Name: Evolution X
Manufactured by: Belsales
Date: 2001 to current
PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE NOT MADE BY SMART PARTS, ONLY MARKETED BY THEM. SP AND BELSALES HAVE SPLIT AND BELSALES NOW SELLS DIRECT TO THE US.
The latest of the Belsales evolution line, its arguably the greatest with the latest in pneumatic technology and cosmetics as well as offering race, e-frame and hinge versions as well as the venerable slider. Still marketed through Smarts Parts until their split in late 2004/early 2005, the Evo X is one of the most mass produced cockers ever, and unarguably one of the most recognized.
The milling is what you would expect of modern cockers, smooth and refined. It is also one of my all time favorite cocker milling patterns, combining sleek lines with the old shark gill look, very reminiscent of the crusader milling by JMJ on their AKA lines. Despite a retail price of over $1100, Smarts Parts dumping of their excess stock on ebay and the relative commonness of the Evo X has driven their value down to around $500 for a new one and as low as $250 for a used one. Oddly, I notice that hinge frames are the slowest to move, and almost inevitably have the question "do you have a matching slider?" attached to it.
This one was also very cheap, coming with tank, pack and hopper at a bargain price. The Armageddon by Air America is an older system, but a very solid and stable one. Its also a company that I have never had issues with.