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Innova Champion
Champion Edition Valkyrie

Type: Driver
Diameter: 21.2cm
Available Weights: 145-175g
Plastic: Innova Champion Edition

CE Valkyrie
Flight Rating Category Value What Innova says:
The Valkyrie has a combination of speed, flight characteristic and glide such that heavier weights fly extremely long upwind and lighter weights get extreme range downwind.
Maximum Flight Speed 9.0
Resistance To High Speed Turn 5.5
Amount Of Low Speed Fade 6.5
Propensity To Fade 5.5
Glide 5.5
Relative Distance 8.0
Qualitative Analysis Value
Recommended Skill Level 2.5
Predictability 2.5
Uniformity Of Break In Period 5.0
Overall Durability 5.0 Description of the Ratings System.

Player Reviews

Posted 10-07-05
Submitted by Gage striker9419@hotmail.com
Location: TX
Level: Beginner
Avg Drive: na
Disc Weights: 150 grams
Review: I really like the champion valkyrie because if thrown flat and hard it will fly like a dream come true!!! My 150 champion valkyrie flies about 250-300 feet consistently. From alot of the reviews that ive read they say a 150 isnt very good into the wind, but i think its the best one that I have. To me it flies kind of like a 150 DX orc that is a little beat up. It has pretty good glide and seems like it goes a long way. Hows that for a kid thats only been playing about five months!?
Posted: 6-12-04
Submitted by Barrett Broussard Acidbath666@yahoo.com
Im an advanced Amateur, Right handed. I bought a 168 Champion Valkryie because i wanted a disc that had a little more turnover than some of the other drivers in my bag like my Orc. I use my CE Valk in all sorts of situations. Recently I've really learned to control it. I really like the sidearm action that this disc can create. From a backhand or sidearm throw it'll create a really smooth high speed turn depending on how much hyzer its launched with. I find that the end of its flight isnt harsh, Tends to glide more than it does turn. When i throw it with just a bit of hyzer, It will tend to straighten out, turn over justtt a hair, and then glide the opposite way to end its flight getting the max distance. But when i throw it level, it'll automatically start to turn over and not come back too hard. I would say that this disc is very similar to my 168 XL. The turn over also is about the same as my 169 JLS, but the JLS doesnt have as much glide as my Valkyrie at the end of its flight. The valkryie tends to get me a lot of distance and not fall to hard at the end of its flight. I'd say its not a great disc for beginners. But you realize how to control how far it turns over in the beginning of this flight, it'll become one of your more predictable discs in your bag if you can tee off in a constant manner.
Posted: 1-15-04
Submitted by Brian cdale600@hotmail.com
Brian; Intermediate Amateur sidearm driver. This disc likes to cut quite severely with your natural curve . For my sidearm drive this means a fairly hard right cut. It takes quite a bit of armspeed to get it to fly a straight path, but the distance is excellent when released flat and hard. I find it a great disc for hard curve shots. The CE plastic is fabulous and handles tree shock with aplomb. Definitely not the best disc for a beginner, who will probably find its big hyzer/anhyzer frustrating. But once again, if released level with plenty of speed this disc goes a long way. For a sidearm throw it is best to throw it fairly low, because if it gets too high it just curves too much.
Posted: 7-12-01
By Blake Takkunen - the Webmaster - <blake@discgolf.com>
My Review:
The CE Valkyrie is a very fast, slightly overstable driver. The CE plastic is also almost indestructable. Fairly scratch and chip resistent (I skidded my CE Teebird across an asphalt parking lot and it had a couple of surface scuffs) I'd say it should last about 3 times as long as the KC plastic. I have hit tree after tree with mine without any noticable marks. The CE model comes out of the mold flatter and is faster and noticably more overstable and with a bit less glide than the DX version. Thrown hard and flat it will give a very slight right turn and tail off hard left at the end. Thrown slight hyzer it should flatten out but has a much higher resistence to turnover than the DX. I'd say the turn is similar to that of a 175g KC Gazelle, very gradual but the low speed fade is closer to that of a KC Cheetah. It will drop off fairly quickly and to the left when it runs out of steam. Thrown correctly this is a very long disc and is probably one of Innova's longest drivers. I throw the Teebird and Eagle longer but I find the Valkyrie much easier to control and also that it doesn't require as much snap to throw it well. Speedwise this disc is quite fast. The only other Innova disc i would say is close speedwise is the Firebird. Lighter versions of this disc should carry well with a tailwind, but for headwinds and crosswinds I would go with a more overstable disc. Although the DX Valkyrie is fairly beginner friendly, I'd say the CE version is probably more suited to players at the intermediate level or beyond and for the lighter throwers wanting to carry CE plastic, I'd probably point them in the direction of the CE Leopard first. Also of note, there are currently two distinct versions of the CE Valkyrie. The first runs have a higher dome and get a bit better glide while the later runs (2 and 3) came out of the mold flatter and have less glide while being a bit more overstable. This will more than likely vary over time. I have one of each and I find the differences to be very slight but others probably have different opinions on this.
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