Basecamp Navigator Specs:
Diameter: 56.4 mm
Width: 43 mm
Weight: 65 grams
Response: CBC 19mm Slim Pad
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
The Basecamp Navigator is the newest collaboration between CLYW and YoYoFactory, and the first bi-metal design from Basecamp. Designed for serious competition, the Navigator was designed by pulling features and inspiration from several competitor-focused YoYoFactory and CLYW yoyos used by players to win titles all over the world. This design direction, plus the addition of brushed stainless steel rims for superior weight distribution make this easily the most competition-oriented model in the entire Basecamp line, and one of the more exciting new contest yoyo releases.
The Navigator really is an incredible contest yoyo. It’s got all the speed and stability you would expect of a bi-metal yoyo, but where it really shines is horizontal play. Even without a cupped area for finger spins, the Navigator really excels at horizontal play. With its extra flared gap, zero wall response, and massive concentration of rim weight, an experienced player should have no problem pulling off their most extravagant horizontal combos with this yoyo, and even players new to horizontal play should find themselves progressing quicker than they thought possible. The brushed finish on the rims is a nice touch that prevents that drag that is common to bi-metal yoyos when they hit your hand during play.
As you can see from the comparison image below, the final look of the Navigator combines a very functional YoYoFactory H-shape with the stylings and curves more common to CLYW, and the result is a stunning blend of form+function. The fit of the stainless steel rims is impeccable, and the matte finish gives the Navigator a premium look and feel. The engraving is minimal, but the Basecamp word mark on just one rim is a really nice, subtle touch.
The Basecamp Navigator retails for $120. For a high quality competition yoyo that draws inspiration from some of the most decorated competition yoyos in the world, that seems like a pretty good deal. If you’re on a budget, there are plenty of other options but you won’t find much better in the bi-metal category. Not a casual purchase, but then again it’s not a casual player.
The Basecamp Navigator is available at YoYoExpert.com.