My list is the same as Ben's for similar reasons. The Gargantua has good performance, good capacity, and great handling. It is easier for a wider range of people to use than a Waterlord. Waterlords are very top heavy, the grips are small and slippery, and it takes more pumping due to the larger PC. If you are prepared to run and gun, the Gargantua can do a lot of damage, but the Waterlord can skirmish better with its higher capacity, and its longer range allows you to attack just by taking some steps forward. In a battle against CPS or against 150s, I'd rather have a Gargantua. It can hit CPS in their weak spots and has similar characteristics to 150s. In a long battle with limited refilling opportunities, or a battle with heavy shooting, I'd rather have a Waterlord. In a soakfest, I'd also rather have a Waterlord. It's a very close second to the Gargantua on my list. Ultimately, the Gargantua is true CPS and acts like it. The Waterlord is HP, but drops off exactly like plain air pressure. The Gargantua brings new attributes to the table, but the Waterlord is really more like a Gorgon replacement, with less output. I'd be interested to see how it stacks up with a nozzle mod.
3rd is ? due to my lack of familiarity with the other offerings in 2016. I'm not counting the re-releases, otherwise #3 would go to the WW Outlaw, a soaker I enjoy for evidently eccentric reasons. It has high range, higher than most of the other things that have come out in recent years, and it has a nice, juicy stream that doesn't break up, one of Buzz Bee's better-designed streams. Hold it right and it remains dangerous even near empty.
The pressurized NSS offerings don't look bad, they just don't look good. The pre-charger re-releases are just there so Buzz Bee can re-assert its patent claims from the Swimways lawsuit. I really don't think they'd be there otherwise. The new soakers deserve a better and actual evaluation, but I don't have the budget necessary to acquire them this year.
marauder wrote:You have to explain things in terms that kids will understand, like videogames^ That's how I got Sam to stop using piston pumpers