Welcome to the review of the Capital Yoyo Angkasa, the new 7075 aluminum yo-yo from Arif Kristiawan!
One thing I really love about reviewing yo-yos is the chance to try stuff from the smaller players out there. The big boys are busy cranking out throw after throw, and they can afford to have a misfire now and then. On the other hand, new and smaller manufacturers have less chance for error. When I talk to them it often sounds like a labour of love, and you can just feel the amount of soul they have poured into their yo-yos.
Case in point is Arif Kristiawan from the Capital Yoyo over in Indonesia. Arif emailed me back at the beginning of June to ask if I would like to review his new yo-yo, the Angkasa. I of course said “Sure!” and since then he and I have chatted about the Angkasa quite a bit via emaill. It has become obvious to me that he really put a lot of effort into making a yo-yo that other throwers would enjoy.
So, having said that, let’s have a look at the Capital Yoyo Angkasa. Thanks again to Arif for sending over the Angkasa to me to try out.
Here is the TL;DR summary for those that want it: The Capital Yoyo Angkasa is a quite nice concave H-type yo-yo that prefers to stay in the middle of the road in terms of play. Its huge catch zone and even weight distribution make it easy to push around and catch during play. Neither slow nor threatening to get out of control, the Angkasa is designed to be more about laid back fun rather than speed.
The Capital Yoyo Angkasa
Throughout the extensive discussions with Arif regarding the Angkasa, he emphasized that his goal was to design a yo-yo that was interesting, well balanced, and above all fun. Actually, he stressed that fun factor on more than one occasion. Moreover, he was willing to sacrifice a bit of performance if it meant a bump in fun. Here is the official blurb from Arif regarding The Capital Yoyo Angkasa :
“The yoyo is design and manufactured with fun experience in mind, but performance is no less important. For us at Capital Yoyo, the material of choice is not to archive maximum performance, but to archive specific weight on certain areas on the yoyo to create the feel that the Angkasa has, with enough spin time and stability for anyone. At the end of the day, however, the Angkasa is designed to be fun above all else.
The name, Angkasa, is Indonesia for ‘Sky’, and we hope the Angkasa can take your yoyo life and throwing experience as high as the ‘Angkasa’ can be.”
With that in mind it is time to get on with the review!
- Diameter: 58.0 mm
- Width: 45.0 mm
- Weight: 67.0 grams
- Bearing: Size C flat
- Response: Flowable silicone
- Material: 7075 aluminum
Size and Weight
The Angkasa sits slightly on the bigger side of things in both diameter and width, at 58 mm and 45 mm. In terms of mass, the yo-yo weighs in at 67 grams using 7075 aluminum. When you inspect the Angkasa you can see that the mass is distributed fairly evenly, something that Arif highlighted to me as one of his design goals. I find that this gives the Angkasa a nice middle-of-the-road feel in terms of weight distribution, if that makes any sense.
The Angkasa shape confounds me in terms of classification. I suppose it should be called a concave H-type, but I think we need to define this as a separate shape. U-Type, perhaps? From what I understand, the U-type designation used to be a thing. Anyway, the Angkasa’s shape is not typical for me or my collection. The only other throws in my collection that are similar are my MonkeyfingeR 2Evil and One Drop Gradient. However, both of those play differently than the Angkasa thanks to their different specs.
One thing to highlight about the the shape of the Angkasa is that it affords a really large catch zone. Most of the yo-yo’s width is the effective catch zone (“effective width” as Arif defined it to me). Of course, one still prefers to hit the catch zone a closely to the center as possible, but I could see newer players appreciating this. Indeed, I found that I was able to land tricks with tougher catches more easily while using the Angkasa as compared to many other yo-yos in my collection.
Oh, and the cups have some very distinct circular hub cutaways right above the axle. This creates a nice spin area for those that like finger spins. I wish the bottom of this spin region was slightly concave rather than flat, but I guess you can’t have everything!
I generally talk about the anodization of every yo-yo I review. Nonetheless, I want to make special mention of the surface finish of the Angkasa. My review Angkasa has the nicest silvery metallic finish I have yet encountered. At first I wondered if this was simply a straight blast of some kind on the raw 7075. However, it turns out that there is a clear anodization coat combined with some subtle green splashing, finished off with sand blasting. The final surface finish is clean and simple, and I really like it. I believe it is also available in a fetching black with purple splash.
Bearing and Response
The Angkasa ships with a generic flat 8-ball bearing. Given the trend of centering bearings it was unusual to receive a yo-yo using a flat bearing. I didn’t have any issue with this bearing and it performed well. Those that absolutely demand a centering bearing will have to swap this one out, but I for one didn’t mind.
The Angkasa uses flowable silicone that is poured (at least in mine) to be more or less flush with the top of the groove. This tends to give a lot of binding power, and it did snag at inconvenient times during tricks now and then. I would have preferred to see the silicone recessed slightly to help reduce this snagging, but that is a simple fix in any case. A centering bearing could also help out here. One thing to note is that the response grooves are actually machined to fit 20mm pads rather than the more standard 19mm, so keep that in mind if you don’t like to pour your own silicone.
After throwing the Angkasa quite a bit over the past month, I can say that I have enjoyed playing with it. And yet, I find myself struggling to define its play. It doesn’t feel ponderous, but I also don’t feel right in calling it floaty. It isn’t a performance oriented yo-yo, but neither is it slow or lacking in agility. This is the kind of yo-yo that is a good candidate for my Wild Card category because it feels like a nice all rounder to me. It isn’t going to knock off the Tri-B from that pedestal, but that is the sort of bucket I feel it belongs in as far as my collection goes.
It might be easier to compare it something similar in terms of shape, so let’s use the One Drop Gradient as the comparison. Even though it is slightly lighter, the Gradient has more of its mass pushed into the rim area, unlike the Angkasa. The translates into the Angkasa being a noticeably more laid back throw versus the Gradient and a bit less stable. Whereas the Gradient really wants to fly around almost to the point of losing control, the Angkara has a more measured feel to it. None of this is a bad thing as long as you aren’t looking to the Angkasa to be a speed demon. If you are more into fun and less into speed then you should feel right at home with the Angkasa.
One thing I have found about this type of yo-yo shape is that it seems a bit more finicky on the throw. Like the Gradient and the 2Evil, the Angkasa requires a bit more finesse when throwing. Put another way, with this sort of H-type shape I find that poor technique seems more noticeable. My technique is generally pretty good although I won’t deny that I could always improve. Still, if I am just winging the Angkasa around and not really trying to throw perfectly then I notice that it can get a little unhappy. This is an aspect that would affect a newer thrower more and is something to keep in mind.
So as I already said, I have quite enjoyed throwing the Angkasa. Admittedly, I tend to like more O/V-type shapes and I don’t gravitate to the H-type side of things that much. This might be one reason I have never really clicked with the One Drop Gradient as much as I had hoped. One the other hand, the Angkasa feels more like a great middle in terms of characteristics. I like it a lot more than the Gradient simply because it is a closer fit with my style of throwing (easy going and not about speed). Having a nice wide catch zone is great, and the Angkasa always feels measured and tempered with its performance. Plus, you gotta love that surface finish! If you are looking for a nice concave H-type throw that is more about fun than speed, then the Capital Yoyo Angkasa is worth a look!
Thanks as always to Mat B. for helping to edit this review. Also thanks to MonkeyfingeR Design for providing all of the Ape Hanger strings used for this and other reviews.
As always, enjoy your throwing!