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New Prices: Innova GStar and Echo Star

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.

NSFW – JMac Fundraiser

Some of you undoubtedly know Johnny “JMac” MacDonald, and some of you won’t. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, we have a fundraiser that may interest you. We’ve partnered with DoubleRam Discs (who donated the design) and with Innova (who are making the discs) to help raise funds for JMac. Funds will be used to help fund a bucket list trip (which includes and Innova warehouse visit), with leftovers being used to pursue future treatment options.

JMac himself will have 100 DX Flat Top Rocs that he’ll be selling on his trip for US$20.

We’ll be selling the rest of the discs with proceeds going to JMac.

Here’s the stamp:

Johhny Mac road trip fundraiser

Pre-orders:

Discs are in the production queue and are expected to be available mid-late March 2017.

Roctoberfest presented by Innova: PDGA Update

We expect that the rounds from Roctoberfest presented by Innova will be included in the 15 Nov 2016 ratings update. All stuff has been submitted to the PDGA.

If you’re curious what a TD Report looks like you can see it here (Roctoberfest presented by Innova TD Report).

You may notice that the individual payouts in the amateur divisions are relatively small, that’s intentional, and a byproduct of providing all amateur players with player’s packages.

Roctoberfest presented by Innova: Final Results

Final results are posted on the PDGA web site: Roctoberfest presented by Innova. If you were a participant please double check to make sure that your PDGA number (if you have one) is not missing. Also please verify that your total score is in fact accurate.

Congratulations goes first and foremost to all participants for braving the scary forecast to play in totally reasonable conditions. Thank you to Innova for sponsoring the event and the great player’s packages! Also thank you to The Disc Cellar for organizing the event and the Left Coast Cup series.

The next Left Coast Cup series event is:

  • Mayhem at the Meadows in Penticton (29 Oct 2016) registration open now
  • the Squamish Open in Squamish (19 Nov 2016) registration open probably later this week

Series points will be tabulated and posted later this week.

Winners for the day were:

  • MPO: Miguel Alvarado
  • MA1: Brett Hislop
  • MM1: Michael Ramanauskas (Disc Cellar sponsored player)
  • MG1: Rob Gillette
  • MA2: Christian Tasse
  • FA2: Robin Darling
  • MA3: Bryan Smith
  • MA4: Thiago Crevatin Azevedo
  • MJ4: Ezekiel Salmon

Thank you to everyone who helped verify scores, moved baskets, did course maps, flagged the course, etc… Disc Golf events are not possible without you, you’re AWESOME!

Roctoberfest this Saturday: PDGA C-Tier

It’s official, Roctoberfest presented by Innova at Passive Park is a PDGA C-Tier event, so you’ll earn a player’s rating, and PDGA points in addition to the Left Coast Cup series and club points that you’ll earn. Amateurs will get a $65 player’s package.

Pre-registration closes tonight at midnight, if we’re not full, day of registration will be allowed (but costs $5 more).

Player’s meeting at 9:30am, first round at 10am. We should be done by about 5pm.

Rocktoberfest presented by Innova course map

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Innova Special Requests?

As the go to dealer for many Disc Golfers across Canada, we field a lot of questions. One of the most common is: can you get _______. Now sometimes these are impossible asks, where someone is looking for an out of production disc, or something ridiculously specific (but sometimes we are able to pull those off too). Other times, they are just looking for a current production model that we don’t currently have in stock.

As we alluded to in our moving announcement, we’ll be doing some significant restocking post-move. This talk of restocking often brings out more of these special requests, which is especially fun when we’re able to accommodate them.

So here’s the question: are you looking for something specific from Innova?

If yes, we might already have it in stock; we also have a small amount of inventory that is physically here but not in our inventory system at present (never ending task). But failing that, we can order in lots of stuff. In the interest of transparency, what you’re about to see is the order form that us Dealers use. So you’ll see what’s currently in stock from Innova (at least at the time the spreadsheet was last updated), and the granularity with which we are able to order it. The spreadsheet doesn’t include any pricing or anything like that. But if it’s on the form, we can order it for you. Let us know if there’s something you’d like us to bring in for you. I’m not sure how disruptive the post-move unpacking is going to be, so I’m guessing this order will be submitted the week of June 4th, which usually means that stuff will arrive the following week (sometimes there’s a bit more of a delay between order and shipping).

Innova standard 3 colour logo

Here’s the spreadsheet: Innova Dealer order sheet 2016-05-19 let us know if there’s something you want us to bring in for you!

VCobra: Initial reactions Michael Ramanauskas

Star VCobra

A couple days ago I found myself holding a neon pink 180 Star VCobra (5/5/-1/2) in my hand and wondering why it felt a bit odd as a mid-range. While Innova is trying some new technological adaptations with their Vtec rims (like the VRoc), sometimes you have to wonder why they are aiming to improve on a much loved disc in the first place?

I didn’t have that problem. I have never thrown a Cobra, had never intended to and am pretty happy with my bag as it is… I am a Roc guy after all.

Initially, my reaction to this oddly rimmed hunk of plastic was one of “Not sure, this seems gimmicky and is basically a beaded putter profile” and then I threw it.

I threw it every time I would normally throw a Roc or any shot between 60-250 feet. And after 36 holes, I was actually quite impressed. This disc will hold a straight line on a drive, and not the turn right/fade back left kind of straight… just straight until the end with a bit of fade to finish. Put a bit of extra snap of it, and you’ll get a nice anhyzer line that holds. Headwind? Sure, why not? While I didn’t throw it in super high wind, the 10-15km gust I threw it into didn’t seem to matter. Tomahawks and forehands worked predictably as well.

Oh, glide… lots of glide. Surprisingly, lots of glide. When throwing a shot that would normally drop with my Roc, this disc just went a bit farther, kept gliding and then decided to settle down (in a good way).

Because the underside of the wing is convex instead of concave, there is more plastic in the rim. Add to that the bead and you have a solid disc that doesn’t deform due to torsion when you snap it hard.

Will this disc replace a Roc in my bag? No, but it will make a nice addition to my bag regardless.

Michael Ramanauskas is a member of Team Disc Cellar and the owner of DoubleRam Disc and  Washline.com, and is responsible for multiple custom stamps including: the 2015 30th Anniversary Provincial Disc Golf Championships, 2014 DCO (Disc Cellar Open) and the “Smokom” Sarah Hokom signature stamp.

This review was original written in mid-December, but somehow we managed to forget to post it.

Innova Star Stud (First Run)

The Innova Star Stud the latest putter in the Innova family is here. The production model is currently DX plastic, while the Protostar First Run are exclusively in Star. They are now available.

Flight numbers are:

  • Speed: 3
  • Glide: 3
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 2

The numbers for the Stud are the same as those for the Classic Roc. The Stud has a small bead.

VCobra Pre-Order

Innova’s newest release the VCobra:

First Run and production are:
Speed: 5
Glide: 5
Turn: -1
Fade: 2

First Run 175-180g, Production 170-180g. So that’s an increase in speed 5 vs 4 and a decrease in turn -1 vs -2 when compared to the regular Cobra.