Need help selecting a yoyo


I want to get a new yoyo. I’m probably around the low intermediate skill level, but don’t know how to bind very well. I’m interested in string tricks but I think I’m going to end up looping more. I’m thinking I might buy a Velocity for the string tricks, but I’m not sure. I’m also thinking I should buy something good for looping, because my Saber Wing Fireball lags at the end of the string which is making it really hard to time the return of the yoyo during loop the loops. Anyways, any help is appreciated.


first give some yoyos that you might like ;D


Here is something to help with your entire first purchase:

Buying Guide:
First timer? Learning to throw? Can you already throw, and are just working on tricks? Are you advanced and ready for the next step? Or are you an expert, and just want to see the choices for you? Check this out!

First Thrower:
There are several good yoyos out there. First of all, you will want to learn how to get a good throw, and sleeper. This yoyo is right for you. It can give you god control of the yoyo, and will teach you how to throw:

I have a good throw - What next?
At this point, there are several good yoyos out there for you. Most people will recommend the YoYoJam Plastic yoyos, and that is a great start for you! Here they are:

The YoYoJam Kickside:

The YoYoJam Lyn Fury:

The YoYoJam Journey:

And possibly the best choice, and one of the best beginner yoyos of all time, and one heck of an advanced player as well, The YoYoFacory Velocity:

I am more advanced, and I feel I need something more:

In this case, there are several yoyos for you. If you want an upgrade, YoYoJam Bi-Metals are for you! Check out some of the great yoyos here:

First, the very popular YoYoJam Dark Magic:

Next, the YoYoJam Hitman:

Up after that, a good precedent to the Speedmaker, the YoYoJam Speeder!:

A great yoyo designed by Johnnie Delvalle, the YoYoJam X-Convict:

Like small yoyos? Try the YoYoJam Mini-Motu:

However, there is also a variety of high-quality plastic yoyos NOTE these plastic yoyos will require a bind return to get it back to your hand, as do the Bi-Metal YoYoJams after time.

The YoYoFactory Plastic Grind Machine:

The YoYoJam Legacy:

These yoyos are really all you need. You may want a metal, and that is okay, but these yoyos can preform the same tricks.

Remember, a metal yoyo won’t make you a better player. Still, if you want to buy them, look below:

Well, I want to look into buying metals. What now?

Well, there are several good all-metal YoYo Manufacturers out there. I feel it is out of my duty to pick the yoyos for you, so I will simply name some good yoyo companies that make great all-metal yoyos.

Caribou Lodge YoYoWorks (CLYW)


There are several more, but those are the main companies that spring to mind.

Strings, Lube, and Bearings

Don’t forget - You will always need string. Usually, there are many different varieties of string. You will first notice about the string is the material. In most occasions, cotton will be a horrible choice for you because it breaks easily and doesn’t last as long. We recommend you use either 100% Polyester Strings, or 50% Cotton and 50% Polyester string. They last longer, and are better for doing the new style of complex string tricks shown here at YoYoExpert. If you want to buy string, check here: Note Right now YoYoExpert doesn’t have 100 packs of string, and they only have 5 packs. Don’t worry - over time, they will have 100 packs of string.

Lube is not as needed, but is a good edition to have. If you want professional YoYo Lube, try some YoYoJam lube. If you want less response on your yoyo, use Thin Lube, however if you want more response, use Thick Lube.

Thin Lube:

Thick Lube:

Here is a video to show you how to apply luberication to your yoyo bearing:

You are all set to make your first purchase!


The lyn fury is a great beginner string trick yo-yo. I highly recommend it. And Yomega raiders are great for looping. Buy a lyn and a pair of raiders and some extra string, then you will be good to go for a while.


I would prefer a sunset trajectory.

  Ok, I would get Sunset Trajectorys [i]to start[/i] looping. You might want to cosider a Loop 720, but I think the Sunset will be the best begginer loper, but once you get better some modded Raiders should e great, or you could stick with your sunsets forever.
 Now for the 1a yoyo, it's always a battle between the Velocity and a YYJ plastic, I would reccomend a YYJ plastic over a Velocity for a few reasons: First, they have wider gaps, aking it easier for a begginer. Next, they almost have the same festures as a Velocity, Adjustable Gaps, and they willl start responsive, but you should pick up binding once they break in and turn unresponsive. And last, I think you can perform more advanced tricks with them than the Velocity.
 Now you're wondering what YYJ to get? Well there are four main choices, the Journey, the Lyn-Fury, the Speed Maker and the Kickside. Out of those I prefer the Kickside, the journey wont perform good tricks because of it's wheight, very light. The Speed Maker will be unresponsive really quick, so I don't think it's the best choice for someone learning to bind, but if you know how to bind it is a great choice. The Lyn-Fury's responce isn't the cup of tea for me, but you may like it. The Kickside is just perfect for me, great wheight, I learned binding and as soon as I did it was broken in, it's just a great yoyo in my opinion. But of course some people like the Journey better( But I don't know anyone who does, or the Speed Maker better, ao the Lyn Fury better. I would reccomend picking the one that looks the collest to you, Speed Maker, Lyn-Fury, or the Kickside. But my word of advice is not to go with a Journey.

(Mikey) #7

my kickside got me up to advanced part1 and my saber raider is nice for looping.


Okay, the Sunset Trajectory has already been recommended by at least two people, but I’m going to mention it for looping also. I have three of them, well, two now since I gave one to my niece. I love, love, love the Sunset Trajectory.


Ok, so I’m thinking I’ll probably get a Kickside or a Velocity for 1A. Is the Kickside a better yoyo in general? If I got a Velocity, do you think the knobs would be annoying during tricks?

As far as 2A, if I wanted to get some Shinji Saito Raiders, I could get them and a bunch of string for $38.36 plus shipping (they’re having a 25% off sale on orders of $50 or more at Yomega right now). I don’t really know what the main differences between Raiders and Sunset Trajectories as far as play goes.

(Shisaki) #10

Well I can answer one thing, no yoyo is better then another and the velocitys knob shouldnt get anyong as long as you dont do thumb grinds on it. Thats 2 things :stuck_out_tongue:

 I would still reccomend a Kickside over the Velocity as it has a wider gap, great for a begginer. And the Kickside will be able to thumb grind too, so I reccomend the Kickside over the Velocity for those reasons, but if you really want to get a Velocity, you will be fine. 
 As for looping, the Sunset Trajectorys will work better if they are stock, but the Raiders are also great when modded, I reccomend the Sunset Trajectory over the raider so you won't have to worry about modding or anything, once you get advanced the Sunset Trajectorys will work great, so you won't have to upgrade.


I’m not understanding your logic. Why is having a large gap important for beginners? A tighter gap would be better because it would be more responsive. Also, thumb grinds aren’t important (especially for beginners). I would recommend a YYF Velocity because it has the Adjust-O-Matic dial to adjust responsiveness. This will allow you yoyo to grow with you.

As for loopers, the Sunset Trajectory is a great choice!


For the loopers, if you spend lots of money, Loop 720 by YYF. $21. About. If you don’t, Firedog. $4. In between, ST NXG, $16. I’d reccommend ofr 1A, a Journey. Very high-skilled Intermediate yoyo, good for learning binds. Big Ben is good for its gap and string tricks.


I don’t really loop much so I won’t touch that part, but I can talk about the 1a stuff.
almost all of the yoyos mentioned in this topic would work well: Lyn Fury, Kickside, Velocity… I have never had or tried these but I have heard good things about them. My personal recommendation is either a Journey or a Projam, depending on what response you want. Both of them can be adjusted to be tug responsive, as well as bind unresponsive, great for doing the basics as well as for learning binds and the more difficult string tricks. I can easily do Spirt Bomb and can sometimes do And Whut? with my Journey so it works well.