Sunday, 31 March 2013

Nerf Elite Triad EX-3 Review (15m Grey Trigger Aus Version) (Nerffan)

(Nerffan) Hi readers, today I'm proud to review one of the most unique single-shots made so far. That blaster is the Triad EX-3, from Nerf's Elite line. Unfortunately, I'm reviewing the 15m detuned version, which is 50% weaker than the more powerful US 75ft versions.

At first, the Triad was a big mystery. Since the Triad was revealed in a Youku video in mid 2012, it seemed like the Elite Jolt that was hiding the tactical vest pocket on the Retaliator and Rampage boxes, but it seemed bigger. The person in the video showcased it to be a bigger Jolt, because he used two of the barrels to reload the bottom barrel, leading everyone to think it was a Jolt with two dart holders.

Then Randomshadow09( a well-known range tester)He revealed a new Nerf concept; Smart ARs. This was the piece of information that attracted me to the Triad, along with many others.
First, I'll start off with the packaging. As you can see below, the Triad's packaging is very minimal; just the blaster and some darts, the usual for a single shot blaster.

As you can see, the Triad looks pretty awesome. To be honest it looks like a bulky Jolt from another perspective, but the blue, orange and white stripe makes the Triad look fantastic nevertheless. I was first sceptical about the grey trigger going with the awesome Elite paintjob, but that feeling goes away as soon as I used it.

Another interesting thing that I found was that the Triad is equally decorated on both sides. It's interesting, as the Jolt previously didn't have it, nor did the Blue Elite-coloured Jolt. The only difference between the two sides of the Triad is the name plate. Note that on the name plate the word 'Triad' in caps looks like 'Triao', as the 'D' looks like an 'O'. The kid who first showcased the Triad mistaken the blaster to be called the 'Triao'.

Now, I'll talk about the Triad's features. There is now a 'smart' AR system. You can see down the barrel that there are three ARs in each barrel. The ARs are the Triad's 'smart' firing system which lets the blaster know which barrel is loaded, much like the RoughCut. So basically the air flows from the plunger tube and into one of the open ARs(which is pushed back by a dart), and fires that dart.

And thanks to that unique system, you can fire 3 darts very quickly when it's fully loaded, at 1.5dps at the best. It's nearly impossible for any other single-shot to do so, as every other single shot so far usually takes more than 2 seconds to reload. And so the smart firing system gives the Triad a huge advantage over ordinary single shots.

The order from which the barrel fires in is (from the user's point of view) from the bottom barrel, then the top right and finally the top left. This also allows you to put a dart in any barrel, so in a war situation, you don't need to be picky about loading the Triad. Some usage tips here.

Operation is very almost exactly the same to the Jolt's; just pull down on the priming rod and pull the trigger to fire. The only difference is that you don't need to load another dart in after your first shot.

By now you would've noticed that the Triad is very large, but that's a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is that the handle is alot longer, which means it is alot more comfortable to hold and it allows for a bigger plunger, which equal's better ranges. The handle, which is straight is surprisingly comfartable, though larger users will still find it uncomfortable.

The top section is also being large as my fist curled up. This means the Triad can no longer fit into small places that the Jolt did. However, you can make a holster to hold the Triad, in a post here.

Some Nerfers are still confused about the differences between the Triad and the Jolt, so I'll explain the differences now.
Firstly, the blasters differ noticeably in size. The Triad is alot bigger and more powerful than the Jolt, but that's not any surprise considering the Traid is an Elite blaster. The plunger draw is longer than the Jolt's by quite a bit and the ARs allow more gaps more air, as well.
The firing system and ROF are changed. The Triad knows which barrels are loaded and fires alot quicker than the Jolt, at 1.5dps, which is extremely fast for a single shot, while the Jolt takes about 3-5 seconds to fire one dart.

And just some comparative pics so you get an idea of the differences between the two blasters.

                                Note that the Triad's priming stroke is about 1cm longer than the Jolt's in primed position.

Since this is the detuned grey-trigger version, I was expecting the 'Elite' ranges, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Ranges were 15m at the best, with 14.5m on average. This is very good for a grey-triggered Elite blaster, as it reaches the 15m claims.
Other micro darts like Whistlers get only 12-13m, though, which is kind of pathetic.
ROF is insane for a single shot, up to 1.5dps, thanks to the weak Aussie spring.
Accuracy is pretty decent, although it isn't good as other single shots like my Sharp Shot. Most of the shots were pretty straight, up to about 13m, then they started swerving off.

In conclusion, the Triad is simply a fantastic blaster. It provides alot of power, has an insane ROF(for a single-shot) and is a great sidearm. At $8 at Kmart, it's definitely worth it and I highly recommend it, even the detuned Aussie version.

Test fire video(take 2):

Power: 6/7
Accuracy: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 5/5
Usability: 5/5
Rate of Fire: 2.5/5

Overall: 4.26/5

Personal Rating: 5/5- A fun and useful sidearm, with great looks and excellent stats. Just an excellent addition to anyone's collection, and is definitely my favourite single-shot, along with the Jolt and Sharp Shot.

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