C3YoYoDesign Level 6 Specs:
Diameter: 55.85 mm / inches
Width: 41.03 mm / inches
Gap Width: 4.52 mm / inches
Weight: 67.7 grams
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: 19mm Slim Pad
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The C3YoYoDesign Level 6 is the Hong Kong company’s latest release, and another example of the high level of yoyo design that is accessible at the $50 price point. Designed as a lower cost version of their premium model the Krown, the Level 6 is a narrower, heavier, and less refined yoyo designed to be machined more expeditiously. While this sounds like a negative, it’s not; the changes in design allow for a yoyo that holds spin exceptionally, cuts through any maneuver you can create, and retails for 1/3rd the price of C3’s premium offerings.
The concentrated rim weight and straighter wall angles on the inner cup give the Level 6 a dense feel in the hand and on the string…this yoyo certainly feels heavier than it is. But the faultless balance and excelsior weight distribution result in a yoyo that simply feels sturdy, but not unwieldy. It hits the end of the string smoothly without the *thud* normally associated with heavier yoyos, and it’s here that C3YoYoDesign’s capabilities as yoyo designers really shine. The yoyo spins perfectly smooth and holds spin exceptionally well through both standard and horizontal tricks, and the concentrated rim weight makes the Level 6 one of the most stable yoyos available in any price range. The response is a standard 19mm slim pad, which gives you a myriad of options for customizing the response.
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The Level 6 comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes, all of them beautifully applied. I reviewed the EYYC Limited Edition and found the finish to be even in all areas with no discoloration, and the engraving to be crisp, clear, and easy to read. The EYYC logo in particular has some incredibly diminutive print under the main logo-the lettering for the words “European YoYo Championship Budapest 2014” is only 0.86mm high, and yet the engraving is perfectly legible! The Level 6 logo is another fine example of C3YoYoDesign’s excellent eye for branding, and for anyone who doubts the quality of products manufactured in China I would point you to C3YoYoDesign as an example of what can be done if you are willing to oversee production in person, work with respected factories, and pay well for their services. Our review model was absolutely perfect, and as have been all other production metal yoyos we’ve seen from them. C3YoYoDesign even achieves the laudable feat of making the industry standard “square plastic box” look elegant with a matte finish, excellent graphic design, and a higher quality of plastic than what most companies use.
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The C3YoYoDesign Level 6 retails for $50, and undoubtedly holds its own against the rest of the offerings in that price range. The Level 6 is agile, stable, and of a build and finish quality that rivals many yoyos that are twice the price. For anyone looking for a durable throw with a bit of heft, or looking to explore the metal offerings from C3YoYoDesign without breaking the bank, the Level 6 is a marvelous full-sized player at a bargain price.