Somewhere a mad scientist is crying with joy. The Frankenstien creation that defied popular design is out, and is undeniably one of the most interesting throws currently available. A new design, a new hybrid, a new look on full sized yo-yos that says, “Fat yoyos need loving too”. The New Breed takes the much loved celcon body material of the Lyn Fury and Lecacy, and injects the rabid fan demanding metal rims of a Dark Magic. Could the New Breed designed by National Champion Eric Koloski be the sleeper hit of the 2009/10 season? I had to try it, and it delivered. The New Breed by YoYoJam.
Shape Butterfly / Wing
Weight (g) 67.50
Width (mm) 44.14
Diameter (mm) 55.85
Gap Width (mm) 5.20
Bearing Size C
YoYoJam…. I am begging you. Please, invest in better packaging. You guys have the ability to go mass retail, but the box is going to hold you back. I’ll pay an extra dollar for the yo-yo if it comes in a retail quality box, and with all of Andre’s tutorials already shot, it would be easy to add a DVD… Okay, on to the yoyo. This thing is big. More specifically it is wide. At 44mm, the New Breed is wider than the DM, and almost as wide as the first run Pyro. The New Breed’s diameter is right in between the DM and the DNA and comes in a few different body color options, and raw machined rims. If the New Breed continues to be a regular line yo-yo, I could see anodized rims similar to the X-Convict, Hitman, and DM special releases. I especially dig the way the rims and the celcon come together in the catch area. It looks like it is put together much better than my first run Hitman, and even my Worlds edition X-Convict.
The caps have a pretty cool logo with a foil backing. The result is a giant light catching wheel of fun.
Comfort and Tech:
Despite the monster size, the New Breed is very comfortable. The Pyro was like holding a Coke can, but the faired rims of the New Breed seem to hit the hand in just the right spots. The celcon body is a bit slippery, but once you get used to using the rims as the main source of grip, you will find that New Breed is easy to hold on to and catch.
The Gap is huge. At 5.2 mm, the New Breed has the largest gap of any yo-yos currently on the market (The DNA is a close second at 5.1, and Good and Evil 4 at 5.04). Inside the monster gap is Godzilla, Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa, white pad response stickers, and a C size bearing. The response system is the same as found in the Axiom and Legacy. I am a big fan of these silicone pads. They are easy to replace, provide tight binds, and in the Legacy, have lasted me through countless hours of play. The celcon body and metal rims give you a new standard on YoYoJam hybrid’s that should be more resistant to cracking than the previous plastic/metal hybrids. The celcon body curves to a flat rim (just for a tiny bit) and then the metal rims flair out again. This setup looks like it pushes the rim weight out further than any YoYoJam in the past.
On a Throw:
I honestly expected kickback. I thought “Man, a gap this big is going to have kickback, and bad binds, and I want a smoothie”. I can happily tell you though, that the smoothie was fantastic…. Oh, and the New Breed has no discernable kickback. The response system, even with a clean and dry bearing, provided tight binds and an incredible amount of string wraps. The weight distribution is fantastic. The New Breed has a balanced feeling that outdoes the X-Convict, one of my favorite YoYoJam throws. With the stable platform and the massive gap, the New Breed transfers in and out of tight string combinations, reverse kink tricks, and hop combos without any drag. All this performance and it still delivers with a tight bind. The New Breed also takes on a ridiculous amount of gap wraps without flopping out, not to mention providing an excellent target for whips and mount catches. While there is not much room in front of the cap for IRG’s, arm grinds are phenomenal. You can start out with a finger grind in the celcon gap area and then turn your hand to get more friction from the metal weight rings. The result is a very cool effect that allows you to stall and speed up your arm grinds with an amazing amount of control.
What absolutely floors me is how good the New Breed is for 5a. I have been working at the intermediate levels in 5a for a while, stalling due to not being completely comfortable with any platform to move up with. I think this has changed now with the New Breed. That huge gap that is so good for whip catches… well it is also fantastic for 5a tricks that involve stalls, and wrapping the counterweight against the spin. On a lot of yo-yos, you would have a flop or bind here, but the New Breed keeps on truckin.
One sentence wrap up – It plays like a dream boat.
While certainly not a pocket yo-yo, and with more girth than a Star Wars convention, the New Breed’s performance really shines. The look is what I would expect if Lyn Fury and Voltron got it on, but you can not deny the performance and the stability the New Breed offers. The New Breed performs like a high end metal and at a fraction of the price. Under no hesitation should you order this to try it out for yourself. If you like large yo-yos, then the New Breed is defiantly for you. If you like smaller yo-yo’s, than you have a few new things to think about. If anything, you are taking only a mild risk at $40 for what could be the premier oversized yo-yo of the 2009/2010 season. If you give it a try, remember, don’t feed it after midnight and never bath it.
(High fives for whoever gets that reference, hint, replace Breed with Batch)
You can Purchase the New Breed at nearly all the yo-yo stores featured to the right of this review. If you don’t want to scroll up, then here are links in no particular order.
Written by Chris Allen, who is not hip enough to make 50 Cent references in this review