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Old 01-28-2022, 08:54 PM
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Default Firebird - no longer the king?

So, the Firebird has always had a reputation for being an over stable, trustworthy, wind fighting disc. Even those without big arms could trust it as a utility type disc.

I had a champion Firebird that was super flat and flew very true to the numbers. I lost it recently on a bad thumber near a creek. Went to one of the local shops to find a replacement and picked the one with the least amount of dome and the highest parting line height. Needless to say this thing is very disappointing.

I know comparing wing height between different molds isnt a real direct correlation but I did find these comparisons interesting.

Here is picture of the Firebird (yellow) alongside one of my more mellow Felons.



And here it is alongside a Streamline Flare. My previous Firebird had a very similar profile to the Flare. The Flare is going back in the bag for now.

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Old 01-28-2022, 08:56 PM
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put it up next to an actual firebird

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Old 01-28-2022, 09:01 PM
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put it up next to an actual firebird

Deal. Any idea (other than the creek I mentioned) where I can find an actual Firebird?

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Old 01-28-2022, 09:32 PM
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Maybe I'm just not worthy, but I've always preferred the mellower and grippier Sexton firebirds over any regular champion or FAF champion firebirds. Sexton firebirds are still overstable enough for all my utility needs, but I find them more workable than something as meathooky as a FAF Firebird or Streamline Flare.

If pure beef is what you want (outside of a Tilt), then yeah the Streamline Flare is hard to beat, but after bagging one for months, I didn't find it nearly as useful as a Sexton Firebird.

Felons have always had higher PLH and flatter tops than Firebirds, but I've never found them to be more overstable.

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Old 01-28-2022, 09:38 PM
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Maybe Im doing it wrong but the beefier the disc the better it works for my overhand shots. The disc carries farther for me before flipping. I actually bag Felons for normal throws because they are more manageable and workable for me but I keep one really overstable disc just for thumbers and funky forehand anhyzer flex shots and forehand rollers.

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Old 01-28-2022, 09:45 PM
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Maybe I'm just not worthy, but I've always preferred the mellower and grippier Sexton firebirds over any regular champion or FAF champion firebirds. Sexton firebirds are still overstable enough for all my utility needs, but I find them more workable than something as meathooky as a FAF Firebird or Streamline Flare.

If pure beef is what you want (outside of a Tilt), then yeah the Streamline Flare is hard to beat, but after bagging one for months, I didn't find it nearly as useful as a Sexton Firebird.

Felons have always had higher PLH and flatter tops than Firebirds, but I've never found them to be more overstable.
Agree with the Felon, It's a little shallower feeling too. I noticed it wasn't as beefy as it looks. I think the Pioneer is a better FB comparison actually. Better disc then the Felon for me anyways. More comfy in the hand.

As far as recent FB's being mellow, just wait six months you might get some beefier plastic run (how it molds up).
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Old 01-28-2022, 09:52 PM
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Ive always used the 2 firebird approach, a flatter one and a more traditional and workable one.

My flatter one is weird and doesnt skip a ton because it comes in on a more vertical angle, which is useful at times.

For some reason Ive clicked more with the pd than the fb on overhand shots. I really like to manipulate the release angle and amount of follow through to hit different lines, pd just seems to respond better. Ive always had a much better tomahawk than thumber though, so depending on distance a lot of times Ill take something flippy and throw more of a super high scoober to get the disc to stay over to the right.

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There has only been one run of Firebirds since 2017 I’d say was a “real” one, the rest have been real disappointments.

Flare is in my bag too and if they ever come back in stock I’m buying more.

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Old 01-28-2022, 11:11 PM
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I do agree the Pioneer is more Firebird than the Felon.
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Old 01-28-2022, 11:21 PM
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I do agree the Pioneer is more Firebird than the Felon.

I have a Pioneer in my stash. Havent even thrown it. Might have to drag it out for some field work.
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