Reviews: The Pudge
The Pudge, named after the Texas Rangers HOF catcher is an aptly named fidget spinner from Steampunk Spinners. Ok, I don't know if that's the story behind the name, but nevertheless, I think they got the name right. This is a pudgy spinner with some serious weight to it. I wasn't sure whether I would dig that or not. Time to find out.
There are many similarities to other spinners that you'll find in The Pudge. Sort of looks like a Rotablade Stubby ate a Vorso Flat Top. Head-on it looks like a bow tie. It is a very well machined spinner with a very nice polished finish (mine did have a small blemish or machining mark on the body) and a nice almost over-sized, flat stainless steel button that sits down in a recessed hole for easier EDC in your pocket and bearing protection while still allowing for table-top spins. The innovation here are the two nubs on either side of the bearing. The "spin nubs". Expertly placed for increased flick-ability I feel they detract from the design a bit but add to the functionality which I'll get to later. Function over form in this case.
Additionally, the Pudge is much thicker than other spinners in this class. It's over 40% thicker than the Stubby and almost 60% heavier in the stainless steel and 50% in the copper version despite only be 5mm longer. It's compact and heavy. Steampunk wanted big mass in a small size bar style spinner, and that's what they've got here with the Pudge.
This thing will give you a hand workout. I tell ya, it hits those flexor and abductor pollicis brevis muscles man. Which chicks dig. When you hit this just right with a powerful flick either on the bar or the spin nubs, it's all the more satisfying because it's such a heavy and compact bar spinner. It's the Pudge man. And you feel that weight with each flick, but your hand starts to get used to it. Then you start to like it. And you realize what you have here is a heavy ass fidget focused spinner. It's the Charles Barkley of spinners.
And a bit on these "spin nubs", because it does seem innovative on this bar spinner. I'm finding more often than not my flick point is that little spin nub. And when you do catch it that far back, which is a pretty natural point actually for me, you have a lot of stored up power because your spin point is so much further back on the spinner. So you end up getting a nice solid flick. And really, you can pull or snap this back from the nubs as well, though I found using the body a bit easier. Probably hand size dependent. I never found that the nubs got in the way. A nice detail for sure and it makes this spinner unique for me.
Flick the Pudge for a bit, put it down and pick up the Phat Boy. The difference in flick feel is staggering. It's like taking the donuts off of the bat as you walk up to the plate. It's almost a training device.
As for the actual spin, it's a nice spin. The same bearing from Sector 8 that Steampunk uses in the Phat Boy. They do offer a full ceramic option as an upgrade, but the model I reviewed here is the stock ceramic hybrid. A slight wobble in the Pudge as is to be expected from a bar spinner of this size. I thought this was going to be a long spin when I first saw it, but that's not what this is. 2 maybe 3 minutes are the top spin times I'm seeing with mine. I suppose when you're hauling all of the weight around, you get tired quicker. Especially on horizontal spins. But, I'm not complaining. It's the stopping and starting that I'm in it for mostly.
Let me be clear though. this isn't a beginner's spinner. It's not the easiest in the world to spin just because of the shear weight and thickness of the Pudge.
This is the second spinner I've reviewed in a row from Steampunk and it's hard not to compare the two. I definitely prefer the Phat Boy to the Pudge, though I think we have two entirely different fidget-focused spinners here. The Pudge is a lot to handle, and best suited for he of strong fingers, a larger handed individual who is looking for a heavy fidget-focused spinner. Steampunk continues to churn out novel designs with this model, and I think it's a solid effort for sure.