Pod sleeves were conceived by flowtoys elf Samwise Clark as a means for spinners to have pod shells on their tubing-based props, especially vision poi. While peops have been able to use pod shells for their tube-poi and contact staffs for many years, we've not made the option widely known or available, partly because pod shells are a friction fit and do not securely attach to the tubes like flowcaps, and partly because the pod petals can flap around and get caught on things during use.
Sam came up with the pod sleeves as a solution, and they work brilliantly for any tube-based prop where spinners might want the added weight, and/or larger light diffusion. They work especially well for vision poi, vision darts and contact staffs.
The vision dart is durable, but there's a lot of sensitive electronics at the end of a very long tether and nothing is indestructible. This dart is amazing for performance, but is not meant to take repeatedly impacts on hard surfaces. We do not recommend this dart for beginners.
Vision darts were first released with the spin16 version. We developed new vision boards at the end of 2019 to enable a shorter version with a smaller dart head.
Spin9 and Spin16 refer to the corresponding firmware versions, as the patterns are mapped to the length of the vision core.
Spin9 provides a more precise dart, but has less light output.
They're both terrific - you can choose the one that better meets your needs! Feel free to check in with us if you need guidance :)
We offer several different types of dart cord - see below to determine the best rope for your style. All leashes are pre-finished with a ball bearing swivel for easy installation to a loop on the dart head.
A light-weight, no-stretch 100% cotton braided cord recommended by the Rope Dart Academy for optimal dart use. This #6 cotton cord maintains consistent grip even with sweat, and after a brief initial break-in period, offers the ideal amount of friction for dart use for a long time compared to alternatives. Features a 3/16" diameter. Each foot weighs ~2g.
0.25" (6.5mm) 12-strand braided polyester rope, specifically designed for poi, darts, puppyhammers and other tethered props. It's supple and has better abrasion and sunlight resistance than nylon and MFP ropes used in many other props. It won't shrink, has lower stretch, and higher breaking strength. It can be cut with scissors, and you can melt the ends to prevent fray.
This 14mm wide premium flat rope, made by our friends at Dark Monk, is made from a slick & durable synthetic fiber used extensively by NASA. Super smooth and abrasion-resistant, it is also extremely durable, able to withstand temperatures up to 300°F!
Excess cord is intended to be wrapped around your anchor wrist, but if you wish to change the length, we recommend a splicing technique with fid rather than knots.
Want to use the flowtoys connect app? You'll need a small hardware bridge to enable your props to talk to your mobile device and vice versa.
We have 2 options for bridges:
You can find out more about the app and bridge here.
Based On 5 reviews.
I've been a Flow Toys poi fan for years, but getting into Rope dart a year ago, it has been tough to find a LED dart that is enjoyable to spin. This one is an absolute DREAM to spin, and I love it just as much as my fire dart. The Pod Sleeve is such an ingenious design and not only protects the vision stick( which is ideal because I put my darts through the wringer) but the shape and weight are even more fun to spin!
I have a more dance-style of spinning, so I opted to add an extra mass to my dart and it was perfect - about the same weight as my RDA and my Dark Monk darts so there's not as much challenge switching between them whether I'm flowing with fire, light or just the dart.
Thanks to the kindness and speed of the Flowtoys team, they were able to accommodate an extremely last minute request that my Rope Dart arrive before Burning Man. Thanks to them I was able to enjoy hours of flowing and share the dart with others who were learning as well.
Thank you for being the amazing creators that you are and for bringing such amazing flow props to the community!
I have a spin9 Vision rope dart with the new pod shell and pod sleeves, and dare I say, it's perfect.
The first rope dart I bought was the martial flowdart. I loved it (and I still use it too!) but the three things I wished for after spinning for a while: a more weight, a little more end-focused weight (like a pod poi), and a softer tip because you WILL get bruises if you spin hard (and you WILL get bruises). When I saw the pod sleeve announcement, I bought this one almost immediately.
The new pod setup makes the spin9 absolutely gorgeous, and honestly feels like it's made for this setup. The pod sleeve feels pretty seamless, and is a nice squishy 3D printed material. It's thick and I don't have any concern about its longevity. It fits perfectly with a flow-mass. The product photos are pretty accurate to how lovely the lighting blending is in-person, and the modes are a blast to play around with. And if you're used to just capsules, this thing is BRIGHT. 36 LEDs can do some serious work. I grabbed the discounted capsule remote, which isn't required, but it's a nice bonus because the vision button can be a little harder to press at the bottom of the prop, and I don't regret having an extra capsule 2.0 around.
I went with the braided cotton cord, which works great; there's a reason that's the 'standard' for rope darts. Just know that it DOES have a little bit of 'break in' time, where friction with your hand smooths the cotton fibers. You'll probably get a little bit of rope burn until then. I found the RDA style nylon flow leash to be really comfortable for the martial flowdart, but a bit too light for the added weight and pull of the vision dart. I also have a silk leash purchased directly from RDA that is super smooth, slightly lighter than the cotton cord, and feels great on the vision dart. I tend to swap between the silk leash and the cotton cord.
Rope dart feels like a partner dance. I've spun poi for years, and upon discovering rope dart, it's become my new favorite prop, and the Vision rope dart was worth every penny.
These things are powerful performance darts. I thought I got a big reaction on stage when I was using the capsule 2.0 martial dart, but this... this is a whole other league. I'm so glad I got it almost two years ago. I got the spin16 version, and while it is definitely easier to see from farther distances and has a larger presence, it is also not as easy to control when flowing or performing. It took me some time to get used to the length, but I got there eventually. You do have to be somewhat more careful with your length of rope out, as it is easier to hit on the ground than you think. At least it takes the mistakes like a champ! I've hit it on the ground accidentally hundreds of times and it's completely unaffected, save for a cut in the flowcap.
I ordered the spin 16 and was worried about weight and toughness. When i received it, it blew me away. Its almost exactly wushu rope dart weight. And the kinetic awareness is next level. And its tough. But don't push it.
I can have hours of ninja fun with this at a rave