Throw Score Yoyo Review Ep#7 – CLYW Manatee

Finally I got my hands on yet another CLYW yoyo masterpiece, the CLYW Manatee.  JD Steele at YoyoBestBuy let me borrow the Manatee to try it out and to give it a Throw Score review.  My original intent was to return it after the review but I decided to keep it after throwing it around for about a week.



Yoyo Specifications

Bearing Size C Size
Width 49.12 mm
Gap Width 4.20 mm
Weight 67 grams
Diameter 56.60 mm
Response System Snow Tires

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The Manatee is very smooth right out of the box.  It leans on the heavier side at 67 grams.  It is a metal yoyo with a bead blasted finish.  The color way is super cool.  I was able to get the teal and red blend but when it spins, the yoyo actually looks like gun metal gray.

I have scored the yoyo in the video below and have laid out the total scores at the bottom of this web page.  I added a new category that scores the yoyo’s stability while at play.  I simply put a range between Floaty and Stable.  The higher the number the more stable and the lower the number the more floaty the yoyo feels.

The CLYW Manatee is easily a “goto” yoyo.  I highly recommend it to any serious yoyo player. It is a must have.

Check out the Throw Score video of the CLYW Manatee and let me know what you think.


Yoyofficer Rave Throw Scores:

Smoothness 5 / 5
Weighty Feel – LIGHT  1 2 3 4 5  HEAVY 4
Grinding Ability:

Finger Grinds:

Talon Grinds:

Finger Spin:

15 / 15

5 / 5

5 / 5

5 / 5

Horizontal Play 5 / 5
Techy Style 5 / 5
Speedy Play 5 / 5
Floaty or Stable – Floaty 1 2 3 4 5 Stable 4
THROW SCORE 5 / 5 

Throw Score Yoyo Review Ep#6 – Luftverk MagicYoyo Skyva

I have had the pleasure of playing with the Luftverk MagicYoyo Skyva this week and it is a lot of fun.

 


Yoyo Specifications

Bearing Size C Size
Width 45 mm
Weight 66.5 grams
Diameter 58 mm
Response System 19 mm

The Luftverk MagicYoyo Skyva is a plastic yoyo.  The qualtiy of the plastic and the feel of it is of good quality.  The yoyo plays very well and is so fun to finger spin.

JD Steele at YoyoBestBuy let me borrow the Skyva to try it out.  I liked it so much I decided to keep it.  Priced at about $20 it is a good buy specially if you geek out on fingerspins.

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The Skyva is very smooth right out of the box.  It leans on the heavy side at 66.5 grams.  Since it is plastic, the yoyo does not score well on Finger Grinds and Talon Grinds.  But this yoyo was not designed for those trick elements in particular.  The Luftverk MagicYoyo Skyva is all about Finger Spin.  And the design of the throw is spot on for that trick element.  Horizontal play is excellent using the Skyva.  In the video I executed the Harrison Hurricane and the yoyo felt awesome.

This is Throw is a must have in any Yoyoers collection.  At $20 it is an excellent buy that will give you so much joy as you finger spin and spin and spin and spin…

Check out the Throw Score video of the Luftverk MagicYoyo Skyva and let me know what you think.


Yoyofficer Rave Throw Scores:

Smoothness 5 / 5
Weighty Feel 5 / 5
Grinding Ability:

Finger Grinds:

Talon Grinds:

Finger Spin:

8.5 / 15

1 / 5

2.5 / 5

5 / 5

Horizontal Play 4.5 / 5
Techy Style 4.55 / 5
Speedy Play 4.5 / 5
THROW SCORE 3.8 / 5 

Throw Score Yoyo Review Ep#5 – YOYOFFICER Rave

I have had the pleasure of playing with the Yoyofficer Rave extensively.  This yoyo has quickly become one of my favorites.  Yoyofficer did a good job with this Throw.

To review, the Yoyofficer Rave is a bi-metal yoyo which I purchased at YoyoBestBuy at around $99.97.  Out of the box, the yoyo felt really smooth while at play and it throws really well.

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Yoyo Specifications

Bearing Size C Size
Width 44.35 mm
Gap Width 4.60 mm
Weight 64.8 grams
Diameter 55 mm
Response System 19 mm Slim

The yoyo finish is glossy.  It is very smooth and grinds well. The  weight feel of the yoyo is on the heavier side.  Which makes this yoyo lean towards techy play styles rather than speedy.  The shape as well not being a “v” shape suggests it is designed more for techy style play.  But even so, when I put it through speed combinations, this throw powered through them swiftly without missing a beat.

Overall, the Yoyofficer Rave is a very nice bi-metal yoyo that should put a smile on the face of the techy player in you.  This is an excellent bi-metal yoyo.

Check out the Throw Score video of the Yoyofficer Rave and let me know what you think.


Yoyofficer Rave Throw Scores:

Smoothness 5 / 5
Weighty Feel 5 / 5
Grinding Ability:

Finger Grinds:

Talon Grinds:

Finger Spin:

14 / 15

5 / 5

5 / 5

4.5 / 5

Horizontal Play 5 / 5
Techy Style 5 / 5
Speedy Play 5 / 5
THROW SCORE 4.9 / 5 

Throw Score Yoyo Review Ep#4 – YoyoFreaks Your Mom

“100 Yoyos, 10 Color Ways, 1 Time Run,” that is what sums up YoyoFreaks Your Mom.  This is directly from the site http://yoyofreaks.com/.

With the plethora of yoyo companies and yoyo models out there, YoyoFreaks is doing something different, quality versus quantity.  There are only 100 yoyos made of this series.  So when they are gone, they are gone.

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Yoyo Specifications

Bearing Size C Size
Width 44.2 mm
Gap Width 4.25 mm
Weight 67.9 grams
Diameter 56 mm
Response 19 mm

My first impressions were recorded in the unboxing video posted last week.  After a week of playing with this pro-quality throw, it has definitely made a great lasting impression on me.

First of the design and build quality is top notch.  The yoyo is bead blasted to a really smooth texture.  In fact the yoyo feels dead smooth.  The yoyo is slightly heavier compared to the OneDrop Kuntosh 5000QV .  This makes the yoyo lean more towards Techy play than pure speed play.  The yoyo grinds really well, however, fingerspins and horizontal play is not its strength.

YoyoFreaks Your Mom feels really good while at play.  Even though spin time is really measured as much anymore, this yoyo spins and spins and spins.  Because of these performance qualities, this yoyo will definitely help you power through tricks and combos. .

Here now is the Throw Score of Yoyo Freaks Your Mom:


YoyoFreaks Your Mom Throw Scores:

Smoothness 5 / 5
Weighty Feel –  light   1 2 3 4 5   heavy 3 / 5
Grinding Ability:

Finger Grinds:

Talon Grinds:

Finger Spin:

14 / 15

5 / 5

4 / 5

2 / 5

Horizontal Play 2 / 5
Techy Style 5 / 5
Speedy Play 3 / 5
THROW SCORE 3.7 / 5 

With the 100 series gone, meaning it all sold out in a day gone, we are left to wonder what is next with YoyoFreaks.  Given the response of Throwers and the performance of this series, I hope we see JD release another another 100 series from YoyoFreaks.

Throw Score Yoyo Review Ep#2 – C3YoyoDesign Gamma Crash

I have had the C3YoyoDesign Gamma Crash for few weeks now and I really am very impressed by this Yoyo.  Since the unboxing I given this Yoyo major play.  And I am still impressed by it since day one. It is a plastic yo-yo in the middle with stainless steel rims that you usually find on bi-metal yoyos. But if you did not know it is plastic, you would think it is metal because it plays and feels like a metal yoyo.

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C3YoyoDesign Gamma Crash Specs:
Diameter: 56.95mm
Width: 43mm
Gap Width: 4.6mm
Weight: 64.8g
Bearing: Size C


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As I mentioned in the first Throw Score review, this review is completely different from what you are used to seeing. The approach is from a yoyoer’s point of view.  I came up with categories to rate a yoyo from what yoyo players are looking to get from a yoyo.  The categories are described below.  Each category has a score from 1 – 5. The higher the score the better except for Weight Feel, which the lower number represents a lighter feel and the higher number a heavier feel.  As an enhancement to the scoring, category 5, Style of play is now scored.  Details are below.

Here are the categories:

1. Smoothness – How smoothe the yoyo spins (Score 1-5).
2. Weight Feel – How heavy does the yoyo feel in your hand while at play (Score 1-5, light to heavy feel).
3. Grinding Ability – How well can the yoyo carries out yoyo grinding tricks. The score is composed of three subcategories, Finger Grinds, Talon Grinds and Finger spins. All of which have a score of 1-5 which are added for a combined score of 1-15.
4. Horrizontal Play – How well the yoyo carries out horrizontal tricks or combos (Score 1-5).
5. Style of Play – What kind of combos of tricks the yoyo is more likely suited.  The score is composed of two subcategories, Speed and Techy.  These two are now scored 1-5 which are added for a combined score of 1-10.

To summarize the scores, I took categories 1,3,4 and 5 and added the scores together and divided them by 5. This average number represents a score of the yoyo itself, which we will call the Throw Score.

Check out the yoyo review video and let me know what you think about the C3YoyoDesign Gamma Crash.


Throw Score – C3YoyoDesign Gamma Crash:
Smoothness – 5/5
Weight Feel (Light 1 2 3 4 5 Heavy) – 2
Grinding Ability – 15/15
– Finger Grinds – 5
– Talon Grinds – 5
– Finger Spins – 5
Horrizontal Play – 5/5
Style of Play – 10/10
– Speed – 5
– Tech – 5
FINAL THROW SCORE – 5


Yoyo Tricks – Yoyofficer Xpoint

The following video is about performing yoyo tricks with the new Yoyofficer Xpoint.

But before we get into the video, I want to do a speacial shout out to Kinked Conceptions who made the lorenzyocubing.com decals shown below.  These are made from vinyl and are of good quality.  Thank you Shoshana Ford for your wonderful craft and the special gift you included 🙂

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The Yoyofficer Xpoint is a newly dropped yoyo.  You can get it now at YoyoBestBuy.com.  I took it for a yoyo trick session which I recorded in the video below.

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The Xpoint is a really good plastic yoyo.  It is also a good value at about $15.  It comes with two bearings, one thin bearing for responsive play and one wide “C” bearing for unresponsive play.  So whether you are a newbie or an intermdiate player you can get a lot of enjoyment out of this yoyo.

The Yoyofficer Xpoint comes in three colors, Black, Blue and Yellow.  It has a big diameter and feels good in your hand.  You can do classic yoyo tricks for responsive play using the thin bearing.  When you are ready for more advanced yoyo trick combinations swap out to the wider C bearing and go.  The yoyo is really a lot of fun and good for string tricks.

Also my Thank You Giveaway will begin on March 20, 2017!  Details will be announced on this website.  So, go ahead and follow me by clicking the green follow me button.  You will get email notification of my latest posts.

Check out the video below and let me know what you think of the yoyo tricks performed with the Yoyofficer Xpoint.

Yoyo Unboxing – C3YoyoDesign Gamma Crash

The next yoyo I am going to unbox is C3YoyoDesign Gamma Crash.

I got the black version and this one is actually going to be a given away soon to one of you as a thank you for watching my videos, visiting my site and following my posts. But first have to wait for this cube that I ordered that is also going to be part of the giveaway. So this yoyo is not for mine to keep but this is for you guys whoever wins the giveaway.

The C3YoyoDesign Gamma Crash is a plastic yo-yo in the middle with stainless steel rims that you usually find on bi-metal yoyos. C3YoyoDesign bought back some of the YoyoJam like stuff. YoyoJam does a lot of hybrids so I think this is going to feel like a YoyoJam yoyo.

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Out of the box, this yoyo feels pretty cool. This actually feels a lot like a metal yoyo. I could probably use this for competition. This is the best plastic yoyo I have ever touched. You can actually grind on this plastic and it does not hurt. Usually plastic yoyos they do not really grind.

So right now this feels a lot like a metal yoyo. If I did not know this was a plastic yoyo you would think this is a high-end metal yoyo. You can finger spin with it even with the logo placement on the yoyo. Wow, who ever is going to win this from the giveaway is going to like it.

Yoyo players are going to like this. I admit I am really liking this yoyo. For horizontal to it is really smooth. Wow! I really do not know what to say except I am just loving it right now.

So that was the unboxing of the C3YoyoDesign Gamma Crash. Whoever wins the giveaway that I will be announcing soon this is going to be yours 🙂

Check out the video and like, comment and share! PEACE OUT Y’ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Throw Score – A Yoyo Review of the TopYo Quantum

I have had the TopYo Quantum for a week and I really am very impressed by this Yoyo.  Since the unboxing I cannot put this Yoyo down.  It is a bi-metal Yoyo and is considered a budget yoyo because of the price, but it feels so much more.  To give the Yoyo a thorough review and to be able to relate my experience with it, I put together this review.

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This review is completely different from what you are used to seeing. The approach is from a yoyoer’s point of view, meaning I have come up with categories to rate a yoyo from what yoyo players are looking to get from a yoyo.  The categories are described below. Each category has a score from 1 – 5. The higher the score the better except for Weight Feel, which the lower number represents a lighter feel and the higher number a heavier feel.

Here are the categories:

1. Smoothness – How smoothe the yoyo spins (Score 1-5).
2. Weight Feel – How heavy does the yoyo feel in your hand while at play (Score 1-5, light to heavy feel).
3. Grinding Ability – How well can the yoyo carries out yoyo grinding tricks. The score is composed of three subcategories, Finger Grinds, Talon Grinds and Finger spins. All of which have a score of 1-5 which are added for a combined score of 1-15.
4. Horrizontal Play – How well the yoyo carries out horrizontal tricks or combos (Score 1-5).
5. Style of Play – What kind of combos of tricks the yoyo is more likely suited. No numeric score.

To summarize the scores, I took categories 1,3 and 4 and added the scores together and divided them by 5. This average number represents a score of the yoyo itself, which we will call the Throw Score.

Check out the yoyo review video and let me know what you think about the TopYo Quantum and the Throw Score.

Yoyo Tricks Tutorial – Vanilla Mint

Thank Vanilla Mint is the trick I performed in the slow-mo video in a previous post Everything Is Cooler In Slow-mo Even Vanilla Mint.

In this tutorial I used yoyo named Expedition by BaseCamp.  The actual yoyo is here below:

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In this yoyo trick tutorial, I perform the complete combo at a slower pace.  This is to show you the details of the various elements of the trick.  The viewpoint starts of from the audience point of view.

I then switch to the yoyoers point of view.  This is the meat of the tutorial.  The pace of the trick is much slower and I have broken out the elements in steps.  From this viewpoint, you can see the intricacies of the trick.  You will see where to land the yoyo, what string and even what finger position to use to throughout the combo.

After the step by step yoyoers view point, I switch back to the audience view and execute the yoyo trick combo at its intended speed

The yoyo trick seems complex, but with this video, you should be able to follow the steps.  With practice, you will be able to add it to your combos.

Have fun!

Yoyo Tricks – The Freshman

It is the first day of school.  I have my books, backpack, lunch, school clothes and yoyo.  You meet your teachers, find your classes and meet new friends as well as reunite with old ones.  Everything feels fresh, new and exciting.  This is the inspiration to the yoyo trick in the video.

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I named the trick The Freshman because when I do the trick, it feels fresh, new, exciting and even a little cheeky, LOL.  Seriously, I looked at this video and thought to myself, I look like a freshman during his first day of school.

The yoyo in the video is a plastic yoyo by Yoyo Factory called the Yoyo Factory Protostar.
I like this yoyo because even though it is plastic, it plays like a metal yoyo.

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Check out “The Freshman” and let me know what you think and leave a comment.  Also feel free to Like and Share.

PEACE OUT Y’ALL!!!!