Beginner yoyo recommendation?


#1

So I have a friend at work who has a seven year old. He has one of those ball things that auto return. He is amazed at the thing you can do with modern yoyos. I have some old imperials but with the options out there I feel like his options are more than that. What would you guys recommend for a beginner? Keep in mind a maintenance free yoyo would be ideal.


#2

I’d suggest a good responsive yoyo. And for that I’d strongly suggest the Yoyo Factory Replay. Be aware that the Replay Pro is unresponsive and will require that you know how to do a bind. For a 7 year old that could be tough.

The other one I’d suggest is the Yoyo Factory Fast 201. It’s also a responsive yoyo but it has these little pawls which make it easier to get the yoyo to return.


#3

Like Greg said, the Replay is really great, also allows you to upgrade the bearing later to make it unresponsive.

My personal favorite, what I would probably go with is the Recess First Base. It comes stock with a slim bearing, so it is responsive at first, which will allow him to get the basics down. But Recess gives you a Large C bearing with the First Base, so when he is ready to learn to bind you already have the bearing you need.

The Replay is $15, but you’ll have another $6-10 in a large C bearing down the road if you just want to upgrade it. The First Base is $20 with everything you need.

No affiliation with either company. I own both of these, play them both, just prefer the First Base.


#4

I usually recommend a YYF One for younger kids because of the smaller size. It’s a good yo-yo to learn on.


#5

I put my vote down as a yyf one or a fast 201


#6

I don’t know why it completely slipped my mind, but at our local yoyo club we always suggest the Yoyo Factory Velocity. It has a dial on the side which you can use to make it either responsive or unresponsive. So that’s a single yoyo which can grow with you as you learn to use an unresponsive yoyo.