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The Armoury Review :: Water Warriors Gorgon (Hydro Power Version)

.: Statistics measured at iSoaker.com



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Manufacturer: Buzz Bee Toys Inc.

Class:  Elastic - Diaphragm

  Item Number:
  Copyright Date / Release Date: 2006 / 2010
  Patents:
  Availability: No Longer Made

 

Basic Statistics ::

  Weight: 1560.00 g (55.12 oz.)
  Reservoir Volume: 2700.00 mL (90 fl.oz.)
  Pressure Chamber Volume: 690.00 mL (23 fl.oz.)
  Pump Volume: 26 mL (0.87 fl.oz.)

iSoaker.com Ratings .:

Power: 27

Range: 75

Encumbrance: 75

Ergonomics: 70

Capacity: 80

Overall: 80


Blaster Dimensions :: 62.0 cm (24.41 ") x 13.0 cm (5.12 ") x 28.0 cm (11.02 ")

Length x Width x Height
 

Version Colours .:

Body

Reservoir

Pressure Chamber

Detailing

Notes

::

Blue
Yellow
Yellow
Grey / Orange
None

Nozzle Information: 5 .:

 

 
Range (level)

 
Range (45°)

 
Output

iSoaker Output Rating

iSoaker Power Rating

Shot Time

1 ::

7.5 m (24.61')

9.0 m (29.53')

17.0 mL/s (0.57 oz./s)

2

1.2

35.0 s

2 ::

8.0 m (26.25')

9.0 m (29.53')

44.0 mL/s (1.47 oz./s)

5.18

3.11

14.0 s

3 ::

8.0 m (26.25')

9.5 m (31.17')

99.0 mL/s (3.3 oz./s)

11.66

7.39

6.0 s

4 ::

7.5 m (24.61')

9.0 m (29.53')

203.0 mL/s (6.77 oz./s)

23.91

14.35

3.0 s

Fan ::

4.0 m (13.12')

5.0 m (16.4')

96.0 mL/s (3.2 oz./s)

11.31

3.77

7.0 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.)
  • Please reference iSoaker.com if you use any information from any part of this website.

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The Water Warriors Gorgon (Hydro Power) is a large Hydro Power-based water blaster released by Buzz Bee Toys Inc. in 2010 for the UK and perhaps some other countries as well; it is a similar size to the Water Warriors Orca.However, unlike the Water Warriors Orca, the Water Warriors Gorgon has no electronic pressure gauge.

Note: As this model was tested in 2011 when the 2011 Water Warriors Gorgon is known to be based on air pressure, this model was given the additional identifier "Hydro Power Version" in its name.

The Blaster ::

waterwarriors_gorgonhp_16_100Nozzle / Firing Chamber ::

Like the Orca, the Water Warriors Gorgon (Hydro Power Version) features a nozzle selector with 5 nozzle settings: 4 varying stream sizes and one fan setting. Selected nozzles are powered by what appears to be a dual Hydro Power chamber (though some report that the dual chamber is actually just a single, dual-bulbed chamber). Stream size selections vary from a small, water conserving stream to a large, drenching stream. As with the Orca, the order of the streams on the nozzle selector is not intuitive as nozzles are not ordered by increasing sizes.

Nozzle performance is as follows: the smallest nozzle definitely conserves water, but feels too low in output for a blaster this size; the two middle-sized nozzle selections have a similar feel in terms of performance, though one is definitely pushing out more water than the other; the largest nozzle setting unleashes a substantial stream, yet oddly feels not as forceful as other soakers with similarly sized nozzles; and the fan setting feels a little on the weaker side, but delivers a horizontal, spreading fan that can coat a wider area, though at ranges much shorter than the stream settings. Numbers for output measured for the Gorgon were virtually identical to that of the Orca within the margin of error for measuring. (Which also helps confirm that measuring done here is fairly consistent *smile*)

Unlike the Orca, this Gorgon's nozzle valve's ball vale feels a little more responsive, at least on the blaster tested here..

waterwarriors_gorgonhp_17_100Pump ::

The Water Warriors Gorgon features a common forward-mounted pump the glides smoothly and works well. Its shape may make it feel a little slippery if one's hands get wet. The pump rod is slightly on the soft side meaning that it may bend slightly during pumping. This should not cause any problems, though one should be wary not to overstress the pump rod which may lead to strain on the pump seals.

One minor gripe is that the size of the grip means that is glides quite close to the bottom of the forward part of the blaster at the end of the pump motion. As such, if the pump grip is not aligned, it will hit the bottom of the Gorgon.

waterwarriors_gorgonhp_18_100Triggers / Grip ::

The trigger and grip area on the Water Warriors Gorgon is simple, yet functional. The trigger, itself, pulls smoothly and the grip area offers a decent amount of space. The grip's handle is a little on the slimmer side, but functions acceptably.

waterwarriors_gorgonhp_19_100The Reservoir ::

The reservoir on the Water Warriors Gorgon seems to hold slightly more water that the Water Warriors Orca. This gives the Gorgon just a touch more soaking capability than its older brother. Unlike the original Orca (but like the latter versions of the Orca), the reservoir cap is positioned at the top of the reservoir. While the cap seemed to make a little noise during pumping, definitely not as badly as the original Orca. The cap, like most other Water Warriors screw-on caps, is secured to the blaster by a plastic tether. While the tether prevents cap loss, it does sometimes get the in the way during filling in that it tries to pull the cap back over the opening. As the Gorgon really has no good place to hold during filling, needing to hold the cap away from the opening makes filling a touch more awkward than necessary.

Overall ::

As a whole, the Water Warriors Gorgon (Hydro Power Version) is a decent, potent blaster, pretty much matching the latter version of the Water Warriors Orca, but lacking an electronic pressure gauge. Minor refilling gripes aside, perhaps the only other area that could be improved is the nozzle selection (and order of nozzles). Otherwise, this is a good, solid-performing blaster capable of holding its own against all but the largest of CPS-class blasters.

Pros

Nice styling, clean lines, and good solid feel to the soaker. Streams produced have a good, solid feel to them. Five nozzle settings allow for plenty of flexibility on the field depending on the situation. Reservoir volume expanded, yet blaster still feels well balanced. Has a strap to facilitate carrying and use.

Cons

Nozzle selector nozzles not ordered in increasing sizes; user needs to verify setting when changing nozzle selected. Grip area limiting and may pose a problem for those with larger hands.


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