I took a train to Eugene, OR and designed a radical new yo-yo in 48 hours. It's an old school throw designed for modern responsive play. Great for beginners OR advanced players looking for a new style to experiment with.
Let Me Introduce Myself
My name is Doc and I'm a yo-yo pro with 21 years of experience and yo-yo design. I've created a few influential tricks (like Gyroscopic Flop, Branding, and Skin The Gerbil) and helped get the yo-yo emoji approved. I've seen huge changes to yo-yo design and trick styles over the years, but the single biggest change has been a shift from the traditional "tug response", where the yo-yo simply returns when you tug the string, to the popular "bind return" or "non-responsive" design which most yo-yos use today.
20 years ago, yo-yos were designed to simply come back to your hand with a simple tug, but non-responsive play requires players to learn how to bind a yo-yo to get it to return. This allows players to pull off much longer and intricate tricks, but has a steeper learning curve and removes the fluidness from old-school responsive play.
Recently, a bunch of players have started combining old school yo-yos with a whole new style of play that feels surprisingly fresh and innovative. I like to call this new style of yo-yo tricks "modern responsive". These tricks involve modern techniques like string stalls, flips, regens, and a new wave of tricks where the yo-yo isn't spinning.
So I wanted to start from scratch and design a yo-yo specifically intended for this new form of responsive play. Where classic yo-yos were designed for the longest spin time possible, I wanted to design a tug response yo-yo with a wide catch zone and high inner walls to help with string stalls. One of the most unique features of The Weekender is it's ultralight design, which allows the yo-yo to sleep, but is much more consistent for regens and responsive play because the yo-yo has less inertia. In other words, heavier yo-yos tend to be a little less responsive on a consistent basis.
I've designed several other yo-yos, each with unique features, but The Weekender yo-yo is the most experimental design to date. The feedback so far has been great! Here's what Kyle Nations, one of my favorite modern-responsive players, has to say about this new yo-yo design.
The Weekender yo-yo will be available in a single color version or the 3 color-swirl edition (which is only available for the first 48 hours of the Kickstarter campaign).
Every reward level includes a copy of my new comic book, "Believe it or Knot". This is a silly comic I wrote and drew in 24 consecutive (and crazy) hours. It teaches the basics of yo-yo maintenance and a few tricks to get you started.
If you are interested in non-responsive yo-yoing, the "Best of Both Worlds" reward includes a Weekender yo-yo, plus a Bolt Part 2. The Bolt Part 2 is a bind return yo-yo with delrin body and aluminum hubs. It was launched in 2018 as a Kickstarter project and it's an instant classic!
If you are looking for a fun experience, you and 4 friends can sign up for a yo-yo lesson in The Secret Alley, one of San Francisco's most unique spaces.
Stretch Goals and Color Options
For this campaign, The Weekender will only be available in two color options:
- Solid (for the main reward option)
- 3 color swirl (only available for the first 48 hours)
If we reach these stretch goals (listed below), new color options will be available. If the stretch goal is reached, then backers will be able to pick the color they want after the Kickstarter has ended.
- REACHED $3200- Solid Blue
- REACHED $4400- Solid Orange
- REACHED $5600- I'll research a good way to nickel plate a small run of Weekenders and if possible, nickel plated option will be offered (for an additional $7, which will be collected after the campaign has ended for KS backers). Please note that since I'll be needing to find a new nickel plating service, this option might not be possible unless I can find a consistent place at a fair price.
- 100 Backers- 3 new tutorials featuring modern responsive tricks
- 230 Backers- 5 more video tutorials featuring Kyle Nations
For each $1,000 raised, I'll release a short new trick video featuring a modern responsive trick that works great on the Weekender.
- Bearings: Size A (5x10x4 mm)
- Size: 56mm by 35.56mm
- Gap size: 3mm
- Response: Core Co silicon response pads
These stats are all subject to change in the final release.
Risks and challenges
This is my 9th project on Kickstarter, so I've learned a lot about what to do and what not to do along the way. My last 3 yo-yo projects have shipped and are well loved by my backers. I'm working with an American manufacturer that's had years of experience designing high quality yo-yos. I've visited their shop many times and created another yo-yo project called The Executive with them a few years back.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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