LedgerYoYo Review: The Bonfire by Caribou Lodge YoYo Works (CLYW)
Today’s review will be written out for you, I hope to film my future reviews and upload them to my YouTube channel.
String used: Chaos 422 (Pink/Yellow/Blue)
Caribou Lodge was started in 2006 by Chris (Caribou Chris) Mikulin. Caribou Lodge’s first release was the Peak, which started a wildfire of love for the now thriving brand in the yoyo industry. After the discontinuation of the Peak in 2010, CLYW fans continued to love the freshman work of CLYW. Peak values have since driven through the roof due to the desire for such a great playing, original yoyo. In 2009, CLYW released a great pocket sized yoyo called the Campfire. At the recent end of 2013, Chris released a new yoyo for the 2014 CLYW line called the Bonfire. Chris’ objective for the Bonfire was a great, full sized Campfire. It is with great happiness that I can review the Bonfire, a yoyo that I find to be a Campfire-shaped, more stable version of the legendary CLYW Peak.
(Direct from CLYW.ca)
Diameter: 2.169" / 55.1 mm
Width: 1.783" / 45.3 mm
Gap: 0.164" / 4.16 mm
Weight: 66.1 g
Bearing: CTX 10 Ball by Central Bearing Company
Response: Aqua Snow Tires
Made in USA by OneDropDesign
Artwork by: Jason Week
Out of the box:
The Bonfire comes in the classic brown CLYW cardboard box with all-new artwork from Jason Week. Included in the box is “green packing” for protecting the yoyo and a Kitty String. The first run of Bonfires comes equipped with CLYW aqua Snow Tires, a long CLYW axle and a Central Bearing Company Center Trac X size C 10 ball bearing. Chris also includes a CLYW sticker pack in your package!
Bearing and Response:
As the nature of pre-lubed bearings, the Center Trac X requires break-in time and comes responsive out of the box. After break-in the bearing spun healthy, giving the Bonfire phenomenal spin times. Binds are very snappy with the aqua Snow Tires. I love the feel of aqua over original, as aqua definitely perform better from a competitive aspect.
The Bonfire represents Chris’ skill in producing beautiful yoyos. The Gruntbull finish is smooth and perfect for grinds. The anodizing is absolutely stunning, as you can tell by the Black Bip Bop beauty! The shape clearly resembles the Campfire and is similar to the shape of the Peak mainly by the look of the cup. The cup sports the classic Peak style spike on the hub and a wide-open cup.
The Bonfire lives up to CLYW’s high standards and is dead smooth on the string and grinds, something that wasn’t so common on the Peak. Chris mentioned the axle system giving some troubles with tuning on some of the Bonfires, however I have yet to notice any issues with my unit. The Bonfire feels a bit hefty on the string, and plays like a great mid weight yoyo during play. The bonfire feels very similar to the peak in this sense, since it feels lighter than its weight. The Bonfire doesn’t have as much speed and float as the Peak. The Bonfire has a good amount of float to make it fun to play and enough speed for competitions. The Bonfire’s good amount of weight helps it since you can push out as much speed as you so desire. The less speed and float in comparison to the peak show in the biggest difference between the two yoyos: stability. The Bonfire is very stable and can handle just about any tricks you throw at it. As this was the biggest issue I found with the Peak, finding more stability in the Bonfire was a pleasant surprise. When I tell you the Bonfire can handle anything you throw at it, I wasn’t kidding. Grinds are fantastic and finger spins are up there too. The stability can handle any vigorous trick, and the shape is great for smaller chopstick styled play as well. The V shape catches the string and rejects it with ease, just as the organic shape did with the Peak. I am no professional when it comes to matador tricks, however I am sure the spike works well enough to pull them off.
The Bonfire is one HECK of a start for CLYW in 2014. Chris seems to be upping his standard for yoyos with every release, and the Bonfire truly shows. I am not sure how many from the first run are left, however I HIGHLY recommend you going out to purchase one. The play is awesome, and the only thing that wasn’t perfect (albeit good, and better than the Peak) was the stability. The Bonfire was apparently based off the Campfire. Judging by its play, I am afraid Chris used the Campfire shape with the Bonfire to cover up one scary, underlying truth. The truth is that Chris may as well have named the Bonfire the Peak 2. Putting the Peak’s label on the Bonfire truly frightens me, for I may never see these sell used for a reasonable price. The price doesn’t really matter to me, though, since I just can’t seem to put the Bonfire down. It is THAT good!
5 out of 5 stars!
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