Hello folks, and thanks for reading this review. I’ve been meaning to do this one for awhile so here goes…
This is the first Spyy that I bought. I was really attracted to the design and aggressive look. One half is gun metal grey with black splash and the other is black with gun metal grey splash. I mean this thing has looks! If ever there was a yoyo that looked cool and tough, this is it,
The packaging is a litle dry for my taste compared to what Duncan uses or Henry’s even. But it’s a minor point.
The profile or shape of this Undersized yoyo is very very similar to the Protostar, almost exact, just a few degrees off in slope, so I figured it would handle excellent since I have a protostar, it seemed like a good choice.
What I like about this yoyo is that its undersized, has looks that kill, a COOL name, and has a low walled gap, which I always say makes for great string play with very little to no drag at all. It handles everything you can throw at it with good binds. There is good float to this yoyo, and speed as well. (Plays slow or fast). You can do IRG’s and finger grinds good enough, however the surface of the yoyo is not as smooth or slick like the Chaotic, or the Quark or the 888 for example.
Here are the Specs:
Diameter: 49.50 mm / 1.95 inches
Width: 41.00 mm / 1.61 inches
Gap Width: 4.5 mm / .18 inches
Weight: 67 grams
Response: Recessed silicone pads
Accepts flowable silicone Bearing Size: CBC Center Trac Bearing
Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
The Stryker comes with a floating axle which at first had me worried about centering it everytime I took it apart, but since I have learned that the axle fills in both holes fully when the halves are screwed together so there is no further issue.
There are some draw backs to the design in my opinion on 2 fronts which limit my enjoyment with this throw.
First, the yoyo is not very comfortable in your palm. This one has very pronounced corners or edges that feel kinda sharp and can make returns uncomfortable and even hurtful sometimes, whereas the YYF 888 or the String Theory Quark, or YYF Chaotic are all nicely contoured and super comfy in the palm and on returns.
Second, the spike look I thought was cool at first and I thought it to be useful with tricks somehow, but it’s just there for cosmetic purposes and added weight. And here is where the problem is in my view. The Stryker just doesn’t measure up when it comes to decent spin times. In it’s weight class, The 888 beats it, the Singularity beats it 3X over, the Protostar too, well u get the point. And it’s all because of the extra density and weight placed over the axle. It counteracts the added rim weight effect. Yoyos wth no spike or exposed axles have very little weight there and provide better spin times. The Chaotic is the best example I can think of, has no weight over the axle and all heavy rim weight pushing outward. The Chaotic weighs 1 gram less than the Styker at 66 grams, and beats it hands down.
To conclude, this buy was on impulse mostly because of the look. I like the yoyo, but in my experience it does not outperform other Spyy models with no spikes or other yoyo’s in my collection with no spikes. Cool looking but there are better options.