Many avid water warfare enthusiasts proclaim “We want high performance water blasters!” Those familiar with the Super Soaker CPS Series will often point back to the water blaster models released between 1996-2002 and declare those are the blasters to serve as golden standards and preferably to beat!
However, taking a step back, what do we define as a high performance water blaster? Sure, attributes like styling, build, ergonomics, and durability are important, but they are not measures of performance (or are they?) For sake of argument, this current discussion will focus on water stream generation performance. However, even limiting the discussion to this still leaves plenty of room for a lot of complexity. Perhaps in some future article, we can view water blasters more holistically.
Posted an article on iSoaker.com to share my thoughts on: The Changing Water Blaster / Water Gun Landscape
Excerpt from the article:
However, one thing is for certain: the entire water blaster category’s footprint is shrinking in retail stores. I recall the days back in the 1980s and 1990s when, during spring, water blasters and water guns would occupy at least one entire side of a toy aisle (from 16′ to 24′, sometimes over 40′ of shelving space, floor to ceiling). Today, walking down the toy aisles, I would be lucky to find a water blaster section occupying 4′ or 8′ of shelf space with the remainder of the seasonal water toy aisle is now occupied by pool toys, beach toys, and other water play-related items.
Hope you guys find these thoughts informative in these challenging times. Soak on!
Last weekend, I finally had time when Mother Nature was cooperating well enough to permit me to do some range testing on some of my newer water blaster acquisitions. As noted on iSoaker.com, range tests were completed for the Water Warriors Drench Force, Water Warriors Steady Stream X, Xshot Typhoon Thunder, Nerf Super Soaker DartFire, Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Infector, Adventure Force Super Storm, and Adventure Force Hydro Blitz. For those interested in the various stats, please visit the specific water blaster model’s page of interest. Instead of merely listing results in this post, I want to share some of my other observations from the range tests. Continue reading “Thoughts on Water Gun / Water Blaster Range Testing (2017)”
Just updated the Nerf Super Soaker Water Blaster Evolution Tree for 2017, though the only part that actually needed to be updated was the “Other” section that covers piston water guns. If 2018 Nerf Super Soakers only have more pump-action water blasters and novelty items, I may opt to stop updating this evolution tree.
Just updated the iSoaker.com Water Blaster / Water Gun Review Database page, adding in more options for stats to display. One can now toggle various dimensions and performance statistics to display alongside the listing to permit quicker browsing when looking for an item of interest.
Brief review of the (2017) Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Zombinator posted on iSoaker.com. This assault-rifle-like themed water blaster features three (3) nozzles that produce most parallel streams with every pump. Its top-mounted scope is purely ornamental and there is no way to adjust how many streams are produced. Some may find this water blaster fun for its role-playing elements, but its actual performance for larger water fights means this Zombinator is readily outclassed by larger pump-action water blasters and most air or elastic-pressure water blasters. At present, I have no further plans to remove this particular model from its packaging.
Brief review of the (2017) Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Infector posted on iSoaker.com. This pistol-shaped pump-action water blaster has its Zombie Strike Revenge-themed styling, but offers no real surprises in its performance aspect. Okay for light skirmishes, this pump action water blaster is readily outclassed by larger pump-action water blasters and by most air or elastic pressurized water blasters.
Posted a review of the (2017) Nerf Super Soaker Dartfire. This dual-function dart and water blaster can do both jobs simultaneously with some efficacy, but the value of having a device with both these features remains questionable. Read on to get a better sense of what works and what doesn’t quite add up.
Also recently acquired the combination blaster known as the Nerf Super Soaker Dartfire by Hasbro Inc. Reminiscent of the old Nerf Switchshot series, the Dartfire can shoot both water and darts. Unlike the Switchshot blasters, the Dartfire can actually fire both at the same time, if desired. That said, I am not aware of any dart fights where water blasters were welcome, nor do I recall any water fights where anyone was worried about someone pulling out a dart blaster, either. The interesting thing is that the trigger serves a dual role; pulling it both launches the dart as well as rotates the barrel to bring the next dart into position (the added force needed for both actions explains by this trigger is larger and is meant to be pulled by two fingers as opposed to one).
More info to come…
Recently acquired one of the Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Zombinator pump-action water blasters. New for 2017 by Hasbro Inc., so far with all the other 2017 Nerf Super Soakers seen, this one is also pump-to-blast, storing no pressurized water. However, though its front-panel graphic is somewhat misleading, the Zombinator fires three streams with every pump. More info to come…