Much as expected the Planet Eclipse Gtek 160R was released today and much of what we expected came to fruition. In short the Gtek 160R is a supped up version of the Gtek.
The Gtek 160R uses the same bolt system, regulator and solenoid as the Gtek, so the shot quality and reliability should be very similar.
The Gtek 160R is now made completely from aluminum, wheres the Gtek uses glass reenforced nylon for the trigger frame, feedneck, eyes covers, back-cap and on/off knob on the OOPS on/off. The Gtek 160R also adds the OLED board that was optional that can be had on both the Gtek and Etek 5. The Gtek 160R also got rid of the macroline that is found on the Gtek, the 160R uses the same air transfer tube that is found on the Geo 3.5 and LV1.1, giving it a more premium feel and look. The biggest change to us is the trigger upgrade, peoples biggest complaint about the Gtek when they first picked it up was always the trigger. The trigger has been updated to 4 point adjustability, twin ball bearings and like the CS1 uses the trigger shoe design, making it much easier and quicker to change triggers.
Retail will be $795.00. At launch only Blue and Black Gtek 160Rs will be available, look for more colors in about 2 weeks.
So the Gtek 160R is eveything that we expected a maxxed out Gtek (sorry for the pun).
We should get our hands on one and have a full review in the next few days.
- All aluminum construction
- No macroline, air transfer tube is used with new on/off
- Redesigned trigger, with trigger shoe like the CS1
- OLED Board
Below is some copy straight from Planet Eclipse.
In late 2015 the Eclipse GTEK launched to universal acclaim. Its rugged reliability combined with true high-end shot characteristics and performance meant it instantly appealed to a huge spectrum of players looking to experience a new Eclipse spool-valve marker at a mid-level price.
But from the outset it was clear that the Gamma Core drivetrain utilized in the GTEK was destined for greater things. Its ability to handle super-fragile paint, combined with almost imperceptible barrel-rise, a whisper-quiet sound signature and outstanding efficiency means it was a drivetrain that could compete with any high-end marker out there in terms of on-field performance. That it performs to such a high standard in temperatures as low as -20f and in environments where playing conditions can be in excess of +100f make the Gamma Core even more impressive.
The challenge then was to place the Gamma Core into a chassis that it deserved.
Cue the GTEK 160R.
The 160R takes the GTEK and pushes into the realms of a true high-end. It boasts all-metal billet-machined construction, on-board OLED graphical user interface, hose-less construction utilizing the proven AT Pipe system from the LV1.1 and the Geo3.5, stretched-out stance for an ultra-stable shooting platform with wraparound rubber fore and aft grips for comfort and control. It’s everything you need to be competitive at any level, in any format, anywhere on the planet.
The beating heart of the GTEK160R is the Gamma Core. A revolutionary new spool valve design using Breech Sensing Technology and a unique pneumatically latching spool to accurately control the exact amount of air released for each shot completely independently of the solenoid and the dwell time. This makes it highly efficient without the need for any electronic adjustment or tuning as well as making it supremely reliable in playing conditions ranging from -20f to +100f. In order to be able to shoot the most fragile paint possible, the Gamma Core employs a very finely controlled 3-stage bolt acceleration profile to gently pick up the ball and push it into the barrel. The gas release for the firing pulse is also carefully tailored to maintain low peak pressure behind the ball which gives the GTEK 160R its distinctively quiet shot and smooth feel.
AT Pipe System
Proven in battles at the very highest level in every format going, the AT Pipe allows Air Transfer from the ASA on the bottom of the frame into the foregrip-mounted SL4 Inline Regulator without the need for hoses or fittings. The AT Pipe can be quickly and easily removed without the need of tools to allow access to the Inline Regulator or to remove the frame. Utilized on both the Ego LV1 and the Geo3.5 the AT Pipe has proven itself time and again to be a robust and reliable alternative to hose and conventional hose-less systems. The GTEK 160R uses a new all-metal AT OOPS assembly and a new AT POPS is available as an aftermarket upgrade.
The GTEK 160R is constructed from 100% billet machined aircraft-grade anodized aluminium. With a metal feedtube and frame almost all flex has been removed from the GTEK. And the stretched pitch of the foregrip and frame make it a super stable platform that feels incredibly natural in the hands with plenty of room between the foregrip and trigger guard. The Gamma Core ensures that the GTEK 160R exhibits virtually no recoil or barrel rise during firing giving it a true high-end feel. This has been achieved whilst still maintaining a lightweight form that comes in at a mere 2.05lb (934g) including the 14.5″ Shaft4/5 compatible barrel and 9V battery.
Being able to monitor marker performance or make adjustments to settings or firing modes on the fly shouldn’t be a chore and it should never detract from your game. As such the GTEK 160R puts the graphical user interface right were it should be, on the back of the marker, just a glance away from your line of sight in any in-game situation. The black and white OLED packs a punch in terms of detail and information available with everything from Breech Sensor condition, firing mode, shot counter, rate of fire indicator and battery level available in an easy to digest format. The OLED also comes alive when called upon to adjust the marker settings. Using the power button and trigger there are a range of User settings that can be adjusted and optimized for each individual user. It allows the GTEK 160R to be configured to comply with any current league or format on the planet.