The Plastic Sandglass, or PSG, has been around for some time now. Many of you out there have already played this plastic. Much of what I have to say in this review will not be new to many.
Adegle created a yoyo awhile back called the Sandglass. This is the plastic version. There have been a few yoyo companies that have done the same thing-design a plastic throw based off the specs of one of their popular metals. But just because these plastics are “copies” of their metal brothers, does not mean they play the same at all. Different material=Different feel.
On to the review.
- White Poly String
- Cylindrical Case
|Gap Width:||4.20 mm|
Construction and Design:
|Looks great!||Looks good||Looks not so good…|
|Standardized bearing and response||Great packaging!||Loose spacers|
|Clean look||Cheap axle|
|Great modern shape!||Caps cannot be removed|
Let me first start off by saying, “I love good plastic yoyos.” The PSG is a good plastic yoyo. That said, let me be critical. Ha!
The PSG comes in a tube shaped container. Nice packaging! I like tube packaging a lot; it’s elegant and very protective. The solid colors are very eye-catching and provide a nice clean look. The caps are branded, but the markings aren’t obnoxious or distracting. I like the shape of the PSG a lot! Great modern h-shape/hourglass shape!
I do feel, however, that there are a couple of improvements that could make the PSG even better. The first easy fix would be not glueing in the caps, that way they can be removed if you wish. The second thing I’d like to see different is the axle system. As it is, the axle is a pretty generic piece, simply attached to the yoyo by some hex nuts. They’re fairly stable and don’t make the yoyo wobble, so that’s a plus. The last thing I’d like to see is not having loose spacers. When taking apart a yoyo to get that knot, the one that demands you to take apart the yoyo, I don’t love having to make sure I don’t drop a bunch of extra pieces besides the bearing.
These issues are certainly not deal breakers, especially considering the price tag of the PSG.
|Great!||Not so great…|
|Solid feel!||Not great on regens.|
|Nice spin times|
The PSG plays better than its price tag. The play of the PSG is quite solid, and doesn’t show any noticeable vibe on the string. The spin times are also very solid, allowing you to perform all those longer combos. For gyro and horizontal type tricks, the PSG does not disappoint! On a throw the PSG is easy to control, is fairly quick on the string and a little floaty. The only thing I’d comment on here, is the fact that regens aren’t necessarily the smoothest. And honestly, this goes back to the issue with the axle system. I feel if the axle system was improved, as in being stabile mounted, then things like regens would be smoother- the whole yoyo would indeed be smoother.
All in all, I really like the play of the PSG! I even think the PSG would be a decent contender for competition play.
Why would you not pick up a PSG for yourself? Seriously, if you haven’t owned one, or at least tried one, then you’re missing out on a great plastic, one that’s both affordable and quite the player! O, and have you seen the newest editions of the PSG? Pretty much every online store is selling the new GEM PSGs. If you haven’t tried a PSG yet, now’s certainly the time! If you have one already, now’s also a good time to pick up another! Maybe learn some 3A?
Now, you may have heard the PSG is nearly indestructible. The plastic is quite durable! But how durable is it? What can it withstand? Well… we here at yoyoskills were curious. So, I put it to the test and put together a little video for you all. Sit back and enjoy this clip of me trying to destroy the ever living crap out of the PSG! For Science!
Written by Nathan “n-mart” Martsolf who now sees where his one year old son gets his “destruction gene”.