What I love about the yo-yo world is the impressive amounts of unique imports we have access to. In what other industry do you have access to quality products from all corners of the world? From H-Spin in Switzerland, to Werrd in Australia, and all of the companies in the States, yo-yoing is truly a global phenomenon. The Czech Republic, sandwiched in the center of Europe, happens to a yo-yoing hot spot in the world, and there are a few new start up companies putting out some interesting products. Last May, a new yo-yo came out of the land locked country of the Czech Republic. The Haný 2, successor to the Haný (by the company Haný), came with much excitement to the European crowd, and then it crept its way into the states and hit YoYoNation. I admit, my interest was piqued. The Silver and Red colorway had a Centurion Iron Man look to it, and the shape caught my interest.
Weight (g) – 60.20
Width (mm) – 39.60
Diameter (mm) – 51.00
Gap Width (mm) – 4.40
Bearing Size – 5x11x5 mm
Nice little box. The Haný 2 comes in a box similar in size to a OneDrop box, but with a section divided off to hold a spare string and axle. The yo-yo itself is held rather snugly. Once out of the box, the first thing that really hits you is the soft look of the anno finish. The coloring on the edges fades and gives the finish a very unique washed effect, like a comfy pair of old jeans.
Then there are the spikes. Small diminutive, and… in my hand? My first five minutes with the Haný 2, four were spent screwing back in one of the spikes, and a few minutes after that, I was on my hands and knees looking for the other spike on the carpet….. Why are these not locked in place? Well, after losing one pretty much right away, I took the other one off and set it aside. I know that the spikes are there for optional matador play, but they should have locked them into place. The fact that they come off so easily is a detriment. I hate searching for little things, and after an aggressive throw session, that little red spike could be anywhere.
Comfort and Tech:
The Haný 2 has this unique dimple groove in the catch zone, that makes the Haný 2 very comfortable to hold. The shape is almost made with incredible attention to where the yo-yo hits your hand and where your fingers grip the gap. The anodized finish is not treated with a blast as far as I can tell, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I have often found that a quality annodization can glide and grind as well as an aggressive bead blasted finish. The Haný 2 is fairly smooth to the touch, which is a good sign. The bearing is something that could be a problem. As nice as the 5x11x5 mm bearing is, it is not a common size here in the States. This non-standard bearing size means that the options a thrower has is limited. Another concern is a very thin response groove. It is very thin, thinner then most response systems, and while it takes flowable silicone, I get the impression that it may not grippy enough for a strong bind. To test my theory before throwing it, I held the yo-yo firmly in my hand, and pulled on the sting. The string unwound all the way. With most yo-yos, you pull the string and the response keeps the string from unwinding. It is not like the Haný 2 has a massive gap. At 4 mm, the Hany2 should have no problem gripping a brand new highlight. It is also very light, 60 grams…
Size wise, if you like an undersized throw, you should like the size of the Haný 2. A bit bigger in the diameter than an 888, but not as wide. All in all, the size and shape is pretty nice, and fits in the pocket without feeling like you’re carrying around a small Dutch village.
On a Throw:
The bearing and response system are also something that I had to get used to. The smaller H-Spin bearing combined with a very small silicone groove make the Haný 2 hard to bind. It would be wise to switch to a more grippy type of silicone. In the mean time, since I try to only review a yo-yo stock, this week I have to just be more aggressive with my binds. The weight of the Haný 2 takes a bit getting used to if you are not used to a lighter yo-yo. I prefer a yo-yo in the 66-68 gram family, and adjusting to a lighter throw took me at least a few hours. Even then, I had to remind myself that this is a lighter yo-yo, because the feedback you feel when you throw it truly gives you the impression of a heavier throw. It is not until you start whipping it around, and it ends up in your ear instead of over your arm, you remember that the Haný 2 is to be treated more deliberately.
The small size allows the Haný 2 to move in and out of small gaps and string configurations with ease, and despite the light weight, the Haný 2 has a very stable configuration. The inner ring grind works two ways, both as a very easy to use IRG, but also as a way to push the weight to the outer rim as far as possible. This gives it a stable and smooth throw, and clean rotation on a gyro flop.
In the past, I have considered lighter yo-yos impractical for 5A play, but I now realize that this is just a personal preference. I like a clean 65 grams for 5A play because I feel that it resists the counterweight movements better, so for me, the Haný 2 was to light, but as far as size and setup go, if you prefer a lighter yo-yo for 5a, and find a response system that will allow the yo-yo to bind on command, then I think the Haný 2 could be a good fit.
I don’t like to rate yo-yos. The 1-10 scale is very subjective to the reviewer’s preferences and not the actual potential of the yo-yo. I try very hard to play the yo-yo for a week, and then give you my findings with my opinions mixed in. For me, the Haný 2 struck out. Strike 1 was the spikes. They are tiny, and not secure. I am more than a little miffed that I lost a spike on the first day. Strike 2 was the non standard bearing size. I know that this problem is mostly preference, but I am a fan of yo-yos that give you options, and it is not easy to get a hold of alternate yo-yo bearings that are this size. The final strike is the super thin response system. I don’t like that the first thing I have to do to make this yo-yo playable is re-silicone it. To really tie a bow on this strike out is most definitely a personal preference, the Haný 2 is just to light for me.
Now, if you like a light yo-yo and you have H-Spin sized bearings at your disposal, then the Haný 2 may be a good choice for you, I just recommend a small bottle of Loctite to secure the spikes.
In the US, YoYoNation is the only place to get the Haný 2
Overseas, you can get the Haný 2 at yoyoz.co.uk
Written by Chris “Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen whose wife keeps finding small Dutch villages in his jean pockets on laundry day…
Edited by Dustin “Splugen” Gunter, who can juggle babies and kittens.