A few years ago there was a brand called Cold Metal. I always thought their yo-yos had a really cool look and style to them. I got to try them here and there but never had a chance to own one or do a review. Then the company seemed to disappear for a while until recently, resurfacing as a line under the Aero-Yo brand. When the CO2 showed up on my doorstep, I tore into the package like a kid on Christmas day.
- Killer tin can
- Cold Metal Dog Tags
- Poly String
Construction and Design:
|Looks Great||Looks Good||Looks not so good|
|Color way options with silver splash||Clean laser engraving in cup||Laser engraving on outside rim looks out of place|
|Partial gooves in catch zone||Standardized C-bearing and response|
|Very “Classy” look|
Aero-Yo has an incredible eye for acquiring talented player and designing killer throws. The CO2 is the signature yo-yo of Alexey Nemchik. The light grey splash on dark grey colorway is more eye catching than I thought it would be. The CO2 also comes in blue and red with a clear silver splash. About halfway into the catch zone, the CO2 has a grooved surface similar to the Werrd TLF or OneDrop Project. The grooved area is not that wide though, and looks like it only covers the “grind” area. The rim makes a “C” and the inside engraving has the “O2” on it, but it blends in with the grey and silver. The laser engraving on the outer rim seems a bit out of place, but looks pretty good on the blue and red model.
|Great!||Not so great…|
|Grinds very well|
|Easy to hit catch zone|
|Snappy response system|
You know that rare feeling when you try something that is everything you hoped it would be? THIS IS EVERYTHING I HOPED IT WOULD BE! I can’t deliver enough praise to the Aero-Yo on this yo-yo. The CO2 has a clean long spin and a tight configuration that eases in and out of trick segments. The grooved inner wall makes for a great grinding surface that reduces skin to metal friction. The inner grind ring lays inside the cup cleanly and offers a great balance point. I found the CO2 to play lighter than the actual 68 grams, but still heavy enough to roll into fast combos with an incredibly balanced stability.
The Russian yo-yo company Aero-Yo has shot a blast across the Atlantic and from early reports, looks like they may be making a move into US markets. If this is the case, American players can expect more great yoyos to choose from when that birthday check from Aunt Sally arrives. The CO2 is a prime example of a unique design with popular features and excellent construction.
~ estimated at $98 soviet
IN SOVIET RUSSIA, YO-YO REVIEWS CHRIS “DR. YO-YO” ALLEN