Jeffrey Pang brings us a ground level view of the 2017 Pacific Northwest Regional YoYo Contest, held recently in Seattle, WA. Featuring all the good stuff from Evan Nagao, David Ung, Colin Beckford, Harrison Lee, The Bird, Keiran Cooper, and plenty more.
Archives for March 2017
One Drop YoYos announced another blind box yoyo release, the Mantis! Check out their full release plus specs below.
Here today to tell you about our next blind box yo-yo, the Mantis.
The Marquis was the first yo-yo blind box and it was awesome to see it so well received and that everyone had fun with the idea. So let’s do it again! Time to crack boxes!
This time the run will 600 units called the Mantis, featuring a selection of solid colors, classic fades, nickel plating and titanium. They’re sealed up just like the Marquis, so you won’t have a clue what you’re going to get until you rip open that box! We have increased the odds of getting a titanium over what it was with our first blind box (and increased the number of them from 5 to 10). We also increased the odds of getting a non-solid color overall.
Early civilizations believed the Mantis insect had supernatural powers. We ‘re not much believers in magic, but we do think that if you spend just the right amount of time with your Mantis, that hopefully, it’ll make your yo-yoing be much more on point. The Mantis is machined out of 7075 aluminum (except for the Titanium version), and features an organic H shape profile. It’s a deceptive little bugger once you get your hands all over it.
The Mantis is always going to be on the hunt for its next prey and there’s only one person that’s going to help it get there, YOU! Go find that bug net hiding back there, these Mantis aren’t going to be lingering around for long!
*Titanium Mantis is redesigned to share the same specs and profile as it’s counterpart. It features a more opened cup and takes our 19mm Flow Groove.
One Drop Mantis Specs:
Weight: 66.5 grams
Width: 41.7 mm
Diameter: 55.6 mm
Stock Response : One Drop Flow Groove
Gap Width: 4.7 mm
Bearing Size: Large (C) stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)
Axle System: Tapped, 12 mm
Retail Price: $65
We’ve got a new trick dump video from Joe Black and it’s filled with goodness. We haven’t seen anything from Joe since July 2016, so it’s nice to get a fresh wave of his style and skill.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Paolista.
The folks at China-based KC Agent (you remember, two Chinese National Champions who released that 7075 yoyo with titanium rims) are back with a new yoyo, this one designed for 4A!
KC Agent spent a full year and many prototypes developing the Core, a 4A yoyo with fully interchangeable parts to allow for easy replace/repair of any components that take too much of a beating. And for 4A yoyos, it ALL takes a beating.
Check out more pics, specs, and a video featuring Chen Zhao below. The Core is available direct from KC Agent right now, and should be hitting other retailers soon.
KC Agent Core Specs:
Materials: POM & 7075 Aluminium Alloy
Diameter: 75 mm
Width: 67 mm
Weight: 90 grams
Bearing: Size C Stainless Bearing
Response: 19 mm Slim Pad
Retail Price: $89 USD
CLYW released another Cabin Tutorial yoyo trick video, this one for Tessa Piccillo’s trick “Em’s Ice Cream Toilet”. This video gives us a pretty fantastic trick with some really nice elements, and also brings up a lot of questions about food safety and bathroom habits.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Blizzard.
Check out some budding new talent from Poland in the form of Milosz Poplawski & Kacper Krasinski, a couple of kids who put together this new video to show off what they’ve learned so far. Solid work you guys…keep it up!
Kazuki Morii delivers big tricks in a tiny hallway in this new video for his sponsor, Recess.
Yoyo used is the Recess Vacation.
We’ve got a first look here at the new bi-metal release from Ohio-based GSquared YoYos. Check out their info, specs, and more pics below!
The Elite is G Squared YoYos passion project. I can’t remember being more proud of a design. Making a bimetal was a huge undertaking that presented many new challenges and opportunities. Finally, after four prototypes, we got it perfect.
When approaching the Elite we didn’t want to make a bimetal just to do it, we wanted to utilize the properties that make this medium special. To harness the magical feeling you get the second you throw a truly well designed bimetal. To achieve superior performance you can’t just using aluminum. Levels of stability and momentum at a weight you can’t reach without the usage of different materials. Here at G2 we don’t just go through the motions, we are elite.
Releasing soon at gsquaredyoyos.com
G Squared Elite Specs:
Diameter – 57mm
Width – 43 mm
Weight – 62 grams
Body – 6061 aluminum
Weight ring – Stainless Steel
Bearing – Boss Rage and Wrath (Size C)
Response – G19 pads (19mm)
HEY ERIC WHEN ARE WE GETTING ANOTHER FULL VIDEO FROM YOU THIS TEASER IS JUST TOO MUCH MAN
Charles Haycock dropped a throwback video from 2008 with the caption “Man what happened, I used to shred so hard.”. Yes, yes you did, Charles. And you still do, you just shred weirder now.
Ann Connolly navigates into treacherous territory with a new video about…stuff she can’t do. Sometimes you’ve got to just accept your limitations. Other times you should practice hard and overcome them. And still other times you should just make a funny video about them and rack up those views, amirite?
Some of Ann’s weaknesses include fingerspins, Shoot the Moon, and Seasick and to be fair those are some tough ones. Seasick and Shoot the Moon especially are all about timing and can take a while to lock down. Same for Boingy Boingy and other “timing” tricks from that era.
But hey…keep at it and you’ll get them eventually. And if not, there’s a (not really) lucrative career in your future, where you can video blog about not being able to do them.