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The Ego 8 is an outstanding paintball gun—a leader of paintball guns with the highest performance and design standards. Many of the pros use the Ego 8. Get all the information you need about the Ego 8 paintball gun here.

If you want to buy the Ego 8, you can buy it for $1250 here. I haven’t found a cheaper price from a reputable store anywhere except on eBay: Ego 8 cheap on eBay.

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Ego 8 Review

The Ego 8 is the latest in Planet Eclipse’s Ego series paintball guns. The Ego 8 is certainly a top-of-the-line paintball gun. Still, I have some criticisms. But first, let’s look at what the Ego 8 does well.

What the Ego 8 Does Well

Without question, the Ego 8 is one of the best paintball guns available. The Ego 8 deals with a problem in the Ego 5 and Ego 6. People who used the Ego 5 and Ego 6 complained that their paintball guns had some slight issues when shooting weak paintballs.

In the Ego 8, a new poppet system has altered the operating system slightly, making it more efficient and using a softer touch on paintballs.

ego8-olive_brown.jpgThe Ego8 also ships with a Cure Bolt and Zick Kit. Owners of Ego 7 paintball guns could buy the Cure Bolt and Zick Kit as upgrades last year, but I was glad to see that the Cure Bolt and Zick Kit come standard on the Ego 8.

Well, it really isn’t that much different from an Ego7. In fact the differences between an upgraded Ego7 and a Ego8 will be practically negligible. I’m almost certain that it would take an amazingly gifted person to tell the difference in weights.

What the Ego 8 Does Not Do Well

The release of the Ego 8 was disappointing because the Ego 8 isn’t much different from former Ego models. My harsh criticisms of the Ego 8 compared to former Ego paintball guns are presented below (see the headline titled “Ego 8 Press Release Criticized”).

Sure, the Ego 8 has slight improvements over its predecessors. But do the improvements on the Ego 8 make any real difference on the paintball field? That is, will your game improve if you have the Ego 8 instead of the Ego SL74, for example? I don’t think so. Just to be clear, the Ego 8 is a great gun, but it doesn’t integrate any major innovations to excite paintball gun buyers.

Ego 8 Trailer/Commercial

Here is a commercial for the Ego 8.

Planet Eclipse Ego 8 Technical Specifications

The retail price for the Ego 8 is $1250, which you can buy here.

All weights and measurements include 14” Shaft II barrel, the on/off/purge system, and battery.

Ego 8 Measurements

These are the Ego 8′s measurements when fully set up and ready to use:

  • Ego 8 Length: 531mm
  • Ego 8 Height: 216mm
  • Ego 8 Width: 26mm
  • Ego 8 Weight: 906g / 1.99 lbs

Ego 8 Features

These are the Ego 8′s features:

  • 9 Debounce Modes Direct-Acting Solenoid
  • Black-on-White Transflective LCD Display
  • Capped and Uncapped Semi and Ramping Modes
  • Cure Bolt
  • ego8-4.jpgDeftek Offset Feed Tube
  • Dual Trigger Sensing Board
  • Duel Instrument Grade Ball-Raced Trigger
  • Flush-Fitting Eye Covers
  • High-Flow Valve
  • Improved Efficiency
  • Integrated FRM
  • Integrated Rammer Housing
  • Less Kick
  • Lever Operated Clamping Feed
  • Light-weight Aluminium Regulator Pistons
  • Low Profile Break-Beam Eyes
  • Lower Cyclic Mass
  • Magnetic Trigger Return
  • Major Tournament Preset Modes
  • New Clam-Shell packaging
  • On/Off/Purge System
  • Q-Block – New 1-Piece Dual QEV block
  • Quieter Shot
  • Shaft II 2-Piece 14” 0.693” Barrel
  • Skinny-Fit Co-Moulded Rubber E-Star Grips
  • Stepped Valve Chamber and Valve Guide
  • Superior Coil Spring Regulator Design
  • Swivel In-Line Regulator
  • Tool Tube Hex Key Set
  • T-Slot Rail Mounting System
  • Ultra-Lightweight Monoform Body
  • Zick Rammer and Rammer Cap

Ego 8 Video Review

I saw this cool video about the Ego 8. This video is produced by Planet Eclipse, so it is obviously favorable to the Ego 8. But I think it does a nice job of presenting the improvement in the Ego 8 and explaining the benefits that make this one of the ultimate plaintball guns available today.
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Ego 8 Press Release Reviewed

The Eclipse Ego 8 paintball gun is here. Planet Eclipse released the Ego 8 in the fall of 2007. The retail price for the Ego 8 is $1250 and so far, I haven’t seen it sold for less anywhere except eBay (Ego 8 cheap on eBay).

Does this marker live up to the hype? It depends. In short, the hype suggested that the Ego 8 would have new features and improvements over previous Ego paintball gun models (which were already awesome paintball guns)—and the Ego 8 has new features and improvements over previous Ego guns. However, the Ego 8 didn’t take a revolutionary leap ahead of previous models, it just took a step forward.

First, let’s take a critical look at the press release for the Ego 8. Rather than leading with specific performance attributes, the Ego 8 press release leads with a romantic tale of innovation. The press release states

In late 2006 Planet Eclipse unveiled, to much public and critical acclaim, the new Ego7. Derived from the operating principles of the previous two Egos, the Ego7 demonstrated a new direction for the brand, redefining the standards that players should accept for performance, reliability, durability, weight and ergonomics. Add to that list peerless Customer Service and uber-simple user-maintenance, and the complete package becomes a formidable prospect.

ego8-console.jpgTrue, the Ego 7 was impressive. It has great features. There is no question that the Ego 7 is a terrific paintball gun that nearly every Ego user appreciates.

The Ego 8 press release continues:

This year the Ego8 will push these boundaries even further, by building on the already impressive platform of the Ego7, drawing on some of the experience gained from the highly-developed SL74, and moulding all the entities into a new marker with devastating effect.

Let’s be critical. So far, this is still a bunch of marketing fluff. I sure hope the Ego 8 is an improvement over the Ego 7 and Ego SL74. Anything less would be illogical.

The Eclipse Ego 8 press release continues:

Open up the glossy clam-shell packaging “Pod” and it is clear that the Ego8 has retained all of the Egos visual traits. Aggressively angled eye covers, sleek sculpted lines and comfortable proportions. Yet the profile has been reduced again, with the rear “hook”, or heal of the frame moved up closer to the firing-line of the upper bore and barrel, and the whole frame raised up. This makes the gun feel even more “pointy” as the hand comes up even closer to the sighting-line of the barrel. This closeness of hand to the axis of the barrel gives a feeling of directness that is often lost in the design of most markers, making the Ego8 feel, more than ever, like an extension of your arm.

In short, the Ego 8 is more compact and has a new design—that’s good, but I’m still not sold on it. When hiding behind a bunker, I’m not thinking about the design of my paintball gun. Although, the cool design is great when friends “oooooh” and “ahhhh” over it.

The Eclipse Ego 8 press release continues:

The placement of the front frame screw to inside the trigger guard for the first time as well as a change to shorter frame screws has resulted in a smaller profile directly behind the FRM as well as more finger room between the FRM and trigger guard. In moving the frame up into the body, it has also allowed a flanged fitment between body and frame, which prevents ingress of dirt and paint, and aligns the 2 parts better for a superior fit.

This a good sign. The design is moving in the right direction. It’s not a enough to make me drop hundreds of dollars and race to my Ego dealer, but it does show the Ego 8 paintball gun is improving on an already superior design.

Ego 8 Trigger

The Eclipse Ego 8 press release continues:

Inside the trigger guard is a re-worked SL74 style trigger. A modification to the bearing carrier has allowed the fitment of a larger magnet which provides a greater range of adjustment for the trigger return force. The front trigger stop point has also been re-designed so that the complete trigger set-up can also be achieved with the frame removed from the marker body.

This feature will provide additional customization. It makes the Ego 8 more customizable than most paintball guns. This is especially nice for people who don’t find the average paintball gun very comfortable, since those people can now customize their Ego 8 trigger.

The Eclipse Ego 8 press release continues:

One of the main features of the Ego8 that has enabled the reduction in body/frame profile and allowed the rear of the frame to come closer to the barrel axis is the development of a completely new QEV assembly. This new Q-Block assembly has been designed from the ground up to offer unparalleled Quick Exhausting performance for both the fore and aft ports of the rammer. Combined into one, small, low-profile block. Dual QEVS release used and unwanted gas from the Rammer chamber directly to atmosphere without having to pass through any restrictions such as threaded banjo screws, hollow bolts, solenoid or hosing. The Q-Block is fully strippable without tools, allowing quick access to the diaphragms for cleaning and maintenance.

These changes obviously improve the rammer’s performance and help the Ego 8 last longer because it allows easy access to clean and maintain the diaphragms. This is a nice touch!

Ego8′s Kick

The Eclipse Ego 8 press release continues:

Just above, and being fed by the Q-Block, the Ego8 houses the rammer. The Ego8 has borrowed technology directly from the SL74 of last season, and incorporates the highly effective Zick Kit (Zero Kick) Rammer system. Thought of by most as just a one-trick feature, the Zick technology actually offers exceptionally low kick, but also combines it with super-gentle paintball acceleration. This feature, when combined with the standard Cure Bolt system, enables the Ego8 to shoot the most fragile tournament paint available with awesome accuracy with virtually zero barrel lift even at the very highest rates of fire.

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Ah, now this is where the Ego 8 starts to really stand out. First, the low kick is great, not just for the newbies, but also for the paintball pros who want to keep their aim on an opponent rather than allowing the kick of the paintball gun to slightly throw the barrel upward. Although the kick of most paintball guns is not much, even a slight kick matters when aiming at an opponent thirty yards away.

Eg08′s Acceleration

The Ego 8 manufacturers say the Ego 8 has “Zick technology” that causes paintball acceleration to be smooth, allowing fragile tournament paint to be shot rather than burst in the gun’s chamber. This is cool. Nobody likes an exploded paintball in the paintball gun’s chamber. For newbies, you should know that “Zick” means “zero kick.”

The Eclipse Ego 8 press release continues:

Also making the cross-over from the SL74 are both sets of regulator internals. Where the LPR retains its dual gold-spring operation, it now includes the industrial hard anodised 7000 series grade aluminium piston assembly. In the Inline regulator the alterations have been even more radical, with the inclusion of not just the light-weight aluminium piston, but also the adoption of the coil spring design from the SL. This new design not only produces a lighter and more simple-to-maintain regulator, but also offers superior performance in every way over the old Bellville Spring Stack design. The new spring design offers quicker and more accurate recovery after every shot, and the single coil spring means that maintenance and lubrication of the inline regulator is easier and quicker, with no Bellville shims to lose or incorrectly orientate. A real win-win situation for this particular upgrade.

In short, the Ego8 is a lighter paintball gun, made of lighter materials. Also the Bellville Spring Stack design is great. Reducing recovery time after each shot is the primary way to improve paintball guns’ rate of fire. The fact that the Ego 8 offers quicker and more accurate recovery after every shot, the Ego 8 can be maintenance and lubricated easier, and the mechanics of the Ego 8 will perform better overall suggests that this paintball gun is pushing the paintball marker industry standard for best paintball gun performance.

Ego 8 Makes Less Noise

The Eclipse Ego 8 press release continues:

The Ego8 also sees a change to the valve guide and internal bore geometry. With requests for quieter and quieter shot characteristics, without the compromise of reduced air efficiency, the Ego8 incorporates a new “stepped” valve design. It was found in testing that most high end guns actually produce virtually identical decibel readings when firing a paintball. It is more the frequency-range produced by the shot that offended certain ears. By more tightly controlling the flow of air through and round the exhaust valve and valve guide we have attempted to reduce the higher, more irritating frequencies generated during firing, helping to reduced the perceived noise level. The real beauty of this new step valve design is that, together with the new Q-Block and Zick rammer, the Ego8 has improved efficiency with reduced kick, increased rates of fire and quieter operation.

In short, the Ego 8 paintball gun sounds quieter. Enough said.

The Eclipse Ego 8 press release continues:

Of course the Ego8 has retained its full range of electronic features, including the revolutionary Duel Trigger Sensing (micro-switch and optoelectronic sensors) enabled board, the head-up LCD display in the rear of the frame, fully adjustable semi and ramp modes, user definable Debounce settings and presets, tournament preset modes and training modes. The LCD display has the capability to allow users to view game timer and alarms, ego8-red.jpgshot counter, peak and average rates of fire, as well as access all adjustable parameters either through an internal set-up button, or when unlocked, directly from the rear user-interface buttons. For the Ego8 we have moved to a new Black on White LCD display that offers greater contrast to previous models. New icons and graphics in the user interface of the LCD have been improved, making them more legible in game-time scenarios. The Ego8 board also has a new “Auxiliary Output” port that allows direct control and drive of aftermarket hardware such as the Pulse loader. Secondarily to that there is also interfacing on the board for the addition of expansion-board accessories, such as an audible game timer beeper.

So unless you have the Pulse loader, the Ego 8 provides only slight improvements over the Ego 7 or Ego SL74. If your only concern with the Ego 8 was this feature, you might as well buy the Ego 7 or SL74 and save your money.

The Eclipse Ego 8 press release continues:

Other aftermarket accessories that will be available from launch besides the Beeper board will be CCU kits and Laser Eyes. All 3 of these accessories are retro-fittable from Ego7 to Ego8, making them readily available in dealers around the globe right now. Aurora CCU kit on an Ego8 anyone?

ego8-white.jpgMany paintball players love the after-market accessories. The Beeper board, CCU kits, and Laser Eyes sound cool. The paintball pros and and many paintball players want the competitive edge—which is probably why you are considering buying a top of the line paintball gun like the Ego 8. Once you buy the Ego 8, you can be confident is was designed for future integration, and it will adapt and evolve as future technology can be harnessed.

The Eclipse Ego 8 press release continues:

And of course the launch of a new Ego wouldn’t be the same without a mention of its vital statistics: If you go out and play with the Ego8, come back in from the field, pull off the loader, unscrew the tank, and drop the gun onto the digital scales the Ego8 weighs in at a staggeringly low 906g. That’s under the 2lb mark, fully laden, ready to play. No tricks, no special light weight batteries, or missing parts, just as it comes out of the box, with barrel, On/Off/Purge system and all.

Ego 8 weighs under 2 pounds

This paintball gun is freaking light! ego8-Black.jpgThe reduction in the Ego 8′s weight makes it feel awesome on the field.

The Eclipse Ego 8 press release concludes:

So as the evolution of the Ego continues, are we getting any nearer to the perfect marker? Well, with the modifications and improvements that have been worked into the Ego8, combined with the customer support, attention to detail, and customer driven direction that Planet Eclipse continues relentlessly to pursue it would be difficult to concede an area of this product that could be considered less than class-leading. Does that make it the ultimate all-round package? Try it. You decide.

Conclusion

ego8-2.jpgEgo 8′s lighter, slimmer, better design

In conclusion, the Ego 8 is certainly an improvement over the Ego 7 and Ego SL74. The Ego 8 has an improved design that is lighter, easier to handle, and has a more customizable trigger. Due to design changes, cleaning and maintenance is easier than in previous Ego models, so the Ego 8 should last longer if maintained properly.

Ego 8′s better performance

The Ego 8 also has better internal mechanics, which will provide an increase in performance. The Ego 8 breaks less paintballs, provides a reduced kick, and makes less noise. Any paintball player will love this sweet gun.

Ego 8′s price – Want the Ego 8 for Cheap?

The Ego 8 is priced at $1250 here and I haven’t found it cheaper anywhere but on eBay here: Ego 8 cheap on eBay.

If your budget is tight, you may also want to check out the Ego SL74 or other Ego paintball guns.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Mathias

Writing a review on a marker you never shot yet sounds not very trust worthy.
Also the nice advertisement features make me think about your articel…lol

Shakey Jonez

This has got to be the worst review of all time. And JFYI – Zick is short for Zero Kick. Do some proper research before you post the remarks. It’s obvious you have had very little experience with a Planet Eclipse Ego.

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Mathias and Shakey:

Thanks for your feedback. Since the Ego8 was not released at the time of this review, the review had to be based solely on the Planet Eclipse press release and other information available online. I look forward to using it and providing more details here.

Andrew Butcher

the EGO 8 is the best paintball gun ive ever used

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Andrew, why do you like the Ego 8 so much? What makes it superior to other paintball guns you’ve owned?

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Update: My criticism of the press release was not based on owning the Ego 8 paintball gun because the gun hadn’t been released at the time I wrote about the press release.

However, the other information presented in the Ego 8 review (higher on the page) was written after the Ego 8 was released and is based on experience and feedback from owners of the Ego 8.

Additional criticisms

Bill had some additional questions about this Ego 8 review. In particular, he wanted to know if it was based solely on my personal experience with the Ego 8. You can read his question and my answer here: Ego 8 Review comments.

Matthew "witechoclat" Earl

I really do love the Ego 8 I am kind of pissed though because I have an ion currently and I spend about 1000 dollars into that but for that same price I could of got an Ego 8 now. So I am looking for a buyer to pay over 500$ for my ion before I am going to try and get mine. And for the review, I thought it was dead on accurate for not ever using the marker before.

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