This isn’t really new news, but we haven’t previously announced it. From time to time manufacturers change their prices, this usually happens at the beginning of the calendar year. Often this is a modest increase in the wholesale cost for discs, or a change in the retail pricing. This is almost always an increase.
This year, Innova due to operational efficiencies was able to lower the pricing on both GStar and Echo Star. For GStar that means that the MSRP dropped $2.00 from $17.99 to $15.99, while Echo Star dropped from $15.99 to $14.99. Our prices have matched this reduction for months now (although you’ll notice that isn’t the case for most Canadian retailers).
We have always recommended the various recycled plastics, including Echo Star as they represent some of the best value in Disc Golf, premium plastics for modest prices. This continues to be the case, but now GStar also offers an amazing value proposition when price is compared to expected durability/lifespan. There are also substantially more models available in GStar plastic than Echo Star, including a full compliment of midranges and putters (Echo Star is mostly drivers).
If you haven’t already considered GStar or Echo Star and don’t have other reasons to prefer other plastics, save yourself a few dollars on your next purchase and give them a try.
We’ll be on site at the Van City Chick Chuck tomorrow all day, and we’ll have about half of our inventory with us. If you have anything in particular you’re looking for let us know in advance so that we can make sure it’s in the half that we take.
If you’re looking for light plastic, we’ll have lots with us, should be about 250 that are 163g or lighter. That’s right 250 light discs, which is more than many retailers have in stock in all weights total.
This will be your first opportunity to pick up a GStar Daedalus prototype, or the limited edition Van City Chick Chuck Star Lite Valkyrie.
So again, we’ll be at Queen Elizabeth Disc Golf Course from about 9am to 4pm-ish.
We’ve got 40 of the GStar Daedalus prototypes en route to me now (should arrive on Thursday). We’re going to try something out and see how it works…
We’re going to give away 3 of these GStar Daedalus randomly, to people who comment on this post*. As much as we’d like to give people bonus entries for sharing and spreading the word, we haven’t investigated how best to do that. So we’re not this time anyway.
Here’s the catch though, if you’re one of the lucky 3 people, you need to do the following things after receiving the disc:
- Write a first impression review of the disc once you get it in your hand, and send it to us.
- Throw the Daedalus a lot
- Write a review of your thoughts and experiences on the GStar plastic
- Write a review of your thoughts and experiences on the Daedalus prototype after you’ve used it a lot
Here’s the tricky part, reviews must be positive in tone. What does that mean you ask? It means that we don’t want to have reviews that tell us how much it sucks (if it does). Instead, we want reviews which identify what type of player is likely to enjoy the plastic/disc/flight path/et cetera. We realize that you might not be that player, but it’s way more helpful to identify who would benefit from this disc (if anyone). Not all discs work for all people, but most of us can imagine who a disc might be appropriate for, or under which circumstances it would excel.
You’ll be expected to get your first review in within a week of receiving the disc, and the next two within 4 weeks of receiving the disc.
If you’re not willing to write the reviews, don’t enter the give away. The goal here is to give a few people the opportunity to help the rest of the disc golf community to make an informed purchase decision on this disc.
I’ll do the draw next Tuesday, the 13th.
Things to remember:
- comment on this post, not on Facebook or somewhere else
- make sure that you include your name and a valid email address when filling out the comment stuff, otherwise we won’t be able to tell you that you won, and we’ll give the prize to someone else
- include the answer to the following skill testing question in the comments: “If I shoot 4 under on a typical 18 hole course (par 3), how many throws did I actually use?”
- comments here are “moderated” so don’t panic if your comment doesn’t appear right away…
When the shipment with the Daedalus arrives this week, we’ll have the full GStar line in stock again, at least until we start selling out again.
* we’ll throw in a classic “skill testing” question so as not to run afoul of any Canadian laws.
Another 4 models are being added to the GStar Line, they are:
- GStar Rhyno (165-175g)
- GStar Sidewinder (165-175g)
- GStar Orc (165-175g)
- GStar Dominator (165-175g)
These are being released next week, I expect to have them in late April, early May. Pre-order now!
As a reminder the other 17 GStar models (excluding the Daedalus prototype) are:
- Aviar Driver
- PM Krait
The INNOVA Daedalus is a new maximum downwind distance driver crafted for less powerful players. The disc will double as a long distance roller for more advanced players.
The Daedalus will be available in GStar plastic and is initially rated 13, 6, -4, 2 [speed, glide, turn, fade]. The Daedalus likes to be thrown low. Make sure it doesn’t soar too close to the sun.
The GStar Daedalus Prototype is a limited edition version of this new driver that is a small batch limited run.
If you look closely you’ll find that the rating is very similar to the Star Tern, but a little faster… Accepting pre-orders now.
This announcement is well timed, because my restocking order from Innova hasn’t shipped yet. So if anyone is interested in any of the new GStar releases I can bring them in. Let me know.
- GStar Aviar Driver (Big Bead) 165-175g (Speed 2, Glide 3, Turn 0, Fade 2)
- GStar Boss 165-175 (13, 5, -1, 3)
- GStar Roadrunner 170-175 (9, 5, -4, 1)
- GStar Wraith 165-175 (11, 5, -1, 3)
- GStar Roc3 170-180 (5, 4, 0, 3)
Also new at the moment:
- Star Aero 178-80
- Starlite Sidewinder 130-159 (9, 5, -3, 1)
- DX Aviar (lowweight discs)