This is my first review, kind of as a practice.
So, the kickside. One of the first choices on a list of beginner's yos. But how good is it?
Packaging - 6/10
It came in a small green and purple box with a very cheap feeling plastic film 'window'. I think it would have looked and felt a LOT nicer if it had been hard plastic rather than this which felt like cling film (I don't know what it is in America. See through wrap.).
Size/shape/weight - 9/10
It seemed rather wide at first, but not badly so. I guess it's because up until then I was using a Sabre Raider! The shape is very nice with a smooth butterfly curve that makes string tricks very easy. It would have been nice if it were a little heavier, but it's nothing big.
Play - 9/10
Very, very smooth. No wobble at all and very little sound. Even when you think 'It must be running out of spin now' it hasn't. It's still got some left. It's very easy on string tricks and seems to rest on the extra strings as if they aren't there. The option to change the gap width is also a nice touch for those who want to play with a slightly lower responsiveness. I can't see any fault in the hybrid response and it seems to work very well.
Price - 10/10
I don't know how you can possibly fault the price! $14 is nothing for this yoyo!
Overall - 9/10
A very solid beginners yo that plays well on the string and feels good in the hand. Well worth buying!
Thread: Free's YoYoJam Kickside review
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04-08-2008 11:22 AM
04-08-2008 11:56 AM
I always wonder if the KickSide's squeal at all. Some hybrid response yo-yos (like my K-OS) make some noise when the string slides through the gap. Some people ask me why the yo-yo is screaming.
Does it? I think the weight might add to it if the KS doesn't, since the K-OS and Hybrid Hitman are heavier.
Very good review! Makes me want to buy one.
YoYoJam packaging isn't much... but in reality, why do you need alot of packing like the Duncan yo-yos? More packaging = more waste. Less = Better in this case.
04-08-2008 12:11 PM
I agree on the packaging. I completely ignored it in my overall, as you can see.
I'm glad you liked the review, GO BUY ONE NAOW!
04-08-2008 12:31 PM
It wont make it rust...but its got all sorts of rubbish in it that you wouldnt want in there.
Clean with mineral spirits, lube with thin oil.
I wonder how many reviews we have of the kickside now... but err ye, the KS is a must have..2 red shims, silicone in the oring groove, stock bearing and its as good as any yo i own.
04-08-2008 12:33 PM
04-08-2008 01:24 PM
they squeal, alot.............................Team Weenieyo
04-08-2008 01:43 PM
I agree on the fact Wd-40 is not good, my yoyo works best when its bearing is cleaned out nice, and with very, very little lube or none at all. And a decent lube can last a life time not a weeks play.
04-08-2008 01:52 PM
It came in a small green and purple box with a very cheap feeling plastic film 'window'.
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04-08-2008 03:57 PM
hmm...that's a terrible review.
i wish i could be more constructive...but that review took it all out of me. maybe i'll post more comments later, after i get this advil in me.
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04-09-2008 12:51 AM
Thanks for stopping me using WD-40, I was about to go and do it but decided to see what you'd all posted. I'd better go find some other household item to lube it with...
Oh and before I screw up again, is cleaning it with 95% ethanol okay instead of mineral spirits? If anything, shouldn't it be better...?
04-09-2008 05:09 AM
Mineral spirits would be better if you can get some. Some people also use lighter fluid. 95% ethanol is mixed in water, which you don't want in your bearing because it can lead to rust. Even without the water, the alcohol will evaporate quickly and could leave residue behind that you don't want in your bearing.
04-09-2008 08:03 AM
Okay, do any of you know if mineral spirits are the same as white spirit in the UK?
Also, got a precision oiler to lube it. Looks dangerous.
04-09-2008 09:48 AM
IDK if it's the same.
Your review is ok, but I like it better when it is more in depth and doesn't have the x/10 scores.
But yeah, like they said WD40 is a no no. WD40 is not a lubricant, it is a solvent, to get rid of gunk and to help remove things.
04-09-2008 03:45 PM
my apologies free k. didn't mean to be such an arse in response to your review...
the number thing really has me puzzled. the biggest question i have re: number rating(s) is...what are you basin' these numbers on? usually there's a standard, and then you strat ratin' from there. otherwise, there just arbitrary numbers that live where the sun doesn't shine.
reviews w/o pictures is like a peanut butta sandwich w/o jelly. imho, good pics will say more than words ever will.
like ronster said, hopin' to see more reviews from you free k. and i'll try not be such a jerk the next time...
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