Designed with the input of multiple World Champion Takuma Yamamoto, and Hong Kong National Champion Chan Chun Hay - the Initiator is the next level in professional looping yo-yos!
It comes with 2 sets of spacers - metal for beginners, and plastics for pros.
**Free 10 pack of C3 poly strings with every pair of Initiators ordered**
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|Bearing||Size E (Small) Bearing|
|Style||1A / 2A|
The Initiator is C3's first venture into the realm of yo-yos geared towards the 2-handed style of yo-yo play.
It comes pre-installed with metal spacers which are great for beginner players - and although it is geared towards high end looping play, it still has all the capabilities of a traditional yo-yo to perform anything from Rock the Baby to Split the Atom.
However this yo-yos main aim is to push the limits of 2-handed play. It does this by featuring a very unique gap adjustment system - this essentially works by having the halves 'pop' together to start from a fully responsive position, then you use the spacers to accurately set the level of response you want.
The below video shows how the unique gap-adjustment feature works:
What we think:
We 2A players have been spoilt for choice in the last couple of years. 2 handed play was a style that was largely negleceted by many companies for a long time, primarily due to the fact that - it being such a hard style to learn - the number of players participating in it has always been less then that of 1A and the other, more popular styles. On top of that, the Raider by Yomega has long been regarded as the best looper (after some severe modifications of course).
However in the last couple of years we've had the Loop 900 and 1080 by YoyoFactory, the LP by sOMEThING, the Crook by YoyoMonster, the Vortex by YoyoJoker, the Hornet by Duncan (to name but a few), each has their own unique feel and play style, so when C3 announced they were releasing a looping yo-yo we were incredibly excited!
C3 have not disappointed - the body and weight feel very similar to the Raider, however they have implemented a unique axle/gap adjustment system. Normally with looping yo-yos you end up needing to over-tighten or 'crank' them, to get the level of response needed for fast paced looping. This, of course, has a very high risk of causing axles to strip and sides to crack. This was the major flaw with the Raider in that you had to go through this modification process every time to get the yo-yo set to your exact requirements. Often resulting in having to purchase additional raiders due to halves breaking.
What have C3 done differently? you maybe asking - well they have an axle which (prior to adjusting to your preferred with) you 'pop' into 'reset' position - this starting point has essentially no gap width, and requires you to use the spacer to loosen the gap to your preferred response level. The beauty with this is that as you are starting at the tightest possible setting - rather than working toward it - there is essentially no risk of the axle stripping or the halves cracking (outside of how you might normally break any other yo-yo, i.e. over tighten and snap it).
This method of adjustment takes a bit of getting used to because - as you can see from the video above - once the gap is reset you 'screw the halves together' and due to the axle set-up, the more you screw them together, the wider the gap gets. It does take a while to get your head around, but once you have done so - it make so much more sense.
C3 have really outdone themselves with this one - I am sure this will be a looping staple for years to come.
Will it become more popular than the Raider? - who knows, only time will tell.
Now check out what can be done with the Initiator in the below video featuring Hong Kong National Champion - Chan Chun Hay: