I think i'm comfortable enough with this disc now to say it really was a great addition to the line. I got to thinking about it while on the course last night, throwing it along side my strikers/visions/rivers, and I realized something; It's the champion sidewinder of latitudes line up. I was reminded of a time when I was infatuated with Teebirds. I had just learned them fluently, enamored by their stability and ability to fly a frozen rope for a very long distance while still feeling wonderfully comfortable in my grip. Then I tried the Sidewinder in champion plastic and while initially frustrated, I endeavored to learn to throw the disc and in doing so opened my eyes to all varieties of turnover and hyzer flip shots (for corners, etc...). Between the two I felt unstoppable. Teebirds were accurate and predictable. Sidewinders taught me the dogleg left (RHBH) hyzer flip and carry shot and netted me some of the easiest distance in calm conditions I'd ever seen. It had been stated to me that if you couldn't throw a Sidewinder, you didn't know how to truly throw a disc, and I whole heartedly believe that statement.
Fast forward to my L64 days: Strikers remain the king of fairway workability in the latitude line up, Saints jump into that spot where you may want a big hyzer flip or loooooong turnover shot. Initially I wanted a new Teebird, but that's definitely not what this disc is - and that's a good thing. My only frustration is that in practical applications I would probably just reach for a River instead. I really feel like its a faster River, and that... I'm not sure is such a good thing. There is overlap for sure and you could make a case there is room to carry both, but in a minimalist setting you don't need to.
Bottom line is, it's another option and options are good things. They allow you to construct your bag to your likings. As for me, i'll carry one but I don't know if i'll keep reaching for it once the novelty wears off. Also, there's definitely still room for a Gazelle/Teebird-ish disc in latitudes line up so we've still got something to look forward to. Here's to hoping for slower drivers.
I am dumb.
...and a drama queen.