I really have to hand it to C3yoyodesign. They know how to make awesome yoyos. The Hong Kong based yo-yo company has repeatedly released hit after hit and is behind one of my all time favorite yo-yo’s, the H5. C3 understands the importance of both form and function. Not only do their products play great, they look good also. One recent example of this “keen eye to form” is the insanely affordable Halo.
The Halo was one of those yo-yos that when first seen, caused an emotional response. For many, the triggered reaction was centered on the sleek lines and minimalistic branding. For some it was the fact that a new delrin yo-yo made its way to retail. For me it was a mixture of both. The opaque cloudy white look is hard to capture even with plastics like Celcon and Poly. The real finish is the color bearing seat/axle capture. The look is so clean.
A few years ago, delrin was a fairly popular medium for yo-yo manufacturing. Crucial (Born Crucial at the time) and Death By Yo-Yo both had a full line delrin yoyos that were very popular. A few standouts, like the Freebird, the Volume, and the SYOK have been released over the last year but in limited numbers, kept the interest up in delrin. The Halo seems to have capitalized on that, selling out in nearly every market. It also helps quite a bit that the manufacturer, C3yoyodesign, has constantly released bangers one after another since their introduction a year and a half ago.
Comfort and Tech:
Manufacturer C3 yoyo design
Weight (g) 68.70
Width (mm) 42.41
Diameter (mm) 57.50
Gap Width (mm) 4.5
Bearing Size C size Centre Trac Bearing
The Halo is a fairly traditional shape. The rims start out as flat, and then curves into the catch zone. About a half of the way down, the catch zone wall flattens out and then lifts up very slightly to the response area wall. The distribution of the 68.7 grams looks like it is primarily mixed between the inner core structure and the outer rim. If you look in the cup, you will see that C3 placed the majorith of the core weight towards the outer edge of the inner wall. There is not really a groove inside the cup under the rim, but the cup is pretty deep.
The Halo uses an axle and bearing seat system similar to OneDrops’s Side Effects and YoYoJam’s Solid Spin axle. I should take note here to mention that I DON’T think C3 copied or ripped off these designs, I am using them to describe the system found on the Halo. The bearing sits in a bearing seat that is part of the axle assembly. The axle caps are anodized on the outside only. This system is great for a delrin throw. The yo-yo body never actually touches the bearing and it allows for the yo-yo wall to be thick enough to prevent snapping for over tightening. Anyone who remembers the Throwdown Lucha Libra should appreciate that. While I can’t get the hub out of the yo-yo body, it looks like it could be replaced if desired. I probably would not recommend it though since it looks like it was press fit in place. I did notice that the bearing was held in place very very tightly. I am a bit concerned about accessibility of the bearing, since you would have to use the body of the yo-yo itself to leverage out bearing even if you were using the proper tools. It is a very tight fit and owners should pay special attention to the pressures they place on the yo-yo when using a tool to remove the bearing. The bearing used is a CBC Centre Trac size C.
The 57mm diameter places the yo-yo in the upper range of what is considered full sized. Some might even call it slightly oversized. I found it extremely comfortable in the hand on both a palm grip and modified side grip. I know that delrin can sometimes sweat, stick, and get marked up, but after carrying it for a week I was impressed by the durability. The surface is blemish free and still smooth to the touch.
On a Throw:
Delrin can be tough to work with. Since delrin is a softer material with higher degrees of density variables, it can be hard to get a delrin yo-yo to be evenly balanced and smooth on a throw. Assuming all Halo’s from C3 are like the one they sent me, All I can say is… “WOW!” I did not expect the Halo to be this smooth. After a week of heavy play and use, the Halo is still smooth on the string and free from errant movements.
I found the Halo to have a heavy and solid feel to it. I found it to excel is stability on hops and transfers, yet versatile enough to stay stable during vertax tricks. One of my favorite ways to test a yo-yo is to do a string of repeated, hard regens. This can usually open up any flaws a player might uncover in the yo-yos stability and design. I have to say that I was very impressed. The Halo didn’t wobble out of control, tilt errantly, or snag up. If anything, the yo-yo was stable and constant.
The Halo does have what some would classify as a “clunk” at the end of a hard throw. I felt a bit different than other clunk tended yo-yos. The Halo has more of a satisfying clunk. The yo-yo handles itself well in transitions and transfers, but needed a careful hand to complete steady gyro. Grinds were great. Delrin yo-yos are always usually on grinds and in my experience, only get better as the material ages. In the here and now though regarding the Halo, Grinds = Yes.
I think we can easily slot the Halo into the win category. This happened to be a pretty active yoyo week for me and I was able to get the Halo into the hands of a wide variety of players, most of them sponsored. The consensus was the same. Everyone loved the Halo. One of them even expressed that if he wasn’t sponsored, it would occupy his “Main Carry” slot in his bag. I hope you will accept the anonymity of those circumstances, but the take away is that the Halo is a great yo-yo with a great feel on the throw. I would personally add that I think the bearing seat is a bit too tight, but this can be managed by swapping the stock CBC Centre Trak bearing with a different bearing. The Halo also has a great price point. At $60, it is an insanely great value. C3 knows what they are doing, and so far have not failed to deliver an outstanding product.