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    Itís been a while since I wrote a review, and though PinSquid already wrote a glowing review of the General-Yo Torrent 2 on a couple other forums, I have some different thoughts to share. PinSquid hit excellently on all the important points and since I agree with him, Iíll only gloss over those. But unlike him, I love grind tricks, and unlike him, I like it more than the Essence. As with most new yoyos I buy, I liked the Torrent 2 immediately, just as I expected I would. But after a month of daily play with it, Iím still every bit as excited as I was the day I got it. I hope what follows doesnít come across as hype. Given how quickly and consistently Ernieís yoyos sell out, the Torrent 2 really doesnít need any. Iím sure this will sell out in minutes everywhere that itís released.



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    Weight: 66.70g
    Width: 41.32mm
    Diameter: 54.34mm
    Gap Width: 4.4mm
    Bearing Size: Size C
    Response: HAT pads (accepts flowable silicone)
    Finish: Beadblasted anodized aluminum

    Ernie came out with the original Torrent more than two years ago. It has been widely acclaimed as one of the smoothest yoyos ever. Iím a fan of the Torrent, and every other of Mr. Kaiserís releases, but as awesome as the Torrent is, I never really dug the wider Gen Pads Ė I really only prefer wide pads with A and D sized bearing yoyos Ė and Iíve always wished it was beadblasted. The Torrent 2 delivers both of these with General-Yo HATpads, which last a very long time and give tight, consistent binds, and that oh so wonderful beadblast Ernieís yoyos have become known for.

    A buddy of mine wrote me in a message that he wasnít sure it was a good idea to release the Torrent 2 as the next release after the Essence, given that both are 54mm in diameter. The difference between the play of these yoyos, however, is significant. The most immediate difference is in the shape of the rims. The Essence has the flat rims of the HATrick, whereas the Torrent is more angular. But the Torrent also feels more maneuverable and nimble to me, which has to do with it being 41mm in width compared with the Essenceís 43mm. I also find it to be more stable, especially on finger grind tricks, though Iím not sure why that would be the case. I like the Essence quite a bit and think it does exactly what Ernie set out to do with it (a blend of the HATrick, Torrent, and 5-Star), but if I had to take just one or the other, Iíd go for the Torrent 2 without a second thought.


    Comparison shot: Peak, Torrent 2, HATrick

    The grinds are really where this yoyo blows me away. Iím a big fan of palm and finger grinds, especially Guy Wright style stuff, and the beadblast on the Torrent 2 simply couldnít be better for this style of play. As PinSquid noted in his review, the blast feels soft and silky, and it results both in a pleasurable feel, but also in some of the best grind times of any yoyo Iíve ever thrown. Iím also floored with how stable it is on grind transfers and hops, which is the main reason I would take the Torrent 2 over the Essence. While the Essence is an excellent grinding yoyo in its own right, the T2 just feels like it wants to stay centered on my finger.



    Iím a firm believer that there is no such thing as one best yoyo. But concepts, regardless of how great they may be on paper, do get executed to varying degrees of perfection. I have no reservations in saying that Ernie has executed this concept perfectly. And not without making great pains to do so. The reputation Mr. Kaiser has developed for creating some of the Ė if not the Ė smoothest yoyos around hasnít been earned by happenstance. Ernie spends hours upon hours doing CNC testing, examining anodizations, and assembling halves until his A grades are as close to perfect as is humanly possible. Thus the limited runs heís had with the Magnum, Essence, and now the Torrent. Awesome job on these Ernie!
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    very nice review, jrod'. really liked that one :)

    any chance of seein' a pic of the 'guts'? i didn't see the other review, so my apologies if it was included in that one.

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    No problem.

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    Nice review. Sounds like a nice player. I really like that shape in a yoyo. The pad size looks good too.

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    I'm curious about one thing: does the yoyo heat up on grinds?

    Last time I played a General-Yo, they had long grinding times, but you could feel them heat up in your hand. I guess I'm a little OCD, but I don't like that. I can't explain why, it just doesn't feel nice to me.

    I've noticed this on the newer finishes, like the General-Yo bead blast, some of the ILYYs, and others.
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    I experienced that warming feeling on the Essence, second run Hatricks, and the Mini-Star, but not the Torrent 2, original Hatrick, or 5-Star v.2. I didn't mind the feeling you're describing, but it was definitely noticeable. I think it had to do with the aggressiveness of the beadblast on those.
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    Thanks for the great review! I need one now!!!!!!!

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    To the grindability of this... it's really one of the most enjoyable surfaces to grind on I've played. No heat... really nice~
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