Hey there everybody.
I've finished my testing of the ILYY Greyhound.
I've had a fantastic time with this little throw. Definitely one of my favorite yoyos of this year and probably my favorite ILYY of all I've played.
Final configuration is the new YoyoExpert Brazilian "Expert Strings"
and an ILYY stock bearing that's been Terrapin coated for some extra kick
Here are my notes, video review to follow soon.
• Ok. First impression, the Greyhound is an incredible throw, to say its another amazing undersize from Ilyy is an understatement. They seriously out did themselves this time around. Not an easy thing for a company that consistently produces perfect throws.
• The undersized Greyhound plays like a full size because of the insane level of engineering that went into figuring out weight distribution. This yoyo has incredible spin time for an undersize, and the spinning force of the rim gives it the substantial feel of a larger yoyo on the string.
• The candodized finish is a sort of dark cadmium red and tracks through the light like a ghost draped in silver threaded satin. It has an almost painterly or impressionistic visual quality to it even though it's engineered with such precision.
• The combination of the perfectly rounded and generous catch zone and well weighted rims makes all types of grinds easy to hit and move quickly back to the string.
• I wouldn't consider the Greyhound a floaty yoyo, however it's not clumsy in any respect. Its weight gives it very precise and intentional movement, and it rights itself easily on an off-center throw. In that respect it's forgiving on blind tricks that may have you playing by feel.
• The rim weight of this yoyo not only serves to make this so substantial on a spin, but also has such a perfect weighted balance that even as a spin is running slow the Greyhound keeps itself in position for hitting tight regens against the very precisely binding hot red sILYYcone response, which is very long lasting and provides very nice binds without being sticky.
• A while back I started thinking that I would be useful to adopt a new standard which indicates rim weight while spinning. At first I thought the best way to do this would be to actually have some way to measure that weight, I even started to investigate some sort of mechanical method of measuring this. After I was told it was an insane idea I realized it was an insane idea. However while throwing the Greyhound this idea has been reawakened because of how much heavier than its 63.5g it feels on the string. So maybe a better metric would be percentage of weight that sits in the rim. This may not be feasible either being shape and diameter has a lot to do with it, however maybe knowing the percentage of weight that's in the rim would still be a useful standard? The Greyhound certainly is a good example of rim weight distribution drastically effecting the feel of a yoyo being beyond its base weight.
• I've been throwing the Greyhound with a new Graou thin citron string, which so far is still breaking in, but seems to have a great feel and slightly stiff substance that coincides well with the candodized finish. Of course I generally try a combination of strings during play to find the string/yoyo sweetspot.
• I have decided to play a Toxic Yellow poly in the Greyhound after playing the Graou for a couple of weeks. I really like what Toxic is doing these days, their strings are consistent, strong, and have a unique feel to them. I still think the Graou are one of the best available, I play both the St.eel and Dang exclusively with the Graou. However all I have are the thin format and while it's a perfect weight for both the St.eel and Dang, I found it to be a little too thin for the Greyhound. I do plan to get some thick Graou soon and will also be testing that format, however the Toxics are extremely well playing and satisfying in this throw.
• The final string I've matched up with the Greyhound are the new Brazilian "Expert Strings" which YoYoExpert just had made for them. I've had a set of these strings sitting around for a while and hadn't had a chance to really take them out for a serious spin until now. They break in silky smooth and soft, but still give excellent binds, this is particularly important while throwing the Greyhound with its sILYYcone response which is a bit more exact than regular flowable, and being the testing area is outside, and it's getting cold out, I find my binds in general need to get a bit more attention to adjust to the temperature hardening the response materials in a yoyo.
• To sum up my experience with the Greyhound I'll say this is without doubt one of my 4 favorite throws of the year, the other three being the CLYW Canvas, the OD Dietz, and the Monkeyfinger Evil-Yo, and the Greyhound is without question my favorite ILYY yoyo of all time.
The Greyhound a perfect size for small hands, its red candodized finish is not only tough and beautiful, but is an excellent grinding surface even though its glossy.
And not only is it incredibly well engineered, but it's so well done the momentum and spinning weight are almost an illusion for a yoyo of its size. In fact this property is so well executed, it's actually inspired me to start working on a proposal to introduce a new standard spec which will communicate this property. More on that proposal in the near future.