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The Armoury Review :: Super Soaker XP Backfire

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Manufacturer: Larami Ltd. / now Hasbro Inc.

Class:  Air - Pressurized Reservoir

  Item Number: 2224-0
  Copyright Date / Release Date: 2000 / 2001
  Patents: 5,305,919; 5,339,987
  Availability: No Longer Made

 

Basic Statistics ::

  Weight: 740.00 g (26.15 oz.)
  Reservoir Volume: 1300.00 mL (43.33 fl.oz.)
  Pressure Chamber Volume: N/A
  Pump Volume: Air

iSoaker.com Ratings .:

Power: 5

Range: 70

Encumbrance: 50

Ergonomics: 40

Capacity: 50

Overall: 50


Blaster Dimensions :: 54.0 cm (21.26 ") x 9.0 cm (3.54 ") x 24.0 cm (9.45 ")

Length x Width x Height
 

Version Colours .:

Body

Reservoir

Pressure Chamber

Detailing

Notes

1 ::

Purple
Yellow
N/A
Yellow / Orange
None

Nozzle Information: 2 (front and back) .:

 

 
Range (level)

 
Range (45°)

 
Output

iSoaker Output Rating

iSoaker Power Rating

Shot Time

Front ::

6.0 m (19.69')

9.0 m (29.53')

26.0 mL/s (0.87 oz./s)

3.06

1.84

4.0 s

Back ::

7.0 m (22.97')

9.0 m (29.53')

36.0 mL/s (1.2 oz./s)

4.24

2.54

4.0 s


Notes:

  • Most statistics are from models tested by iSoaker.com; individual performance may vary; some models exhibit greater variability than others (i.e. output, range, colours, etc.)
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iS SuperSoaker xpbackfire_02tbThe Super Soaker XP Backfire is a dual-trigger, dual-nozzle blaster capable of soaking foes in front of and behind the user at the same time. The shape and trigger placement on the blaster means that when holding the blaster, the side which the cap faces is forward. The XP Backfire has two notable inconveniences when pressurizing the firing chamber. First, the blaster relies on a pressurized reservoir. Thus, the cap must be securely fastened otherwise air/water will leak out resulting in loss of pressure and decreased firing range. The second pumping problem arises due to the placement of the rear-nozzle trigger. Since the trigger is set high on the rear-hand hold, one has a tendency to activate the trigger when pumping the blaster. To prevent this, the XP Backfire should be held closer to the body than other blasters, hugging the read end of the blaster between one's arm and body. This way of holding a water blaster is a little different, but makes sense since one wants the rear nozzle to be pointing behind oneself and not at oneself.

iS SuperSoaker xpbackfire_12tbOnce pressurized, the Super Soaker XP Backfire actually performs well for an XP-class blaster. The rear nozzle appears to dish out water a little more quickly than the front nozzle. When both triggers are depressed, the streams fire fairly equally though reservoir pressure drops twice as quickly (for obvious reasons). Oddly, when the reservoir is pressurized, if the blaster is not held, the pump will expand. Overall, the XP Backfire is a functional blaster, though its characteristics leaves a lot to be desired. Can be outclassed by most mid-to-large XP-class and higher water blasters.

Pros

Dual directional nozzles with independant control. Fairly light and not to difficult to pump. Able to defend one's backside without needing to turn around.

Cons

Based on a pressurized reservoir system. The rear-nozzle's trigger is poorly placed and can be accidently activated when pumping.


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