Background on Reviewer:
I have been yoyoing for going on about 8 years as of the date that this review is written. I’ve owned everything from Duncan and Yomega to Yoyofactory and Yoyojam. This however, is my first CLYW yoyo. I enjoy every style of play however I’m especially intrigued by the Moebius style of play.
Pics of the Avalanche Fools Gold:
Specs and General information:
Diameter: 55.5 mm / 2.19 inches
Width: 43.0 mm / 1.69 inches
Gap Width: 4.14 mm / .16 inches
Weight: 67.2 grams
Bearing Size: Size C Stainless Steel (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: CLYW Snow Tire Response Silicone Pads
Priced at $94.99 the Avalanche Fools Gold ( Henceforth abbreviated as AFG ) is a metal yoyo and is signature series of amazing player Krisztian Kaluzsa. This yoyo is packed with an exclusive Fools Gold Avalanche T-shirt. The original Avalanche is priced at $115.00. You may be wondering why there is a price difference between the two. This is because the AFG has a slight imperfection that causes it to have a slight vibe which I will discuss in further detail later on.
This yoyo is packed in a small box. The box has a really nice design on the it featuring what else but an avalanche on a mountain. The color is one reason why I got this throw. I got the color scheme known as “Jack Rabbit” which is Black/Clear Acidwash W/ Pink Speckles. With this color scheme the ano is very well done. The Pink and Black contrast well and it shows. There is a small CLYW logo at the bottom in the side of either side of the yoyo.
Guts and innerworkings
The AFG has a Size C Stainless Steel (.250 x .500 x .187). This is the standard bearing for most metal throws. This allows for great spin times. The response system is the CLYW Snow Tire Response
Silicone Pads. I’ve heard alot about these pads. Some say that is feels “grabby”. Which it is when you first get it. It doesn’t play responsive or anything but I would say that it’s close. It took me about an hour to get it to the level where I could use it like normal, but I would say that this is true for many of the responsive systems out there where there is a break in period. Flowable Silicon could be used instead of these response pads instead. The axle of the AFG is black and screws in and out with ease.
This is one of the smoothest feeling yoyos I’ve felt before. I would go as far to say that it is smoother than the YYF Genesis. It fits nice in the hand and feels very smooth. Grinding of all sorts are easily achievable with the feeling of this yoyo. The edges are flared out and are rounded off. The weight being at 67.2 grams and feels like you are holding something worth it.
On The Throw
My first throw was great. It has a great spin time and nice stability to it. This is because the weight is focused on the rim on the yoyo. When you throw it you can feel it stay down at the bottom on the string. Not responsive at all. The Snow Tires response pads are alittle snaggy to begin with but they will break in and then they are perfect. This yoyo flows great and is fun to play with. Now here comes the big question
The Fools Gold in this Avalanche is because there are slight imperfections that cause a vibe in the yoyo. This is purely feel and it does not affect the performance of the yoyo at all. The best way I can describe it is if you throw the yoyo and look really closely at the string you can see it vibrate slightly. If you are paying attention to it then you will be able to notice it. This is all feel however and has not affected my performance in any way, shape, form, or fashion. There is an ever so slight vibration to the string if you pay attention. Throughout the weeks that I have been throwing this yoyo there has been no complications due to this vibe.
In Conclusion and Final Throughts
The Avalanche Fools Gold is defiantly worth the money. The feel is ultra smooth and causes some of the longest grinds I’ve ever had. It has a nice flow when throwing it and this translates to some nice spin times. The vibe is negligible and does not affect the yoyo in any way other than a slight feel of vibe to the string. If I had to compare it to another yoyo it would be the YYF Gensis, however that comparison does not do this yoyo justice because this is truly a unique yoyo and worth every penny. The t-shirt doesn’t hurt either.
This is my first review and any information or thoughts may lead to further reviews. Thanks.