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==What is an Aerobie?==
An Aerobie is a modern twist on the old frisbee. Rather than being like an upside down dinner plate (as per the frisbee), the Aerobie is hollowed out in the middle and is more of a circular ring than a disc. There are a range of different types of Aerobie but this review refers to the 'pro' version (as seen in the photograph).
==How to play==
The Aerobie can be used in the same was as a frisbee, i.e. for playing catch between two or more individuals. You can throw the Aerobie to a friend and they will catch it and throw it back.
==How is it different to a frisbee?==
The Aerobie is much more aero-dynamic than a frisbee and is more stable as it travels through the air which means it is easier to dictate the direction that the Aerobie is going in. This all depends on how well you can throw, but for me I find it much easier to throw an Aerobie in the right direction, rather than just hoping for the best (which is typically what happens with a frisbee).
==Where to play?==
The Aerobie tends to travel further than a frisbee due to its design. This means you need a fairly big space such as a large garden, a park or the beach to play with the Aerobie. We typically use it when we go to the beach. The other major bonus is that they are much lighter than frisbees as they are made of a soft material (a bit like a kite) rather than hard plastic which means that if it accidentally hits someone, it won't hurt them quite as much as a frisbee would. Updated to add: the outer material of the ring is harder i.e. the frame, the inner material is much softer. The whole thing isn't plastic, the whole thing isn't soft, it is a combination of the two and the Aerobie is quite bendy because of this.
==What I like==
I like that there is more control over the direction it is being thrown in and I like that it is made from a softer material than the old style of frisbee. Both of these make me want to use the Aerobie rather than a frisbee. It is truly amazing how far it can fly so can make a game of 'catch' more interesting over longer distances.
==What I don't like==
The price of the Aerobies can vary from around £7 to £10 which I think is quite expensive for what it is but in saying that, the items are really durable and well made so in terms of price vs. quality, it is about the right price.
You can get all sorts of different Aerobies now, specialist ones for dogs which are dog-proof (i.e. don't rip) and boomerang-type Aerobies. You can buy these usually in seaside towns, on the internet or on eBay.
As a child I always loved playing frisbee! It's so much fun and if you get the hang of it, you can actually become rather good if you practice a lot. Luckily my grandparents own a huge field, so for much of my life I have been fortunate to be able to play outdoors and get lots of fresh air! One day my brother and I went round to my NANs and she had bought us one of these to Play with! Since that day I have never looked back. These are incredible and the best fun you can have.
They retail at about £10 and are worth every penny. They fly so far and have actually set there world record for the furthest an object has been thrown. Be warned, do not buy this is you do not have acces to a large area with little amount of trees. These things fly so far, only a small flick of the wrist and they are gone. We have lost 2 so far in the field and it's a huge 10 acre field. They fly so well. You can almost guarantee that you will eventually lose it to a tree, or landing to far away to reach!
They are very easy to catch and even when flying at a high speed, they do not hurt too much. There is no chance of this slicing your fingers off so don't worry. These are best used with 3 or 4 people spread out in a large area. So you will be doing a lot of running after it. It's So much fun.
There are lots of copies of this product out there, but nothing compares to this! It's the original and best. They are worth paying extra for. It can be an expensive hobby if you lose them! But with skill and a bit of luck you will master it and learn how not to throw it, the beauty of it is tht if you throw it as hard as you can, it won't go anywhere! If you learn the action you can send it on its way and never see it again!
Overall this is a must buy for people who have acces to space. If you don't, still buy one and find somewhere to play. Hours of fun can be had!
Thanks for reading my review, hope it helped you out a bit :)
The aerobie might look like a rather unimpressive frisbee, printed optimistically with the claim "The Astonishing Flying Ring!, but it's one item that we have acquired this year that we've found really worth buying and which lives up to its claim. The aerobie is more than just another outdoor toy, it's a World Recorder holder - it flew 1257 feet apparently, and in our experience it can fly ridiculously far with only the slightest amount of effort. It's a quality piece of equipment which is, in my opinion well worth the £8-10 it's normally priced at, I just wish I'd picked up a few more when I spotted it in the best sellers toy list on Amazon over Christmas reduced to £3.12 from the rrp of £12.49.
The ring works due to its aerodynamic design. It has a hard plastic inner core and then soft rubber edges, which can be pushed slightly up and down if you want to make sure it flies straight. This item is extremely well made in my opinion. It comes in a variety of colours and is 33cm (13in) in diameter - you can buy a slightly smaller version, though this one is still not so big that you can't fit it into a bag. We own the bright orange one as in the picture which is easy to spot when in flight. You will need to keep an eye on the frisbee in use as it really does go very high and far with the slightest flick of the wrist - no great skill required, other than that of keeping the ring in check and throwing it level for best results. I found out the hard way that even with careful use this isn't best suited to the garden when, having warned the kids to be careful I found that with my Supermum powers I had inadvertently thrown the ring two gardens down. I was a little shame faced when I had to go and ask if I could have my frisbee back!
It is in a large field, park or on the beach this comes into its own and is great fun for every age - the guidelines do say that this item is for 12 and above but younger children will enjoy flying it even if you do need quite a lot of skill to actually be able to throw it between two or more people and catch it with any degree of accuracy. The only downside to this item is the fact that it is quite easy to lose by throwing it too far. The aerobie doesn't float and obviously you will need to be careful when flying near trees or power lines. It's good old fashioned fun if you can hang on it to it though!
This is an excellent item that I can whole heartedly recommend, it's a vital addition to a summer day out and just a great thing to own.
If I had a few quid for each Aerobie that i've lost over the years, i'd probably be pretty rich by now. You see, an Aerobie flies such a long way that eventually a good throw will take it out of the field that you're probably standing in, across the neighbouring gardens and allotments, and eventually land in a place which is completely inaccessible to humankind.
A flying doughnut... but not as tasty
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If you hadn't already guessed, an Aerobie is a type of frisbee - it takes the form of a circular disc with a large hole in the middle. Imagine throwing a huge red-coloured POLO mint and you'll get the general idea. Recommended for anybody aged over twelve, the aerobie is predominantly made of rubber, but at its centre is a metallic band which provides it with the weight and rigidity it needs to be extremely aerodynamic. Luckily, the Aerobie has a fairly soft edge, so it probably wont slice the top of your head off if it hits you at close range.
Price & Tips
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Costing £9.99 from Amazon, the Aerobie Pro has been long regarded as the ultimate flying disc - in fact it's in the Guinness Book of Records for the farthest thrown object (1,333 feet!). Obviously, the majority of us mere mortals wouldn't be able to chuck it that far, but the distance it will travel is surprising. The key to Aerobie throwing isn't effort, but smoothness - don't try throwing as hard as you can or it will go off at a funny angle or straight into the ground. Instead, stand sideways to the target, and release the disc smoothly from you hand.
Tales of Woe & Final Word
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The first time I lost an Aerobie, it went straight into the sea from Southsea Common... and sunk. The second one I lost was at a recreation ground on the Isle of Wight - this time it simply went into a tree and disappeared. There have been many more 'losses' over the years, but if I were to chronicle them all we'd be here all day. Luckily, at under £10 the price of an Aerobie means it isn't too costly to replace.
The only real downside to owning an Aerobie Pro is the fact that government's policy of building houses and factories on all the green spaces we have in this country, means that before long the good ol' Aerobie will be too far-flying for UK use!
So what is an Aerobie? They've been around for a few years, but many people are sadly unaware of them. An 'Aerobie' is a kind of Frisbee, consisting of a thin plastic ring, about 1 foot in diameter, surrounded by a soft rubber 'fin'.
The difference between this and a regular Frisbee is that the Aerobie can fly for incredible distances. On a clear day at the beach or in the park, you can very easily throw it over 100 metres with little effort.
The rubber fin means it is soft and easy to catch, and doesn't hurt too much if it hits you. In fact, for the ultimate challenge, I like to play "Human Hoopla" and try to catch it on my head as it flies.
It takes a short time to master, as you have to throw it very flat and level, otherwise it will swing wildly to one side. However, predicting the flight path and trying to get there first is part of the fun.
When with a group, the Aerobie really is great fun on a beach or in the park. It's suitable for all ages and athletic abilities (even people who claim they're "generally not good at throwing stuff") because it flies well and is quite soft and easy to catch.
Unfortunately when a strong wind is added to the mix, the Aerobie can become totally unpredictable, and although it can be pretty hilarious at first, you will probably get quickly tired and fed up chasing a luminous rubber ring over fences and into the sea.
WARNING: The aerobie should definitely be sold with some kind of 'retriever' device; ideally a claw (like a litter picker) but with an extendable 20-foot pole. This is because you WILL lose it - at some point you will throw it over a fence, a dog will run away with it, you will get it caught in a tree, throw it into the sea, onto a roof, in through the window of a neighbouring caravan etc. (I know, because I have done all of these things at least once... I'm now on my 3rd Aerobie...)
So it's only a matter of when, not if, one of these things happens to you. To quote Edward Norton's character in Fight Club: "On a long enough timeline, the life expectancy of every aerobie drops to zero".
We have one of the Aerobie Pro frisbee discs for use when out and about with the family. We have found that this little wonder can entertain children and adults alike and it also gives the dog a run for its money at times too. The range has 2 sizes from the smaller Aerobie Sprint ring to the larger Aerobie Pro. Both are widely sold and used and their simple design and make up allows for them to travel further than a simple frisbee can.
When we bought our Aerobie Pro throwing ring it was priced at £6.99 which I was assured was very cheap. Having looked at prices after the purchase I feel we got a good deal, although at the time I did feel it was a lot to pay for a simple thing like this. The choice of colours was very funky, but to please everyone we went for the vivid acid yellow option in the end.
In terms of what we got for our pennies, well all I can say is that we got a super duper frisbee ring that flies at high speed over long distances. It has kept both the kids and the dog happy and considering the battering it has taken, it hasn't done too badly at all. I haven't seen it around the home for a while, but I have a feeling its in the outdoor toys stash in the shed safely put away (shoved in) till next year.
When we took this out and about and used it, the Aerobie Pro was something that entertained us all. According to the blurb about the product the Aerobie Pro holds a world record for managing the longest frisbee flight, at a distance of over 400ms. I cannot say we ever managed to chuck this little beauty that far, but I do know there were times when we inwardly groaned at having to go fetch it back after a massive flight through the air that seemed to be assisted by the happy chuckles of the kids.
When we picked out our Aerobie Pro we could have had it in either pink or orange as well as the funky yellow we ended up with. All looked pretty cool but we found the yellow does stand out when its flying through the air, thus allowing passers by to duck, move out of it path, or generally run away in fear, when they see our Aerobie Pro heading their way.
One thing that is great about the product is that its very light. This makes it easy and simple for big and little kids to throw the Aerobie Pro a fair distance and even those like me who cannot throw for toffee have been pleasantly surprised by what it can do. The dog is rather partial to the Aerobie Pro frisbee ring too and will run along after it if its thrown in front of her, so far she hasn't mauled it too much either which makes a change.
Other than being lots of fun to throw and catch if you dare to stand in its path, I have no idea what other function the Aerobie Pro has. I wish I could pass on some gems about what else we use this for, but other than throwing it back and forth and sending some poor unfortunate after it to pick it up again, I cannot think of one other thing it does. I can say that its branded as being an 'Astonishing Flying Ring' and I can vouch for that as you could be standing 15, 20, 25, 30m away plus and the Aerobie will get to you with ease if its thrown correctly. It can go much much further in the wrong hands too.
The materials used in the product allow for a person catching the Aerobie Pro and are made with a soft ish effect rubber edge, so you don't end up with cuts or scrapes from sharp edges. Our Aerobie is the 13inch one but you can buy the smaller 10 inch disc if you prefer. As the disc is fun to play with and long lasting it gets a 4 star rating and is something that will give hours of fun once the technique of throwing the disc is mastered.
As I may have mentioned before, I have a small, mental, inexhaustible dog. He's a very loveable small dog, but in terms of energy he's like a canine Mr Motivator. Actually, imagine Mr Motivator started the day with 6 espressos, 2 cans of Red Bull, a bag of Haribo and a big glug of Lucozade and you're closer to imagining what Neelix T. Dog is like. His default setting is 'd'youwannagototheparkmum? Do ya? Do ya? Do ya? Do ya? D'youwanna? Do ya?' and, when he's still like that after a big walk and some tactical ball throwing (stand at the bottom of the steepest hill you can find and throw the ball up it. Dog does a lot of running uphill at top speed and will tire quickly. If you've got a normal dog, that is) it can become exhausting. But he's a terrier/Alsatian cross, and if you don't find ways to tire them, they quickly set their sights on world domination via setting off all their squeaky toys at once just as you've sat down to watch Come Dine With Me. Something else, therefore, needed to be added to the walk that would be fun but also tire him out.
He's had Frisbees before, but they tended to be flimsy and not actually go far (the Pets At Home generic one) or they were heavy and risked (further) brain damaging him when they clunked him on the head (the Kong one). To be honest, I'd kind of given up on them until the woofer developed some serious jealousy over the Frisbee dog on Wii Sports Resort and was showing the early signs of wanting to leap through my telly to claim the imaginary toy and beat the hell out of the virtual pooch.
Luckily, it was at that point that I was given the Aerobie Pro as a present. It holds the world record for distance thrown and claims to be pretty much foolproof - you don't need any special throwing technique or anything (although, if you *have* spent years perfecting a special Frisbee throwing technique, you're probably now wondering whether you haven't wasted a lot of your valuable downtime. The answer is, of course, 'yes'). In theory, it will fly for up to a quarter of a mile (roughly). In actuality, you'll only get it that far if you have arm muscles like Geoff Capes and perfect wind conditions. That said, compared to an average Frisbee, it really does fly very well. As long as you hold it reasonably flat and throw it with the same effort you'd throw a ball with, it will soar pleasingly high and straight. Even I, who throws like a girl, can routinely get it to cover half to two thirds of the distance of a football pitch without really trying.
Looks wise, it's not anything special, it's just a flat, hollow ring available in a range of colours with the company logo printed on it. When you hold it you can feel that there seems to be a thick, flat wire around the centre of the ring that supports it, and the rest of it is made of a soft, flexible rubber material. It is large - around 45cm diameter - but relatively lightweight; I carry it by hand on walks when not throwing it and it doesn't become weighty or cumbersome.
In terms of dog exhaustion efficiency, it's much better than throwing a ball or a stick. It took Neelix a while to get the hang of visually tracking it as it flies, rather than just taking off in a straight line as he would if chasing a ball, but with a couple of days' practice he was easily outperforming Wii Frisbee dog. When bringing it back he tends to flip it over and wear it around his neck, but it's light enough that he can carry it in his mouth without hurting his teeth. Occasionally he will get one, two, or all four legs stuck inside the hole in the middle and canter back to me in the most ridiculously awkward manner possible, but I just avail of this as a good opportunity to laugh at my dog's unrivalled eejitness.
I usually throw it a hundred times or so over the course of a walk and this means that Neelix is running anywhere between 3 and 5 miles additional to whatever distance we walk. By the end of the walk he's puffed and happy, and usually falls asleep the minute he gets home. It has been played with solidly for a couple of months and despite banging into a few trees, hitting a twelve year old hurling player in the head and being chewed a bit it seems no worse for wear. If it does start to fly awkwardly the manufacturers recommend that you bend it slightly up or down to fix the problem. Overall, it's a great, reasonably inexpensive toy that is durable and fun to play with.
A few words of warning:
- If the wind catches it just right, it really will fly an amazingly long distance. It is not, therefore, a good idea to throw it near overhead cables, trees, buildings or busy roads.
- It's not particularly heavy, but if it clunks you in the head it will hurt and leave a bruise.
- It's not specifically designed for dogs, so may not hold up well if your dog is a really determined chewer. Nor does it float, so if you punt it in the lake, it's gone for good. There is one for dogs called, ahem, the 'Dogobie' which doesn't have the hole in the centre, is more lightweight and will float.
- It's not that well suited for little dogs or little children. Yappy-type dogs won't be able to catch or carry it (anything smaller than Neelix - who is knee height - will struggle) and it travels too fast and is too big to be a safe toy for the under 6's.
- Obviously, if your dog isn't high energy or used to vigorous activity, use with caution and/or check with your vet. Always make sure you have water for your dog to drink after exercise and allow them to rest if they show signs of tiredness.
- It doesn't seem to have quite the same effect on demented pensioner mothers that it does on small, mental dogs. I tried, but she just looked at me blankly and then refused to run after it and catch it in her teeth.