Hi everybody. I was lucky enough to pick up one of the TenYoyo Decapods while they were in stock.
Normally I wouldn't review something that's been sold out, however this thing is such a feat of engineering I felt I needed to share it with you.
Plus, maybe they'll do another run at some point, and I want to be sure you know this is something to snag however you can.
The Decapod is made from high density 7071 aluminum which gives this undersized throw a very substantial feel, its also got quite a bit of momentum for something of its size and balanced weight.
If you ever see one on bst or lurking on a site which didn't sell out of them, I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up.
Here are the specs:
Response: Flow Groove Pads
Bearing: Crucial Concave C-size
The Decapod is made from 7075 aluminum (slightly more dense than normal 6061).
Here's my review...
Here are my review notes:
• I really like the sharp, angular cuts of this Yoyo. It's very unique to what I'm used to throwing these days. It's got a pretty radical H shape that sweeps gently into,the string zone. The catch zone also has fine, but noticeable, grooves which give the Decapod a nice feel, the hub is rounded however as is the sweep of the catch zone, so while it has a strong angular visual element, it doesn't feel static or blocky during play.
• The Decapod comes with a Crucial grooved bearing, which is nice and smooth, has a fair bit of spin time and is quite fast. I immediately noticed how quick the Decapod is; It moves through combos quickly and comfortably, and has quite a bit of momentum for an undersize.
• I mentioned in the unboxing that this is my first raw finish Yoyo. The Decapod is highly polished and really looks amazing flashing through the sunlight, this quality has a massive aesthetic quality for me. Being the Decapod is so fast and hoppy the polished finish looks pretty fantastic as it moves.
• Something else I mentioned is this run of the Decapod is discounted 30$ from its original price because the makers felt it has a bit of vibe. I haven't noticed any vibe , but like I mentioned I'm not very sensitive to vibe, it has to be very seriously for my play to be effected. If you are, you may want to consider that when deciding whether to get one from this current run.
• The Decapod weight distribution is pretty even across the whole body. In a lighter and larger Yoyo with more flowing design this would be a good formula for a floaty Yoyo.
However the Decapod has such angular cuts and is made with an aluminum more dense than most; making it heavier than others in its size range, it's anything but floaty, in fact it cuts through quick combos as if it were a larger Yoyo with more weight to the rims but is undersized making it quick and nimble on the string. The weight and shape are a perfect match for the fast play with quick changes through combos an undersize provides without sacrificing weight.
• Something else worth mentioning is the surprising grindability. I say it's surprising because I'd have thought a raw Yoyo to be sticky on a grind. I mentioned before this is my first raw throw.
When I threw a first grind I figured it would catch on the skin and just roll up my arm, however the grooves in the catch zone definitely minimize friction quite well. There's also a pretty sharp edge to the irg which minimizes contact on a thumb grind. Quite impressive.