Axis Pulsefire Specs:
Weight: 64.7 grams
Response: 19mm pad
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
The Pulsefire is the first release from Axis YoYos, the new company from all-around nice guys James Reed and Tyler Hsieh. The yoyo is stable, fast, and is well-suited for the highest levels of play in 1A, 3A, and 5A styles. The Pulsefire started off as a crowd-funded project on IndieGoGo, and has quickly become a competition favorite that you can find on stage at pretty much every contest in the US.
The Axis Pulsefire is an absolute contest-killer of a yoyo. With a wide v-shape profile and perfect weight distribution, the spin and stability on this yoyo are hard to beat. The combination of an ultra-light 7075 aluminum body with the stainless still rims can easily result in slow, clunky play but the Pulsefire has managed to provide extreme rim-weighting with smooth throws and light, fast play. The shape itself is quite comfortable in the hand and handles both standard and horizontal play with ease. It’s hard to describe, but this yoyo feels like the new new. Maybe it’s the slew of young talent that has immediately gravitated towards Axis and the Pulsefire, maybe it’s the speed that this yoyo naturally seems to want to play; either way, the Axis Pulsefire has gotten a tremendous amount of stage time for a new release and it definitely deserves it.
Available in several solid and splash colors, the Pulsefire has come out of the gate looking good. The anodizing is high-quality, with colors and splashes that are chosen and applied well. The fit of the stainless steel rims is perfect, and the seam where the rims meet the body is perfectly smooth and flush. The engraving is simple and clean, and the artwork is outstanding. For a new company to pay such attention to detail and actually show up out of the gate with quality graphic design and a solid brand image is pretty rare, and it’s great to see this much effort and care being put in to the final product.
The Axis Pulsefire retails for $120, which is typical for high-quality bi-metal yoyos. The quality construction, anodizing, fit and finish make this worth the price, along with the fact that it can handle any trick you can throw. This is a top-notch competition yoyo, and absolutely worth the price.