The idea of transforming the Butterfly into aluminum is a pretty bold concept. The original Butterfly design is really something you don’t want to mess around with. After a lot of thought, we finally decided to design something aimed towards modern responsive yo-yoing; maintaining the feel of the original Butterfly but gearing the yo-yo towards a trickset that wasn’t invented at the time of the original Butterfly’s release. Our goal became to keep that timeless Duncan feeling, to make the yo-yo play responsively without sacrificing performance, and, of course, to keep the look of the Butterfly AL as close to that of the original Butterfly as possible.
This design is responsive out of the box. It’s a ton of fun: it’s a yo-yo that will make you smile big on your first couple of throws, and smile even bigger when you keep playing.
Keep in mind that this yo-yo is designed for modern responsive play, so be sure to keep your bearing lubed! However, if you feel like playing unresponsive play, just clean the bearing seat, add an unresponsive bearing, and it will be a slimline sleep machine!
After four days of selling these at the World Yo-Yo Contest in Cleveland, we heard a lot of positive feedback and learned about a lot of custom set-ups that were going on with the Butterfly AL, and here are some of the favorites!
(Default) Regular pads and a responsive flat bearing;
- Half Spec Bearing, lubed
- KK Bearing, lubed
- Default set-up + thin lube + thick lube
Width: 32.40mm | Diameter: 52.07mm | Gap: 4mm |Weight: 62.1g |Material: 6061
It was my wildest dream to make the Butterfly AL come to life, and making this possible makes me giggle, excited, and enjoy yoyoing more than ever! I hope you feel the same way, too! Much love everybody!