Latitude 64 Diamond Review

The Diamond is one of the newest discs on the market from Latitude 64. It is unique in that currently it is only available in super light weights - in the 145 - 155 range. This makes it idea for anyone who has a smaller arm, women, children, and beginners.  The Diamond is an understable driver, meaning it will tend to go right when throwing RHBH. It also has great glide. Currently it is only available in Opto plastic which is Lat 64's durable plastic comparable to Innova's Champion and Discraft's Elite Z plastic lines.

I decided to go ahead and pick up a Diamond a couple weeks ago because the flight characteristics are similar to the Archangel, which is another great understable disc for beginners by Innova. The problem with the Archangel is that it is only available in DX plastic and therefore once you play a few rounds with it, the disc will get "beat in" and the flight characteristics can change quite a bit. With an already understable disc, this can be a big problem, so I see the Diamond as a durable alternative to the Archangel in a much higher quality plastic that will maintain its flight characteristics for a much longer period of time.  This disc also reminded me of the Lat 64 River, which has similar flight characteristics, but is harder to find in light weights.

The disc itself looks great and the plastic is extremely gummy feeling - more so than other Opto Lat 64 discs I have. That is one thing I really like about it. I tend to use heavier discs than the 149 gram Diamond I picked up so it is probably not a disc I will carry with me on regular occasions. Rather I will probably give them to my wife to use. The thing I probably find best about this disc is that it is super easy to hyzer flip for huge distance. This is done by releasing the disc at a gentle hyzer angle. If done correctly, the disc will straighten out and fly very far. Especially so with this disc due to the light weight and huge glide. This disc is also great for bombing on downhill shots or in a tailwind. Alternatively, since it is so light, it is not a great option for headwinds.

Overall, for newer players and players that are having trouble getting distance on their drives, this is a pretty solid disc to consider. It's a beautiful disc in a great plastic that is super easy to throw. If I didn't already have a couple lighter weight Rivers for hyzer flipping, I would actually probably carry one of these with me all the time. I would love to see Lat 64 make this in heavier weights, and in Gold Line plastic as well.

Latitude 64 River Review

I can’t say enough about how sweet the plastic is from Latitude.  I have the River in the Opto line plastic and it is amazing.  It has great grip, durability, and is just soft enough but still firm.  I’m hooked on Latitude discs just because of the plastic.  Now, about the River.

River

River

The River is in the control/fairway driver area.  This mean the river isn’t going to be flying the furthest for you, but you should be able to control its flight.  I would compare the River to a faster Leopard with more glide to it.  These qualities combine for a great disc when in the woods and you need a shot to stay clean.  The River doesn’t take much to get it a good ways due to the glide and it being on the under stable to stable side of the flight chart.

I use this disc for a few different shots.  I feel as though it is best for me when throwing a slow turning anhyzer flick shot that turns the whole way and will slightly fade back at the end (Using this shot and disc helped me tie for 1st place at a big tournament).  I just flick the disc nice and easy, watch it start to turn and let the glide take over and the River just carries.

Another great thing about the River is that it will hold a great line.  I really need to pay attention to my release angle because the River will leave at that angle and stay on that flight path.  This helps a lot of players because they can get that instant feedback on seeing how they threw the disc.  This can help a new player out because they learn about wrist angles and how they change disc flight.

I would recommend the River to any level player.  New players can learn a lot from throwing this disc.  Experienced players can have the pin point accuracy needed on the course.  If you are looking for a disc with glide, control, durability, and can fly pretty far, get yourself a River.

Latitude 64 Halo Review

Latitude is making a huge splash in the disc golf market.  One of the greatest qualities of their discs are their durability.  The Gold line plastic is best compared to Innova’s Star plastic and Discrafts’ ESP.  In my opinion, the Gold line crushes both Star and ESP in the durability and grip categories.  Latitude also makes discs in an Opto line plastic.  This compares to Innova’s Champion plastic and Discrafts’ Z line.  Again, the Opto line plastic lasts longer and has a greater grip than the competition.  I’ve been throwing an Opto Riot for 3 years now and it has worn about the same as a few month old Champion Beast.

Gold line Halo

Gold line Halo

 

Enough about the plastic, let’s talk about the Halo.  The Halo is a speed 13 driver that really lives up to the speed 13 name.  I find the Halo to be more over stable than my Nuke.  I can flick the halo in a dead straight line and it had a nice hard fade for me at the end.  I normally don’t throw this for a back hand, but when I do it flies over stable as well.  It will make a very small s-curve when thrown full power.  I find that I can’t throw the Halo as far as my Nuke or Boss, but I love to flick this baby out in long wooded holes where I need a nice hard fade to the right.  I know that when I throw the Halo right, it will do what I need it to.  Something that I find with this disc is that it tends to rise when throwing it.

I would recommend this disc to someone who is looking for a disc in between a Boss and a Nuke.  If you are turning over a Nuke or just want something with a little more fade, go for the Halo.  If you haven’t held any of the Latitude 64 plastic, you need to go out and try some right away.  I lost my Gold line Halo under the ice and snow this winter and it sat there for 2 months.  I got back and it flew exactly as it did before.  If you are looking for a new distance driver, think about the Halo.  Whenever looking for a new disc, I will always see what Latitude 64 has to offer because I know their discs are made with some of the highest quality plastic out there.