Quoted from OneDrop x CLYW:
We had a crazy idea. Have the guys from CLYW come visit the One Drop shop and design/manufacture a brand new collaboration yoyo from scratch all the while filming the whole process.
The result: 'the Summit'
The name really speaks for itself as this is a melding of a CLYW Avalanche and a One Drop Cascade. The name also refers to how this was a meeting of the minds. Then we had an even crazier idea: release a small run at Cal States the following weekend! We weren't sure if this was even possible, as neither of us have ever made a yo-yo from scratch so quickly, but we were up for the challenge and wanted to try! Over the course of 4 days we created what we think is one of the best yo-yos on the market today.
- Day 1: Design
- Day 2: Make a Prototype, while Jason Week works on Artwork
- Day 3: Manufacture a Small Run and have Evan from Toxic Strings anodize them overnight
- Day 4: Laser Engrave/Assemble/Package
We had team members from both companies on site including Jensen, Zach, Charles, Paul, Andrew, Jordan and JT to help with the design and testing on the spot. The first version played really well, but everyone agreed that it needed a little bit more weight, so a 2nd revision was done. Round 2 of prototyping yielded the final version and we all loved it! Charles just finished up a documentary, which shows the full process of these amazing days that we spent together to create the Summit. As well as footage of Cal States where we sold the first run, and how both One Drop and CLYW team members rocked the stage with it.
The much anticipated Summit is finally HERE!
An update for the 7 Summits Versions:
The original Summit came from a meeting of the minds between CLYWand One Drop Yo-Yos. It was a short but intense beginning to one of the most popular models released by either company, and nearly two years later they are still just as loved and we continue to produce them. To continue this journey we knew we wanted to make the Summit in 7075 alloy. Since this is the Summit, we knew it had to be different and took inspiration based on 7075 being part of “Seven Series Aluminum”. It became obvious: we need to do the Seven Summits.
The Seven Summits are the tallest mountains on each of the 7 continents. Climbing to the summit of all seven (let alone even one) is an incredible human feat known as the “Seven Summits”. One Drop and CLYW will be offering seven different runs of 7075 Summits – each run limited to 50 yo-yos and named after each of the seven mountains. Each run will be released separately over a period of months starting with Kilimanjaro in Africa.
7075 aluminum is heavier and denser than the usual 6061 aluminum, so you would expect the Seven Summits to weigh more. However, we re-designed the weight distribution so the resulting total weight of the yo-yo is lighter! Heavier metal, lighter yo-yo, but still looks the same and has the same width and diameter.You will know it’s a Seven Summit because it will have a mountain name engraved on it. But more than that you will know because it plays different from the original while still maintaining the same essence.
CLYW x One Drop Seven Summits Specs:
- Base Weight: 60.85 grams
- Shipping Weight: 63.35 grams (with Ultra Lights)
- Diameter: 55.64 mm
- Width: 46 mm
- Stock Response: CLYW Snow Tires
- Gap Width: 4.34 mm
- Bearing Size: Large (C) stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)
- Finish: Pyramatte ™
- Axle System: Side Effects(tm)
- Kilimanjaro – Africa – Black base with gold and blue splash
- McKinley – North America – TBA
- Aconcagua – South America – TBA
- Elbrus – Europe – TBA
- Vinson – Antarctica -TBA
- Kosciuszko – Australia -TBA
- Everest – Asia -TBA