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.
Jeffrey Pang loves to travel, throw yoyos, and create beautiful things. His latest beautiful thing is the Luftverk x CLYW Tundra, which he’s throwing (quite nicely, I might add) in this latest love letter to his well-worn passport. Watch as Jeff travels through Macau, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Kyoto with the Tundra. Amazing, as always.
Yoyo used is the Luftverk x CLYW Tundra.
The Luftverk x CLYW Tundra has been fully revealed, and it’s a beauty. From an intensive blog post by Luftverk founder Jeffrey Pang:
By now you’ve likely heard about the Tundra – the project involving both Luftverk and CLYW. It was something we worked together with, using design language from both companies. Its always really interesting when a brand can make a yoyo that has a universal design language across the board. And even though the CLYW line up has expanded to more experimental designs lately, its always very obvious it is a CLYW product – even without looking at logos or engravings. I try to do this with Luftverk as well, where when you pick one up you just know who produced it.
The design of the Tundra seems simple but is actually a mash up of all sorts of things. If you take a look at the profile – you can see that the catch zone was inspired by the Chief and original Yeti. Getting closer to the pad, the step is similar to the Borealis. And don’t forget the pad itself: the very loved CLYW “Snow Tire” which makes the yoyo feel very, very different than any Luftverk throw in the past. In fact – I feel that the pad itself makes this yoyo play the way it does. You need to try it in person to know what Im talking about.
The Tundra will be first available at the 2016 World YoYo Contest, beginning August 3rd in Cleveland, Ohio, and then online August 5th at 8 pm EST, only at Luftverk.com. Check out the full blog post about the design and assembly process here, and then check out specs and more pics below.
Luftverk x CLYW Tundra Specs:
Response: Snow Tires
Bearing: Stainless Centering/Full Ceramic (for AMS2488 only)
Limited: AMS2488 x 25 Raw x 30
Price for AMS2488: 350USD
Price for Raw: 290USD
Jeffrey Pang, the guy behind Luftverk, shows off the design and production process behind his new plastic yoyo collaboration with Magic YoYo. The SKYVA is a $20 plastic yoyo that’s optimized for horizontal and fingerspin tricks, and it looks amazing. Check out this great peek behind the curtain of how a yoyo gets made.
Yoyo used is the Jeffrey Pang x Magic YoYo SKYVA.
Jeffrey Pang announced a new collaboration with Magic YoYo…a plastic yoyo designed for optimum horizontal and fingerspin play at only a $20 retail. If anyone could do it, it’s Jeffrey. Check out full details on the project below, including specs and price. No set date for release just yet, but they should hit shelves in the next couple of weeks!
This is my first NON-Luftverk product in a long time. Plastics specialists Magicyoyo China contacted me like 6 months ago asking if I would help design and brand a plastic yoyo for them.
I knew Id never sell that many titanium yoyos which has always been sad to me – I would be designing a product for such a small audience. So here’s my chance to design something that nearly everyone can afford – 20USD.
Fingerspin style play has pretty much taken over everywhere. I wanted ahub that could outperform any yoyo at fingerspin style tricks. Its the reason why the hub of each yoyo is machined after injection molding making it super slick and seamless. There is a dual stage hub – one that is super easy to hit and the second smaller one to lock your finger in place. The ones who have tried it already know what I’m talking about.
And of course – simple minimalistic logos only. Packaging had to be as beautiful as my other stuff. The foam has an exact string cutout. And we even found suppliers for black elastic bands because they looked more aesthetically pleasing than brown ones. I wanted something that looked and felt ultra premium in the hand – without the premium price.
The best part of this project was learning so much – from helping them design the mold CAD to standing in front of the injection molding machine watching the first one come out – so hot you can barely hold it in your palm. But its surreal watching something you designed become reality right in front of your eyes.
So if you’ve read this far – hope you can pick one up from your favorite online retailer dropping in the next few weeks. Orders are being shipped out to stores as we speak.
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Magic YoYo SKYVA Specs:
Material: Polycarbonate Plastic
Features: Machined Fingerspin Cup (No Injection Molding Marks)
First run: 3000 Units in 3 Colors
Jeffrey Pang’s company, Luftverk, has built quite a name for themselves with creative design, beautifully executed packaging, and some pretty fantastic yoyos. So, of course, they’re trying to completely outdo themselves with their latest release, the Fulvia.
Two versions of the Fulvia will be release on May 31st: the Fulvia BTM-R and the Fulvia-R. The R is the standard version, an all-titanium yoyo with a new body shape and weight distribution. The Fulvia BTM-R is something else entirely; a titanium/steel bi-metal yoyo with weight distribution that is absolutely insane.
You can visit the Luftverk website for the full story (and I highly recommend that you do), but I’ve been talking to Jeffrey through this whole process and it’s more than a little amazing to talk to him every morning and get a progress update as he works with the machine shop, day in and day out, figuring out how to make this project happen. The last time I talked to him he’d figured out that he was going to have to hand-attach the steel rims to the titanium bodies himself, because the process was too delicate and his machinists didn’t want to touch it for fear of ruining the parts. Crazy.
The Luftverk Fulvia-R will retail for $290, and the Fulvia BTM-R will retail for $510. Quantities for both of these are extremely limited, and pre-orders will open Tuesday, May 31st at 9:00 pm EST, only at Luftverk.com.
Jeffrey Pang never disappoints. Doesn’t matter if we are talking about contest videos, 3D printed yoyos, or the most glorious titanium yoyo releases we’ve ever seen, if you want something done right then you hand it to Jeffrey Pang.
Which brings us to Jeffrey’s latest video, his recap of the 2016 European YoYo Championship. The quality of the footage, the clean editing, the choice of shots….if you want to know how to make a yoyo video, watch this and take notes!
Jeffrey Pang released his latest video masterpiece, Lost in Prague, and it’s absolutely stunning. Filmed at the 2015 Czech National YoYo Contest and featuring some incredible talent, this video is one of his best to date. Jeffrey also sneaks in a great shot in the beginning of his new yoyo from Luftverk Titanium Supply Co., the Octavia.
Jeffrey Pang has established himself as one of the best creative young minds of the modern industry, and if you aren’t following his work closely you are definitely missing out.
It’s always exciting when a new yoyo company pops up, but when they pop up with a titanium yoyo as their first release it’s REALLY worth checking out!
Jeffrey Pang, the mad genius behind Fluid Print Dynamics who make some of the coolest 3D printed yoyos I’ve ever seen, has a new brand called Luftverk and their first release is a titanium yoyo called the Evora. There have been a few pics here and there, but we have more images for you as well as full specs and price! Here are some details from Evora designer Jeffrey Pang:
I wanted something that could spin up fast. There seems to be way too many yoyos out there with a massive kickback and dare I say – too much rim weight. The Evora has a certain airyness to it without feeling too light. And it spins up quick when you throw it hard. The shape is super ergonomic and no production titanium has had such an aggressive shape before. It will be interesting to see how people react to it once they go on sale. I took these pictures before I sent them out. The first run of 35 will be glass dusted and anodized purple. Annodizing with titanium is quite different than aluminum. Aluminum uses pigments, compared to titanium where the oxide layer is grown. Depending on the thickness, it will refract light differently, giving you an “anodized” look. Anodized titanium looks very different than aluminum – its very iridescent and will turn different colors in different lighting conditions. Even the oils on your finger will make the yoyo turn from purples to golds. It really looks incredible – I can’t wait to see when they get back. I also have a super slippery SAE type II finish I want to do – maybe in small quantites. It would make for a cool special edition.
I went with a full ceramic bearing because it is completely corrosion/rust proof. It’s stupid expensive compared to a stainless steel bearing, but you can wash this bearing with soap and water if debris ever gets inside without any worry. I travel a lot, and it’s great peace of mind that I can just go to the nearest sink if the bearing ever gets gritty. Another benefit we dont really think about is how much acetone we go through by cleaning bearings. In a way – its an enviromentally friendly bearing too. Plus side it looks great sandwiched between the titanium halves.
If you’re anything like me, EVERYTHING about this yoyo sounds pretty amazing! There’s clearly a tremendous amount of attention to detail here, and I’m super intrigued by the 100% ceramic bearing. It looks amazing…like the ghost of every bearing I’ve ever ruined and thrown away, ha ha! No word yet on a release date for the Evora, but be sure to follow Luftverk on Facebook and Instagram for the latest information.
Luftverk Evora Specs:
Width: 43.3 mm
Diameter: 54.5 mm
Weight: 65.5 grams
Bearing: Size C Full Ceramic
Response: 19mm Pads
Retail Price: $270 USD
Looks like we have another titanium yoyo in the works! This one from new company Luftverk Titanium Supply Co., operated by Jeffrey Pang. You know, the guy that was responsible for these yoyo videos? That guy. I’ve heard great things about his 3d printed yoyos as well, which he manufactures under the name Fluid Print Dynamics, although I haven’t tried one yet. Check out pics and specs below…we’ll add more info as we have it!
Luftverk Titanium Supply Co. YoYo
Material: Titanium Ti-6Al-4V (Grade 5)
Price – Most definitely under $300 USD.
Jason Lee, arguably one of the greatest natural yoyo players who has ever lived, brings us more footage from his travels in Afghanistan. This video is absolutely beautiful, and I can’t thank Jason and Jeffrey Pang enough for bringing it to us.
Jeffrey Pang has been on a roll lately with some fantastic yoyo videos. His latest shines a light on the Toronto YoYo Club, and shows off some great tricks at a recent meeting.