Getting in late, not reading the whole thread.
I have an Avalanche, BVM, Gnarwal and an small-bearing bassalope. I have other CLYW’s as well, including a Campfire, Wooly Marmot and a 2nd Run Peak. So, yeah, you can say I like the CLYW product offerings. I want to get a sasquatch and chances are anything else they ever make.
I like the shape and feel and look of ALL of these. Each brings a degree of familiarity but also a degree of uniqueness to the game as well. I think the avalanche is my favorite as it feels and appears to be oversized, and I like oversized. But don’t let the BVM get you down. It’s a bit smaller and a bit narrower, but I like how it plays as well. I play by Gnarwal a lot mainly since the mixed halves are sorta grown on me(different colors). The Wooly Marmot and Campfire are 28 Stories editions and mint in box(and NOT for sale!), and so I haven’t played them much yet. I’m having too much fun with other stuff.
The small bearing bassalope is also a good player, but I find with the smaller bearing, binds are not only easierl but the yoyo is often a bit more likely to come back at you at times that you may not appreciate. This isn’t helped by having fresh response pads in there(duncan 12mm Silicone pads work fantastic BTW, I had some on hand and had to replace the worn out response in there) and not being a “yoyo wizard”.
In all honestly, CLYW makes a great product and almost everyone is really pleased with the offerings. I like both the BVM and the Avalanche. If I HAD to pick between those two, I’d go with the Avalanche because I prefer oversized. But keep in mind, I also throw the BVM a lot as well. I go through most of my yoyos weekly just so I don’t get lazy.