Well it is time for another review. However, I’m kinda stepping out of my element by reviewing an actual production yoyo opposed to a modification. So a few weeks ago I was reading some responses on a forum about the new 3Yo3 Ti5. I thought to myself, “that would be cool to review.” So I got in touch with Landon and voila it showed up in the mail week later. This yoyo has a cool back story. Landon threw the idea around the community about possibly taking a stab at a titanium yoyo. Landon is one of the best mechanist out there. So naturally this idea caught fire. Landon came up with several designs and asked the community to vote for their favorite. The result of this Code 1 like process was a full size, titanium yoyo.
Diameter: 54 mm
Width: 41.75 mm
Weight: 64.55 grams
Bearing Size: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
As the name would suggest, the Ti5 is made out of titanium. Titanium is similar to aluminum in the regard that they are both strong, light weight metals. Titanium is the heavier of the two metals having a density of 0.164 lb/in. The higher density of titanium, allows yoyos to made with less material and still maintain an adequate weight. This also allows for more applications of shape to the yoyo in the way it is cut. However, the higher density also makes it harder to constructed a yoyo beyond the under-size scope of yoyos. Most of the titanium yoyo have been on the under-size side of the spectrum in order to stay within the 64-67g range of weight. So one of the most interesting parts of this yoyo is its 54mm diameter to its 64.55g.
First look and Guts:
So one of the biggest compliments I hear about this yoyo is its case. The case is an outlet box, that Landon has fix up with a front plate. The front plate is fastened with two screws. So in order to open the case, you have to actually unscrew the front plate. Landon sends a screwdriver with the yoyo. Once you open the case, you will find the yoyo in a wooden display, with a cut that fits into the gap of the yoyo keeping it suspended. This case is very well thought out. I like the novelty of the case, however it does lose some of the novelty once you put the yoyo in and take out a few time. The yoyo itself has a nice look to it. It is not anodized. The reason for this is because titanium has chemical properties that make it harder to anodize than aluminum. The name Ti5 is etch on both sides of the yoyo along with a serial number on one side and 3Yo3 on the other. Upon unscrewing the yoyo, you will find a C sized ConCave bearing with thick ghost pads. The ghost pads can be replaced when they wear out or you can apply silicone. The yoyo also comes with Twisted string as a nice cap to the whole package.
Feel and Play:
When I first held the yoyo I thought to myself, “this feels solid.” It didn’t feel heavy but it did feel more like 66-67g opposed to it’s actual weight of 64-65g. The wings of the Ti5 is very comfortable. The wings cuts out from the bearing seat in what appears to be a straight V slant. Looking at it closer, I found that there is a very weak curve to the slant. The initial cut leads to a ridge that cuts out to a wider V slant that does go straight out. The wings round out at the end making the over-all feel in the hand very comfortable. Now on the inner cup of the yoyo is very well done. There is a sub-cup to the entirety of the cup. If the edge of the sub-cup was the end of the wing on the yoyo, it you be about 2mm out from the ridge where the second portion of the wing starts. When I study this it occurred to me, that this was how Landon was able to make the Ti5 a full-sized yoyo. This yoyo is basically an under-sized yoyo where the most outer part of the wing extended to make the full-size frame. So instead of trying to make the the walls thin enough to where you can run the entire wing as you would an aluminum yoyo, Landon cut the yoyo in two division. The first division is made of a thin wall and the second division has an even thinner wall. This helps keep the over all weight down while pushing the weight to the edge. Needless to say I am very impressed with Landon work thus far. On the first throw I was taken back by how solid it felt on the string. The 64.55g feels like 67g on the string. This thing is very smooth but most yoyos now a days a very smooth. What really stands out in play is how stable the Ti5 is. I have not played an aluminum yoyo that feels this stable. I played the Ti5 for awhile and then played with my Pro. I’ll tell you what, the Pro felt almost hallow compared to the Ti5. The higher density and construction of this yoyo really made this thing stable. The Ti5 is smooth on the sting and hops in and out of loops and holes very easy. I’m not a huge fan of string centering bearings, however, with the ConCave bearing the Ti5 can handle quiet a few wraps with out binding. Grinds are fairly poor, dew to the raw surface. Up to this point the play is not that much more advanced than any other competition level yoyo (besides the advanced stability). Well I think this yoyo truly excels in horizontal play. Over the past three months or so I have been working very hard on my horizontal play. So I can say this from experience. Finding a yoyo that is stable and balanced enough to really go to the next level of horizontal play is hard to find. The Ti5 is by far one of the most balanced yoyos out there. I believe this is dew to the high level of stability. I have found that balance is one of those things in a yoyo that is forgotten. For most styles of play balance is not that important. However, when it comes to horizontal play, balance is the great equalizer. A well balanced yoyo gives you the freedom to just let the flow go. With a well balanced yoyo, you can take a slight pause and know that the downward rotation will be minimal. This is where the Ti5 really earns its stripes. This yoyo is a real joy to play.
Landon really put out a sweet yoyo. From the packaging to the play, this yoyo is great. The price tag is not. At almost $350, this yoyo is not cheep. I understand why the price is what it is. Titanium is more expensive the aluminum by a wide margin. Titanium is also harder to machine. $350 is still a lot of money for a yoyo. While the Ti5 is fantastic for horizontal play, the over all play is not that much better than other high grade yoyos. However, if you have the money or are willing to save the money and want to try a titanium yoyo, this yoyo is the one to get. This yoyo is my new favorite yoyo for 1a. If it were not for the $350 price tag I would have five of them for contests. This is truly a great yoyo. Ten years from now, everyone will look back and say the Ti5 is a true classic. Thank you Landon for this master piece.