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To everything, there is a season (Tern, Tern, Tern)

(Or, Terning the tide)

by Dan Laitsch

Very seldom has a disc actually realized the hype surrounding it. Case in point, the fabled
Quarter K by DiscWing. The quarter K was going to revolutionize the sport by using technology to design a state-of-the-art disc that would add distance to everyone’s game. Why do they call it Quarter K? Because you’ll be able to throw it a quarter of a kilometer (or 820 feet). While nobody really thought we’d all be able to throw that far, we were all lining up to try it, which is what makes the Tern all the more interesting.

The Tern is a newer disc from Innova that has quietly slipped into the market place with almost no hype, yet is taking those in-the-know by storm. The Tern showed up on courses and in stores–billed as a high speed easy to turn disc, ideal for a long-range roller or as a straight flyer for lighter arms. According to Innova, the Tern has three ratings1, depending on the plastic:

Plastic Speed
(+1 to -5)
Champion 12 6 -2 2
Star 12 6 -4 2
[Champion] Metal Flake (unofficial) 12 6 -3 2

While it’s been billed as great as a long range roller, it’s real strength is as a distance driver– easily surpassing my Wraiths in reliable distance.

When I first ran into the Tern last spring, I was impressed by its speed (it went fast!), but I was dismayed by its extreme flip (it went fast, in the wrong direction!). The high Glide and Turn ratings meant that the disc indeed turned radically out of my hand–an almost useless distraction from my regular long range driver (Pro or Star Wraiths).

Before I gave up on the Tern however, I threw one on a steep hyzer edge (outside edge of the disc dropped down), and watched, stunned, as the disc quickly popped up and ran on a straight line until, some 400+ feet away, it slowed down and faded back to the right (I’m a lefty, remember, so this is a natural fade for me). A little more field work to fine tune my throw and the Tern has replaced the Wraith as my go-to max-range driver.

That said, while the Tern is a great disc, it’s one that you do need to take the time to get-to-know. It’s a fickle disc because of its flippiness, especially if you tend to throw your drives flat and with a lot of snap (or spin). To get the most out of it, you need to be comfortable throwing discs on a hyzer edge and letting them stand up and fly straight. I like to compare the Tern to a Roadrunner or Sidewinder on steroids. As a result, for the Tern to be most effective, you also need a clear left or right fairway–if you only have a straight shot, the Tern is going to move side to side too much to be effective. Finally, to get the best flight path out of the disc, it needs the high speed spin, which means you need to be throwing it hard (and consequently, far). When I throw the disc “softer,” it loses the long stand up and fly straight flight path, and then tends to hyzer out early.

LHBH flight from Tern on Hyzer edge

I’ve also been experimenting with the disc for long range anhyzer bombs (where the outside edge is flipped up so that the disc loops out on a long range flight curve that is the opposite of my normal throw). While it hasn’t replaced my Roadrunner for that throw yet, I can see its potential, particularly over long distances.

Bottom line:

The Tern is a great new distance disc–I’ve heard it described by many players as a game changer for the added distance it provides. Because of the extreme speed, glide, and turn ratings, with a reliable fade, the disc is also versatile. I’ve stepped up to long holes where both lefties and righties were throwing the Tern. While it is a wide-rim disc (as most high speed drivers are) it has less width than many–more like a Wraith than a Boss. If you haven’t tried it yet, its worth taking to a field and hucking–it could very well be the game changer you’ve been looking for!


1 Speed is a proxy for distance–the higher the speed, the better the disc will fly through the air and the farther it will go. Glide is the ability of the disc to sustain flight–the more glide the farther the disc will fly. Turn is the extent to which a disc will “flip” or bank away from the natural turn or hyzer (for righty backhands, the natural hyzer means turning left; for lefty back hands, the natural hyzer means turning right). Discs with strong high speed turn ratings will get a nice “s” curve to them and you’ll get extra distance. Finally Fade refers to the disc’s behavior at the end of its flight as the spin speed falls off. All discs will fall back to the natural curve at the end of their flight–discs with high Fade will fall off the most at the end of their flight.

Tern Headquarters

By a large margin our best-selling disc since The Disc Cellar opened has been the Innova Tern.  As such, we’re taking things to the next step and we’ll be your destination for Terns for the summer season.  As part of our custom order for The Disc Cellar Open we’re bringing in lots of Terns, here’s a peak (actual arrivals may differ slightly from the order):

  • Star Tern: (173-75: 15, 170-2: 5, 165-9: 5)
  • Champion Tern: (173-5: 20, 170-2: 5, 165-9: 5)
  • Gummy Champion Tern: (173-5: 20, 170-2: 5, 165-9: 5)
  • Glow Champion Tern: (173-5: 25)
  • Champion Metal Flake Tern: (173-5: 15, 170-2: 5, 165-9: 5)
  • Echo Star Tern: (173-5: 15, 170-2: 5, 165-9: 5)
  • Star Lite Tern: (151-59: 10, 140-50: 8, 130-9: 7)
  • G-Star Tern (173-5: 20, 170-2: 5)

For good measure we’re getting a couple of other sexy discs too:

  • Glow KC Pro Aviar: (173-5: 20, 170-2: 5)
  • Glow KC Pro Roc [Rancho]: (178-80: 17, 173-5: 8)
  • R-Pro XD: (173-5: 20, 170-2: 5)
  • G-Star Destroyer: (173-5: 20, 170-2: 5)

Metal Flake Terns are flying off the shelves

At the moment it looks like there’s a good chance we’ll need to order more of the Champion Metal Flake Terns, they only arrived 36 hours ago and we’ve already sold 14/25.  We’ll probably bring in some more stock Champion Terns at the same time, and whatever other Innova discs people need but which aren’t currently in stock.

Edit: (03 Nov 2013) out of blue ones, there are actually only 4 left, but I’m not sure what the weights are on them.

Innova Tern Champion Metal Flake Red 167 1 $25.00 Skelly Duck (BDGC TFR)
Innova Tern Champion Metal Flake Red 168 2 $25.00 Skelly Duck (BDGC TFR)
Innova Tern Champion Metal Flake Blue 169 1 $25.00 Skelly Duck (BDGC TFR)
Innova Tern Champion Metal Flake Red 170 1 $25.00 Skelly Duck (BDGC TFR)
Innova Tern Champion Metal Flake Red 171 4 $25.00 Skelly Duck (BDGC TFR)
Innova Tern Champion Metal Flake Red 172 1 $25.00 Skelly Duck (BDGC TFR)
Innova Tern Champion Metal Flake Blue 172 1 $25.00 Skelly Duck (BDGC TFR)
Innova Tern Champion Metal Flake Red 175 7 $25.00 Skelly Duck (BDGC TFR)
Innova Tern Champion Metal Flake Blue 175 1 $25.00 Skelly Duck (BDGC TFR)

Burnaby CFR/TFRs are in! Pumpklops too.

If you’re looking for some Burnaby Fundraiser discs, they are in now.  Prices are $25/disc for the CFR/TFR discs.  For glow discs the “colour” refers to the stamp colour (the disc colour is “glow”).

Pumpklops discs are: DX $15, Star Tern $22, Atlas $25.

Full list after the jump,  Continue reading Burnaby CFR/TFRs are in! Pumpklops too.

Next Innova Order: Burnaby CFR

The next Innova order that’s coming is the Burnaby CFR order, should be here by the end of the month, perhaps as early as Oct 25th.  If there’s a stock Innova disc that you want, that I don’t currently have in stock, I can bring it in with this order, but let me know ASAP.

The Burnaby CFR order consists of:

  •  Glow Champion Eagle X: 25 x 173-175g
  • Glow Champion Rhyno: 5 x 170-172g, 20 x 173-175g
  • Glow Champion Roc3: 15 x 173-175g, 10 x 178-180g
  • Glow Champion Tern: 25 x 173-175g

Additionally, there are some TFR discs coming in as well (same stamp):

  • Gummy Champion Rhyno: 12 x 170-172g, 13 x 173-175g
  • Champion Metal Flake Tern: 5 x 165-169g, 10 x 170-172g, 10 x 173-175g

Pricing for the discs has not yet been finalized, but if there’s something you’d like to reserve, you can let me know now, and you can change your mind once pricing is confirmed.