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    Versatile Multi-style Yoyos 
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    I'm thinking of getting a versatile multi-style yoyo, 1,4,5A , are there any great choices?

    I am thinking of a flying panda and throw monkey, how do they compare? I am really interested in what the difference is, and also which one is better.

    Also, what is the difference between Freehand 2 and Freehand Zero? Which one, in your opinion (I know it all boils down to preference) is better?

    I am also thinking of getting a second hand aquarius, as I heard it is great for 4A, and also good for 1A and 5A, is it true?

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    Most 1A yoyos are fine for 5A and vice versa, but modern 4A yoyos are mostly their own thing. You can play offstring with a yoyo that isn't designed for it, but it will have a steeper learning curve and your yoyo is probably going to take some damage from dropping it repeatedly.

    The Flying Panda and Throw Monkey are sort of exceptions that were designed with all three styles in mind, but in doing so they kind of sacrifice on each end. They can be cumbersome for 1A due to their larger size and rubber rims (the grippier rims mean it is less forgiving when the rims hit the string or your hands during tricks), and since they are designed to be small enough to maneuver for 1A/5A and have response systems designed to bind properly for on-string play, they don't fully commit to 4A design either. If you want one yoyo for all three, these are good options and would be pretty cheap. If you are ok with spending a bit more or already have a 1A yoyo, getting a dedicated offstring yoyo might be better. The Flying Panda is a bit heavier and more geared toward 5A, while the Throw Monkey is more 4A-oriented. Both use friction stickers for response, which will eventually wear out and need to be replaced.

    The Aquarius is good for 4A (though there are some more modern options available), but not so much for 1A/5A. The response system is designed pretty much exclusively for 4A and it is way too big to be comfortable for anything but offstring.

    The difference between the FH2 and FHZ is mostly the shape. The Zero has a more gradual curve toward the rims while the FH2 has a sharper curve to the rims. The FH2 has also been updated more recently and has a recess for the response pads, which is more accommodating for modern unresponsive play. The Zero has hard plastic caps made of the same material as the rest of the yoyo press fit into the sides while the FH2 has cardboard caps in the sides.
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    Oh okay thanks!

    So if I'm more interested in 4A, I should get an Aquarius or Flying Panda? And the throw monkey better for 5A?

    And are they basically just an FH2 with rims? If so, why are they different?
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    Either one of those, or a more modern 4A yoyo if you want to get into offstring. Duncan has released the Hayabusa and Skyhawk as offstring yoyos since the Flying Panda, and Yoyojam has released a few models in their Fiesta line as a successor to the Aquarius. If you can get an Aquarius or Flying Panda cheaper and want to save a few bucks, they would be fine, but otherwise it would be worth checking out some of the newer models to see if anything catches your eye.

    Offstring yoyos tend be larger and heavier to make it easier to catch the yoyo on the string and help the yoyo stay more stable when it's balanced on the string, as well as have a narrower gap or otherwise have a bearing set up that makes it easier for the string to snag to allow you do an offstring bind more easily. Both of those things are counterproductive for typical on-string play. Offstring yoyos also tend to be designed to absorb impact better (i.e. using different materials, like rubber rims or a different type of plastic, or a shape that disperses the force of impact more efficiently) since they will be dropped a lot. So it's not exactly like a 1A yoyo with rims added, but some offstring yoyos do kind of look like that.
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