It’s no secret I’m a big fan of GSquared Products.
Starting with the Albatross, I figured knowing who designed it, it should be an excellent yoyo. I took the chance and this gamble paid off. Actually, this is probably one of the safest bets you could make. A throw equally at home in competition or casual throw, comfortable, organic.
The second, being the Nessie, was a completely different playing experience. A pure engineered design intended for competition.
The along comes the AL7 series. Being pleased with both the Albatross and Nessie, what more could I want? Apparently more weight. Wow! Simply changing the metal took these from already amazing to “OMG…!”
The along comes the Triton. There’s no less enjoyment of this yoyo for me than with previous offerings. Smooth, solid, stable, a different approach to friction management(grind rings), and a mostly flat inner cup I think oriented around horizontal type play. It’s more center-weighted and a more “classic-type” shape. I’m right now trying to figure out if this is like the Albatross, and in those regards, I mean, is this designed with both casual and competition play in mind? It seems to excel at both. Being a bit more center-weighted, it’s not exactly my preferred weight distribution(I prefer more weight at the edges), but it’s still a great performer. I like this over my Cascade.
My only issue is the new 2nd runs with the engravings look AMAZING. Personally, I like it when the yoyos have identifying marks. This way, when I get older and start forgetting things, I have a reminder as to what it is. I am pleased with my Space Panther, but man, if I wasn’t waiting on a check from a late paying client(their lateness has cost me 20% of this check in late fees I gotta pay now), I’d snatch one up just to have a second with probably the Captain America colorway.
With essentially 3 different designs(not counting the AL7 versions as different), there are three distinct and different playing personalities.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. GSquared has shown they are up there with the likes of CLYW and One Drop. Each release just reinforces that. It’s clear to see why GSquared won the New Company of the Year for 2012. This is a company to keep an eye on. I sure do. I have so far been 100% satisfied with every yoyo I’ve gotten from them to date, so I look forward to the next release.