Grippin and Rippin Rubber: Why I Like Vibram Disc Golf’s O-Lace

I came home and found the square cardboard envelope placed on top of the mailboxes. “What the heck is this??” I mused aloud. When I noticed that it was from Vibram I realized that Steve Dodge sent me the latest disc by Vibram Disc Golf, the O-Lace. Sweet! A new disc to try out.

I open the package and the first things I notice are the Vibram Logo, the fact that the disc is rubber, and the unique color. Because Vibram Disc Golf makes discs out of rubber unique color variations are possible.

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Vibram Disc Golf’s O-Lace. Photo courtesy of Vibram Disc Golf

My local proving grounds are located at Easterlin Park, located near Fort Lauderdale, FL. There are a few lake shots that offer risk and reward so I need some stability that I can count on. I decided to give the O-Lace some test rounds during actual scored rounds that I played.

Vibram describes the O-Lace this way: “This overstable compliment to the Lace is able to fully handle headwind and torque, making it a valuable addition to your bag.” Vibram goes on to describe the rubber compound they use as X – Link.

The X-Link material is a unique rubber-based compound which resists scuffs, has incredible durability and unequaled grip. Additionally, X-Link has a stronger memory than any disc currently on the market, so if you do manage to bend it out of shape, in all likelihood, it will work its way back.

I totally agree. After using this disc for several rounds I can say for sure that this 171 gram Medium Stiffness is my Go To Disc when I want a stable disc that I can control.

Check out my throw into the wind in this video (Thanks Adelle!!). 25+ MPH gusts that day with sustained wind speeds at 15 MPH.  The stability of the O-Lace is tested when I throw a nice rip into the wind. I trusted the disc enough to do a lake shot – 85% over water – and have it fade just beyond the “goal post” formed by the 2 palm trees in the distance.You can actually hear the wind on the mic! Only a stable disc can fly straight into big wind. The O-Lace did just that.

That is not to say that I could not turn the disc over – I can quite easily, but throwing the disc flat results in nice long flight with a medium hyzer finish. The bounce is not like Star Plastic. It is like rubber. The rubber absorbs some of the impact of hitting the ground so your O-Lace will not bounce far to the hyzer like a scalded jackrabbit. It bounces less in grass and more on pine needles or leaves. That is just fine with me. I hate it when I land just under the basket and bounce away another 40 feet. This does not occur with the O-Lace.

To sum it all up I will just say this:

  • The disc will bounce predictably when I want.
  • The disc will hyzer when I want.
  • The disc will turn over and come back when I want.
  • Stable enough to flick.
  • Great glide.
  • I trust the disc enough to throw over water.
  • Great grip.
  • I can throw with all the torque I want and the disc will fly straight.

Overall I give this disc a thumbs up. Thanks Vibram and Steve Dodge for letting me review this disc. Its a keeper and its in my bag.

 

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