A Good Yo-Yo Brand but Not only Yo-Yo. Check out 4 Yo-Yos Recommendations from Rain City Skills
Many yoyo brands on the market are produced with high-performance yoyos like YoYoRecreation, YoYoFactory, TOPYO, etc. They do a good job, but this sometimes makes it less fun for yoyo plays to throw yoyos. The debate never ends about whether yoyo is a toy or a sport or something else, but yoyo is free; no matter what it is considered, yoyo players have the right to choose how to throw it, and so does the brand. Rain city skills is a company that does more than design yoyo; they also produce Begleri, books, clothes, etc. And their yoyos are a lot of fun; here is a review of three of their signature yoyo products.
Rain city skills don’t just sell yoyos. They sell an experience. The Ducc V1 is no exception. Come in hot with a custom duck case, a rubber ducky, leg pieces you can click on the center button of the yoyo, and stickers. Unpacking one is a lot of fun.
But how does it play? It was designed by a committee that always makes for a weird product. It’s got loads of power and a very snappy response. It’s pretty slim but has a big gap to catch on the string due to the relatively narrow rims.
The finish is a joy to play with. It feels smooth. A fabulous bead blast over the metallic colors makes it almost slide when grinding.
The lip on the cup LOCKS your thumb into place, and finger spins are pretty straightforward, even if the button in the middle can get in the way a bit.
It almost disappears in the pocket. It’s high and narrow. But the diameter gives it extra size to put more weight on the rims and give it that extra OOMPH. The first time I was throwing and catching it, I was surprised by how powerful it smacked back in my hand.
But is it as stable as something more comprehensive? Not. Care is needed, and attention needs to be paid to ensure it doesn’t tilt too much. Suppose you don’t mind that, though. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this little pet.
This heavy-duty yoyo is a second attempt at collaboration between Rain City Skills and YouTube’s personality Throws’ n Brews.
The guitarist is not a heavy yoyo. But somehow, it feels heavy. With its thick H shape with rounded rims, virtually all of the weight is pushed to the outside of the yoyo.
As per the preferences of one of the collaborators, there’s a severe thumb-grind lip that makes it VERY easy to land those. In the center of the cup is a little elevation to a dull point that makes it so that on finger spins, the yoyo will circle that mainly. But does not have too much of a wobble.
The finish is excellent for grinding. And all that power on the outside of the cup makes sure that it wants to keep doing that.
So what’s the downside? It doesn’t have to be a downside. But this is not a fast feeling, yoyo. I’m sure plenty of people could just push it to its limits. And go faster with it than I ever could. But to me, this feels like a throw that’s mostly for casual play and practice. That said, because of the power on the outside, it’s pretty darn stable and even does pretty well on the horizontal space.
The color schemes all bear the name of famous guitarists. But they are all very nice looking. And buying an RCS yoyo also invariably means that unpacking one will be an experience in and of itself.
A yoyo designed to look like a skateboard wheel and entirely made out of Delrin.
I honestly don’t know how I feel about the Sk8r. It’s like a cross between an old school (90’s) yoyo and a modern unresponsive one. The design of this yoyo seems a little bit the wrong way around. “I wanted the yoyo to look like this and designed it to work from there” seems odd.
However, since yoyoing is almost as much a collecting hobby as a player hobby, this would be a pretty excellent addition to anyone’s collection, especially if you’re somehow connected to skateboarding.
The yoyo itself plays very smoothly. The Delrin is well machined, the colors look great, and everything feels lovely to the touch.
Spin times are pretty good and will allow doing plenty of tricks on a single throw. As I said, though, there are limitations to this yoyo because of the design philosophy. The Gap is relatively narrow, making it more challenging to land tricks than most throws. It’s almost highwalled, making it very sensitive to going off-axis. It’s terrible for anything horizontal but great for grinds (Delrin generally loves chores.). It has the deepest; most locking thumbs grind lip on a yoyo. It’s not great for finger spins, but in theory, you could add a lego dinner plate and click it on the hub to help with that if you can pop it on accurately enough.
What it is, however, is very fun. This may be a weird way to describe it…but it plays like a skateboard wheel. You’re not worried about dropping it (wheels can handle that…and Delrin can as well), scratching it, or messing it up.
If it feels like something you can throw into your jacket pocket, backpack, or even jeans pocket along with keys, tools, or a pocket knife, never worry about it. Beat it up; it’ll laugh at you and can come back for more.
It’s a very quirky niche yoyo coming from an odd niche company. And the unboxing experience, the packaging, and added little things would reflect that.
The Sk8r can be bought from Rain City Skills direct or (when in stock)from several dealers worldwide.