Hi everyone, it is raining so no bind tutorial, but I thought I would do something slightly different and review a cheaper yoyo. This yoyo was my first serious yoyo. But the Dark Magic 2 is not a new yoyo, so the real question here is whether or not it is still a good intermediate.
Specs and Size
Here are the specs on the Dark Magic 2:
Gap Width: With Narrow Bearing: 3m
With Speed Bearing: 4.95mm
You might notice that this yoyo ships with 2 different bearings. That is worth knowing because that lets this yoyo do basic tricks like walk the dog all the way to very hard tricks. But nothing on these specs stand out, the Dark Magic is just a larger yoyo.
NOTE: The picture above is the Dark Magic 2 with the narrow bearing, which makes the yoyo responsive!
How Does it Play?
Slow. This yoyo is not fast. It is very easily controllable. I find it sleeps for a reasonable amount of time. It feels like it has a lot of power, which it does thanks to it weighing 69g
Clearly, this is not a yoyo that the pros would use nowadays. However, I feel like this yoyo is still the best beginner yoyo on the market. With 2 bearings, 69g weight, and a big catch zone, this yoyo is perfect for anyone that is new to yoyoing.
I have been sick so not a lot of content has been coming out from me so I thought I would start reblogging again with a review of an older yoyo from yoyojam- the phenom
Specs and Size
Here are the specs on the yyj phenom:
Acid Wash: 65g
Nickel plating: 69.1g
The Phenom is one of the many signatures yoyos of Hiroyuki Suzuki. The yoyo has a slightly smaller width than most yoyos from other yoyo companies(clyw,onedrop, ect) but is still enough to not have a major impact on string catches. The yoyo is just around normal in weight.
How does it play?
The Phenom plays like how Hiroyuki Suzuki's style looks- Fast. I have tried this yoyo in both Nickel and Gold, and I can tell you they both play like they are very light weight. The bi-metal design alows the yoyo to sleep for an extremely long time. Another thing you should notice about the yoyo is its shape. It has one of the strongest V shapes on the yoyo market. But after much inspection, one can notice the slight curvature of the yoyo.
Well, the Phenom is an amazing yoyo. Unfortunately, this yoyo technology is starting to really fall behind. This yoyo is good. But with the $140 price tag, I'd much rather recommend a newer fast yoyo- like an Angle, Superfly Remix, or, with a little more saving, you can get yourself a nice YYR.
Sorry for no reviews lately. I have been very busy with school but finally asked my brother to borrow his Gnarwhal 2 for a yoyo review! So here it is!
Specs and Size
Here are the specs on the Gnarwhal 2:
Gap Width: 4.22mm
The Gnarwhal 2 is bigger than his brother, the Gnarwhal. However, it is still a slightly undersized yoyo. When playing with the Gnarwhal 2, you do not feel the weight at all. I also find that the Gnarwhal 2 has a big gap. However, when using it, I find no difference in binding and response.
The Gnarwhal 2 is also not intended to go fast. It can do your slowest tricks but actually holds up well on a lot of speed combos.
How does it play?
The Gnarwhal 2 has a very different playing style. It plays floaty, smooth and carefree. Unlike most competition throws, the Gnarwhal weight is barely felt on the string, making this yoyo a lax everyday throw.
Well, the Gnarwhal 2 is definitely not an ideal competition yoyo. But the Gnarwhal 2 is a fun, everyday throw. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a new, fun throw.
Hi guys, I contacted MonkeyFinger Ray and he was nice enough to send me some of their new yoyo string! Without further introduction, let's get on with the review!!!!
Size, Weight, and Texture!!!
Ape Hanger string comes in a familiar length. They come in the length of Kitty string yoyo string, which gives a good amount of room to adjust to your size. The Ape Hanger yoyo string is one of best yoyo string in terms of weight. The string comes with perfect weight, so you can do all types of tricks! Ape Hanger's are really cool in terms of texture. They come out of the bag in a REALLY smooth condition!
I found that this yoyo string lasts for a pretty long time. It starts to fray after the first throw, but then stops fraying for a really long time. Some other strings may last for longer, but they have nowhere near the same texture. This string also has some of the best string tension. It stays for a really long time, which can make long yoyo sessions much more fun!
Why are Ape Hangers so good? Or are they bad?
I find that from a competition standpoint, the strings are not as good as some strings 1/2 the price. However, from a lax, smooth style, this string is amazing! The feel, weight, and length are just right for some fast combos, and almost all smooth, flowing styles!
I just want to mention that Ape Hangers have one of the coolest packaging out there! So in the end, these yoyo strings are much better than I expected. Its worth paying $.7 a string any day. MonkeyFinger makes more than competition stuff, they make artwork. And some of the finest out there. So if you are looking for a string to take your tricks to the next level, MonkeyFinger's Ape Hanger yoyo string will not dissapoint!
Hi all, I have a few more types of string in the mail so expect more reviews!!!! Today, I will be reviewing the Fat Kitty yoyo string from Kitty yoyo string!! Now lets get on with the review!!!!
Size, Weight, Texture
The Fat Kitty yoyo string is similar and different to regular kitty string in the way of size. Kitty string comes longer and without a knot, and for Fat Kitty, it is no different. Fat Kitty also has the same texture. But Fat Kitty is thicker, hence the name. Also, I found that Fat Kitty has a little more string weight, which can be expected because of more threads.
I was slightly disappointed to find that is seems like Fat Kitty wears out faster. Maybe I just got some bad stings, but from what I can tell, Fat Kitty frays faster.
Why is Fat Kitty so good? Or is it bad.
This is all about preference. I find that Fat Kitty gives tighter binds, better whips, and just makes the yoyo feel like a whole new yoyo. But in the end, Fat Kitty is just different. Many world champions have won with Fat Kitty, but yoyo string is not what decides a world champion. If your using any other type of string, I recommend to try Fat Kitty.
So in the end of the day, Fat Kitty is some of my favorite string. It has such an amazing feel, its hard to believe I used to not use it. Kitty String makes some amazing stuff, and Fat Kitty is just an example!
NOTE: My AC2 is fools gold but the only problems are in the ano.
Specs and Size
The AC2 has specs that are all in the range of Clyw yoyos
Gap Width: 4.00mm
The AC2 has a shape similar to the OG AC. When I am holding it, I feel like the AC2 has a shape similar to the Summit. However, the Summit has more of H shape while the AC2 has a slightly more V shape
How does it play?
The AC2 plays fast but floaty. It feels less stable than other Clyw yoyos like the Orca but is actually very stable in comparison. The AC2 is one of my favorite yoyos because you can go slow and smooth or fast with still a lot of flow.
The AC2 is a joy to have in my collection. It is smooth, stable, and has that Clyw feel. I am sad to see that it has been discontinued but many are still available at certain retailers! I feel it is a amazing competition yoyo and can do all the tricks. Did I also mention its pretty fantastic at fingerspins?
Hows it going, I have recently learned a lot of cool binds and thought I would share them with you guys. Tutorials will get better, but for this first element, I am just using an ipod hooked up to a tripod. A new video about every week. Please Enjoy!
My first yoyo string reviews! Hopefully more coming! I like the Idea of doing two stings vs each other, so thats what I am going to do a lot of. Here is how this is going to work. I will talk about the durability, feel, how they play, and finally which is better. So lets get on with it!
When I first started this comparison, I realized I like the feel of Kitty Regular over Kitty 1.5. I find that regular is softer and smoother. It also seems to hold its tension better. Kitty 1.5 feels more like a harder, coarser string.
This is a tough category to give my opinion about. Like I previously mentioned, Kitty Regular has better string tension that lasts longer. However, it is softer which should mean it wears out faster. And it does, but only slightly. Really, durability should not be a deciding factor on which one is better, because they are pretty much the same in this category.
How they Play?
After playing which each for a very long time, I have my thoughts. I found that 1.5 was better at tech, and just felt better at it. Regular was definitely better at slacks and whips. That is pretty much all for this category.
Which is better?
Now this category is all about opinion. Personally, I found I liked regular more. Great yoyo players use both though. Andrew Maider, Harrison Lee, and Riccardo Faolini are just a few of the many great yoyo players to use regular, while Petr Kavka and Nuu Gatowsky use 1.5. I think you should get both, and decide which one is for you then.
I don't really have a lot of yoyos left to review. So I decided I would love to start doing string reviews and comparisons! I got some Kitty string regular and some Kitty string 1.5. Review coming Saturday!
The last thing, if you would like me to review your string, contact me on the yoyoexpert forums. My account name is agyoyo
I hade a great time at the NYYC 2015! As well as meeting all my favorite yoyo players, I got my hands on a cool FG Orca yoyo from CLYW. It was the last they had for sale so I was lucky to get it! This yoyo is now my favorite yoyo, and lets see why.
Size and Shape!
The Orca is very comfortable to hold. When I first held the Orca, I was surprised by how it felt. It feels almost exactly like the Chief. Harrison's goal was to combined his favorite yoyos, and he could not have done s better job. The yoyo has the shape of the Chief, the cup of the Puffin 2, and the spike area of the Bonfire.
The Orca's Specs
Gap width: 4.05mm
Weight: 67 g
The Orca is slightly heavier than the average throw. Weighing in at 67 grams, this yoyo seems like it would be a slow, down beat yoyo. However, the yoyo industry has proven heavy yoyos can be speedy and floaty. And the Orca proves this again.
How It Plays?
Wow. That is all I can say. this yoyo is everything from a speedy, horizontal yoyo to a slow, lax player. The Orca is steady. I was expecting this yoyo to play like the AC2, and I was wrong. The Orca plays like a whole new throw. Most people would think it would play like the Chief, but in my opinion, the Orca is Unique.
This yoyo is incredible. It feels good, plays good, and looks good. My Orca is FG but is smooth as glass. It has a few ano flaws but nothing much. What makes my orca special is I got Andrew Maider to sign it right after his finals performance, in which he got 2nd place! So in the end of the day, the Orca is my favorite yoyo and in my opinion, a must have for any CLYW fan!
It is coming up in about a week! The US national yoyo contest! The contest used to be held in Chico but now will be moving around. This year the contest will be in Redondo Beach. You can buy tickets at the national yoyo league's website! Tickets are only $10 for orchestra seats! I hope to see you there!
Today I will be reviewing the Amplitude from General Yo
First off, the specs
Diameter: 53.85 mm
Width: 42.27 mm
Gap: 4.3 mm
Weight: 63.4 grams
Size, Shape, and Weight
The first thing you notice when you hold this yoyo is the shape. It is a pretty harsh V shape. That is very unlike general yo because most of there yoyos have a bit of smooth curve. Even though this yoyo could be considered undersized, It feels perfect in the hand; not to big and not to small. This yoyo is super light weight which makes it have a unique style and feel.
How Does It Play?
Many of these yoyos have some vibe or vibe. My General Yo amplitude is 1/1 and has vibe. Most of it can be tuned out. Aside from that, the one thing I can say is Fast. This yoyo can play so fast you can easily loose control of it. It zips on the string and can fly through your best combos. These yoyos are tumbled so there finish is not as grind friendly as a blast but can still be used for a good transitional grind.
Well, This yoyo is amazing. If this will be your next competition yoyo or your first metal, this yoyo will not disappoint you!
Clyw has come out with so many great yoyos. Today I will give you a review of the Clyw Bonfire in the Zach Gormley edition colorway.
Shape, Size, And Weight
The Bonfire is the most extreme V shape yoyo Clyw has ever made. This shape reminds me of a mix between many shapes. The Bonfire also Is a pretty big yoyo. Most Clyw yoyos are pretty wide and the Bonfire is no different.
Here are the most basic specs on the Bonfire:
Diameter: 55.1 mm
Width: 45.3 mm
Gap width: 4.16 mm
Weight: 65.5 grams
Bearing size: C
Response: Clyw snow tires
How It Plays
The Bonfire is a upscale version of the campfire. It is as if Clyw put a Campfire in a magical machine that grew it from a pocket yoyo into a full size yoyo. However, is only a few grams heavier. This cause the yoyo to be floaty and yet lightning fast.
This yoyo was my first Clyw yoyo and I could have not been more impressed. This yoyo and the Chief are two of Clyws must haves. I highly recommend getting one of these yoyos. You will not be disappointed.
I have a blog now! If you do not know about me my name is Aidin G. I am 12 years old and live in California. I am in the 8th grade. My favorite things to do include Yoyo, solve a Rubik's cube, and do soccer as well as track and field.