Planet Eclipse Etha 2 Review – Best High-End Paintball Gun – 2020

etha 2 review

Planet Eclipse is well known for making high-quality paintball guns and the Etha 2 is no different. This gun is actually the second generation in the Etha series and just like the evolution in the ETEK series, this gun has advanced to become a high performance yet affordable marker that is good enough to handle modern paintballs and fire with more accuracy.    

This accuracy is enhanced by its light body construction, which drastically improves its handling to make it easy to control, aim and shoot. With this in mind, below is a close up look at the features of Planet Eclipse’s Etha 2.        

Planet Eclipse Etha 2 Review 2020

As compared to the original Etha, the Etha 2 is powered by a Gamma Core drivetrain that is designed to function normally even in the harshest of weather conditions. This means that you can comfortably use the marker during winter, where the original Etha did not do very well.       

The drivetrain performance is enhanced by a spring return bolt system, which incorporates the use of a dual-stage acceleration that starts the firing process at a lower speed through the barrel then gradually increases it before firing the shot.       

This results in a smoother handling of the paintballs, which is really good considering that modern paintballs are very soft and fragile.      

For the air supply, a hose less air transfer system is used and it has several benefits. For starters, it reduces the chances of leakages because the gas canister is connected directly to the pressure regulator, which is located on the gun’s grip.      

This hoseless system also eliminates the “clutter” that interferes with your grip on both the main and foregrip and thus, it makes it more ergonomic to use.      

A POPS ASA assembly makes it really easy to disconnect the empty pressurized gas tank and insert a new one. This is made possible by an on/off switch that simplifies the task of detaching and reattaching the tank, which is very convenient.    

Other features include nylon outer body construction and aircraft-grade aluminum internal components construction for strength and durability purposes. Also, an ambidextrous LED status indicator is included for showing whether you have run out of paintballs.      

Features

Some of the features that make for the top performance of this paintball gun include its dimensions, the pneumatics, materials, as well as the hardware.

Pneumatics

This paintball gun uses the spool cure ST1 bolt mechanism, has a spool valve for its operating system, a gamma core drive mechanism, and a solenoid-type bespoke in-house 3-way system.

The Gamma Core Valve is the gun’s heartbeat, and its best feature is that it’s quite efficient, and you don’t need any form of electronic adjustment or fine-tuning for use in different conditions.

This core is also the best because it allows you to easily paint using the most fragile paints thanks to its finely-controlled 3-stage bolt acceleration.

This system also makes use of a unique system that fully decouples the bolt and the spool from each other – the air is then used to drive forward the bolt before it’s released down into the barrel rather than being vented into the atmosphere.

Then there’s the gun frame’s wrapping in dual-density rubber grips for the protection of the whole circuit board. You might also like the fact that the core valve is designed specifically to withstand the harshest of weather conditions, especially in winter.

The pneumatics’ system also comes with the stretched pitch at the foregrip as well as the frame. These two enhance the stability of the gun while also giving it a natural, ergonomic feel, along with more than enough space between the trigger guards and the foregrip. 

Trigger

To ensure enough grip space, this Planet Eclipse Etha 2 is designed with more than enough space to help you hold the marker with more efficiency. The best feature of this gun’s trigger, however, is the fact that you can fire the gun as quickly as you can pull the trigger.

 You might like the fact that the best of these guns come with long and hard trigger pulls that will give you up to 5 or 5 shots in a second.

Planet Eclipse Etha also ensures that you won’t feel uncomfortable when holding the gun because it comes with sufficient space between the trigger guard and the frame. This additional space frees you up, and it also results in a more natural feeling in each shot.

Besides comfort and efficiency, the trigger system is also built for safety with the microswitch, which is conveniently located for easy manipulation.

For the highest possible shot, the gun offers a stretched out grip built-in with the foregrip and a single GRN frame. You could increase your firing speed to up to 20 balls/ second, through ramping, as long as you pull the gun.   

Bolt System

For enhanced performance, this gun makes use of the spring-return bolt system, which works even better thanks to the foregrip and the strong GRN frame. This bolt-system makes use of the dual-stage acceleration system, which means that it’s easy for you to pick up the paintball, even at lower speeds.

So, if you need to move through the barrel smoothly, then this bolt system with exterior parts wrapped in the rubber would be an excellent option for you.

The other components of the bolt-system include the fully-adjustable PCB that enhances your control of the semi-automatic and the debounce firing modes.

To cap it all, this entire unit is maintained and controlled by one screw, meaning that your access to the internal parts will be quick. You might also like the hose, which ensures a reduce air transfer system and no leakages.

Design

This paintball gun is designed to enhance your performance out in the field, thanks to the internal and the external protection of the marker. The use of nylon on the feed neck, the grip frame, and the eye cover will enhance the durability of the fun, while also boosting its accuracy over large distances. The hose-less air transfer system makes the gun more comfortable.

Why use Planet Eclipse Etha 2 Gun?

  • Rapid firing
  • The gun is lightweight and very comfortable thanks to the aluminum body
  • It’s reliable thanks to its solid aluminum construction. 

It loud, though, and it also needs a huge amount of air, and that means reduced efficiency

What actual customers say about it?

I’ve been playing paintball for over 25 years and never have I seen a paintball marker this well designed. Well worth the money for what you get! I’ve had a lot of markers and none compere to ease of maintenance, accuracy and value of the etha 2. However...

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Etha 2 grips

The grips found in this marker form part of the nylon body and thus, they are very durable. Some people though, find them to be too hard and tough to the point that they don’t feel ergonomic and comfortable to hold.      

However, this should not worry you. The grips can be easily removed without requiring any tools and upgraded to rubber ones, although these are very hard to get. Alternatively, you can improvise by wearing rubber gloves so as to get a better hold of the gun.

Etha 2 upgrades

The Etha 2’s stock parts are not necessarily the best for extreme performance, but most of them are upgradeable at a cost. This range from the barrel, grips, and triggers among many others. The best and easiest thing to do would be to use an EMC kit to upgrade all the parts of you are all about extreme performance.        

Etha 2 manual

In looking at this gun’s manual, we will consider its setup process and this is shown below:  

  • Make sure the Etha 2 is switched off.
  • Screw the ends of the barrels together.
  • Attach the complete barrel to the marker.
  • Attach the barrel blocking device and ensure that the gun is not gassed. For this, use the POPS button and switch.
  • Install the preset air system and loader, then secure the loader using the feed neck.  
Gas the marker and finally, power it on and test if everything works.

The closest marker that resembles the Etha 2 in terms of features is Planet Eclipse’s Gtek. Both of them have a Gamma Core drivetrain and basically the same body design.

However, the Gtek features dual-density rubber grips as stock and this makes it way better in terms of handling. It also has a slot for including an OLED display as an upgrade for easy monitoring of the statistics. On the downside, the Gtek’s air supply system features a hose that runs from the main grip to the foregrip. This setup increases the chances of leakage occurrence while also interfering with the marker’s handling. This makes it less superior than the Etha 2 when you consider it from this angle.

Conclusion

Considering its price, Etha 2’s performance in terms of accuracy as well as creative design in internal engineering makes it a superior entry level marker for beginners in paintballing.

Additionally, its durable tough skin and internal firing mechanism makes it usable in the harshest of weather conditions and thus, the combination of these benefits make it an ideal choice for use in almost all types of fields by all kinds of paintball users.


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Anthony Maldonado
 

Smith Brown is a 23-year-old Blogger from the USA. He works for the hunting and self-defense related fields. Now he keeps on doing it through teaching others about how to prepare and DIY.

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