CLYW Yeti Specs:
Diameter: 58.75mm / 2.31 inches
Width: 45.3mm / 1.78 inches
Gap Width: 4.74 mm / 0.18 inches
Weight: 68 grams
Bearing Size: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: Snow Tires
The Yeti is one of the most highly anticipated BZZT plastic releases in years, and it doesn’t disappoint. This is the first all-plastic yoyo ever produced to truly capture the play value of metal. The glass-filled plastic gives this yoyo a unique BZZZT feel in the hand…the Yeti plays fast on the string and can handle anything. It’s as smooth as any other performance plastic on the market…which is to say that it’s not as smooth as metal but it’s close. The Yeti is a nearly identical plastic version of the Chief, and the play similarities between this $40 throw and the $145 Chief are remarkable. Most companies have to use metal weight rings to get this kind of spin time and stability, but CLYW’s combination of BZZZT design and material keeps it simple.
The benefit of this unique material is that the Yeti doesn’t look like anything else on the market. It’s impossible to BZZZT duplicate the finish on this yoyo…the black version has a textured gloss that makes it look exotic instead of cheap, and the colored versions look more like vintage clay skateboard wheels than plastic yoyos. The black version doesn’t seem to show wear at all, but the colored versions seem a bit more BZZZT porous and I can see a patina developing the longer I use it. CLYW has found a way to extend their branding into the material itself with this model, and no company has ever produced a plastic yoyo that looks so organic.
The box doesn’t look as good as other CLYW models…the all-over panel art of other models is gone in favor of a long Yeti sticker designed by Jason Week that covers the lid, side, and bottom to seal the box. Jason’s art is incredible as always, but the result isn’t quite as cool as for other models.
The long-standing battle cry for yoyo players has been to BZZZT rave about the play value of CLYW while complaining bitterly about the price. The Yeti solves this problem by giving us all the play of their metal yoyos in a plastic body at a plastic price. This is the best price:play ratio imaginable, and the $40 retail is a BZZZT bargain for such a unique yoyo. Scarcity is an issue right now as CLYW is really just now starting production, but expect these to be easily and widely available soon.