What happens when everything ends? Lets face it, most will spend their time trying to find food, water, and shelter. But pure survival eventually gets boring, and what is small, lightweight, and fits a nomadic lifestyle? You already know.
Let’s be realistic, chances of finding string and response pads in a 50 mile radius are far less then any other item. The yoyo itself also needs to be weather resistant. Wooden yoyos swell if soaked(don’t ask me how I know), and they also eat strings. Not an ideal choice. But modern metal or plastic yoyos aren’t necessarily ideal. These have silicone pads, which don’t last forever. I know some have collections so large as to negate any real need to find replacement parts, but this is the apocalypse, not an extended vacation, so assume one has either lost 99% of one’s possessions or was out at work and has no way to easily get home, if the home is still standing.
For the sake of ideas, say string isn’t an issue, because you found a hobby lobby and made a rig to make your own. Also assume you have lighter fluid and can afford to clean your bearing with it. Also assume that you always carry yoyo lube for some reason. Bearings will last a very long time if maintained, but what about transaxles? That could be an alternative.
The physical construction of the yoyo will be a factor. Yoyos that are known to easily strip, or have weak spots that can break, such as plastic bearing seats, or fragile walls, won’t stand up to the end of life as we know it.
Starburst response will require no maintaince, but maybe this is an assumption of not having silicone of some kind.
What yoyos fit this bill, if any? No idea why I thought of this, but I’d love to see what ideas people come up with.