I had this crazy idea to make the entire first paragraph of this review references to Elvis songs. Ever since I first posted pictures of the Y-Factor I have been jokingly calling it the Elvis. I should explain. When pictures of the Y-Factor were leaked to me, OneDrop had not yet settled on a name. When the package arrived on my door from Shawn, I had a chance to play it for a few minutes and put up my own preview pictures, and was told that the name had still not been released. Well I had to put up the article, so I referred to the Y Factor as ‘The Elvis” mainly because that was what was playing on Pandora at the time, and the yo-yo felt like it had this attitude and swagger about it that screamed “Girls pass out when they see me.”
What I didn’t know was that Shawn at OneDrop had a special place in his bowels for Elvis. He hates Elvis. From the sideburns to the tight jeans, Shawn hates Elvis. So when he called me, and jokingly got on my case for calling it the Elvis, I said, I don’t know what your talking about, I was obviously talking about Elvis Costello…. Since then, the joke has stuck. I had nicknamed the Y Factor the Elvis because it needed a name for my article, and it was just too funny to give up after that. Y Factor was just not as fun to say, partially because it does not have this grandiose inside joke behind it. Regardless, the yo-yo is not called the Elvis, it is called Y Factor, and I am here in my Blue Suede Shoes, All Shook Up with anticipation of presenting the review to you, and lets face it; That’s All Right…. (see what I did there?)
Weight: 66.40 grams
Stock Response: Flow Groove
Flow Groove Response Depth: .075
Gap Width: 4.70mm
Bearing Size: Large (C) stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)
Finish: Pyramatte ™
The Y Factor comes in the standard minimalist brown box packaging. The model I had was not stamped but the production models have the words Y Factor (with a backwards R) above the pressed round nut. The particular Y Factor that I have is the deep purple model. I like the concept of the round nut, in OneDrop’s new line, but I really miss the esthetics of the hex nut. It was so eye pleasing and so definitive. You could spot a OneDrop 20 feet away. The round nut is still recognizable, but I don’t think it has the visual the old hex nut used to have.
I also think with the line that OneDrop has (7, going on 8), it may be time to look at alternative packaging. With so many small production companies coming out, you need a box that stands out on the boutique store shelf. At the same time, I get that the simplicity of the brown box with sticker is minimalism at its finest.
Comfort and Tech:
At first glance, the Y Factor does not look too terribly different than the Project 2. Thankfully there is enough to make you take a second glance. The rims are stepped up giving the yo-yo an h-shape, and the bottom of the cup has a flat wall as far as possible, before jutting up into the rims. This shows that a lot of attention went into creating as much rim weight as possible without compromising the body. From what Shawn has said, the thinnest part of the body besides the recess is 2mm thick. There is a very defined IRG lip inside the cup also. Thanks to the new Pyramatte ™ finish, the surface of the Y Factor, long IRG’s and grinds will not be a problem.
The outer rims measure at 50.4mm in diameter and slant inward into the catch zone. After the step, the signature OneDrop grooves are present. These grooves are more reminiscent of the original Project. This will be good news for players who missed the Project grooves when they used the P2, which were a bit more aggressive. The catch zone is slightly curved, and flattens out when it gets to the Recess wall. In the massive 4.7mm gap, the Y Factor sports a “10 Ball” bearing and siliconable recess groove. The Y Factor comes stock with OneDrop silicone ring stickers but the groove can take a multitude of options currently available to the market.
Wrapping up the shape; the Y Factor sports a 41.3mm width. When you combo the step, diameter, width, and overall shape, the Y Factor has a very solid feel in the hand. The outer edges hit evenly on the palm with the slanted rims matching the natural curve of your thumb pad. There is enough room to rest your ring and pointer fingers on the rims and the string finger lands nicely in the gap, just a few millimeters away from the yo-yo string.
On a Throw:
I am changing my decision on the name. The Y Factor should be called the Y Faster. This yo-yo plays much faster than all of my previous review sessions with the entirety of the OneDrop line. The rim weight really pushes out the spin, and results in an extremely agile play. The Y Factor cuts through the air with absolutely zero vibration and a smooth, solid spin. I found zero floatyness in my trick segments. If I pushed the Y Factor, it moved with a fury. The 66.4 Grams of weight really zip around. The Y Factor moves very quickly and with precision.
The wide gap and all slant catch zone makes an very friendly target for hops and whips. You also have a great platform for multiple wrap segments which should make lindy combo players happy. Unfortunately huge gaps have a draw back. If your transfers drag to much on the catch zone, or you are at the end of your spin, you may experience some tilt. This is easy to correct with a shift in hand placement, but you sacrifice some spin time. It is not a huge tilt, but is not uncommon for a gap this large. There is also a tiny bit of slip when you bind at the end of your spin. It is easy to compensate for if you remember it, but it is there. Just another trade off for MASSIVE gaps.
Grinds. I love Grind tricks. When I first saw JD and Andre doing grind tricks, my brain exploded (which explains the frequent spelling and grammar errors). The Project and P2 both had a Soda Blast finish which, when combined with the grooves, resulted in Grind Trick heaven. The Pyramatte ™ finish is good, and Grinds well, but is missing the soft feel the Soda Blast had. As far as grind tricks go though, the Y Factor succeeds with flying colors.
Of the OneDrop Yo-Yo’s I have tried, the Y Factor is a solid favorite. Huge gap, extremely nimble, and fast as all get out. Your going to enjoy throwing this thing around and putting it though the paces, I know I did.
The Y Factor is available for purchase from:
The OneDrop Store (sold out, more on Tuesday?)
YoYoz.co.uk (In Stock)
Everyone else in a few weeks
Shawn has said that all major retailers have an order in for the Y Factor and OneDrop is just waiting for the units to get back from the anodizer.
Written by Chris “Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen who told his Hound Dog, “Don’t Be Cruel” as he wrote this review in the Heart Break Hotel…… JAIL HOUSE ROCK…. TOO MUCH…