Doc's Review | The Gelada by MonkeyfingeR

When I lived in Sacramento, I used to take my daughter to the zoo constantly.  She loved seeing the big cats right behind the glass, and then while we ate lunch we would sit on the benches and watch the chimps and monkeys in their enclosure.  I will never forget when a chimpanzee came over to the glass and got really close to where we were sitting.  It looked so intelligent, looking around at the world beyond the glass, looking at the other visitors.  It was the eyes.  They looks so soulful, innocent and curious… and then he took a wad of poo and smeared it on the glass.  Monkeys man… what are you going to do.


  • Gelada stamped box
  • MonkeyfingeR Sticker
  • Designer Twisted String
  • Cool looking bag


Diameter: 57 mm
Width: 44.35 mm
Gap Width: 4.25 mm
Weight: 64.4 grams




Construction and Design:

Looks Great Looks Good Looks not so good
Incredible colorway options Interesting hub Not much rim weight
Beadblasted only in catch zone Standardized C-bearing and response  
Who doesn’t love freaking monkeys? Sloping catch zone  


MonkeyfingeR has a very unique take on yo-yo design.  You don’t need to look any further than their first release, the Evil-Yo to capture their mission statement.  It is clear that MonkeyfingeR wants to make yoyos that are unique while still maintaining a high performance standard.  The Gelada is no different.  While the catch zone shape leans more towards the a traditional throw, MFD took a few risks as well.  If you remember the Evil-Yo, the yo-yo had a very aggressive beadblast finish.  On the Gelada, only the catch zone is beadblasted and it is done is a much gentler way.  Over the week of play I did not experience any premature string chewing.

The rim weight is also a bit different in that there is not much of it.  There is a good amount of core weight due to the inner axle hub, and about halfway in the cup is a step that divides what would normally be all rim weight to half rim, half body.


Great! Not so great…
Smooth play Tends to tilt on fast play
Grinds very well  
Easy to hit catch zone  
Snappy response system  


I had a hard time with the Evil-Yo.  The shape was a bit too non-traditional for me and I found it too small for my giant hands.  The Gelada is much bigger and gives me the curved catch zone I was missing.  I found the Gelada to be smooth throw with a moderate play style.  It wanted to speed up on slow maneuvers, and struggled with some of the faster rolls and chops.  This is a great yo-yo for yoyoers who’s play style is a mix between the two extremes.

The lack of rim weight bothered me just a bit.  I felt that the Gelada could have felt more solid with a gram more of weight on each rim.  I also had a hard time finding a use for the axle hub.  It looks like it has a function of some kind, but after a week of play I think it is purely cosmetic.  Grinds were incredible.  I love how the catch zone is bead blasted, but the cup is still raw and shiny.  This gives you the best of both words in grind performance, and yo-yo visibility.  The colors pop and catch the eye.


Final Thoughts:

I like this yo-yo.  The rim weight is not a huge deal breaker, it just means that I need to be more careful on combo’s that include fast rolls and try to deliver more precise regens.  There is enough rim weight to give you stability on 90% of tricks without concern.  If you are a player that likes more core weight for tilt versatility, this would be a must try for you.  The color ways are amazing and worked into the anno is a monkey so how can you ignore that?  I think the Gelada is a fun yo-yo with amazing color way options and should see a lot of time both with collectors and independent yoyoers on the tournament scene.


~ $120

Written by Chris “ Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen who for one welcomes out new primate overlords.


Chris "Dr. Yo-Yo" Allen is the creator and founder of He has been yoyoing for over 25 years and has a passion for the industry.

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