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Elite X Stratus

Type: Driver
Diameter: 21.3cm
Available Weights: 165-176g
Plastic: Discraft Elite X

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Flight Rating Category Value What Discraft says:
This disc is great for beginners as well as pros. It will fly very straight at low to mid speed and will turn to the right easily for those hard to get turns. The Stratus is super for roll shots also. If you only want to play with one disc, this is it.
Maximum Flight Speed NA
Resistance To High Speed Turn NA
Amount Of Low Speed Fade NA
Propensity To Fade NA
Glide NA
Relative Distance NA
Qualitative Analysis Value
Recommended Skill Level NA
Predictability NA
Uniformity Of Break In Period NA
Overall Durability NA Description of the Ratings System.

Player Reviews

Posted 03-15-08
Submitted by Bif
Disc Weights: 165-170
Review: The stratus is the most reliable disc in my bag. I need understable discs as my course is pitted against right handers. First ever throw with it was at a blind basket (hidden behind large trees). Let it go flat, glided right, heard chains! No ace, but now i'll always carry a stratus!
Posted 05-18-07
Submitted by Jake Oxy_Snake@yahoo.com
Disc Weights: 163
Review: I would recommend the Discraft Stratus for any person just picking up the game. With a little practice it was very easy to throw this disc perfectly straight and build up the proper release motion (RHBH). It will hold most any lines, and has very little fade at the end of the flight. If I had to use only one disc for the rest of my life it would definitly be a Stratus. Also, for anyone coming to disc golf from playing Ultimate, as far as Ive experienced this disc acts most like a 175g Ultrastar.
Posted 04-10-07
Submitted by Matt
Location: Northville
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 325
Disc Weights: 172-174
Review: This is a great multi-purpose driver. I highly reccomend the Stratus for beginners, simply because it is very predictable. THIS IS NOT A DISTANCE DRIVER, experienced players will find this disc to have a very slow glide speed, which limits its distance no matter how hard you throw it. The disc is very slightly overstable, and can easily be thrown to curve to the right if needed (RHBH). The stratus is a real sharpshooter, it will fly in a straight line and will not break it even after it loses all its momentum. I find it most useful as a long mid-range disk, or a driver on a heavily wooded hole. This disk is an essential tool. If you have never thrown a disk before, this should be the first one you throw. If you are a pro you will find this disk to be a perfect filler in that gap between your distance driver and your mid-range. GET IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT!
Posted 08-05-06
Submitted by Michael Stiller PDGA: 8358
Location: Selm / Germany
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 250
Disc Weights: 174g
Review: I really love this discs as an understable midrange driver!

As beginner I couln't throw anhyzer at all or anhyzer that goes right until the end (RHBH). Then I got the Innova DX Stingray and Discraft Elite-X Stratus. Both are great for anhyzer throws and now as an Amateur I can throw these discs flat, they start turning right and holding this curve.

I decided to continue playing with the Stratus because of the superb Elite-X plastic which takes impacts of obstacles a lot better than the DX plastic, but both discs are comparable in flight and grip. (By the way: not comparable is the DX Stingray to it's Star or Champion brothers!)

So, as mentioned, I love this disc for throwing right curves (RHBH) with or without anhyzer-motion. With less power it's great for straight shots, or throw it straight by throwing it powerfull with a slight hyzer-motion. When the wind is blowing leftwards (coming from right) and you want a straight shot (for RHBH), grab the Stratus. Instead of turning right it holds the straight line perfectly! For right curves with those winds, throw anhyzer. Backhand- and Sidearm-Rollers are great, too! Watch out: don't throw the Stratus into headwind unless you want you disc turn right veeeeery hard!

I would recommend this disc to everyone, especially beginners. It's flight qualities are versatile and the Elite-X plastic is great, too. If you prefere the DX plastic try the Singray.

Have fun & greetings from Germany! Michael
Posted 04-07-06
Submitted by Marc brokernewyork@gmail.com
Location: Nanuet, NY
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 275
Disc Weights: 172
Review: I have played a few rounds now after a long hiatus from the game, and not being all that great, I love this disc. It makes me look a lot better than I am. This disc will anhyzer hard and not come back, but what I love about it is I can throw it flat or just a little hyzer, and it will flatten out and fly straight. I average 50 feet further with this disc than any other disc in my bag, including wraiths, valks, teebirds, you name it. The best thing about this disc is if you throw it with too much hyzer, it will still fly fairly straight. It will not take off to the left on you unless you throw a knife hyzer. If you are a beginner like me, you will really love this disc.
Posted 06-19-05
Submitted by Anonymous
Disc Weights: 176
Review: The DX stingrays is one of my all time favorite discs. I've gone through about five of them in the last year including 2 that cracked and a few others that got a little too beat in. Champion stingrays never seem to get beat in enough, but they have their place. I picked up a stratus in the elite x plastic in hopes it would turn into a properly-beat-in-stingray style disc. Well it did! It's stayed very predictable even as it's gotten worn. My favorite shot to throw with this disc is a hyzer flip from standing still. I use this shot to get over obsticles where I don't want to play the low speed fade as I drop back down. I also use this shot for long straight approaches where i need that little bit of extra glide to get it all the way there. This is one of the only discs i can flip so easily and with control. I can also throw very high and steeply turning anhyzers with this disc that will hold their line the entire flight. Since I'm a lefty, I throw a lot of anhyzers and shots that end their flight still turning left. I end up using this disc a lot on tricky lines, especially up shots. I do feel like a beat in DX stingray works a little better for throwing rollers... at least for me. The Elite X plastic is a little rubberier than the DX and I sense it loses momentum faster... maybe that's just my theory, though. All in all I love this disc! It's the perfect plastic for an understable glidey midrange... it beats in and holds up nicely!
Posted: 4-08-05
Submitted by eggstu@yahoo.com
This disc is one of my best discs. It is understable at high speeds and pretty stable at low speeds. I bought one after using someone elses. I do recommend this disc to anyone. This can be used as a roller fairly well also. I would give this disc a 9 out of 10.
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