With the Aerobie Frisbee, the name says it all. When you throw it, you will probably be reminded of a Frisbee in terms of its flight characteristics. However, if you hold the most famous type – the Flying Ring – in your hands, you will probably first notice that it is a Frisbee with a hole in the middle. But this is exactly the highlight of the disc invented by Alan Adler (an engineer) in 1984. Because it is precisely this, in combination with other factors, that ensures minimal air resistance and stable flight behaviour. And what all this is good for, I would like to show you in more detail in the following sections.
What you will learn in this article:
- What are the special features of Aerobie throwing toys?
- Which throwing technique is ideal for the disc to glide far?
- What is the world record for throwing an Aerobie Pro Ring?
- Which different models are suitable for which purpose?
Aerobie Throwing Ring
Aerobie is a Californian company based in Palo Alto. It is known for its various throwing games*, which include yo-yos, boomerangs, spinning tops and frisbees. And as is logical for this range, there is of course also a coffee machine in the assortment … because who would want to do without a cup of freshly brewed hot drink during a break in the game? 😉 Back to the actual topic: In the area of Frisbee discs, the Aerobie throwing ring (“Flying Ring”) should be mentioned above all, which has turned out to be a bestseller. It is available in two version.
What both types have in common is that they are only 0,12 inches thick and made of a quite flexible material. This means that air resistance is comparatively low. The slight pliability of the outer edge also allows a certain degree of adaptation to the hands – both when throwing and when catching. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter whether you throw with your right or left hand; the ring will do it all. There is only one thing you should avoid if possible. Throwing it into the water. Unfortunately, it can’t swim. But of course Aerobie has other models up its sleeve for that.
The Pro version* with a diameter of 13 inches and a weight of 3,88 oz. can be used for distances of more than 328 feet. with a little practice. Ideal for slightly older children (from about 12 years) and adults.
The Aerobie Flying Ring Sprint*, on the other hand, has a diameter of ‘only’ 10 inches and a weight of 3,5 3z. However, its handy size makes it a very interesting throwing toy for children from around 7 years of age. Moreover, with a throwing distance about half as long, it doesn’t have to hide behind other discs either. It doesn’t have to be 1.312 feet …
Throwing the Aerobie Frisbee correctly: Throwing technique?
You know how to throw a classic Frisbee? Then you are already completely familiar with the Aerobie. With a swing of the whole arm from the height of your chest, it takes off straight away. If you want to influence the flight behaviour of the Sprint or Pro Ring a little more, you only need to bend it a little. Of course, you have to decide for yourself how much, as this factor is very individual. Plus the Frisbee with a hole in the middle. With the right technique, it flies comparatively well straight out and naturally very far. However, a throw with the wind literally provides a tailwind, which enables even significantly better results. In contrast, headwinds ensure that distances are shorter and not quite so predictable.
Where is the current Aerobie world record?
Aerobie Frisbees – especially the Frisbee with a hole in the middle – have been designed especially for flying far. It is therefore clear that various athletes are itching to hunt for the world distance record with them. As things stand, Erin Hemmings still holds the world record after a throw of 1.333 feet in Fort Funston on 14 July 2003. The special thing about this is that the throwing toy used was also the first one to cover more than a quarter of a mile (about 1319,88 feet). A small drop of bitterness: in 2005, a boomerang flew even further. But that doesn’t change the aerobies world record!
Aerobie Superdisc Frisbee
The Aerobie Superdisc Frisbee* lives up to its name. With a diameter of 9,84 inches, a weight of 5,82 oz. and the proven material mixture of a stable polycarbonate core and a softer rubber edge, it is your perfect companion for the park or the beach. This is because, unlike the Flying Ring, it is comparatively windproof, but above all waterproof. Let’s hope you can swim just as well as she can when you want to fish her out of the water.
But even apart from that, it scores with its diverse flight characteristics: The patented design, including a pleasant grip surface with knobs on the inside of the rim, is not only made for pleasant throwing and catching. Thanks to the rim of the disc, the throws are also quite stable and precise. Perfect for all those who are just starting to play Frisbee, but want to throw distances worth seeing after a short time.
The Aerobie Squidgie* is very similar in concept to the Superdisc, but with a diameter of 7,9 inches and a weight of 4,23 oz., it is a little more compact. It is also extremely flexible and waterproof. In other words, this Aerobie Frisbee can be folded up and put in a book to save space when you take it with you. This guarantees fun on land and in the water. Thanks to its comparatively small size, even younger children from the age of 5 years can easily make their first throwing and catching experiences with it.
And some dog owners are also pleased to report that it is quite suitable for dog frisbee. The reasons for this are that it is very soft and does not break even under strong pressure from the animal’s teeth. At the same time, its trajectory is not so stable that the dog cannot be surprised a little. Which of course makes it particularly interesting for him. To be honest, Aerobie actually invented an extra dog Frisbee with the Dogobie. But anyway … maybe you should just try out both models and see for yourself which one is better for your four-legged friend.
And there it is, the special disc from Aerobie for man’s best friend. It too is very flexible and soft. Together with colours (yellow and blue) that are particularly easy for the dog to see and dimensions of 7,9 inches in diameter and 3,28 oz. in weight, it will delight both small and large four-legged friends. The soft, tear-resistant and durable material and the aerodynamic design allow quite precise throwing and catching actions and are gentle on teeth and gums. So get to the starting line and check whether the Dogobie* or the Squidgie with a different purpose is your favourite Dog Frisbee!
Aerobie Skylighter LED Frisbee
Do you feel like taking your Aerobie discs to the starting line in the dark? In that case, the Aerobie Skylighter LED Frisbee* is just your thing! It comes with batteries (2 included, not removable) and LED, which produce great glow-in-the-dark effects in green, orange or blue. The models with a diameter of 9,45 inches weigh 7,41 oz., the 11,81-inches versions are of course a bit heavier. But that shouldn’t really stop you from playing, because the disc brings with it the typical Aerobie comfort.
- The rubber edge makes it easy to catch.
- The knobs on the inside of the rim provide additional grip.
- The slightly heavier weight means that a little more force is needed when throwing. Nevertheless, the flight characteristics are quite impressive.
Aerobie Boomerang Orbiter
Feel like jumping in a triangle again – but don’t want it to be a classic boomerang? Grab the Aerobie Boomerang Orbiter*. It impresses with…
- its triangular shape with a diameter of 9,65 inches and a weight of 2,82 oz.
- its good visibility and bright colours
- …and returns to you after a cast from eye level with a 30° right / left angle of inclination from the index finger after a distance of about 80 feet. So also in this case a model for fun in the green with plenty of free space.
The various types of Aerobie Frisbee, such as the Flying Ring, Superdisc, Squidgie, Dogobie and Boomerang Orbiter, bring a lot of fun to throwing and catching over long distances. On top of that, some of them are even waterproof and dog-proof, which significantly increases the number of potential playing surfaces and players.
However, you should not underestimate the need for as much free space as possible. After all, a throwing range of 330 feet and more is quite a lot. And you probably don’t want to keep climbing into a tree to fish your disc out again or regularly warn walkers across the park, do you? But apart from this aspect (which is what the Aerobies were designed for), they are great entry-level discs that impress with their tactile comfort and pretty good flight characteristics.
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