Rain City Hipster Highlife Specs:
Diameter: 56 mm
Width: 45 mm
Weight: 64.4 grams
Response: Monkeyfinger Monkey Snot
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Rain City Skills is a new skill toy company founded by Jeremy McKay and his wife Andra! After telling Andra about his trip to visit the One Drop shop in Eugene, she had the idea of starting up a high end skill toy brand. They combined their skills; Jeremy had the years of experience playing with skill toys and was connected with the community and Andra put her art school degree and years as a professional flow toy entertainer to work. Each toy released by Rain City Skills is the result of collaboration with experts in each field, extensive testing and carefully thought out artistic design.
This yoyo design is focused on supporting North American industry. Machined by One Drop, anodized by Gruntbull and assembled with Monkeyfinger bearings, handmade string and snot, this yoyo represents the North American yoyo scene in every way.
The Hipster Highlife is built for competition while keeping comfort and style in mind. It has smooth curves, a rounded profile, and the perfect weight distribution for long spins and stability.
And for more fun, Rain City designed the hub with a Lego compatible nub; each throw will ship with a pair of Lego pieces that match the yo-yo theme, as well as spares that will let players tweak the center weight of the throw. And, staying true to it’s name, each Hipster Highlife is packaged in a hemp bag inside of a mason jar. What’s more hipster than that?
The Hipster Highlife has extra fat and comfy rims, so the first thing you notice is how great it feels in your hand. Those beefy rims bring plenty of rim weight to the game, resulting in a yoyo that throws heavy but plays light and always seems to come back with more spin than you’re expecting. The wide v-shaped gap makes landing pretty much anything a breeze, and it rejects string well if you’re into those type of tricks. It’s a solid all-around player…great for contests or for just bumming around and grinding all that ano off fulfilling Walk The Dog requests.
The Hipster Highlife come with Monkey Snot flowable silicone installed for response…as with all flowable silicone give yourself some time to break it in! Those first few binds can be a little grabby until the silicone wears in a bit…so watch your knuckles.
The Hipster Highlife comes in multiple colorways (Starving Artist is shown below), all of which look great in person and are the product of top-notch anodizing. But where this yoyo really sets itself apart is the Lego-compatible side nubs that allow for practical modifications (there are Lego pieces that work nicely for fingerspins!) or for more aesthetic modifications…go ahead, put Darth Vaders head on there. Why not?
The fit and finish on the Hipster Highlife is great, and even without anything else snapped on to those hubs, it’s a good looking yoyo.
The Hipster Highlife retails for $109. It’s a fair price for this kind of play and quality, but the pile of extra Lego pieces and the glass jar packaging really put this over the top. The presentation on these is top notch, and the silly fun of snapping Lego bricks on your yoyo cannot be overstated.
The Rain City Hipster Highlife is available at YoYoExpert.com.