One Drop set out to create a Side Effect yoyo that was pocket friendly and budget friendly without sacrificing performance. The result is the Yelets.
The Yelets blends the modern aspects of Side Effects with the classic attributes of affordability, performance, and simplicity continuing the tradition established by the Project, M1, and CafeRacer. One Drop want to take the lead in bringing back smaller yoyos and they felt that 52mm was the perfect diameter. It is bigger than what is traditionally thought of as “undersized” (for example, the M1 is 50mm) to retain the performance of a big yoyo but small enough to give you confidence with chop sticks or tight tech tricks.
Once One Drop had the specs perfect, they came up with a crazy idea for the name. One Drop decided to map the diameter and width to latitude and longitude by plugging the numbers into Google Maps to see where it would end up. The result was a small city in Russia called Yelets.
Base Weight (two halves, response pad, bearing): 61.5 grams
Weight with aluminum Ultra Light Side Effects: 64 grams
Stock Response: Flow Groove
Gap Width: 4.34mm
Bearing Size: Large (C) stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)
Finish: Pyramatte ™