Manufacturer: Planet Eclipse
Get one: Compulsive Paintball
The Planet Eclipse Ego 11 is a combination of style, accuracy, and efficiency. The new Ego 11 is improved from the past Ego 10, which I guess I thought couldn’t be done, but they did it. It’s hard to suggest that a company like Planet Eclipse can’t improve something that you thought was pretty much perfect. However, they took a marker that was outstanding in it’s own rights and indeed made it better.
Features… Features… Features……..
The Planet Eclipse Ego 11 is accurate. It comes with the Planet Eclipse Shaft 4 2-piece barrel and you really don’t need to upgrade it. It is perfectly fine just the way it is. You could upgrade it to a kit with bore inserts for better paint to bore match but I found no problem with it. You will hit your target provided there is no player suckage involved. I have faith in you though.
The feel of the Ego 11 is great. There is plenty of room on this marker and the frame gives you plenty of finger room to do whatever it is that you do. While I’m on the topic of the frame I would like to mention a couple points on the trigger. The Planet Eclipse Ego 11 comes with a 5-point adjustable trigger. This is great for players that like to adjust their trigger like there’s no tomorrow. It is fairly easy to do also, just read the manual. I found that the trigger felt pretty decent also for a stock trigger. It wasn’t to hard to walk the trigger but as usual, it comes down to personal preference and how you like to shoot. Trigger comfort is however you choose to set up your Ego 11. As is though, it’s definitely shootable.
I liked the POPS system. It speaks for itself. To degas your marker, all you do is push a button and voila! It’s degassed. No more releasing the pressure by pulling the trigger as you unscrew the tank. Also, no blowing tank o-rings from unscrewing air systems while the marker is still pressurized. I don’t feel the need to touch on this feature to much and I’m sure you get the idea. POPS = convenient.
You should expect between 1.1k – 1.4k shots off of a full 68/45. The efficiency is pretty good and between those numbers is expected, depending on temperature and your marker settings. Keep in mind that you need to break your Ego 11 in before you will start seeing consistent results. You should shoot about 2-3 cases to break it in to start seeing the results you will see. But who really cares about efficiency anyways right? I mean, you only get unlimited air at most fields you will play at anyways…
The Ego 11 comes stock with the Cure 3+ bolt. You can and most likely will upgrade this to the new Cure 4 bolt or a TechT bolt. Both are nice upgrades but the stock bolt doesn’t chop or cause any issues. So it would be personal preference or for efficiency/weight issues. They aren’t too expensive so it should be something to consider.
Probably the feature I loved the most on this marker was the LCD display. Once you go LCD, you don’t go back to LED. That is honest for me. Everything you need to know about your marker at that moment is right there on the LCD module and is fully readable. I love this and hope they continue to have this feature in the future, which I’m sure they will.
The SL3 inline regulator on the Planet Eclipse Ego 11 is one of the most consistent regulators I’ve seen. On the chronograph you can expect +-3 or right around there depending on your marker settings. It allows you to use both HP and LP air systems. So for those of you who are asking, “Is the Planet Eclipse Ego 11 HP or LP air system” the answer is that it can take either. The SL3 regulator is pretty nice. For $1,250 it sure better be right?
All in all the Ego 11 is remarkable. It’s lightweight at 1.94 lbs including everything on the marker minus the loader and air system. It’s fast and does it’s job well. As always, Planet Eclipse came out with an awesome paintball marker. If you are looking at purchasing the Ego 11, you will not be saddened by your purchase. If you are even remotely serious about tournament paintball then this is a perfect marker to meet your needs on the field. You get the tournament modes and plenty of features to satisfy you. Just buy it. You can pick one up at Compulsive Paintball for a great price and free shipping. You can also take a ride to your local paintball pro-shop to try out the marker and pick one up there. Wherever you get this marker, you will have one of the nicest paintball markers available on the market right now. Now we wait for Planet Eclipse to release the Ego 12. Until then, play hard and keep the game alive.