YoYoFriends Pioneer Specs:
Weight: 66.3 grams
Response: 19mm pad
Bearing: Centering Bearing Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
The YoYoFriends Pioneer is the first release from the China-based company. A great all-around yoyo, it’s a solid first release from a new company.
The YoYoFriends Pioneer plays floaty and fast, and really zips around quickly on the string. The fatter, well-rounded rims give it a comfortable feel in the hand, while tapering down quickly to a wide gap that handles modern play easily. The Pioneer is incredibly smooth, has tight, zippy, binds, and has a flat inner cup that allows for fingerspins fairly easily. It’s got enough rim weight to handle casual play, and is a great knock-around yoyo for everyday use.
Available in various splash and fade colors, the Pioneer looks really nice. The anodizing quality is good, the various finishes are all well done, and while the overall shape and profile are not eye-catching, the yoyo looks and feels nice. There’s a lot to be said for a simple design, and the Pioneer gets the job done without any flash or bang.
The YoYoFriends Pioneer retails for about $25 USD, although it hasn’t really found its way to a wide retail release yet. It’s a great bargain yoyo, perfect for everyday, knock-around play, and a great first buy for players looking for an inexpensive, unresponsive, metal yoyo. Follow YoYoFriends on Facebook for more details!