Doc's Review | The Aware by X-Cube


I remember when Alex (Xela) Val first told me he was going to start making yoyos.  He wanted to break the mold of popular yoyo shapes and designs.  His first yo-yo, the Steamroller, did just that.  In a public release that came before the ultra wide surge, the Steamroller was an unexpected joy that was both undersized and oversized.  A few designs later brought the Zeus, featuring the now popular inner cup and gap undercut.  Most recently Alex has released the Aware.  I remember talking to Alex about it when he leaked me the pictures.  He said it would again be different, unique, and introduce elements that are not commonly found.


  • Very cool tube box with sticker
  • Poly String


Diameter: 52.50 mm
Width: 40.75 mm
Gap Width: 4.35 mm
Weight: 63.6 grams
Bearing Size: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: X Cube Silicone Response


Construction and Design:

Looks Great Looks Good Looks Not so good
Incredible  color options Interesting design No IRG (For those that use IRG’s)
Unique weight placement Standardized C-bearing and response Response pads stick out


Unique is not a strong enough word, this yo-yo is batcrap crazy.  The team edition seen above is a four color fade.  It looks like the initial anodize was silver, and then had a pink and orange fade done but instead of going truly half and half, the fade overlaps.  This gives us silver, orange, pink, and red.  When it spins the team edition Aware is a flickering pink with gold highlights.  The Aware does not really have an inner cup.  It has a depression where the inner cup would normally be found but there is not definition or corners.  The side of the yo-yo basically is just a shallow angled dip.  In the catch zone, the Aware has a dramatic rim focused undercut and concaved wall shape.  The two designs combined have this optical illusion effect that makes it look bigger on the inside than on the outside.  It is a yo-yo Tardis.  The response area needs a bit or reworking in my opinion.  Stock, the Aware comes with response pads that stick out past the wall just a bit.


Great! Not so great…
Smooth play Response system a bit snagy
Wide range of play adaptability Plays much heavier than expected
Great feel in your hand


With a weight of 63 grams I expected the Aware to play light and floaty, but I could not be more wrong.  The weight placement of the Aware gives it a fast feel that is much more solid than you would expect.  There is sort of a graceful presence to it.  Whips and transitions were flawless and the h- shape catch zone made string rejections effortless.  Horizontals were extremely satisfying.

The downside of the h-shape gap is that grinds are not easy.  It may not be a problem for players with smaller hands, but I have some pretty big sausage mitts and more often than not my finger got caught in the inner step.  I also found the response system a bit snagy.  The pads are above the response wall and I think that it is what is causing the unexpected binds.


Final Thoughts:

This batcrap crazy designs is an incredible amount of fun and is a great player.   If there was one thing I would change, I would prefer flush or recessed response.  I feel that this would dramatically reduce the unexpected snags I found myself running into.    After the review I intend on pulling the pads and laying down some flowable silicone.  The Aware is a very unique design and a very cool looking yo-yo.  It helps that it plays amazing as well.

NOTE: Went to flowable silicone…. AMAZING!


Written by Chris “Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen who going up the hill to have his howling

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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.

'Doc's Review | The Aware by X-Cube' have 8 comments

  1. September 16, 2012 @ 10:36 pm Dr. Yo-Yo

    you can anodize over light anodizing


  2. September 16, 2012 @ 9:58 pm CrispyG

    correct me if I’m wrong but….isn’t it impossible to anodize over anodization since ano is basically the creation of an aluminum oxide layer at the surface? and you can’t really oxidize and oxide, soo….

    Most likely method would just be a sequential masking and unmasking during a four-part anodization process. This sounds like a pain in the butt, so I’m curious if that’s actually how it was done…


  3. September 16, 2012 @ 5:28 am aldur

    Dr Yo-Yo : i was laughing when writing, no worries


  4. September 16, 2012 @ 3:37 am X3 Xela

    I need doorknob like that everywhere in my house! Good idea! we have to produce more then….
    Siliconate the steamroller first run was a real nightmare… that’s why we wanted to make pads.
    You have to know that all xcube yoyos were designed for flowable silicone, the groove is very deep.
    By the way pads works well but they need a breaking time 😉
    Thanks for the nice review Chris!!!


  5. September 15, 2012 @ 11:53 pm Yuki

    I guess if it ever breaks, you coul probably fashion a really cool looking doorknob out of it.


  6. September 15, 2012 @ 9:07 pm Dr. Yo-Yo

    Aldur, Francis is joking.
    Here is the reference –

    Three times while wearing this yo-yo, I was asked if this was a doorknob


  7. September 15, 2012 @ 8:48 pm aldur

    yeah, it’s a doorknob, but it spins great, and it’s loads of fun. grab one before it’s sold out, once you’ve played it you need one.


  8. September 15, 2012 @ 7:29 pm Francis

    Is that a doorknob?


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