OneDrop has unveiled their new Benchmark series, and it’s a pretty interesting concept. Three yoyos with identical specs but different shapes…a V-shape, an H-profile, and a rounded, Organic shape. All three will feature OneDrop’s “Side Effects” axle system, and retail for only $60 each. By sharing a diameter, width, gap, and weight they can cut down on machine time and keep their internal costs down, thus allowing for a lower retail price. They’ll also come only in solid colors, no engraving, and identical packaging…about as bare bones as you can possibly get.
The OneDrop Benchmark yoyos are definitely meant to be a workhorse series of straight-up player models, which is a nice change of pace from the industry standard of limited editions and godawful colorways. It’s an interesting concept, and while there’s nothing new happening here in the way of shapes, it’s nice to see OneDrop focusing on a low-end performance metal and taking all the collectibility distractions out of the equation. No word on release date, but we’re assuming these are going to drop in time for the holidays.
OneDrop Benchmark Series Specs:
Base Weight: 63 grams
Shipping Weight: 66.20 grams (with aluminium Spike Side Effects)
Width: 42 mm
Diameter: 56 mm
Stock Response: Flow Groove
Gap Width: 4.34 mm
Bearing Size: Large (C) Stainless Steel One Drop 10 Ball Bearing
Axle System: Side Effects™
OneDrop Benchmark – H-Shape
OneDrop Benchmark – Organic
OneDrop Benchmark V-Shape