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Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby Yehosha » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:21 pm

Anyone else had a chance to putt on one of these? At the tournament I was assistant TD this weekend we were lucky enough to have the first two production models of the basket donated to us; one went to 1st place in MA1, and the other as grand prize in a raffle. Here's the lucky winner:

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Got to use this basket quite a bit and it is SICK! Not only did it catch EVERY putt we threw at it, it caught every type of throw we threw at it. SInce it was there we decided to test this thing out and see if it could do what the guys at Arroyo claimed it could do. It started out with normal putts, followed by hard putts, then putting as hard as we could throw it, then full force drives, and even some tomahawks into the basket. This thing caught them all. I was shocked and VERY impressed. They totally eliminated spit throughs that hit dead center and still find a way out the other side, and those annoying bounce back out off the center pole moments. If you hit it on the outer left or right side, it's just like any other basket, but the days of a putt that hits dead center and still missies are over with this basket. I'm sure Feldberg will be pleased.
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby Flipflat » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:26 pm

That thing looks awesome, looks like it's got some crossing chains in the middle. You got any more pics?
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby Yehosha » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:43 pm

No other pics unfortunately, but a guy at the tourney made a video and did a small interview with one of the creators.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2hZBN9ThmY
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby JHern » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:21 pm

I've putted on one of these baskets, at 2011 Worlds. Here is a video I took of the chain assembly on the beach in Santa Cruz:

http://youtu.be/CiW9ZrO81Gs

It is about the best basket I've ever experienced, a major improvement in design. The inner wall of chains have a diamond-weave, and so the inner chains push back much harder on the disc than would chains just dangling all by their lonesome. The idea is that the disc encounters more and more resistance as it goes into the relatively limp outer chains and then impacts the relatively rigid inner wall. This results in very reliable deceleration and catches, and no possibility for spit through the inner chain assembly. There is also a great deal of satisfaction putting this basket, the inner chain assembly pulses and the chains are musical because they're all coupled together. I think this basket will also reduce wear on putters, since they will not impact the center post.

This basket is PDGA approved, and I also hear that they're working with many clubs to get their baskets in the ground at a discount rate. You would be supporting a small and innovative business who is introducing very competitive innovations into the disc golf market which will ultimately improve our sport.
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby ATL Scott » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:15 am

I am working on a bulk order of these baskets (over at dgcr currently). I think we are right around 9 people in right now. Can't wait to get mine!
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby jtkustomizer » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:37 am

What does one of these cost?
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby ATL Scott » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:13 am

$350 new before taxes, shipping, and powdercoating
$320 if you get 18+
$290 if you get 27 and includes a free practice basket
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby Triflusal » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:13 am

Put some nubs on it!
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby JR » Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:50 pm

No way! With the chains freezing solid here i need to putt just above the bucket edge and i've had countless cases of the disc being almost inside the bucket and at the last moment the rim hits the Headrick and spins the disc out. No thanks on the nubs.
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby smurphy29 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:11 pm

Updates?
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby Jesse B 707 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:50 am

No nubs = plenty of putts sliding out that should have stuck
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby turso » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:20 am

Nubs = plenty of puts that would've gone in instead of bouncing back out.
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby mobster » Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:12 pm

turso wrote:Nubs = plenty of puts that would've gone in instead of bouncing back out.


If you're putting low enough that nubs would stop your disc, you need to putt better.
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby jubuttib » Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:38 pm

It's over the rim, it's high enough. Especially with frozen chains it's about the best place to putt. =)
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Re: Vortex Basket by Arroyo Disc Sports

Postby Jeronimo » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:04 pm

I was actually on the list to buy one of these with the DGCR bulk order, wtf ever happend to that deal I have no idea... If I recall correctly, they're also made of more aluminum than normal baskets of similar caliber so they should be quite a bit more portable for backyard endeavors.
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