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Headline: Best prop ever, period
Review: I recently received a set of the Phat Tyre Pro 70s…this must be what it’s like to eat filet mignon for the first time after a lifetime of Big Macs. I haven’t been able to put them down. I never realized how much I had been compromising with my juggling props until I held this bag in my hand; perfectly sized, perfectly weighted, buttery soft feel, eminently catchable, eye-catchingly visual, even the sound is great (almost silent, as opposed to the loud swish of the plastic resin in my previous set of under filled bags). They are very squishy, but they somehow still feel structured and substantial, and maintain a very round shape in flight. Tight patterns are a breeze because throws are so predictable; I’ve never juggled any bag where such precision was possible, let alone an under filled one. Nothing is perfect, though, right? Okay, fine…they smell like tires. It’s faint, and it doesn’t bother me, but if the smell of your props is an issue, there you go. The smell might lessen after going through the wash anyway; I don’t know. Another possible issue (and I stress possible, because it might not be a problem) is whether the filling will eventually leak through the seams; but the craftsmanship of these things is fantastic, and I trust Jim has done his R. and D., so I doubt it. In fact, the only real problem with these might be the fact that all of my other props are going to be seriously neglected from now on. I’m curious about the 90% fill version, I might get a set of those too. If you like under filled bags, do yourself a favor and get a set of these immediately. If you don’t like under filled bags, these will almost certainly change your mind. My bottom line: these are my favorite prop ever. It’s shocking that they are so affordable compared to some other bags on the market, so wake up and get a set now, before Jim realizes his mistake and starts charging what they are worth.
Note from Flying Clipper: The slight rubber smell does dissipate after one or two machine washings.