Dec 20

We get a lot of reviews of our products, but we’ve never received so many positive reviews in such a short amount of time as we  have for our brand new Tossaball Phat Tyre 32-Panel Juggle Ball! Check them out:

 

best kept secret in juggling  best kept secret in juggling

This is going to be the first review of this product that i will submit i got a set of seven in the mail today about three his ago and wow as soon as i held one in my hand i was captivated the weight is perfect they manage to keep there shape very well the feel of them is UN like anything I’ve ever juggled before the ultra suede feels heavenly in your hand and when you squeeze them a fist full of marshmallows comes to mind.
I have juggled more variations of juggling balls than care to remember and this is the first one that feels like it was made to be juggled, this is as of right now the best juggling ball I’ve ever touched.
After a few hours of juggling with these i am very pleased when you drop one it doesn’t roll away from you, every time the ball lands in your hand it feels extremely stable.
On to of all of this i can fit all seven balls in one hand then violently shake my hand around with out one of them flying away.
There will be another review soon once i log some real practice time with them but right now i would ofbeen happy if these balls were selling@$20 a peice knowing that these are only $14 a peice blows my mind!
 – Austin Carpenter



All weather wonder balls  All weather wonder balls

I’m testing these at 113 Fahrenheit in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and they rock the casbah! My other props are suffering texture problems from the sweat, heat and humidity, but these invitingly soft Phat Tyre Tossaballs feel fab. I got my first Flying Clipper balls decades ago and they’re still whole and hearty. These new puppies arrived feeling like old friends and are surviving show after show after show. – Rhys Thomas



Best Bags EVER!  Best Bags EVER!

I have been juggling for 15 years, and have tried dozens of different juggling balls. When I picked one of these Phat Tyres the other day at my friends house, I got a huge, stupid grin on my face. Luckily he had three of these, and I was able to start juggling them right away. I was immediately struck by a few things. First was how nice they felt when they hit my hands, no matter how high I threw them, they always landed with a nice soft feel into my palm. Second was how much precision i had in my throws, especially as i started throwing them at the heights needed for 7 and 8 balls. I was able to place the balls right where I wanted them. None of the floppy feeling and erratic behavior that some bean bags have, and the weight is just right, it instantly reloads the muscles of your arms to throw them again. So I found out what these magical juggling bags were and ordered 9 of them. I got them in the mail yesterday, and have already gotten personal bests in 7 and 8 ball duration, as well as 4 and 5 ball Mills Mess, and back crosses. I have also been dabbling with footbag on and off for a few years, and was able for the fist time ever, to juggle 2 bags on one foot. I havent felt this excited about a juggling prop in 10 years. Do yourself a favor and get a set, your hands will thank you. – Tyler


Dec 10

What A Review!

As we’ve said in the paste, we LOVE hearing from our AMAZING CUSTOMERS! You guys and ladies out there are seriously so cool!

Sometimes we get really cool responses from the fans out there, and today is one of them. Max is one of our long-time customers and he’s done a few reviews on our products as well as our competitors products. We always love to see our balls run the gambit with our meticulous customers, especially those that juggle professionally and use our balls in shows and other events!

Max is back with another great review, this time of Flying Clipper and his years of experience with our company. Here it is:

I’ve got a few reviews already posted on the site for some of the Tossaballs so I’m probably just going to make this a general review of Flying Clipper as a whole. I’ve also made a video review for the 32-Panel Phat Tyre Tossaballs  that is already hosted on Flying Clipper’s Blog: (http://www.flyingclipper.com/blog/index.php/customer-review-of-the-brand-new-32-panel-tossaball/) Like I said, this is just going to be a basic overview/review of the company as a whole with a few specific product mentions added in for good measure.

I’ve been a juggler for about 10 years now. After my first non-learner set of beanbags (millet -filled thuds) became so dilapidated and worthless after less than a year of use I vowed to never use beanbags again. I switched to stage balls and filled stage balls for the first 5 years or so of juggling. One day I was roaming around the internet looking for some new props and new places to purchase props. After following a few links I stumbled upon a website that was completely new to me, www.FlyingClipper.com. FlyingClipper.com immediately caught my eye because the site as a whole has a nice clean look to it; it’s well laid out, easy to navigate and there are a ton of different products.

The only reason I continued to browse after noticing all the beanbags was because they all had mention of some “Hybrid Technology”. I’ll be honest , I was skeptical at first, but after reading more about it on the well put together FAQ area I was intrigued. Not only did the props avoid using millet, but they took it one step further by adding two types of filler to one ball. Twelve panel beanbags with each panel being a pillow filled with crushed quartz all wrapped around plastic pellets to help fill the void. It sounded like an amazing idea to me. Not only did it help to create balls that had even weight and mass, but they would not break down any. I couldn’t resist any longer, I had to buy myself a set. I clicked around and decided on a set of Ultrasuede 2.8″ 130gram Tossaball Hybrids.

I was still slightly skeptical of the Hybrid Technology when my new props arrived. I followed the instructions that came with them and threw them into the washing machine, cold wash/cold rinse/no soap. This was a very impressive new thing to me, washable juggle balls?!?! When the wash had finished and the balls had finally air dried overnight I was thrilled to finally begin using them! I immediately noticed the quality craftsmanship, the stitching was evenly spaced and solid. No gaps between stitches to allow filler to fall out. The Ultrasuede material was clearly the highest quality available. I started throwing them into the air, my 5-ball cascade immediately felt more solid than ever.

Not only did they have a completely dead drop unlike any of my filled stage balls they also had no wobble in the air no matter how much spin I added to them. Five years later, 25 or 30 machine washings, countless drops from 7′s and above and those Ultrasuede Tossaballs are still in prime condition and feel exactly the same as they did during that first 5-ball cascade. That to me is what a juggling prop should be! I shouldn’t have to replace my props every year because they’ve become so soft and wobbly in the air. I shouldn’t have to worry about getting my props dirty for fear of not being able to clean them. I should be able to use a prop for ten’s of years and have it feel just as good as it did on day one.

“That is what Flying Clipper is all about. They’ve created a line of top quality and innovative juggling props with enough variety to meet anyone’s needs.”

Since that first set, I’ve tried quite a few of the Tossaballs from Flying Clipper. Recently, I purchased myself a set of the 32-Panel Phat Tyre Tossaballs. These caught my eye because they combined two of my favorite things. Juggling, and helping the environment. Rather than be filled with sand and plastic pellets like many of their other products, Flying Clipper went above and beyond to create a juggling ball unlike any other on the market. These balls are filled to the perfect volume with ground up, recycled car tires. That heavy duty rubber that you’ve been driving on for years is now the filler for an incredible piece of juggle-able art. They use a few stainless steel pellets to help keep the weight of each prop consistent as well as make sure that the mass of each feels the same. Because none of the filler is organic these props are, like everything else from Flying Clipper, completely machine washable. Since getting these they’ve become my main props for any kind of juggling. They’re slightly underfilled so drops and catches are completely dead; they stop right where they land. Definitely an A+ prop in my book.

Not only has Flying Clipper created an amazing line of juggling props and footbags but they’ve also dedicated themselves to expert customer service. After placing an order you get a confirmation email with details of your order. A little later you receive an email letting you know that the order has shipped. I’m on the east coast and I’ve never waited more than a week for my props, and that wait was only because the color I wanted was out of stock at the time. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for by browsing online go ahead and contact them. Emails are usually answered the day of or early next day and if need be you can give them a call to help sort out shipping issues or with any questions about your props.

Flying Clipper has become my go to website for new juggling balls or just window shopping. I’ve never had an issue with them and I’m certain that if something did go wrong they would do everything in their power to correct it as soon as they could. They value their customers and they value quality, both in their props and their service. I don’t think you can have a bad experience with them even if you wanted to. Well done www.FlyingClipper.com; you’ve earned my business and respect for life.

 

 

Nov 30

 We love to hear from our valued customers.

Speedy here has written a review that is just that: Speedy. Quick. Precise.

He thanks us for our quality 62-Panel Footbag in our Dirtbag Footbags Line-Up, and we thank him for clicking our Rave Reviews button and sharing his thoughts! Thanks Speedy!

Here is Speedy’s Review from our main site:

 

62 panel dirt bag
the 62 panel dirt bag i terrific for what i need thanks flyingclipper for a quality product
–Speedy

http://www.flyingclipper.com/home/fly/page_465_94/dirtbag_62_footbag.html

Nov 7

This is huge news!

Peter Irish, the world-famous juggler and footbag enthusiast, will be using our brand new Tossaball Plush Puppies Juggle Balls to attempt a world record with Guinness World Records for juggling three balls with his feet!

Peter Irish is one of our heroes here at Flying Clipper. He’s been pioneering the sport of Hand and Feet Juggling for quite a while, and we’ve been pioneering our hybrid Tossaballs based on his recommendations for just about as long. Here is a great video of Peter using some of our products in his unique and amazing style!

 

As you can see, Peter Irish is a world-class juggler. We’re absolutely confident he will set the World Record this winter. We’ll be sure to post videos, pictures and as many details as we possibly can once we know more information! Stay tuned!

Oct 25

Dirtbag®14-Panel Footbag

Our Dirtbag® 14-panel footbag is a unique design and was given a patent by the U.S Patent Office. This hacky sack combines squares and truncated hexagons in a unique way to produce the visual of a soccer ball. Diameter: 2.25″ Weight: 40-45 grams

 

Dirtbag® 14-Panel Footbag

Love this bag  Love this bag

It’s tough, well made, fun to play with but slightly different than a plastic or metal filled bag (not better or worse, but different). Fantastic bag. My biggest challenge will be not losing it, other than that these things last forever. – Ethan

Oct 22

Tossaball® Hybrid 2.45″ Ultra Suede Soft Juggle Ball

 

Tossaball® Hybrid 2.45″ Ultra Suede Soft Juggle Ball

Too good to toss  Too good to toss

They feel so good in your hands, you almost hate to toss ‘em, but when ya do…………you can’t wait to catch ‘em. – Grayson Gifford

Oct 16

This is another one of those amazing posts that we love so much:

Our fans test our products in amazing situations and report back to us on how they stand up in all kinds of weather and every season around the world. This time we’re hearing from Rhys Thomas in Abu Dhabi! Wow that’s a long way from our home here in Eugene, OR!! He says the balls are doing great in the heat and….well, just read it for yourself!!

 

Tossaball Phat Tyre 32-Panel Juggle Ball

All weather wonder balls  All weather wonder balls

I’m testing these at 113 Fahrenheit in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and they rock the casbah! My other props are suffering texture problems from the sweat, heat and humidity, but these invitingly soft Phat Tyre Tossaballs feel fab. I got my first Flying Clipper balls decades ago and they’re still whole and hearty. These new puppies arrived feeling like old friends and are surviving show after show after show. – Rhys Thomas

Oct 11

We were going through some old emails and found this amazing review one of our avid customers made a few years back. We haven’t changed our hybrid Tossaballs a bit since those days and we’re proud to say this review is still valid today as it ever was :)

Over the past couple of months I have had the privilege of testing and juggling of Flying Clipper’s
Tossaballs. The specific model I was using was their Hybrid 2.55” inch Orange Balls.

Flying Clipper can be found here: http://www.flyingclipper.com/

The specific ball I was using: http://www.flyingclipper.com/home/fly/page_752_87/tossaball_hybrid_2.55_tx_juggle_ball.html

I figure that rather than giving a typical review, I would present this as only I can, as a Behind the Juggler
interview with Jim Fitzgerald, President of Flying Clipper. So, “Behind the Juggler” proudly presents:

Behind the Balls: An Interview with Flying Clipper

Interviewer: It seems that Flying Clipper has a huge focus on footbagging, and understandably so from reading through your “About Us” and FAQ sections. When did the company start moving towards incorporating Juggling Bags as well?

Jim Fitzgerald: We have been making juggle balls since the very beginning. All if our footbag designs were enlarged to make juggle balls. As you have read, we (the partners) followed the footbag sport and competed at the world championship level but we have also been jugglers for fun. Most footbaggers juggle. Check out Peter Irish. He is doing the kind of movement that footbaggers have dreamed about for years. Using hands and feet together is what is fueling our latest line of products, the Hybrids.

Interviewer: How many workers does the company employ for the actual assembly of the bags?

Jim Fitzgerald:Right now about 20 people, the partners being retired from production sewing for a few years now, sewing more than 100,000 footbags and 50,000 juggle balls between them.

Interviewer: Obviously your bags have a high number of panels in comparison with other Juggling props on the market, what advantages do you see the extra panels give your bags?

Jim Fitzgerald:We have made juggle balls from four panel construction to sixty two panel construction. The roundest pattern we have found is the pentagonal dodecca hedron.. We also are designing a rhomboidal dodecca hedron for a near future release.

Interviewer: How do you find the process of designing and making juggling bags compares to footbags?

Jim Fitzgerald:Designing is the fun part, coming up with new ideas to make a better “mouse trap”. All of our products are hand made and therefore labor intensive. Juggle balls are as easy or difficult to design as footbags, but of course the parameters for each are different.

Interviewer: Explain about your concept of “hybrid” juggling balls, what makes them “hybrid”?

Jim Fitzgerald:Hybrids are our attempt to “crossover” as it were, and bridge the gap between hands and feet. Also hybrid juggle balls/footbags are an attempt to add heavy and light filler on the interior of the ball in an innovative way. The concept isolates heavy filler on the outside rim of the ball while light filler material on the interior gives the ball volume. Heavy filler material is trapped between two layers of fabric leaving most of the balls weight on the outside of the rim. The physics of such a design, we believe,gives the ball several advantages over all other hand made balls.

1. true flight
2. double durability (two layers of material)
3. rolls like a contact juggle ball
4. easy to stall
5. complete washability
6. keeps its shape

Interviewer: In my experience a lot of bags are filled with millet or a similar material, what fillings do the Tossaballs® use?

Footbags are filled with plastic pellets or sand. Our juggle balls traditionally have been filled with millet (seed) or plastic pellets. Millet never has set well with us because organic material breaks down, especially if it gets wet and also some people are allergic to millet, etc.. On the other hand plastic pellets usually do not give the juggle ball enough weight. Adding crushed rock adds enough weight to make a superior juggle ball.

Interviewer: Where did the name “Flying Clipper” originate?

Jim Fitzgerald: Our home town of Eugene, Oregon is the birth place of footbag freestyle. As far as anyone knows, the first footbag trick ever done was the flying clipper and that is how we took our name.

Interviewer: Tossaballs®”?

Jim Fitzgerald: Tossaball® is our registered trade name for our line of juggle balls and they are very “Tossable”. We considered other names but felt Tossaball® was the most playful.

Interviewer: I know your products have a lot of history behind them, so tell us about the history as well as awards and competitions that your products have won.

Jim Fitzgerald: As far as competitions or awards for our products, I cannot say, however we have been producing footbags and juggle balls for more than 26 years now. Approximately 20 years ago an article was sent to us that showed the results of several different manufacturers’ juggle balls being dropped from a ten
story building onto the street in Chicago. Ours was stated as the only one that survived the impact. We build our products to last. Rhys Thomas of the Portland (Oregon) jugglers has Flying Clipper juggle balls he has juggled that are more than 15 years old and are still going strong. Many pro jugglers and footbaggers come to our products because of our quality standards and our commitment to service. I guess that is more of a reward than an award but it keeps us going.

End of Interview

Needless to say, Flying Clipper creates incredibly durable and well made balls.

I might as well tell a little about my personal juggling ability so that anyone reading this can know where my opinions are originating. Juggling wise, I can juggle 7 balls, but I spend the vast majority of my time working on 3-5. I am particularly proud of some of my three ball work, but find no pattern more relaxing then a 5 ball cascade. As many jugglers know, the bulk of my time contributing to the juggling world is spent working on the Synergy Projects, as well as with my Behind the Juggler interviews.

As far as balls go, I have juggled my fair share since I started juggling. Originally I used “klutz” bags, and then moved on to lacrosse balls. I can most likely attribute the cleanness of my 5 ball pattern to the use of lacrosse balls and their tendency to fly away if even the slightest collision is made. After that I started
to make my own which was quite an experience unto itself. I made everything from 4 -8 paneled bags, though they were hardly ever spherical. I currently am using 6 panel fergie-like bags.

These hybrid Tossaballs are certainly bags that I could not even dream of making on my own. The intricate design patterns detailed above are simply a wonder to behold. Flying Clipper creates a bag that no other juggling company can, because they have the knowledge of footbaggers. I have had the privilege of watching Peter Irish perform and there is nothing quite like the kind of manipulation that footbaggers can accomplish when mixing juggling and footbagging. That is  exactly the idea that Flying Clipper is attempting to capture with their hybrid products. It is the fusion of footbags and juggling bags.

I personally do not footbag, and I so I bring a different perspective. I did wonder at first how these neon orange bags were going to hold up and handle. The first thing that of course deserves note is the fantastic color. I really needed something that would show up against both sky and gym, and these balls definitely do the trick. Of course the shape is another aspect that cannot be understated. The 12 panel hybrid design creates a near perfect sphere. Thanks to the unique “hybrid” design, they do not lose their shape or “sag” while they are in the air. At the same time they are able to come to a stop after being dropped without rolling away. They accomplish this much better than my set of MMX balls.

An understandable worry regarding any set of bags is how they will break in over time. Tossaballs not only break in to a comfortable and relaxing feel, but they do not lose their shape. No doubt due to their “hybrid” design and mixed filling, the bags consistently keep their roundness. In fact one comment I got about these bags were that the person thought they were oranges. In this case that is a definite compliment to Flying Clipper for creating great looking bags. [Trust me, I know about citrus comments because my personally handmade yellow bags were once called “lemons” and that’s how I know I did a bad job sewing them]

In terms of normal wear and tear, I would say that these bags hold up equally if not better than most that I have juggled. Simple soap and water will clean up scuffs and marks. Cleaning also brings back a bit of the luster of the color which understandably will begin to fade over time.

At first I only used these bags for my 4 + work because I did not like the feel that they had with my 3 ball patterns. Over time as they began to break in, I found them a solid substitute for some of my lower patterns. These balls have a unique property in that they almost seem to “float” through the air. Physics tells me that this isn’t the case, but be that as it may I still feel as though they have a great ability to hang. For this reason I really enjoy using these bags for my juggling with more than three objects. They really give patterns a great solid look and feel that cannot be found in “saggy” or “rock hard” bags.

Tossaballs look great, feel great, and juggle great; I have no qualms about slapping my seal of approval on these bags!

-David Stephens
jugglernextdoorATgmail.com

Oct 5

This is a short and sweet review and we just love it:

The 50-panel Dirtbag® combines twenty four squares, eight truncated hexagons and eighteen octagons, making this multi- panel footbag a dream to kick. Add multi-panel construction to a sand filler and this one will stay true to every kick.
Diameter: 2.25″
Weight: 45 grams

Awesome  Awesome

ive had this bag for two years now and its still great. i have put it to the test and its still practically new. – Roland

 

Roland gave us a 5-Star Rating on our Dirtbag 50-Panel Footbag, thanks Roland!! :D :D

Sep 30

Peter Irish is one of our biggest heroes here at Flying Clipper. He’s a great guy that is always working to advance his skills and push the sports of juggling and footbag to the limits!

Lately he’s been pioneering the new art and skill of Hands and Feet Juggling, and he’s getting quite good! This new sport is gaining traction fast in the juggling and footbag community, creating a new merging of two sports we have always served dutifully here at Flying Clipper! Hand and Feet Juggling is one step closer to being the next big thing with our brand new Plush Puppies and the revolutionary Tossaball Phat Tyre 32-Panel Juggle Balls exclusively sold by Flying Clipper.

Check out this video if you’re not familiar with the name: Peter Irish – Juggling Monk (Promo Vid 2007) (by Flipside Productions)

He can even juggle footbags with his feet!!!

 

When we sent a few of our newest product over to Peter and asked him what he thinks about them, this is what he had to say!

“The Flying Clipper Plush Puppies are by far the best juggling balls on the market for hands and feet juggling. This is the ball I have been searching for for years. Once I got a hold of them, I immediately retired my old balls, and began using these full time.

“This is the ball I have been searching for for years”

They require virtually no break-in and are a great consistency for stalls and body catches yet they retain their roundness and don’t “pancake”. These balls are undoubtedly the best resource for any juggler who wants to integrate the hands and feet together in their juggling. The colors are some of the brightest and most beautiful of any juggling balls I’ve ever seen, which is so important for performing. I have used these balls in several shows and dozens of performances and have been completely satisfied.

As well as all this, they are FUN to juggle, and have a feel like no other ball. I am grateful to Flying Clipper (and amazed) for creating a ball that exceeds my expectations for exactly what I do. I completely recommend these balls for any type of juggling, and especially for my specialty of juggling with the hands and the feet at the same time. Huge thanks to Flying Clipper!”

 

Thanks for the kind words Peter, and we’re so glad you love the new Plush Puppies!!

You can learn more about Peter Irish and his amazing juggling skills by using the following link:

http://www.peterirish.com

 

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