Ultimate Gravity Fed Paintball Hopper Review (2021)


I was wondering what the best gravity paintball hopper is on the market, so I went and bought all of them to test out! Everything from 200 round hoppers to pocket hoppers were tested and played around with.

After testing all of them out, I came ended up with 5 hoppers that stood out as the best:

I tested out more hoppers than what are listed above, scroll down to see my thoughts on each one and how they all performed. Each hopper was separated into 3 categories:

All hoppers underwent a standard drop test at 90% – 95% capacity and at 50% capacity 5 times. I then took the capacity and divided by the average time it took for the hopper to empty to give me my average feed rate in Balls Per Second (BPS) for each hopper. I was using Valken Graffiti Paintballs that were measuring in at 0.689 diameter at its widest point.

For a quick video review on most of the hoppers shown below, check the youtube video I did below. One of the hoppers failed miserably so I decided to dispose of it in the best way possible at the end of the video.

Best 200 Round Gravity Paintball Hoppers

The best gravity hoppers are designed to help distribute the weight of the paint and prevent jams. This is done by adding in an internal shelf to alter the weight distribution and allow the paint to flow down the feedneck easier.

Empire Splitter

Quick stats:
Weight – 5.6 oz
Advertised Capacity – 200 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 160 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 9.09 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 8.89 BPS

Pros:

  • Light weight.
  • Fast and consistent feed rate.
  • Same shape as regular hoppers.
  • Simple design.
  • Cheap!

Cons:

  • Holds less paint than advertised.

The Empire Splitter is by far my favorite go to gravity hopper for anyone wanting a cheap and effective gravity hopper. The value you get performance wise for what you pay exceeds that of any other gravity hopper on this list!

It doesn’t hold the full 200 rounds but is able to maintain a solid 9 BPS feed rate regardless if the hopper is full or near empty. The small shelf inside the hopper allows paint to flow from all sides so there is little chance of paint getting stuck and paint can flow evenly and smoothly.

If you are just starting out and want a smooth feeding gravity hopper, start here.

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Proto Primo

Quick stats:
Weight – 8.1 oz
Advertised Capacity – 200 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 190 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 8.12 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 8.19 BPS

Pros:

  • Holds as much paint as advertised.
  • Fast and consistent feed rate.
  • Solid construction.

Cons:

  • A little on the heavy side.
  • Taller than most other hoppers.
  • A little more on the expensive side for a gravity hopper.

The Proto Primo is considered by many to be the “high end” gravity hopper. It looks sleek, is very well made, and is designed to last a long time.

The hopper may be on the heavier side and sits a little higher, but it is still a contender for the best gravity hopper available. The hopper has a rigid internal shelf that helps reduce the pressure on top of the feed stack and allow paint to freely feed consistently.

My little cousin runs this on his GOG eNMEy and picks it over his Dye Rotor for weight reduction.

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Virtue BASE

Quick stats:
Weight – 8.4 oz
Advertised Capacity – 180 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 160 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 8.25 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 8.33 BPS

Pros:

  • Cool design with picatinny rail for cameras and accessories.
  • Fast and consistent feed rate.

Cons:

  • Holds a little less paint than advertised.
  • A little on the heavy side
  • lid latch is on the stiff side.

The Virtue Base is a great “tactical” version of the gravity hoppers with an internal shelf. It has a more angular look and a picatinny rail to attach cameras, lights, or other random accessories on the front of your hopper.

The internal shelf sits at a slight angle back to help reduce the chance of any paint getting stuck inside and keeps the paint feeding down towards the feedneck. Plus there are a few “gates” on the shelf to limit the pressure of paint from both the top and sides.

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Valken V-Lite

Quick stats:
Weight – 6.6 oz
Advertised Capacity – 200 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 190 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 7.99 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 7.09 BPS

Pros:

  • Sleek design.
  • Holds a lot of paint.
  • Cheap!

Cons:

  • Average feed rate.
  • Paint seems to get stuck in the corners of the hopper.

The V-Lite uses an internal shelf to help reduce pressure on the feed stack and keep paint flowing smoothly. It has a cool shape and is relatively low profile compared to other similar hoppers.

While it does feed at a steady rate, I did notice that some of the paint was getting stuck in various crevasses in the hopper. This was relatively annoying just doing the drop test and I can imagine it being a bad experience on the field when you are running low on paint.

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RAP4 Arc Gravity Hopper

Quick stats:
Weight – 6.1 oz
Advertised Capacity – 200 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 180 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 7.2 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 8.33 BPS

Pros:

  • Consistent feed rate.
  • Wide opening to fill the hopper.
  • Cheap!

Cons:

  • Feels chunky.
  • Lid does not secure very well.
  • Feels poorly made.

The RAP4/Tacamo gravity hopper doesn’t have an internal shelf like the hoppers above, but instead a channel to line up paint at both the front and back of the hopper.

The feed rate of the hopper was adequate for the design and speeds up when you are at half capacity or less. It essentially has two internal feeds that align the paint giving a higher chance to load the next round.

The design of the hopper itself felt a little lacking. I felt like there was a small gap running down the middle where both halves of the hopper joined. This may allow paint and dirt to get in the hopper and eventually in your gun. Plus the lid didn’t lock down very well. While it was wide and made it easy to reload, I felt like the lid unlatched very easily and could open and spill your paint.

For the reasons stated above, I do not recommend The RAP4 Arc hopper! Just for the reason of the poorly designed lid alone I would say stay away from this hopper. You run the risk of dumping an entire hoppers worth of paint on the ground if you use it, so just stay away.

The Splitter alone out performs this hopper and is a similar price while providing a much better quality product.

Best 100 Round Paintball Hoppers

These hoppers are perfect for open class pump paintball setups or those who want to play low capacity paintball games. Not only that, as the hoppers are half the size of your traditional 200 round hopper, the overall max weight is reduced providing you a lighter setup!

GOG Multi Caliber

Quick stats:
Weight – 4.5 oz
Advertised Capacity – 100 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 100 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 11.63 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 13.89 BPS

Pros:

  • Ridiculously fast and consistent feed rate.
  • Sleek design.
  • Holds exactly as much paint as advertised.
  • Can be used as a 50 cal hopper as well (feedneck sizer included).
  • Large opening to refill the hopper.

Cons:

  • Have to disassemble the hopper to remove the 50 cal adapter to use regular 68 cal paint.

I’m going to cut to the chase, the GOG Multi-Cal is an outstanding 100 round gravity hopper and is well worth the money. If you want a high quality 100 round gravity hopper, pick this up and don’t look back.

This little hopper out performs all other hoppers on this list in terms of feed rate. It may only hold 100 rounds, but if you are running a mechanical or pump setup you should be just fine.

I don’t know exactly what they did to make it feed so well, but man is it an amazing little hopper, plus it has a 50 cal adapter (comes pre-installed) so you can use it on both 68 cal and 50 cal paintball guns. You will have to remove the adapter when you first get it to run 68 cal, but all you do is literally unscrew the halves, remove the adapter and screw it back together.

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Tippmann Multi-Cal

Quick stats:
Weight – 5.1 oz
Advertised Capacity – 100 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 100 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 7.14 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 10 BPS

Pros:

  • Low profile design.
  • Holds exactly as much paint as advertised.
  • Can be used as a 50 cal hopper as well (feedneck sizer included).
  • Large opening to refill the hopper.
  • Fast feed rate when half empty.
  • Cheap!

Cons:

  • Have to disassemble the hopper to remove the 50 cal adapter to use regular 68 cal paint.
  • Lid has no spring to hold it open.

The Tippmann Multi Caliber hopper is a solid choice for players wanting a nice, low profile 100 round hopper for both 68 cal and 50 cal.

This hopper feeds at a good pace for a gravity hopper and speeds up a bit once half the hopper empties out. Just like the GOG Multi-Cal, this hopper comes with a 50 cal adapter pre installed in the feedneck that needs to be removed to use 68 cal paint. It is easy to do and should only take you a few minutes to do.

The only thing I didn’t really like about this hopper is that it does not have a spring built in to hold open the lid when you refill it. The lid flops around a little but does pivot far enough forward to stay out of your way while pouring in more paint.

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Indian Springs Maxi Loader

Quick stats:
Weight – 3.6 oz
Advertised Capacity – 150 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 130 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 6.7 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 8.78 BPS

Pros:

  • Old-school cool hopper.
  • Decent feed rate for a smaller hopper.

Cons:

  • A little chunky.
  • No longer in production, have to find on the used market.

The Maxi Loader is one of the best old school hoppers with a capacity smaller than 200 rounds you can get your hands on. They aren’t made anymore but you can pick up one on the used market easily, just make sure you grab the versions with the small dip behind the feedneck. That is there to help line up paint to feed faster.

This hopper completes that old school cool look and feeds at a decent rate to keep up with most mechanical markers on the market. I found that it feeds better when less than 75% full, so fill it to 100 rounds and run with it.

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Best Pocket Hoppers and Stick Feeds

Pocket hoppers and stick feeds are perfect for players with open class pump setups and wanting a minimal profile. These provide a super light weight way to hold your paint and further reduce your profile, reducing the chances of getting hit.

APP Sight Feeder

Quick stats:
Weight – 2.2 oz
Advertised Capacity – 50
Actual Usable Capacity – 55
Average BPS From Full – 4.82 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 7.94 BPS

Pros:

  • Super small.
  • Holds as much paint as advertised.
  • Good feed rate for a small hopper.
  • Comes with a long feedneck to modify to your marker.
  • Feedneck will easily fit 1″ feednecks and can be quicly modified to fit 7/8″ feednecks.

Cons:

  • Slower feed rate when full.
  • Lid assembly would benefit to being glued to the hopper

The Sight Feeder is one of the best pocket hoppers that is still in production today. It feeds at a decent speed, is made to withstand impacts, comes stock with a feed wide enough to refill with pods, and has a nice low profile design.

I found the feed lid assembly is pressed on and is held in place by friction. I myself would just put a little bit of adhesive to secure it in place so it doesn’t come flying off if you slam it into a tree or something.

If you need a reliable pocket hopper for your pump at a great price, pick one of these up and roll with it.

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Winchester Hopper

Quick stats:
Weight – 2 oz
Advertised Capacity – 50 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 55 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 5.61 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 9 BPS

Pros:

  • Super small and sleek design.
  • Holds as much paint as advertised.
  • Above average feed rate for a small hopper.

Cons:

  • Hopper shell flexes, direct hits can damage paint inside the hopper.
  • No longer in production and are harder to come by.
  • Requires a decent lid to be attached (if one isn’t already retrofitted).
  • Expensive

The Winchester hopper is one of the old school hoppers that most every pump player has heard of and wants. They are long out of production and highly sought after by the pump paintball community.

The hopper has a nice, slim design and can be retrofitted with any type of removable pod lid assembly like the ones found on Dye Lock Lid Pods. They not only look nice but feed really well for a small hopper.

There are a few issues with the hopper though. The first one is that the hopper wall is thin and flexes, so if it takes a direct hit it could break paint in the hopper. Plus, since they are hard to come by and highly sought after, they aren’t always cheap. You will be lucky to find one for less than $25 shipped and some go for more than double that.

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PMI Ammo Box

Quick stats:
Weight – 1.1 oz
Advertised Capacity – 50 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 45 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 3.88 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 7.33 BPS

Pros:

  • Super slim and low profile design.
  • Fast feed rate when half full.

Cons:

  • Fits 7/8″ feednecks and will need an adapter or feedneck wrapped in tape to fit standard 1″ feednecks.
  • Requires 10 round tubes to reload.
  • No longer in production, have to find on the used market.

The PMI Ammo Box is just straight up old school cool. They are slim, boxy, and use 10 round tubes to reload.

These guys aren’t commonly available as they are long out of production, but they are useful for players wanting a slim hopper to complete a look.

If you are going to pick one up, keep in mind that these hoppers have a 7/8″ feedneck so you will need an adapter or wrap the feedenck in tape to fit the standard 1″ feednecks.

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Brass Eagle Pocket Hopper

Quick stats:
Weight – 1.7 oz
Advertised Capacity – 50 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 50 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 4.9 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 6.25 BPS

Pros:

  • Super slim and low profile design.
  • Fast feed rate when half full.

Cons:

  • Can loose cap if not secured or tethered.
  • No longer in production, have to find on the used market.

The Brass Eagle pocket hoppers are just like the PMI Ammo boxes but have a feed plug instead of retention tabs.

This hopper feeds slightly faster than the PMI counterpart and comes standard with a 1″ feedneck so you can slap it on any modern paintball marker.

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GxG Pocket Hopper

Quick stats:
Weight – 1.2 oz
Advertised Capacity – 40 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 35 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 1.79 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 2.74 BPS

Pros:

  • Small and light.
  • Cheap!

Cons:

  • Super slow feed rate.
  • Lid hinge wears out and will break over time.

The GxG Pocket hopper is a small compact pocket hopper that looks pretty cool, but that’s where the pros stop.

Lets keep it short and to the point, I do not recommend buying the GxG Pocket Hopper. This thing feeds slow, like turtle walking backwards slow. Plus the lid hinge is made of plastic, not a pivot hinge with a post in the middle. It will eventually wear out and break over time.

Paintball DNA Geoff Box OGG

Quick stats:
Weight – 3.2 oz
Advertised Capacity – 50 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 45 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 4.5 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 7.33 BPS

Pros:

  • Super skinny low profile design.
  • Multiple colors, styles, sizes and lid options available.
  • Rugged and sturdy for a 3D printed hopper.
  • Fast feed rate for a small hopper.

Cons:

  • More on the expensive side.

The Geoff Box Hoppers are 3D printed out of PETG and are very well designed. Not only are do they look cool, but come in different colors and have a few body styles with options for lids.

They feed pretty quick for a pocket hopper and can keep up with any pump player. They cost a bit more than your standard hoppers but these are well worth the money.

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Paintball DNA Geoff Box Micro

Quick stats:
Weight – 1.9 oz
Advertised Capacity – 17 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 15 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 3.41 BPS
Average BPS From 50% Full – 4.38 BPS

Pros:

  • Super skinny low profile design.
  • Multiple colors, styles, sizes and lid options available.
  • Rugged and sturdy for a 3D printed hopper.
  • Fast feed rate for a small hopper.

Cons:

  • More on the expensive side.

The Geoff Box Micro is the miniaturized version of the excellent Geoff Box OG. They are 3D printed with PETG and come in many different colors!

These things are small, really really small! So if you want the most low profile hopper on the market, look no further than the Micro!

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Paintball DNA Stick Feed

Quick stats:
Advertised Capacity – 15 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity – 14 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 22.58 BPS

Pros:

  • Light weight and low profile.
  • Paint is already lined up and ready to roll.
  • Super fast feed rates
  • Small window in the back to see how much paint is left.

Cons:

  • Requires 10 round tubes to fill.

Stick feeds are perfect for any pump player or low cap setup. Because they already have the paint lined up and ready to go, they will feed at an exceptional rate!

The PB DNA version is a great choice, but you can also make your own or check out Ebay to see if any vintage or player made stick feeds are available for sale as well.

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Paintball DNA Cram n Jam

Quick stats:
Advertised Capacity – 10 rounds
Actual Usable Capacity -10 rounds
Average BPS From Full – 22.73 BPS

Pros:

  • Light weight and low profile.
  • Paint is already lined up and ready to roll.
  • Super fast feed rates
  • You can easily see how much paint is left.

Cons:

  • Requires 10 round tubes.

Cram n Jams are perfect for players who prefer to run 10 round tubes as you just replace the empty tube with a fresh one when you need to reload!

It’s almost like changing out a mag, remove the empty and insert the full one. Plus, as it feeds just like the stick feed, they can feed paint super fast!

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Paintzapper

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