Alright, so I blew like 500 bucks on yoyos this past week, and the last one I got was the 44. I had heard that it was coming out, but it kind of slipped my mind amidst my rampant yoyo purchasing. When I saw the banner on the main page for the 44, I was a little skeptical as to whether or not I should spend even more money and then that thing hit me that usually hits me when I decide to buy yoyo’s when I’m almost broke: it’s new, it’s sweet, and I have to have it.
There were a few key points that really drew me to the 44: 1) it had a diamter of 50.4 millimeters. I am one of those guys who doesn’t like yoyos to be too big, but not too small either. 52 mm had been my previous favorite for yoyo diameters, and so I was kind of worried that the 44 might feel to small. The second key point that drew me to it was the profile. I love classic, rounded yoyos. The addiction and the basselope are two of my favorite throws, and the profile of the 44 looked really similar to both of these, and it definitely drew me in. The third key factor was the colorway: blue and purple acid wash. Reminded me of my old kentaro superstar that my rabid ex-girlfriend somehow walked away with…
I have to say that after having yoyo’d (and bought yoyos) for the past year, the luster of checking my mailbox and finding that white priority box had almost diminished for me. Getting new yoyos just isn’t what it used to be. This week I forked over dollar after dollar trying to bring back that christmas morning feeling of a new yoyo, and after opening box after box this week it just wasn’t happening… Until I got the 44.
If you like yoyos that aren’t too big, but aren’t teeny-tiny, or yoyos that aren’t too heavy, yet not too light, and that have a comfortable, classic feel then the 44 is totally for you. The finish on it is amazing. It has a deep anodization that makes it a dream for grinds. It’s perfectly unresponsive, with nice tight binds. It’s really nimble on the string, and easily manipulated with its smaller size and ample weight. And, if you’re as lucky as I was, it will bring back that new yoyo christmas-like feeling.
Diameter: 50.4 mm / 1.98 inches
Width: 41.3 mm / 1.63 inches
Gap Width: 4.7 mm / .19 inches
Response System: Central Bearing Co - CBC Slim Pad
Weight: 66.4 grams
Bearing Size: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)