We have officially arrived at the time of the next hyped up disc release! Discraft has retooled the Raptor to make it more overstable in this once per year limited release known as the “Captain’s Raptor.” We are going to take a look at the feel, flight, and overall usability of the disc.
The Captain’s Raptor immediately feels deeper in the hand then the stock Raptors. It has a very comfortable feel for forehand and backhand. Personally one of the struggles that I had with the stock Raptor was that the board flat ones were too shallow in my hand and it would get in my head when throwing a forehand. The deeper feel and slight shoulder to the profile of the Captain’s Raptor really solved that problem for me. It feels pretty similar to a Firebird when in my hand but the shoulder of the rim prevents it from having that truly board flat feel that some people may desire.
The Captain’s Raptor promised to be a much more overstable version of the Raptor and it delivered on that promise. Discraft was able to create a disc that has enough glide to make the disc workable with enough fade to make it extremely overstable to where you don’t have to worry about the wind. When I say “enough glide” I think it is important to put that in context. I think this disc has similar or slightly less glide than a Firebird so we are not talking about disc with a ton of glide that is going to make you scared to throw it in crosswinds or anything. I am more referring to some of the other ridiculously overstable discs on the market like the Tilt or OG H1 that just don’t have quite enough glide paired with their overstability to make them regularly usable in rounds. One thing that I noticed was that the disc flew a decent bit more stable on backhands than forehands for me. This was mostly evident on the forehand anhyzer lines. It still fought out and was very overstable, but if you are someone who struggles with off-axis torque on your forehands and you throw with 300+ feet of forehand power, you might find yourself thinking this disc isn’t as overstable as you had hoped.
So what do I think of the Captain’s Raptor overall? Personally, I love it. It has temporarily pushed the Firebird out of my bag as I test it more and see if my love for it stays throughout rounds, but in the field it stepped up and answered every test I threw at it. I really liked the consistent flight I got out of it backhand and the way that I was able to really get behind it without worrying about it carrying to far or wanting to flip up at all which were the problems that I had with the stock Raptor. If you are someone who loves to have your overstable disc be one that you have to really chuck to get it to go, then you are going to love it. Don’t get this disc and expect to be able to smooth it out to 320ft with ease and a comfortably overstable flight. This disc wants to be THROWN and if you don’t quite have the power for that, it might be a frustrating experience. Overall, I give the Captain’s Raptor an 8.2 / 10.