It is funny how yoyo companies put so much undo stress on themselves. Over the years I have had the pleasure to meet to quite a few owners and the ones I have talked to place extremely high demands on themselves and their products, so much so that they end up with “Not Quite Production” ready products… B-Grades. The crazy thing is that most of these NQP products end up playing flawlessly. My personal favorite NQP was a yoyo that had anodizing flaws in the pad recess. You read that correctly, it was sold at a drastically reduced rate because there was an ano flaw on a part of the yo-yo what would never see the light of day under normal use. The reason why I am talking about this is because the initial, limited run of General Yo’s newest, the KLR, is considered “Competition Grade”. Ernie explained to me that “Competition Grade” is the new term he will be using for his yo-yos that he feels are not up to his standards and is killing off the “B” and “Plus” Grades. His reasoning for giving the first run of KLRs this grade is that some of them might have a slight vibe but he still wanted to get them into his team members’ hands. Personally I take his talking about vibe with a grain of salt, Ernie’s litmus test for vibe is the original Torrent… the yo-yo that basically defined smooth several years back and is still used as the bar by which all others are compared to this day. Well, enough talking about vibe and the various grades of products. It is time to dig into the KLR designed by Ernie Kaiser with input from General Yo team members Alex Lee and James Reed.
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