The most specialized professional yoyo? Three yoyos recommendations from GWAY Throw
This Devil dares to be different, and it works.
The first time I got my hands on a “Niche” brand yoyo, it was the Daredevil. The second release from Gway brings quite a lot to the table, Organic inspired. Still, even more, H shape than its predecessor, the Daredevil is made from the Premium 7068 Aluminium, which boasts higher density (weight per cm³) and strength.
The yoyo is a little undersized. It feels easy to palm. The giant rounded rims are very comfortable to grip. However, it’s still plenty wide and doesn’t work for a pocket yoyo because of this. The boundaries overhang into a severe lip in the cups. Very easy to lock a thumb into while thumb grinding. The Gway standard (so far) spike in the center is a little sharper and longer than the one of its older sibling. And this makes it easier to use.
What you do notice is the feeling of weight. It seems a touch heavy for such a small thing. However, “heavy” might be the wrong term. “Sturdy” would be a better description. The finish is very slick and good for grind style tricks. But the shape is such that one finger grinds a lot of contact with skin. This slow the RPMs right down quite fast. So although it’s comfortable for grinds, it can’t do very long chores.
Finger spins are what we’re used to from a spiked yoyo—nothing unexpected there.
When playing it, it’s mostly power with a bit of speed that you’ll feel. But this is no speed demon. The D bearing possibly is responsible for a little extra of that power. And while it is very cool…I’m not very excited about ever having to replace the bearing since all my replacement bearings are C-sized.
The response is what we’ve come to expect from Gway, VERY snappy and hard. A failed bind is less common than an accidental early bind.
Will you love this yoyo? I don’t know. I do, for sure. It’s unique, but I don’t know if it’s for everyone.
Diameter: 55.60 mm / 2.19 inches
Width: 45.50 mm / 1.79 inches
Gap Width: 4.40 mm / 0.17 inches
Weight: 65 grams
Bearing Size: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: “Slim Pad” Size 19mm OD
Material: 6061 Aluminium
The Youtube yoyo personality and reviewer Guy With a Yoyo decided to try his hand at releasing a yoyo. This is his first attempt. And what an attempt it is.
The Saboteur is an, at the very least, organically inspired yoyo. It’s got big bell-shaped cups with some ring shapes and a spike in the middle. Looking at it from another angle, the body is like a cross between an O shape and a soft H because of the step to the response system.
The Bell-shaped cups are bell-shaped and ring like a bell on each snappy bind. The Schmoove Groove next to the response pads reduces some friction and helps with long spin times.
Because it does have a relatively high walled shape, it’s not the most stable of throws. Not keeping the string perfectly straight when the yoyo is on it does tend to make it tilt. However, it is also susceptible to being corrected to get it straight again.
The spike in the center is pretty sharp but not very high. This makes pull starts possible but not very easy. After all, this is a reasonably LARGE yoyo. And it may be difficult for those with smaller hands to grab the spike on both sides.
The lip is a tiny bit overhanging, making thumb grinds possible. But not very easy. It doesn’t lock it into place precisely and tends to slide off the thumbnail.
Finger spins work reasonably well on the nail and decently on the spike if you can land it.
Grinds are a dream. The blasted finish is smooth. Silky almost.
There’s quite a lot of power coming when throwing this yoyo. Long smooth spin times are the norm. And the response is very grippy and snappy. Sometimes dangerously so. The high walls don’t play around and grab on to the string.
The catch on this yoyo is the most comfortable I’ve experienced due to the rounded shape and smooth finish.
If you like organic-based yoyos, get one if you can find one.
For his 3rd release in a single year, the organic rounded shapes of his previous designs were traded for something much more angular.
While playing the Regulator feels like it’s a cross between the light airiness of the Saboteur and the size and quickness of the Daredevil, but even more so.
Still present are the ring and spike designs that we know from his previous two releases. But this time, they are sitting in a yoyo that looks like a V shape profile with flared-out flat rims. These are angled inwards to guide the string to the right place if landing on it.
Out of their three releases, this one is the fastest feeling one. The snappy response that all their throws show helps make it feel this way. Failed binds with this yoyo are a rarity.
Then something I don’t talk about much in my reviews. This thing looks just straight-up badass. It’s angular and looks like it wants to pick a fight with a biker. Of course, this is dependent on taste. But the colorways are extremely lovely.
The Regulator can be found from several dealers…although it is currently sold out at most places, YoTricks still has a couple in stock.