The long awaited 2013 version of the ego is set to be released in late april. The LV1 is the first lever valve operated paintball gun.
Lever Valve Technology
The Ego LV1 has a groundbreaking design that changes how a tournament level marker operates. The Lever valve uses a cam shaped lever between the rammer and the exhaust valve to isolate the action of each. The Lever reduces the force required to open the valve. This allows the new LV1 to shoot the most brittle paint while using the least amount of air possible.
Air Transfer Pipe
Say goodbye to macro line leaks. The Ego LV1 uses an air transfer pipe system. Standard macro line hoses and fittings are notorious for leaks. The new Pipe system routs the gas through the grip frame directly to the front Regulator.
Zick 3 Rammer
The latest version fo the zick kit is incorporated in the LV1. The Zick 3 uses a longer stroke. The LV1 also uses a staged acceleration allowing for a slower start while still providing the appropriate velocity at the end of the stroke. While you may thing this would effect firing rates, tests are showing 20+BPS which is more than is currently allowed in any league.
Operating Pressure / Efficiency
The LV1 operates with a LPR pressure of 65-80psi with the HPR providing 120-135psi for firing. Any compressed air tank will run with the new ego as it works with 300-800psi.
My first impression of the new LV1 was it's a bit longer than previous versions. The rubber front grip/regulator and back grips provide a little different feel than i'm used to in an ego. Videos and tests that i've seen are impressive. Pricing will be in the $1300 to $1500 range when you throw in the team and limited edition models. Look for these in your local shop in Late April