From OneDrop comes - the Vanguard!
A sleak, affordable, smooth throw that feels steady, solid and yet melts through tricks like butter.
In a beautiful Pryamatte finish, this yo-yo is available in a huge array of colours - and will delight both seasoned players and those new to the aluminium yo-yo market alike.
Check out more on this great yo-yo below.
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|Response System||One Drop Flow Groove Pads|
|Bearing||Large (C) stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)|
|Style||1A / 3A / 5A|
What OneDrop say:
With more and more specialty yo-yo brands venturing out to Chinese manufacturing, we are proud to continue to offer an alternative: Top quality yo-yos made right here at the factory in Eugene, Oregon.
Starting at $49, the Vanguard is playing testament to the values we strive to achieve. We don't cut corners here at the shop; we cut metal. The journey to constantly discover new manufacturing techniques and ways to improve our production is what drives us each morning. When you support us by purchasing a One Drop yo-yo, everyone’s a winner: you get a great yo-yo at a great price, we are able to continue doing what we love and our wonderful retailers are able to offer a distinct alternative to their usual fare. When you come visit our factory, or contact us on Facebook, email or other social media, you will be talking to the guys who are actually making your yo-yos.
The yearn to explore never ceases when you throw the Vanguard and you're greeted with a surge of power which fuels your imagination late past curfew. It seems to assist you as you make your way to the forefront of trick discovery. There's a sense of familiarity as the yo-yo rests between the crevices of your fingers. Accent marks alongside the catch-zone highlight the transition between the gap and the rim. Let your creativity run loose as you try your hand at finger spinning with our new open hub area.
Whether you're starting out and looking to snag your first aluminum yo-yo, or if you've been around the block a few times, the Vanguard is there for you.
What we think:
As a personal preference I am not normally a fan of H-Profile yo-yos, however I think the Vanguard is turning me around. I also think that it's due to the profile, and subsequent weight distribution, that this yo-yo feels so powerful when you throw it - even with a gentle throw it seems to generate extra spin as if out of no where!
In terms of playability, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Much like the Downbeat, this yo-yo feels more like a yo-yo that you can just chill-out with. That being said, it does also lend itself very well to grinds (due to the Prymatte coating), friction against the string is very minimal, so even with several string layers it keeps a strong momentum. I personally found it didn't lend itself so well to horizontal tricks, however it might simply be that due to the profile I need to give myself some time to get used to it.
One thing I will certainly say - is that quality wise, this feels like you're playing with a £70 yo-yo, not a £35 one. The American engineering and manufacturing that OneDrop pride themselves on shines through here. There's no fancy splash colours, no intricate detailed artwork, just a variety of solid colours that actually suit the yo-yo very well.
All in all - I couldn't be happier with this throw. Certainly the best H-shaped yo-yo of it's price range and a fantastic all-round player.
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