Product Review – Planet 9 by Yomerica Spindusties


In Yomerica, the streets are paved with Jujyfruits and Goombas rule the land....

Yomerica Spindustries. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? I am kind of glad it doesn’t. Being a pun pitching corny guy, I dig the play on words. Made in America, based in an industry we all love. The first release for Yomerica is the Planet 9. A fun little name for a fun little yo-yo. Yomerica Spindustries was kind enough to send me a review model, and after weeks of staring at it on my “Upcoming” shelf in anticipation, this week I was able to put the Planet 9 through the review process.

Manufacturer

Yomerica Spindustries

Shape

Butterfly / Wing

Weight (g)

65.1

Width (mm)

42

Diameter (mm)

50

Gap Width (mm)

4.9

Bearing Size (Inside x Outside x Width)

.250 in x .500 in x .187 in

Gap Type

Fixed

Stock Response System

Silicone Pad

First Impressions:

One thing is for certain: there was a lot of thought that went into the packaging of the Planet 9. The yo-yo is packaged with a part of the packaging assembled in the gap. It created a cool affect, with the yo-yo framed in the box right from the get go.  This means the first thing you do (after getting a laugh at the warning label) is take the yo-yo apart. You learn that the Planet 9 uses the same pad size as Chaz, OneDrop and General-Yo, a bearing seat similar to ILYY, and a C-Size bearing- basically  everything I have been dreaming of in a bearing response setup. I know that the fashion and preference leans to flowable silicone, but I still dig the feel of a recessed pad response.
After wiping the tears of joy out of my eyes, I put the yo-yo together and was able to take a look at the cool Planet 9 logo on side. It kind of jumps off the side. The logo has a “Loony Toons” feel to it, like something you would see in a “Marvin the Martin” or “Duck Dodgers” cartoon. (If you are too young to know who Marvin the Martin and Duck Dodgers are, Google it or ask your dad.)  The other side has the Yomerica Spindustries logo on it.

Comfort and Tech:

I think I already mentioned the trinity of bearing response setups. C size bearing, Pad response, deep bearing well… tears of joy. I guess I should justify my preferences.
I like large bearings because they are so easy to find. You can find a C size bearing in a KonKave, Taka, 10ball, Blueball, Center Trak, Terrapin, AIRG, ect ect ect. I love the customability. I understand that you can mostly find the same in a small bearing but it just does not seem as easy. I also prefer the feel and performance. I know that just spinning, a small bearing will probably give you a truer, cleaner and longer spin. But… I don’t just throw and stare at the yo-yo.  To me, it feels like the large bearing can absorb the impact of transfers, hops, and bounces better than a small bearing.
I like pad response because it is easy to swap out and pick a response system that works for you. Chaz, General, OneDrop, Barking Spider Gummy, ect. Lately, there has been a growing number of options for quick change with flowable silicone, but pads just seem easier to find. The groove is great, and I love the performance of flowable silicone, but when the silicone falls out you are stuck waiting 12-14 hours for a new application to set. I hate to wait.
The bearing well popularized by ILYY is just a good idea. Any gunk that gets caught in the bearing or oily residue gets pushed into this well, instead of being trapped up against the wall of the bearing. It just makes sense to me.
So that is my “Trinity Prefecto” when it comes to response systems, and in addition to the small diameter and the wide body of the Planet 9, I really think that the technical side of the Planet 9 is both good practice and practical application.
Comfort wise, the Planet 9 feels great. The gap and catch zone is a little crowded for my giant mammoth banana hands, but most players should find a comfortable hold. The cup area has a very open profiles and gives plenty of room to get your thumb up under the IRG. The anodization on the Planet 9 is supurb. It is a very deep matte black and is very smooth, almost like the yo-yo was treated with some sort of blast finishing.

On a Throw:

Have you ever watched a TV series that you felt was just okay, but after watching the entire season, you found your self really enjoying it? That is kind of how my week has been with the Planet 9. At first, the Planet 9 was unremarkable. It was not bad in any sense of the word, but there was no wow factor or hook during the first throw session. After time, I starting digging the feeling the Planet 9 was giving me. There were a few problems that distracted from the performance. The Planet 9 had a tendency to tilt during complex string transfers and transitional hops. It is just a slight tilt, not a flop. If you are prepared for it, the tilt is manageable. There is also a very slight vibration. Some players like vibe; with me, it depends on my mood. If my yo-yo is clean from scratches, in pristine condition, I don’t want any vibe. That would be like a cherried out ’68 Mustang with an alignment problem. If my yo-yo has dings and scratches, I don’t care about vibe,. That is like a 77 El Camino with a bad shimmy; it does not matter.
Despite the slight tilt, and slight vibe, the Planet 9 is a good performer all around. The gap is nice and open which makes for a nice target for whips, and the response is great for getting a bind even at the end of the spin.
Grinds were fantastic. A lot of yo-yos that have a heavy bead blasting have great binds but the bead blasting can be harsh and hot on stalls. If you want to know what I mean, go grab an aggressively bead blasted yo-yo and hit a stall grind on your finger, you may notice your finger starting to heat up from the friction. The finish on the Planet 9 is very smooth, and will not give you uncomfortable grind sessions.

Final Thoughts:

Considering this is a first release, I think it is a good start. There are a few small things that could be tweaked, but not much. The Planet 9 is a good yo-yo for a fairly reasonable price. If I were to change one thing and one thing only, I would move a bit more weight to the rims, and perhaps add a gram or two. As it is, the Planet 9 is a fun play, but the tendency to tilt after a few transfers, and the slightly present vibration is distracting. If you are looking for a yo-yo that has the shape of a General-Yo 5 star, but a smaller diameter, you might find happiness in the Planet 9. If has a few quirks, but all in all it is not a bad yo-yo.
Price – 89.99
www.YomericaSpindustries.com

Written by Chris “Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen, who cannot afford a cherried out ’68 Mustang. Sadface.

Edited by Dustin “Splugen” Gunter, who cannot afford a 77 El Camino with a bad shimmy. Mega sadface.



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'Product Review – Planet 9 by Yomerica Spindusties' have 11 comments

  1. April 7, 2010 @ 8:58 am Sircus

    Your a pretty punny guy.

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  2. April 7, 2010 @ 8:58 am Sircus

    Your a pretty punny guy.

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  3. March 31, 2010 @ 9:40 am Bradley

    I liked the review. Sounds like a good yoyo. But I still have a hard time taking Yomerica Spindustries seriously because they sound just like Mayor Maynot of Toydelphia Funsylvania (population fun-hundred and nifty-two!) and if that’s not silly, I don’t know silly!

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  4. March 29, 2010 @ 9:44 am Griffsnog

    The link at the bottom is broken

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  5. March 29, 2010 @ 9:44 am Griffsnog

    The link at the bottom is broken

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  6. March 29, 2010 @ 6:01 am Jeremy Levine

    Looks good. I really dig the logo, if that mean anything =)

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  7. March 29, 2010 @ 6:01 am Jeremy Levine

    Looks good. I really dig the logo, if that mean anything =)

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  8. March 29, 2010 @ 9:58 am Sircus

    The new run of Planet 9’s with absolutely no vibe out soon. Great review.

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  9. March 29, 2010 @ 9:58 am Sircus

    The new run of Planet 9’s with absolutely no vibe out soon. Great review.

    Reply

  10. March 29, 2010 @ 4:45 am Mack aka USAnarchist

    FIRST COMMENT! WOOT!

    thats a great review, thanks Dr. yoyo. ive been wondering about these and the Hand Candy, these boys are from Colorado!

    Reply

  11. March 29, 2010 @ 4:45 am Mack aka USAnarchist

    FIRST COMMENT! WOOT!

    thats a great review, thanks Dr. yoyo. ive been wondering about these and the Hand Candy, these boys are from Colorado!

    Reply


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