want to get in there and clean.
The old IR model only had these shells that came off up here and you had to dig in there with something like a cloth or a swab to try and get that paint out. Now it's got two pieces, which is a huge feature that I personally like next big thing before I actually pull the tray out and show you my favorite thing about this is. Now it has the actual drive cone here. It has two.
Mark zoom in there, right in this area, what we're going to do, we're going to pinch the tabs and then your drive cone will actually pull up and out. So I'm going to pinch the tabs and I'll have an access to actually pull this up and out as with the previous model, it did not do that. So more easily, you know, you can clean this thing more easily I can say.
So you have access to pull this off. I know in some of the later models like the Spire III, Spire IV, they're completely magnetic. You don't have the two tabs that just snaps in and snaps out, but on this model you do. So I like that. That's a good feature, my favorite part. Like I said earlier, of the hopper. So standard, you've got the push button in the back mark, you're going to slide that forward and it's going to come up and out. And now you can easily zoom on into this area right in there.
So this hopper does come with three infrared eye technology. You have two eyes on this side, constantly monitoring the ball stack and you have one eye on this side, who's gauging the gap in between the balls if it needs to go faster or slower. So three eye infrared technology is pretty impressive I would say. I like that a lot. And since we're already in this area, it's operated by 3AA like I said earlier, and this thing is an absolute beast that claims to never jam. So Mark, do you have any questions for me on what I might have missed on this new hopper here?
Spire IR2 Price Point and Spring Ramps
[Mark] I think you hit most things. Do we know the price point?
Do we know the price point? I believe these things retail about $130, $129.95 I'd want to say.
[Mark] Okay, and you mentioned the crown and the speed feeds were the same as before. What about ramps? Is there a ramp option?
Yeah, you can put in the Spire IR spring ramp in here too. You have the clips upfront. So that's also an option as well. If you guys want that. There's definitely some, I mean, things you can do. So I've already heard guys talking. They want to flop, you know, FDE here. I'm going to take the top for my hopper and make my top gray now or make my top black now.
So there's options here. If you guys want to do little trades, it's out there on the internet at a, you can get some cool kind of color swap toppers. So that's an option as well. Other than that. Yeah. I mean, pretty much I think it hits, like I said, thing claims it never jam. We're going to put this through the works in another video and see how it goes. The Virtue Spire IR2!
[Mark] Yeah, I have no other questions on this. So Lone Wolf Paintball of course.
[Mark] But I do have a question from the Internets,
Okay, go ahead.
[Mark] Cole world
[Mark] wants to know – ‘What paintball gun do you have?’
What paintball gun do I have? I currently have a Shocker XLS, which I'm going to upgrade to the Shocker AMP here soon and a M170R by planet eclipse, so that's what I'm rocking. Nothing super fancy, but gets the job done.
[Mark] There you go. You got a question leave in the comments below. Maybe we'll pick you randomly. Otherwise go to lonewolfpaintball.com and pick up the best gear in the game.
That's right. Thanks for watching guys. Take it easy.
[Mark] See you.