Planet Eclipse Etha Review 2017

If you’re looking for a top-end marker at a low enough price to be affordable, then you’ll find that Planet Eclipse has answered your hopes with the Etha.

The company is renowned for the high-quality of their markers, and made the Etha available for those who don’t have a ton of cash to drop on their equipment while maintaining the same high standards they’ve upheld for years with the rest of their markers.

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Planet Eclipse Etha Review 2017

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Pros
  • Lightweight and Feels Good in the Hand
  • Accurate, Smooth Shooting
  • Amazing Quality for the Price
  • Low Maintenance 
Cons
  • Nylon Composite Body and Handle
  • A Bit Loud
  • Has Some Kick 

The Marker Itself

Planet Eclipse is renowned for their amazing paintball guns. Many players will argue that they’re simply the best out there, by a large margin. Most will agree that no matter who you are the guns are absolutely fantastic even if their preferred marker is a different brand.

This high-quality comes at a premium price, however, and the Planet Eclipse Etha breaks into a slightly lower price point with an amazing amount of success.

The Design

The Etha has a composite nylon construction and an aluminum barrel. The entire marker ends up weight around two pounds before adding your tank and hopper, so it’s a lightweight, easily maneuvered gun which will serve well in tight fields.

Some players might feel it’s “cheap” to go with plastic instead of metal for the majority of the construction, but few will argue the point after handling one and most will find that the material is plenty tough for play in any area.

It feels great in the hand as well, which is always a bonus and for some players is the most important part of the experience.

The Shot

The Etha is a high-end electronic gun, don’t let the “budget” marketing fool you. It can be fired either semi-automatic or in various ramping modes designed for different styles of tournaments.

It shoots smooth, there’s no two ways about that, but there is a bit of kick which might off-put players used to only the best. It also has a two-part feed which accelerates the ball and the regulator will keep things going for at least a thousand shots per tank.

It can be a bit loud, but it’s not prohibitively so. Those who prefer to be sneaky might want to look into a suppressor, but if you’re already in close you’re not looking at anything exceptionally noisy.

You’ll also find that the gun is amazingly accurate, especially for the lower price point. It can handle long range shots fairly well, just remember that it’s not really designed for snipers.

Maintenance

Planet Eclipse’s guns are famous for the low amount of maintenance which needs to be put into them. The Etha is no exception, give it a cleaning every three to five cases of paint and you’ll be able to keep the gun in optimal operating condition.

There were some issues with the original poppets in the internals, but Planet Eclipse has sent a springless variation of the part to everyone who purchased a new Etha, both solving the problem and showing the company’s dedication to making sure that the players who use their products are pleased.

Overall Verdict

The Planet Eclipse Etha is a fantastic marker for the price, combining the technology of a high-end company with a price that makes it available to almost anyone. If you’re new to the sport and have the money to spend, or if you’re just tired of experimenting with cheap markers, then pick up the Etha and be done with playing around with inferior entry-level markers.

User Review Excerpts

“I love this gun. It’s so easy to fire and shoots as well as a much more expensive gun. You don’t need to spend 800 to 1200 bucks to get a fantastic gun. I can definitely hold my own against my friends, who have much more expensive guns.”

“Great gun. Hands down best in it’s price range. Reliable, fast enough, accurate. Has slight kick and is a bit loud but completely acceptable for a gun at this price.”

“I’ve had my Etha almost a year now and I love this thing. I love the way it feels in my hands.  I love the way it shoots. The trigger is fine. I don’t really walk the trigger but when I need to it is fully capable of doing the job.  Switching firing modes is a snap.  I recently purchased an 06 Ego. After playing with it most of the day I decided it was time to switch back to the Etha.  I was surprised at how much better my Etha performed than the Ego. I understand it’s an 06 but still. I’m only giving it 4 stars because I had a problem with my poppet. But Planet Eclipse being who they are, hooked me up with quick customer support and since it was under warrenty, a new poppet for free.”

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Overall Verdict

If you’re getting serious about the sport but don’t want to spend more than $500 on a marker, the Etha is exactly what you’re looking for. Don’t let us tell you, take a look for yourself and you’ll quickly see how superior this marker is to anything else at anywhere near the same price point.

  • Reliability
  • Efficiency
  • Weight
  • Sound
  • Warranty
4.8