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Disc Review



Innova Champion
Special Edition Leopard

Type: Driver
Diameter: 21.2cm
Available Weights: 165-175g
Plastic: Innova Special Edition

SE Leopard
Flight Rating Category Value What Innova says:
The Leopard is our longest line drive flier, it should be everyone's first ultra long range driver. It is useful for long straight shots, gentle hyzers and turnover shots. The Leopard also makes a great roller once it becomes 'experienced.'
Maximum Flight Speed 6.5
Resistance To High Speed Turn 4.0
Amount Of Low Speed Fade 3.5
Propensity To Fade 3.5
Glide 6.5
Relative Distance 7.0
Qualitative Analysis Value
Recommended Skill Level 2.0
Predictability 2.0
Uniformity Of Break In Period 2.5
Overall Durability 3.5 Description of the Ratings System.


Player Reviews

Posted: 7-02-02
By Blake Takkunen - the Webmaster - <blake@discgolf.com>
My Review:
The SE Leopard is a fast, understable driver. It has a fairly high dome and great glide. I carry it for long turn-over shots. If you throw it hard and flat it will give a nice gradual right curve over a long distance but can be thrown anhyzer as a roller fairly easily. I have often seen and heard this disc compared to a cheetah but there are a couple of things that stand out as differences to me. The Cheetah seems faster immediately out of the hand but also seems to slow down and break off left hard at the end of it's flight whereas the Leopard seems to hold a pretty consistent speed and continue to glide in whatever direction it's travelling when it begins to lose speed. This is more of a factor when turned over. The Cheetah seems to want to S-curve back left wheras the Leopard will continue to glide in the direction it was turned over giving more distance and ensuring you end up right when you don't want to end up left. I consider this to be a great beginner straight driver as it seems to have very little low speed overstability for a disc this fast and should age nicely into a roller as it wears out. As for those who are s-curving the more moderately overstable drivers (Gazelle, Eagle, etc.) I think this would make a great long range turn-over disc when a Stratus or Stingray isn't quite long enough. I have only thrown an Elite Xpress a couple of times but if memory serves me correctly, I would put the two in the same class although I still feel the Leopard has better glide. Speedwise, I would say the SE Leopard is faster than a Gazelle and a Polaris LS, but not quite on par with the Eagle and some of the more high speed overstable distance drivers. The SE plastic feels quite a bit more resiliant than the dx plastics I have owned, but not quite as tough as KC plastic. I have hit a trees with my SE Leopards a few times at high speeds and they have come out alright but I landed one on an asphalt bike path and it ripped a section of the rim to shreds. I have not thrown the dx plastic version of the Leopard but I do own a CE Leopard. The CE version is faster but does not have as good of glide and is much more difficult turn over.
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