Here’s my first review, I hope it turns out okay.
The bi-metal shutter was something I expected too much from considering the reviews I watched and the expectations I had for a YYF 2019/2020 throw that’s >$100. It’s a great throw NGL, but there are just things I expected that I didn’t receive.
When opening the package I was disappointed to see the size of the Shutter Bi-Metal box. It’s just a generic YYF Box that you can put most YYF yo-yos in, I was expecting the plastic casing box that I saw in most reviews so that was just really annoying. When taking out the yoyo I noticed blemishes or something that rubbed off, I didn’t mind it too much but it’s not something I want to receive from a $120 yoyo. It also came with the generic yellow poly string that lasts 1-3 days which is okay. There were many goods and some bads that stood out to me.
First are the ratings I gave the throw,
Vibe: 7/10 after tuning the throw (was a 6 before in my honest opinion). I expected a smoother yoyo for $120
Spin Time: 9/10 this is given for any decent Bimetal design
Grinds: 7.5/10 given the new designs YYF and everyone is coming out with, I feel like this throw should of had a better texture for finger grinds as well as a better shape, but it’s a signature throw so I can’t dock it too hard. Still does every grind good.
Stability: 10/10 Along with the great spin time, it handles horizontals and technical combos really well and you can do these tricks more consistently and for longer than most throws. This should be a given for most Bimetal designs also.
Nimbleness: 9/10 The Shutter Bi-Metal can handle most if not all speed combos most throwers have, but it’s not the lightest throw you will have, speed combos are easy but you might notice your arms getting tired if speed combos are you’re main thing.
Price: 6/10 I just came back to the yoyo community and it looks pretty competitive right now for some companies. I acknowledge that this throw is a really good competitive throw but I feel like there are a good amount of throws out there from other companies that can achieve these ratings at a lower price. Not to be too mean to YoYoFactory but the YYF Marco which is half the price would of gotten a similar rating from me. At this price I expect some better quality control.
Now for some after throwing experiences,
I was really hoping for a smooth throw when receiving this throw, I understand that getting all the throws to play smooth is pricy and that especially goes for bimetals. Though I feel like I got the short end of the stick considering I gave this yoyo two chances. I noticed the vibe problem on the first yoyo I received so I exchanged it for a different color and received similar results to the first throw. I also emailed YYF about this. I wasn’t too happy with what I heard from them also… I emailed them if I could exchange my yoyo through them instead of the store I bought it from and I told them the problem I had with vibe on the throw. The email I received is that “They aren’t all 10s so I just need to know if we can meet your standards”. I told YYF I was hoping to reach an 8.5/10 on vibe at least but I haven’t heard back from them yet. Hopefully I will after the weekend.
All in all the shutter bi-metal is a great yoyo not considering the vibe for competition. It handles every trick well and spins for a very long time. Although taking into account the vibe I got on the throw twice along with the packaging it comes with now and the high price compared to some other bimetals. I can’t recommend it. There are bimetals that are <$100 that played well as well as ones that are >$120 that have a better chance of playing better. I’m going to try to exchange this throw again probably for a different bimetal.
The throws I can recommend are the YYF Marco for budget players, or the YYR Overdrive Draupnir if money isn’t an object to you.
Hopefully YYF does better in their production…