Introducing the first Offstring yo-yo to come out of YoyoFactory in nearly 10 years - take to the skies, with the Flight!
It has a simple design with a stepped profile. Inner foil to assist with grinding tricks. Durable thanks to premium materials (polycarbonate) and a thicker stronger axle.
Easy to maintain with standard parts and spacers which are slightly looser fit.
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|Response System||CBC Slim Pads (19 mm)|
|Bearing||Size C Flat Bearing|
What we think:
Seeing as YoyoFactory have never really entered the Offstring arena, we were incredibly excited to try out this yo-yo. Key points we were looking for were:
- How it plays in comparison to other Offstring (OS) yo-yos on the market
- How it compares to other OS yo-yos in the price range
- Would it make a good competition standard OS yo-yo
How it plays:
The Flight has a very wide catch zone, similar to many modern Offstring stables like the Solar, rather then going for a narrower option like the Fiesta XX or the Go Big.
I personally much prefer these wider, rounded models - they enable for great stability and control regardless of what plane/angle the yo-yo is spinning at, where as with models like the Rextreme (with it's much wider profile) or the Fiesta XX, which I find can be a bit less forgiving when doing certain styles of tricks.
The string gap, stock, is one of the best I have seen - it allows for easy regens and binds, but is still wide enough to allow 2 layers of string to be present without snagging - however there isn't really any room for string gap adjustment, less you swap out the guts or mess around with shims.
The texture lends itself very nicely to grinds, although it's still not smooth enough to be able to maintain long finger spins without the aid of a glove (comparatively with a C3 Solar I am able to finger spin to extinction - where as with the flight I can only get a few seconds of spin time without a glove to smooth it out).
The weight is fantastic - it's very evenly balanced and feels very nice on the string, but doesn't attempt to break your wrist when doing some of the more complex binds! Additionally the shape is very ergonomic (nothing super original) but is still very comfortable to hold.
One last point is that it's incredibly durable - granted it scuffs just like any other plastic would, but I have launched this thing some 30 feet in the air, have it land on concrete and not crack - so colour me impressed!
How does it compare?:
We're going to be looking at this next to models such as the Fiesta XX, the Go Big, the SkyHawk, the Hayabusa and the Rextreme 2. All of which have been used in competition and are within the same price range, give or take a few £'s, with the exception of the Rextreme which is at the upper end of this price bracket for OS yo-yos.
The view on how it compares is largely subjective and ultimately comes down to what kind of profile you like and the kind of tricks you prefer to do. Throws like the Fiesta and Go Big are the narrower offerings when it comes to OS yo-yos, so lend themselves quite nicely to more complex string-based 4A tricks (due to having the ability to hop between layered string formations like triple-or-nothing style set-ups more easily). At the other end of the spectrum is the Rextreme, which is very wide and makes body rolls and wraps much easier to accomplish.
The Flight sits comfortably in the middle of these 2 extremes - wide enough so that it allows for easier catches, but not so wide as to make it impossible to perform the more complex string based maneuvers.
Would it be viable for competition?:
Absolutely! I will not be surprised if we don't start seeing players topping their regional and national divisions with these.
Very, very happy with how this yo-yo turned out. Yoyo Factory have done an amazing job bringing a high performing yo-yo with elements of some of the popular Asian models for an incredibly low price. Whether you're thinking of getting into Offstring, or have been playing for years and just looking to try something new, you will NOT be disappointed by this throw. We give it a huge 2 thumbs up!