Well balanced and weighted staff. The silicon grip sticks well to my skin very well.
Perfect for a beginner who is interested in flow art and wants the best of both worlds. (Glow and fire). I found the glow easy for practice and the real work is with the fire. Very durable and easy to look after.
I received my Fusion Contact Fire & Glow Staff a few days ago in the mail, so please consider this an "almost first impressions" review. Also for context, my *first* contact staff (bought about 2 years ago) was the Matrix Contact Fire Staff. From my current perspective I consider the Matrix an... okay starting staff. It's possible the grip it ships with has improved, but mine was so slippery (like Big W tennis racket handle material) that it genuinely hampered my progress for months. I didn't understand why I was having so much trouble mastering the half Steve or fishtail, and it was only after I got it regripped with silicone that I suddenly started making progress. The Matrix is also heavy - it's scary to practice some new moves on, and odds are you're going to hurt yourself occasionally. On the plus side though, the weight also slows down the roll speed just a little, which is helpful for learning lots of moves, and you can drop the Matrix hundreds of times with practically zero risk of it bending (and trust me, I have).
Then there's the Fusion Contact staff. I got the 1600mm with silicone grip and flowers. Importantly, I contacted the store to put in a custom order for the upgraded carbon fibre handle. I'd highly recommend this - it's only a tiny bit more expensive, but the change to how the staff balances and rolls with the heavier ends relative to the handle is really delightful.
So far I LOVE my Fusion. The locking mechanism is wildly intuitive (I didn't even need to read the manual), and the shaft feels genuinely secure and sturdy, with no apparent wobble introduced. I am a little paranoid about the mechanism degrading over time (as it's friction-based), so I'm planning to avoid assembling/disassembling it more than I need to. I'm also a lot more wary about dropping this than I was the Matrix, though that concern may be ill-founded.
I first trialed the fire ends. The thing looks beautiful and sexy all in black, the flowers are chunky and lovingly attached, the grip is good ol' clear silicone (my current favourite grip). But most strikingly, the weight is a dream, especially with the carbon fibre handle. I'm still not a super great staffer, but I feel like I can dance and flow with the Fusion in a new more effortlessly way than with the Matrix. I sometimes get wrist and neck problems, so for that reason it's lovely to feel so much safer and more comfortable. The one inevitable trade-off to this is that it rolls noticably faster, meaning some moves that I could do pretty reliably on the Matrix (e.g. conveyor belt), are actually harder now. I haven't lit it up yet so can't comment on the wicks/flame, though they look potentially identical to the Matrix's wicks, which I think are great.
I then tried the LED ends, and TBH was a little disappointed compared to the fire ends. They use the Concentrate LED capsules, and in fact are pretty much exactly sawn off ends of the Concentrate Contact Series LED Light Staff (at least I assume so - I have a couple of the Concentrate Play Series LED ones). If you're not familiar with them, I personally find the Concentrate lights a decent choice, and preferable to pod-poi style where the lights are just balls at either end - 9 modes, all of them flashing/strobing and some admittedly fairly samey, and a simple illuminated-white plastic tube effect created by 6 little LEDs, 3 at either end. The biggest letdown was a) the weight, which is muuuch lighter than the fire ends, and b) the slight bendiness. Mine also didn't come with the flowers pre-attached, so I did a slobby job of taping them on myself, cf. the beautifully pre-attached fire ends. I've played with the LED ends much less than the fire ends, but partly that's because they're just not as fun or easy to work with. The speed is even faster again than the fire ends (though again I'm coming from the Matrix so maybe I'm extra-sensitive to this), and if you're not careful you can get the staff tending to bounce off you rather than rolling. I'm pondering the idea of attaching some extra weight at the ends - it shouldn't pose a problem to the appearance of the LED light or the rubber end stoppers; it just might increase the amount of flex in the ends, which you don't want. I guess this is the trade-off you make with Concentrate - having the staff made of translucent plastic certainly looks better with the LEDs going, but it's just not easy to achieve the same rigidity as a metal or carbon fibre body.
Well that brings us to the end of our story and the current point in time. I'm very excited to play with this all throughout the coming Summer and maybe I'll come back with more to say. For now though: highly highly recommend, especially if you're mainly getting it for the fire ends. Being able to take it apart is a huge relief for transportability, and again, it looks, feels and plays great.
My first staff i am very happy with her very robust. i have droped her many times.. those who have tried her all say the same, nice weight smooth flow.
Her name is Eve
Got some struggle with transport and tax in Germany, but that’s not your fault. The fire staff is totally fine but after some hits on the ground, the light staff didn’t work anymore, so I‘m pretty sad about that.
Can you please send us an email. This should be covered under warranty. Cheers