Doc’s Review – The Bear vs Man Round 2 by CLYW

The Bear vs Man is a legendary yo-yo.  Back in 2007, CLYW released the BVM as a signature yo-yo for Boyd.  Only 37 of them were made on that first run, and were quickly snatched up by collectors.  Praised for its small size and extreme playability, the BVM was an instant hit with both players and collectors.  The BVM was released in many edition releases including an “Augie vs Boyd” model.  Recently, CLYW announced plans to release the Bear vs Man, Round 2.  It would be larger, and more aggressive. Chris was kind enough to hand one to me at Cal States.


  • Box
  • Poly String


Diameter: 56.5mm
Width: 44.2mm
Weight: 66.3g
Bearing: Center Trac
Response: Snow Tires

Construction and Design:

Looks Great Looks Good Looks not so good
Multiple  color options Classic CLYW Hub Hub interfered with matador tricks
Centrally placed weight Well designed IRG
Clean lines Centre Trac bearing
Classic shape with modernized engineering Universal response groove


I used to love the BVM, but over time I found the size to be too small for my play style.  The BVM Round 2 was an answer to my yo-yo prayers.  The BVM2 has a classic open wing shape with modernized weight placement.   The response area is a huge improvement as well, able to utilize many common response pads as well as flowable silicone.  The only downside I could find is the axle hub.  I don’t think it is a big deal, just with the advancement in horizontal grinds, it is important to note that the BVM2’s axle hub will make fingertip spins much more difficult (if not impossible).


Great! Not so great…
Smooth play
Grinds very well
Easy to hit catch zone
Snappy response system


I used to love the BVM, but over time I found the size to be too small for my play style.  The BVM Round 2 was an answer to my yo-yo prayers.  The larger profile and heavier body gives the BVM2 a fast and controlled feel.  The wide catch zone makes landing slack and segments easy, and the weight placement gives you ling spin times without sacrificing control.


Final Thoughts:

This yo-yo has almost zero faults.  CLYW has a proven track record on fantastic quality throws and amazing colorway choices.  In all honesty, the BVM Round 2 feels more like an updated Peak, and less like a follow up to the classic Bear vs Man. As much as I like The BVM 2 I am worried that it is at risk of being overshadowed by the hype surrounding other CLYW throws released around the same time frame.  Don’t get me wrong. I loves the Summit and the Avalanche, but you should not overlook the BVM 2. It is a great example of CLYW’s ability to create well rounded and versatile throws. If you are a fan of full body yo-yos that are well rounded and accentuates smooth yet fast play, then you need to pick one of these up.

~ $135

Written by Chris ‘Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen who is not the same Hobbit he once was…


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 Bear vs Man Round 2 by CLYW' have 4 comments

  1. April 19, 2013 @ 4:39 pm Yoyochucker

    I have one and LOVE it.


  2. April 18, 2013 @ 2:22 pm Beavis

    I was looking for a review of this! Thanks doc! Just wondering, is it solid? I remember the BVM being pretty solid when I played one about 2 years ago.
    Thanks again!


  3. April 18, 2013 @ 11:08 am HDPT

    Well, that was clear as mud.


    • April 18, 2013 @ 4:50 pm Dr. Yo-Yo

      You know HDPT, You are right. I looked at my review and realized that the re-write of the last paragraph didn’t get posted, the draft did. Updated


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