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singularity6
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:13 pm    Post subject: Century Reactor Reply with quote

Not long before I ordered the Torrent T2 Pro, I picked up a floor model of the Reactor from Century. It looks like a baby version of the Versys V1. At first, I thought it could be somewhat useful for working on strikes and round kicks. The thing topples over too easy with any strike that has a lot of "torque" (spin kicks, hook kicks, etc - I'm also questioning the use of torque, but nothing else better comes to mind.) Initially, it worked a little bit, if you were patient. After a few weeks of use, it developed a weak spot in the core. Since it flexes at this weak spot, it no longer bounces back. I didn't do too much with it, either. I knew it wouldn't hold up to hard hits, and thus I didn't even try.

It looks like Century is discontinuing the item. So, if you see it on the clearance rack, leave it there.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it that bad? I've seen some ads for it lately and was seriously considering it for messing around in the house with. Would it be OK for kids do you think?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought about picking one up a while back. A few weeks later I was in the same store I saw it in (Dickís Sporting Goods) and it was bent in half; kinda like flopped over about 1/3 of the way up. Iíve seen it in several other stores, and theyíre all the same, or you can clearly see it developing.

Most Century stuff has a year warranty or so. Call them up and see if theyíll do anything for you.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did buy a floor model. And yes, I think it's that bad. It could be suitable for young kids for a while, but overall, I think the kids WaveMaster or the Versys V1 would probably be better moves (first being cheaper, the second being more versatile.)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DWx wrote:
Is it that bad? I've seen some ads for it lately and was seriously considering it for messing around in the house with. Would it be OK for kids do you think?


IMO itís even worse. Itís seemingly not strong enough to even support its own weight for any length of time. I saw a brand new one, fresh out of the box at a local store. It was a newer version of the previously bent one. My kids played with it and loved it - 5 and 7 years old. Less than two months later that same one was folded in half just like the old one. Not a mark on it, and it was up on a shelf.

Every one Iíve seen was either bent in half or had a crease that you could tell it was on its way if youíve seen them bent before. I really wanted one for me and the girls. Iíve got better ways of wasting a hundred bucks or so.

Check this video out. Notice it bends near the bottom of the ďCenturyĒ writing every time itís hit. And itís reportedly brand new out of the box.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CD1kV_GCsAE

Hereís a follow up video from the same guy a few days later. The bend at the same spot is significantly more noticeable. He rescinded his recommendation.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lnZYFDLl3rE

After a little while, that bag is just going to flop over at that bend. And A LOT sooner than later.

Thereís an Arashi 110 version of it that seems better. Same exact thing happened to every one Iíve seen. I know, I really want one too. But Iíve got better ways to waste $100. Taking the girls and my wife out to a $100 dinner would be far better investment.

Edit: I just remembered... when I bought my BOB XL, Centuryís website had them on clearance for something like $35. And I still didnít buy it.
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