The HazMat is the freshman release from Toxic YoYo Company. As many of you know, Toxic also makes quality boutique strings. They even have a few signature strings out there for two of One Dropâs players, Mark Montgomery and Brett Grimes. The company is owned and operated by Evan Evans. Evan designed the HazMat then approached One Drop Yo-Yos for the machining. For many, this is a big selling point for Toxic. People know and trust One Drop to machine quality yo-yos, so it can only be assumed the HazMat will share the same awesomeness.
I enjoy trying out new yo-yos from new companies. Itâs exciting to be one of the first to experience something. That said, thereâs always a certain risk for anyone entering the already well established yo-yo making game. Is the HazMat a solid first throw for this new company? Will the HazMat establish for Toxic a successful foundation they can build on? Time can only tell.
Well, letâs find out how this guy plays!
- Cardboard box with foam cubes for safe packaging
- White poly string
Construction and Design:
I must first point out that the one I have in my possession is an unengraved HazMat. The ones youâll find floating around at all the different sales sites will be engraved with the Toxic Strings logo and will say âHazMatâ on them.
This is a pretty yo-yo! The pink splash on this one just pops! There are many other cool colorways that are out there too. It is clear that this yo-yo is machined by someone that knows what theyâre doing. One Drop is well known for its precise machining, and the HazMat shows that.
The profile on the HazMat is almost a perfect V-Shape, but more precisely I would classify the shape as a hybrid between an H-Shape and V-Shape. The V-Shape curves ever so slightly down to the response base. As can be seen, there is also a step, adding just a little bit more weight to the rims, giving it more stability. There is a small IGR, and thumb grinds donât look too hard to hit. This is a Side Effect enabled throw, so the weight can be changed out. What a great feature! It comes stocked with black aluminum spike Side Effects, which weigh in at 3.2 grams.
Overall, this is a good looking yo-yo! Full sized, nice weight, and great shape for any player looking for a good competition throw.
The HazMat is a very solid throw! The feel on the string is very smooth and stable. In play, the HazMat is pretty quick, but not unwieldy. I found the aluminum spikes to be a perfect weight for my preference. I did swap out the spikes for some aluminum ultra-lights and found the HazMat to move even quicker. On grinds, the HazMat is stable and grinds for a decently long time, due to the Pyramatte finish. Thumb grinds arenât the easiest thing to hit, but not all that impossible.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this yo-yo to anyone looking to buy a new yo-yo. If youâre like me, who likes to try out new things from new companies, donât be hesitant to try the HazMat. Itâs smooth, stable, and will give you confidence, especially if youâre the competing type. Keep an eye out for Toxic for hopeful future products, but for now, take the time to check out a HazMat.