YoyoFactory Replay Pro-competition driven plastic yoyo

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The YoyoFactory Replay pro is the best cheap unresponsive yoyo manufactured by YoyoFactory which provides great value for the price. The yoyo was designed by Gentry Stein who won the 1A Open Division of the World Yo-Yo Contest in 2014 with the YoyoFactory Shutter. Gentry even managed to win the 2015 Us Nationals with this inexpensive yoyo. What makes it so special? Let’s see its main characteristics!

SPECIFICATIONS:

They are the following:

Weight | 69g

Diameter | 58.2mm

Width | 44mm

Gap Width | 4.5mm

Bearing | CBC Large Center Trac Bearing

Response | CBC Large Slim Pads

Where to buy from| YoyoFactory Europe

Construction and Shape-what makes this yoyo different?

The YoyoFactory Replay Pro has a regular butterfly/H-shape that makes the yoyo design so elegant. The polycarbonate injection moulded halves can stand hits pretty well. Unfortunately, it hasn’t any finger spin cup (because they are circular discs)so you can hardly do such things.

This yoyo is heavier than most of the plastic yoyos, even the metal ones at a staggering 69g weight(far more than the average of a 64-65g yoyo).

The axle is also longer than the average 8mm one (from my observations it is around 20 mm in length, its role is to improve the link between the two halves of the yoyo).

Gentry Stein and the YoyoFactory team had managed to bring the 3 main characteristics a yoyo must have to be competitive: spin time, stability and catchability on the string. Most of the yoyos at that time lacked one of these characteristics and that was most often the stability.

Unlike the YoyoFactory North star, the Replay doesn’t come with aluminium spacers, the bearing seat itself is moulded within the yoyo structure. The yoyo still has great performance even with these modifications.

Playability and feel-keep on playing with the Replay Pro?

From my perspective, the yoyo feels extremely comfortable onto my hands. The spin time is great as long as I maintain the bearing properly, so I can perform longer tricks and still have the yoyo spinning.

The yoyo is able to handle any kind of 1A trick you throw at it, the horizontal tricks work as well, but you will find a bit tough to start off in this area. Don’t worry too much though. If Gentry Stein can pull it off, well, you can make it too with practice.

When I do tricks with the Replay Pro, something annoys me about it. The shape is a bit too narrow and the slopes are close to one another. This affects somehow the stability (don’t get me wrong-the yoyo is still stable when let spinning).

However, Gentry Stein doesn’t seem to be bothered by the impediment.

 

The thing is when I pull one string towards myself or to another direction, the string tends to rub the smooth polycarbonate surface and influence the way the yoyo spins (it tilts a bit too much for my taste). However, this is manageable, and I can go on with this problem without much concern. Come on! I only paid 16 bucks for this yoyo.

Another thing to be mentioned is the finger grind design. Goes on fairly well but the polycarbonate doesn’t offer so much spin time in regard to this style of playing. The thumb grinds may work, but the yoyo in;t designed for this kind of trick. Still, it is 16 dollars!

Conclusion

The YoyoFactory Replay Pro is a great throw for both beginners and professional players. For its price, it accomplishes great things in terms of design and playability. This is a yoyo you should definitely try out! You won’t regret any dollar spent on it!

Any questions or suggestions? Ask them into the comments section!

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Sebastian

He is passioned about yoyoing and technology .Enjoys dreaming about the multiple possibilities the internet offers to share the knowledge gathered in 2 years of experience within the skill toys world.Wordpress comes in handy for achieving this dream and for materializing his vision.

2 Comments

Boby · April 24, 2019 at 7:33 pm

Personally, I’ve never really played with this type of Yo-yo.
But reading your article I can sense how passionate you’re about it.
And I have to confess, I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun!
So maybe now is an as good time as any to give it a try.
Thanks a lot for sharing this post, it made me think about all the things I haven’t done in ages!

    Sebastian · April 24, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    I think that the yoyo deserves more attention from the general public as it is a fascinating toy to play with. It offers you the freedom to try new things in the realm of skill toys. The yoyo can do more things than a kendama or fidget spinner or even slime. By playing with the yoyo you improve your dexterity and above all, you have fun! There is no age to begin playing with such a toy that has existed for more than 2500 years starting from Ancient Greece! I recommend you to try a beginner yoyo and then continue with an advanced one as you make progress!

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