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Disc Review



Discraft
Elite Z Reaper

Type: Driver
Diameter: 21.1cm
Available Weights: 165-174g
Plastic: Discraft Elite Z

Elite Z Reaper
Flight Rating Category Value What Discraft says:
The Elite Z Reaper is over-stable and fast out of the hand. Great for side arm or backhand distance.
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 02-01-07
Submitted by john nhojo545@yahoo.com
Level: Adv. Am
Avg Drive: 325
Disc Weights: 171
Review: I have had this from the first release accually I have had three of them. Lost 2 still throwing one that is over 5 years old. It is beat up the graphic is totally off yet it still flys like the day I bought it. lot of my novas have been replaced over and over but the reaper just keeps on trucking.
Posted 12-12-05
Submitted by Monty Koz koz1313@msn.com
Disc Weights: 172-175
Review: This is by far the best Discraft disc out there for the sole purpose of a THUMBER. It takes a lot of practice, but when it is perfected, this disc is 100% reliable. Personally, I can throw a thumber with this disc anywhere up to 375 feet or so. As a former ex-baseball player it comes easy to me.

When throwing the disc, do not, again, do not put the disc far back into the hand thumb crease. Leave some room (about 1/4 inch). Allow the thumb to control the snap of the disc. Visualize throwing out a runner from the outfield. Throw it arounf 45-55 degrees. Do not sky it. Dut do not throw a low lazer. Always aim about 10-15 feet to the left of your intended target. When the disc loops over it will come down. Practice your arm angles on the release. Straight up for long drives or over trees. More side arm for angles around trees, etc. Always, have the disc straight up upon release. This will allow a smooth sail. If the disc is angled upon release, it will fluter and cause a reduction in distance. Practice is key for this throw to be successful.


Posted: 06-16-05
Submitted by Torre OhYeahYou@gmail.com
Location: Buffalo
Throws: Righty
Throwing Style(s): Sidearm
Disc Weights: 173
Review: So i have seen a few reviews, but aside from one slight comment no one has talked ab out this disc in a headwind.--It\'s great-- When i first got my reaper a year or so ago i liked it but it really had no use that i couldn\'t use an eagle or teebird for so it fell to the bottom of my bag.

After this past winter i started playing again and conditions have been very good so far, but we ahve had a few windy days and my score had dropped significantly on those days due to some intense headwinds. A week or two ago i thought about the reaper's specs for flight pattern and realised it was a headwind disc(not knowing much when i first got it other than it was a good deal on an elite Z) I first tried it on a hole taht constantly gives me trouble as it is played down a 100 ft hill and directly facing the niagra river. it's a pretty strong headwind most days much less when it's actually windy out. I wound up released flat and this baby cut right through making a perfect S before plunging straight to the soft ground. I had never been able to keep a disc straigt on this hole before, i always turn over no mater what i throw.

On annother hole faced with a headwind and also a downward slope but not at such a great angle, i threw the disc at a slightly downward angle and she flew just above the grass for 300 ft dead straight with a slight kick left at the end of the flight.

Although this is not the average bomb disc (beast monster teebird orc cyclone etc.) it is perfect for windy conditions. If you're a power thrower or if you throw side arm this disc is nescesary for those windy days. It's not going 400+ but neither am I. If you keep it low and flat this disc is great in the wind. Just KEEP IT LOW.
Posted: 09-29-02
Submitted by: MasseyFamily4@aol.com
I bought my Elite Z reaper because I was looking for a fast long distance driver. To be honest, I wasn't satisfied at all. The disc seems to be slow when compared to my EXP, Eagle, and especially compared to my Star Viper. It does have a good profile in the wind for 250' hyzers, and it performs a nice skip for low, "round the tree" shots. But, for all out distance and getting their quickly, I do not care for it. I'm using a 173, most of my discs are in this range, so I'm not overdoing myself either. The s-turn I get out of the Reaper is quite nice, but, the fade is super short and it falls quickly at the first hint of coming back to the left. Has a few good points, but not in the league of a valk, eagle, or EXP.
Posted: 10-02-01
Submitted by: Scott Miller <ksarrow@onemain.com>
The Elite Z Reaper is the newest in the Discraft Elite Z line. The Reaper is in its first run as of September 2001 and first run is available with a really distinctive holostamp or a more elaborate colomax stamp. In my opinion, the Elite Z Reaper flies alot like a regular Valkyrie, except in Z plastic. It goes slighly right in the high speed turn and then has a strong left in the low speed fade. It does not have alot of glide. The biggest difference between this and the other Z discs (I use the ZXS and the ZXpress) is the initial explosive burst of high speed when released. The Reaper can be thrown slightly anhyzer to get slightly more distance. It can also be hyzered very nicely. A nice disc to have in the bag to imitate a Valkyrie without having to replace discs when they hit trees. (The CE Valkyrie is nowhere near the regular Valk, so this stands out).
Posted: 9-16-01
By Blake Takkunen - the Webmaster - <blake@discgolf.com>
My Review:
The Elite Z Reaper is a fast, moderately overstable driver. The flight path of the Reaper is fairly straight. The low speed fade is in the ballpark of an XL or XS but the resistance to turnover is very high. I've found with my 171g Z Reaper, the resistance to high speed turn resembles that of a heavier X2, Z Xtra, or KC Firebird. With that in mind the Z Reaper should make a good straight driver into a headwind as well as an accurate forehand driver. I do recommend having a lot of arm to throw this disc straight or s-curved. Speedwise, the Z Reaper is very fast, in the range of an Xtra or Banshee. I would say that the Reaper has good glide, not as much as some of the top gliding drivers such as the XL or XS, but definately more than most discs in its class. Overall I think the Z Reaper's flight path most closely resembles that of a KC Firebird or a max weight X2 but longer and with slightly less fade. This disc should be an excellent choice for long knife hyzers. Although it's predictable, I would probably not recommend the Z Reaper for beginners due to its power requirements but it should be an excellent driver for players with bigger arms.
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