Where to begin…?
Probably not quite big enough for what I’d comfortably classify as “full sized.” I’d say it’s about in between - smaller than DNA but larger in diameter than my Hatrick with about the same width.
Very interesting profile. Takes a bit of getting used to but extremely comfortable. Seems to lend itself to a smaller catch radius than it may seem, though, demanding deceptively precise play.
Definitely floaty, very smooth on the string - string landings and impacts seem almost nonexistent.
I was expecting more of the fabled SPYY beadblast as far as grinds go. It’s a great finish, but the blast on my Hatrick seems to be a bit more conducive to long lasting grinds.
FATAL FLAW: The bearing seat is also beadblasted, rendering one of my durable Alchemy strings frayed around the bearing and me fearing for a breakage after only a couple hours of play, and I’ve never had one of those strings fray on me before. Not unfixable, but I’d definitely expect a bit more care from a company that’s known for its beadblast finishes.
I can’t seem to get a really good pop-up thumb grind off of it. I probably just need to get used to it. The IRG lip is there, though not prominent.
I can’t really seem to get the hang of the spikes either. Though I’m certainly an amateur when it comes to spikes and matador play, I can’t even get a good hold on them during mid sleep or from a ripstart like I could on my Hatrick.
Despite all this, it seems like it could very well grow on me quick. I like the in-between size and the unique profile, and of course the floatiness.
If I had to sum up the Punch Line in 3 words:
Was it worth selling 4 other yoyos to buy? Probably, but only more time and experience will say for sure.
That’s my impression, at least for now…