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Gateway Disc Sports
G3i - Blaze

Type: Driver
Diameter: 21.0cm
Available Weights: 140-175g
Plastic: Thermoplastic Elastomer

Flight Rating Category Value What Gateway says:
The Blaze is a very over-stable driver that is great into a headwind and for long s-curve shots. (Great for sidearms and tomahawks.) With a longer breaking in period than most discs on the market you won't have to run out and get a new one every time you hit a tree. In fact, once you get this disc broken in it will have the same predictability and control of your favorite over-stable mid-range disc.
Maximum Flight Speed 8.0
Resistance To High Speed Turn 9.5
Amount Of Low Speed Fade 8.0
Propensity To Fade 9.0
Glide 3.0
Relative Distance 5.0
Qualitative Analysis Value
Recommended Skill Level 5.0
Predictability 5.0
Uniformity Of Break In Period 2.0
Overall Durability 2.5 Description of the Ratings System.

Player Reviews

Posted: 4-25-04
Submitted by MCushing@charter.net
The G3i in E plastic probably isn't as over-stable as the older models. Thrown flat it is very straight with excellent glide. I was suprised at the distance that can be achieved with a head wind. I dont have a huge arm but was still able to get 350' +. A very predictable Disc, I highly recommend it.
Posted: 12-13-03
Submitted by Tatu Lehtinen tatu.lehtinen@vaasa.fi
The Evolution G3-i is a small diameter very durable high speed stable to overstable driver. The E-G3-i has comfortable grip and Evolution plastic is very grippy and durable. This disc is low speed overstable, high speed stable and it's suprisingly long. You don't need to throw it nose up to get distance. Throw it flat and it goes miles. The E-G3-i has long glide if you can get spin needed to keep it level long enough for it to glide. Overall, the E-G3-i is very predictable driver that works well for long straight to left shots and hyzers. And it dosen't fear headwind. This disc is ACE!
Posted: 4-19-03
Submitted by Graham Johnson - <discgraham@hotmail.com>
Tested Weight: 170
The Gateway G3i Blaze is a fast, overstable, long range driver. While people here compare it to the whippet, I compare it more to the Banchee, Firebird, X2; discs that have a straight to left flight path. A flat release will yield a long straight to left shot or a HUGE S-curve depending on the power thrown. A hyzer release gets you a hyser almost out of the hand, while an anhyser will get you a S-curve or a power turnover. The Gateway G3i Blaze is molded in Gateways S plastic. They call it a high end DX or Pro D plastic, but I find that it is as durrable as the Older Pro line plastic. The design of this disc is very resiliant to tacoing. The best applications for this disc are low ceiling shots, lower S-curves, line drives, and straight to left shots. This is the only disc I have thrown 400 feet.
Posted: 5-30-02
By Blake Takkunen - the Webmaster - <blake@discgolf.com>
My Review:
The Blaze is a fast small diameter very overstable long range driver. This disc is overstable at all speeds and falls in with the likes of the Whippet, Firebird, Xtra, and Xtreme when it comes to comparisons. The flight path of the Blaze most closely resembles that of the Whippet but is probably even more overstable. Thrown flat, the Blaze will immediately begin to hook (as it is both high speed and low speed overstable) before finishing with a hard, predictable left fade. Swing a hyzer out to the right and it will sweep back to the left the whole way before running out of steam and diving. This disc has a very high resistance to turnover so you will need a lot of power on an anhyzer to get an s-curve without having the disc flex out very early in its flight. The Blaze should be overstable enough to throw into any wind conditions. The tradeoff for its predictability is distance. The Blaze doesn't have a lot of glide or distance but there are few discs with a more consistent flight.
Posted: 07-17-01
Submitted by Paul Wharton <PAUWHARTON@aol.com>
The obvious way to review the Blaze is compare it to more popular over stable discs. The Whippet (new one -- not the old or "X" versions) versus the Blaze. The Blaze is more stable than the Whippet. The Blaze is faster than the Whippet -- more distance but less glide (hence the more stability -- the Blaze does seek the turf with a vengence when it runs of steam). Both discs are going to pull hard in the direction of spin, but the Blaze a little more sharp when it decides to go. The Blaze's rim is a little shorter than the Whippet making it a little less friendly to a forehand -- especially when you're going for maxium distance. It almost feels like your finger is slipping upon snap. The up side is on a big forhand s-turn the release is more consistent and "mid-range" disc like. While I've trouble keeping some Gateway discs alive due to punishment (Warrior -- what a great flying disc that I couldn't keep from falling to pieces!), the Blazes that I've put to the trees are still going strong.
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