So I finally decided to do something with some of the Halos I have yesterday. My aluminum Clueboard build I used MX Zilents in wasn’t getting much use, as I’ve been on a tactile kick lately. So after trying out a Halo true stem in a V1 Zealio housing with 78g Zeal springs & finding they do increase the tactility a little bit & have a softer rounder bump than Zealio stems I decided to swap out the Cherry silent black stems I had in the Clueboard for Halo true stems.
While I did this I also lubed the housings & stems with Tribosys3204, plus refreshed the springs with a tiny bit more Krytox VPF1514. The end result is a very pleasant switch to type on that has a really nice pronounced tactile bump with a very rounded smooth feel to it. Super smooth as well, although I didn’t expect much less using Zealio housings & Tribosys3204.
Here is a sound test I uploaded, the audio isn’t the best gonna redo it when I have time, but it should get the jist across of how they sound in this case. Now the elephant in the room, Holy Pandas. No they are definitely not as tactile as them, although the do have edge in smoothness from my limited experience with Holy Pandas. That’s not the point though, I wasn’t looking to replicate the Holy Panda feel with this stem swap. I was more curious as to what the end product would feel like, which ended up feeling great IMHO.
Anyways, just wanted to share my findings as I have seen very little about pairing Halo stems with Zealio housings. Give it a try if you can, you may just find a new switch to put in your arsenal!