I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the Peak or the Wooly Marmot. There was a brief moment when I felt that the YYF Genesis and CLYW Peak were my two favorite throws, but since then I’ve become accustomed to having wider low walled gaps. I believe the Peak is a little out dated with a gap a bit too narrow for my liking. I still think it’s a great yoyo, but I do believe CLYW have now designed their two best models, the new Gnarwhal and Sasquatch return tops. Since the release of the Wooly Marmot I have been a bit wary of purchasing Caribou Lodge yoyos without trying them, especially with them being so expensive and all. I passed on the Bassalope for this reason and to this day have yet to try one. However, a few months ago my chubi Aaron acquired a Gnarwhal via trade and when I tried it I was confused at first, but on another occasion fell in love with it’s quickness and speed. A few weeks later I had 2 Gnarwhals in my collection. haha. Fast forward a month to 2010 Nationals. It’s Friday and I’m hanging out at Bird In Hand and Thad brings over a pile of Sasquatches. He has 5 of every color and two of the colors happen to be the 28 Stories Edition and the Team Edition. My Pal Aaron and I lay waist to the packaging and begin to nitpick the 5 28 Stories for the perfect splash. He chose his and I chose mine… we threw on some string, adjusted the length, threw a couple of combos and immediately knew we had to have them. In Aaron’s case, he had to have two and copped the Team Edition as well… greedy turd.
Unknown, but here’s my guess:
Width: 43.00 mm
Diameter: 55.6 mm (barely smaller than my Juvenile Offender)
Gap: 4.14 mm
Weight: 68.10 grams (weighed at bird in hand)
Response: Flowable Silicone
TOP DRAWER!, low walled gap, flawless anodizing and superb response system. I could go on, but I don’t see any point.
When I play the Sasquatch I feel like I’m in direct control of it’s movement. The yoyo doesn’t fall behind or get ahead of me. I think the word transparent would be a good word to describe it’s play. You’re movements are it’s movements. It spins violently fast and is a bit hefty on the string during play and I think it’s intentional. It’s crazy stable with all that spin time, and you can really man handle this yoyo when you want to play fast without losing control. It’s not sluggish, it’s actually quite quick. I notice that I tend to use larger motions with my hands and arms to get it to do what I want.
The Sasquatch has a great feel, it’s a very strong and powerful yoyo. I have a feeling it would be great for long body/acrobatic combos in competition. I’m not the greatest at playing behind my back or under my leg or anything, but I can see someone using this yoyo for that stuff to great effect. Personally I’ve been really into undersized yoyos lately and I’m liking the Gnarwhal a bit more than the Sasquatch. I’m sure I’ll get tired of playing as fast as I can and want to play more relaxed during the upcoming winter months and the Sasquatch will be the tool for the job.