HYBRID - Elastic Shell Partially filled with millet seeds
The Hybrids are perfect for mixing contact, toss juggling and some footwork. They roll very truly and stall very solidly. Although they have some 'russian' properties they are still well behaved during long-path bodyrolls.
They stick to your feet and this new 75 mm version is also well weighted for toss juggling with 5 or more balls.
There's no better way to describe the SIL-X HYBRIDS than our good friend Liam's words. He's been one of the very first to try these balls and we rely on him to give you the picture:
"I discovered them as I was going to buy a new set of Sil-X, after having used the same 78mm whites everyday for 5 years. Somehow I ended up with the 78mm Hybrids in my hands instead and decided to buy three and give them a try. The next day I went back to the Play stall and bought seven more (their entire stock at the time)! I find the Hybrids perfect for the style of juggling I am practising - mixing contact and toss juggling with some footwork and added silliness - I can easily say that they are my favourite prop for this type of work. They roll very truly and stall very solidly. I quickly found success with many tough synchronous stalls that I had been banging my head on for years before picking these balls up. Although they have some 'russian' properties they are still well behaved during long-path bodyrolls and I have found them extremely useful for my research in this area. For toss juggling they suit my style very well. They are significantly heavier than Sil-X of the same size, which lends to smooth, slow, flowing movements, feeling and reacting to the momentum of the ball. My thinking is that this creates more of a 'conversation' with the ball compared with lighter props which simply do what they are told and rarely have anything to say about it. : ) There are surely tpyes of juggling for which the weight is a disadvantage - they can be tiring to train 5 ball toss patterns, and certain styles using abrupt direction changes and rapid movements will be less favoured by this ball. Coming to talk about footwork, I don't have a bad word to say. Hybrids are just sticking to my feet in a way that gives me great confidence in performing old tricks and learning new ones. They are basically as reliable as any russian type ball, but with the added advantage of being able to roll in and out (still need to learn the Brunn roll though!) It's easy to love these balls simply for the way they open up foot tricks, they really are a joy to work with! So, to summarise, I was in love with my Sil-X for five years and thought it would stay that way forever. When the hybrids came into my life everything got easier and better in ways I never thought possible. I would recommend anyone using Sil-X for mixed styles to give these balls a try for a week and see if you ever go back. An extremely versatile ball, excellent for most styles of manipulation."
Our shells are made of 100% Phthalates-free soft PVC. They are available in 5 sizes and 2 different thicknesses for a total of 8 options. Extremely elastic, durable and easy to wash with any type of detergent. When you don't juggle them, we recommend to keep your balls stored in a separate bag since PVC can easily get permanently stained getting in contact with inks as from the pages of a review or pens and markers. SOFT shells are approx. 2 mm thick. As soft as beanbags, they are more forgiving on collisions and tempt to roll much less on the floor. These are the shells used for MMX, SRX, TTS, TT1 and SIL-X Light balls. ELASTIC shells are approx. 4 mm thick. They feel solid, precise and allow to work easier on head and body rolls. These are the shells used for SIL-X and HYBRID balls. SURFACE FINISH 62-67-70-75 mm MATTE (soft touch) 78 mm GLOSSY (ultra grip)
The value 1/2 it's just indicative for under-filled balls. The actual amount of filling you will receive it is what we recommend and use in the manufacturing of our most popular juggling balls. It can vary from a minimum of 1/3 to a maximum of 1/2 of the internal shell volume depending on the shell's diameter and thickness. It is digitally weighted with high precision devices for every single ball.
The plugs can be removed allowing to adjust the weight of the balls and to re inflate them in case of need (like after a flight during which the difference in pressure and temperature in the aircraft's hold causes a "deflation" of the ball with consequent dents of the surface).
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