YoYo Empire – Rainfly


YoYo Empire - Rainfly - Black

YoYo Empire – Rainfly – Black

Material Bi-Metal
Diameter 56.4mm
Width 43mm
Weight 67.8g
Bearing C
Playstyle String Tricks

YoYo Empire - Rainfly - Black - Profile

YoYo Empire – Rainfly – Black – Profile

Nicknamed by some as the poor mans Draupnir but I honestly don’t get that. It’s similar in looks and size but that’s where the similarities end. It’s very heavy on the string, spins for a long time and comes back hard through long combos. It’s a very stable throw that would be great for learning new tricks or your first metal 3a throws. Just be aware that it’s heavy and that you feel that weight on the string.


User reviews

★★★★★
5 5 1
Shape and Design: The rainfly is a double-step V shaped yoyo (some call it Wing shape) with a small bump near the bearing to keep low string contact. It has low or no walls and the specs are typical for a fullsize yoyo so you can anticipate it's a contest/performance oriented design. The cup design is just a shadow of the catchzone, no wasted material, it's a no-nonsense overall design. I got the blue/yellow splash version which is non-blasted. It tends to stick a little bit on naked skin, which can be helped with a pair of gloves. The play: The outer steel ring gives the weight distriburtion of a bigger yoyo and that's exactly how it plays, combined with 67.8g it packs a lot of inertia for a yoyo of that size, something that just can't be achieved with pure aluminum. While 67.8g doesn't exactly mean sluggish (it depends on the weight distribution) as this yoyo has it all on the outside it certainly will feel floatier and a little resistant to the movement, however if I compare it to any yoyo under 68g I've tried, the Rainfly has the most powerful spin. The simple straight design gives a really high inertia:total weight ratio that you can only get with this kind of bimetals (with outer steel rings), with extremely light oversized yoyos or with a more resistant denser material (like titanium). While some people say it can develop vibe I haven't experienced that (I'm very careful, I don't normally smash yoyos on the floor). I was going to give a 4 star rating but I recently noticed there's a beadblasted version so for me it's a 5 star yoyo. While I prefer a lighter yoyo, this one is very well executed and works like it should, not all yoyos have to be lightning fast and this one packs the most powerful spin you can get for an under 68g yoyo. Add the budget friendly price and I can't find a good reason not to recommend it to anyone searching for a fullsized yoyo with an amazingly high moment of inertia for it's specs.

★★★★★
5 5 1
There is a version of my review here on yoyoexpert with more pictures and goes in a little more detail: http://yoyoexpert.com/forums/index.php/topic,85387.0.html The rainfly is a made by a company called yoyoempire and is probably on of the cheapest most under estimated bimetals of all time. They sell for about 79 dollars not including shipping for wherever you get it from, and they are worth every cent of that 79 dollars. I own too rainflys on being the back blasted version and the other being the unblasted rainbow version and both are amazing throws. However there are two small issues with the rainfly upon being hit on the floor the rims and shift, this will cause vibe. If you dont mind a little vibe it wont bother you but if you do then you might consider staying away unless you are very careful with it and the floor. Another issue is the stock bearing. Though the stock bearings play like dope when you first get them out of the box they have a tendency to just destroy themselves. So should you find a rainfly with the stock bearing just save yourself the trouble and put your favorite bearing in it and that should do just fine for you. Now onto play i run my rainflys with a grooved rage bearing that makes them a little more heavier and solid so the rainfly you throw with the stock bearing may not play the same. But the rainfly is a super stable yoyo with a fantastic spin time. It also seems to take whatever you throw at it. However it is not the yoyo i go to when i want to try new concepts. it just doesnt seem to spark my creativity with tricks. Though it will never leave your side and whatever you throw at it it will ask for more. now to talk about the non blasted rainfly. the non blasted rainflys are a bit sticky feeling right out of the box so i took a rough rag and rubbed the metal real good with it then applied some monkey finger buff which really helped how it grinded alot in fact it really changed this yoyo for me and made me want a blasted one all the more to truly test the capabilities of this yoyo. http://shop.yoyoexpert.com/product/887/Monkeyfinger-Buff this sit he link for the monkey finger buff should you decide you want to try it on the rainfly or other yoyos. I highly recommend it it is a great product. the blasted one is my favorite playing of the two it grinds well and some have told me it plays like a matte draupnir.. that alone is worth trying it out for 79 bucks. overall this yoyo is a great fun little toy for just 79 bucks.. you will be hard pressed to find a bimetal let alone any yoyo that plays like this..

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
High performance for a cheap price, but comes with durability concerns. This is the single yoyo that I have seen the most posts complaining about minimal damage causing maximum negative effects. "My Rainfly got really vibey even though almost nothing happend... why?" is common enough that there has to be some sort of design issue. Loose tolerances or the rings not being tight enough, maybe. Five star play, one star craftsmanship.

★★★★★
5 5 1
Shape and Design: The rainfly is a double-step V shaped yoyo (some call it Wing shape) with a small bump near the bearing to keep low string contact. It has low or no walls and the specs are typical for a fullsize yoyo so you can anticipate it's a contest/performance oriented design. The cup design is just a shadow of the catchzone, no wasted material, it's a no-nonsense overall design. I got the blue/yellow splash version which is non-blasted. It tends to stick a little bit on naked skin, which can be helped with a pair of gloves. The play: The outer steel ring gives the weight distriburtion of a bigger yoyo and that's exactly how it plays, combined with 67.8g it packs a lot of inertia for a yoyo of that size, something that just can't be achieved with pure aluminum. While 67.8g doesn't exactly mean sluggish (it depends on the weight distribution) as this yoyo has it all on the outside it certainly will feel floatier and a little resistant to the movement, however if I compare it to any yoyo under 68g I've tried, the Rainfly has the most powerful spin. The simple straight design gives a really high inertia:total weight ratio that you can only get with this kind of bimetals (with outer steel rings), with extremely light oversized yoyos or with a more resistant denser material (like titanium). While some people say it can develop vibe I haven't experienced that (I'm very careful, I don't normally smash yoyos on the floor). I was going to give a 4 star rating but I recently noticed there's a beadblasted version so for me it's a 5 star yoyo. While I prefer a lighter yoyo, this one is very well executed and works like it should, not all yoyos have to be lightning fast and this one packs the most powerful spin you can get for an under 68g yoyo. Add the budget friendly price and I can't find a good reason not to recommend it to anyone searching for a fullsized yoyo with an amazingly high moment of inertia for it's specs.

★★★★☆
4 5 1
Solid. Some people call it a brick, but I disagree with that. Really stable, great for learning and creating tricks. Grinds and fingerspins flat-out suck. They might be good on the matte black version. Looks amazing. Great player, definitely worth $70.

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