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.
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.