Beyond Envy

Remember this. Well here is what was put up today on Hspin’s website.

This clarifies it: HSPIN has no intention to turn out the lights as many of you speculate. Quite the opposite. Fewer an more extravagant eruptions of creativity is what you shall see.

After summer 2010, Spencer Berry and I recapped his observations and synthesis from Worlds. One thing he told me was that many players had shared with him that they were missing “HSPIN’s extravagant, weird creations from previous years”.

This lead me to solidify thoughts that had been fermenting in my brain for a while, and to the changes you have seen recently. HSPIN got famous because of the class-of-its-own, odd yoyo designs such as the ENVY, PYRO or Good&Evil releases. Recent efforts to cater to actively competing yoyo players resulted in frustration, cost and less success. I was running after others’ preferences rather than protecting the HSPIN that HSPIN once was.

The BEYOND ENVY is the first release that brings HSPIN back on track. I scribbled the drawings on a pieces of paper during a phone conversation in fall 2010, then took a picture of it with my Blackberry and mailed it to Had for conversion to CAD format. Prototypes were shown with great success during EYYC 2011 in the Czech Republic.

Expect solid ChrisK-style yoyo design… this one is a limited edition playing like a slim, large bearing yoyo, uncompromisingly precision-machined and assembled in Switzerland. Changes since previous versions include raw gap-side finish, “edgy” design in all aspects, large bearing, K-pad response (thanks Had) and a return to hard-core H-profile.

35 pieces per color option only. Available soon.

Weight: 63.7g
Diameter: 54.0mm
Width: 35.0mm
Gap: 4 mm
Bearing: 13mm
Response: K-pads

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  1. February 22, 2012 @ 3:59 am HDPT

    Two primary aspects of a yoyo to consider: form and functionality. Sometimes the form immediately identifies a/the potential function. Sometimes the function dictates the form. (example; ‘this has to be like this, so it can do that or do that better’).

    A car may have a very fancy look, but when you put it in a wind tunnel, it may prove to not be very efficient or practical, etc.

    To me, this yoyo has a very nice look to it. Very Custom looking. It does not look like it was thought out in a hurry. That is a good thing.

    Considering the price to be high is primarily a simple matter of ones’ shallow understanding of what engineering, labor and materials went into the yoyo. That does not necessarily justify the price, but it also does not justify arbitrarily concluding a price is too high, because ‘you don’t like it’.

    What I see is a very pointy outer most edge on the rims. That is part of its’ form, but I cannot identify any reason that non ergonomic shape is justified by a valid function. I would feel that catching the yoyo on occasional hard returns would prove to be very uncomfortable.

    When a design incorporates a feature(like a prominent edge) that seems more Artsy and less user friendly, then I have a tendency to view the yoyo as more of a Display item than something Notable.

    Every yoyo design does not have to be boringly round and super comfy, but to tag a higher pricepoint to a yoyo that literally looks like it is whispering, ‘I am going to hurt you’ is really not a good look.

    Absolutely my personal opinion.

    On a side note; I do like the Beyond Envy statement. Since I never thought the Envy was anything but a lame yoyo design; anything beyond the Envy is no doubt a better idea. The Envy was a lemon disguised as a New Direction. And it was a New Direction; straight down. It sucked and when Hspin made it lighter; it sucked in a lighter way.


  2. February 21, 2012 @ 9:28 pm Chris

    Inner hub is really nice. Like the minimalist ‘button’ look.


  3. February 21, 2012 @ 1:09 pm topper777

    i agree, way too expensive. maybe their next yoyo will be an affordable metal!!!
    the yoyo definitly looks futuristic.


  4. February 21, 2012 @ 12:07 am Augie

    Love it.



  5. February 20, 2012 @ 6:59 pm Paul

    If it was a car it would be a Delorean:) it has a retro-futuristic thing going on. Neat looking, but too much $… Kind of like deloreans.


  6. February 20, 2012 @ 6:57 pm Thedeadyo

    I guess im the only one here that thinks it looks great. Ive loved all the other envys to be released, this one looks to be no exception.


  7. February 20, 2012 @ 6:14 pm aldur

    i’ll be more moderate : it looks like a cool throw, i’d use it “for a change”, every now and then. but even for a yo i’d use often, it’s damn expensive ! why not make a qualiy throw that would be a bit more affordable to produce ??
    i’d like to try it, but i’ll pass on the price…


  8. February 20, 2012 @ 5:29 pm james

    burn it with fire!!!


  9. February 20, 2012 @ 2:29 pm pyro

    and 169 €? you sure are crazy…


  10. February 20, 2012 @ 2:28 pm pyro

    My eyes are bleeding, so ugly!!


  11. February 20, 2012 @ 2:24 pm Alex

    Use a stronger/bigger axle!


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