What to expect when a manufacturer like C3 yoyo designs call his latest release « Di Base »? This yoyo is C3′s statement that they can also come up with their views of the fundamentals of modern yoyoing. But this is more of a gamble, after their very successful releases, some being already considered as « instant classics ». But if anything, the Di Base is more a result, a sum of their « savoir-faire », rather than some sort of « budget bi-product ».
Exactly like any other C3 yoyo, the Di-Base comes in a translucent soft plastic package, sporting the brand’s name in elegant silver lettering. Our Di-Base is red, deep, dark and at the same time, shiny red. The surface wasn’t polished before applying the ano and as a result, the surface feels soft and comfy on a touch. The engravings are simple and good looking. The shape is definitely a slighly curved but definite V, much like the Winning Bird actually, maybe a tad bit simpler. The Di-Base also comes with a couple of rubber O-rings that will allow the player to modify the rim weight.
Unlike the other C3 yoyos, the Di Base comes with a standard, flat bearing and not a Center Trac. The bearing seat being very tightly adjusted, it can become fairly difficult to remove the bearing and we would recommend to use a specific cylindrical tool should you perform this operation. But despite the natural fear of braking something when pulling that hard, you’ll find out that if done correctly, it won’t have any influence on the play quality and performance of the Di-Base. Just make sure you take good care of properly reassembling the yoyo and you’ll be fine.
The Di base, of course, comes with a string and ready to throw, right out of the box. Just put the string.
As mentioned above, the Di Base comes with rubber weight rings allowing the player to increase the weight for a different experience. Installing or removing them is easily done and the additional rim weight they provide turn the nice and floaty original feel into something much more solid. Obviously, the yoyo will also feel more slow during combos, but in the end, it’s nice to have the option and there’s no doubt that many players will use it. Overall, whether or not you’ll be using the weight rings, the Di-Base is very smooth and stable. The feel is definitely solid with the weight rims on and fairly floaty yet still precise enough should you choose to play without the rings. The level of stability and smoothness is really surprising for a yoyo in this price range, it’s an invitation to « go further » and try new tricks, the spin time is long and the yoyo remains stable even when spinning slowly. Of course, if you’re more into string centering bearings, this upgrade won’t hurt the playability at all and in the end, it’s a matter of preference. But the standard bearing can easily hold it’s own and an upgrade is absolutely not necessary.
When it comes to grinds, the Di-Base is a decent finger or thumb grinder (with the weight rings on, obviously, you can’t really do thumb grinds), probably less good on palm grinds.
The Di Base is a very dynamic yoyo and a real contender in the affordable metal yoyos category. It can be perfect for a first metal, but also for players who want to make up their mind and try out a C3. It’s performance is easily up to the modern standards in all areas and except for the price, really, this is a premium yoyo
G.Y./Emmanuel Nel Gabriel
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