The WeiLong GTS is here. This is the new super-hyped cube that is suppose to beat them all, but does it live up to that hype? Let’s find out.
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The WeiLong GTS is nothing like the WeiLong V1 or V2. Before I got the cube I assumed the edges might be similar just like the HuaLong which was said to be a new iteration in the WeiLong line when it came out. This is a completely new cube that just happens to use the same name. It comes in 56mm and currently stickerless is not an option because the cube uses caps instead of separate pieces for the corners and edges. It does come in the multiple colors that MoYu has been doing lately with this being the Teal one.
Let’s start from the outside. The stickers seems bit different. The only one I can tell for sure is the orange. The orange in the past was a bit more dull and almost a peach or coral color. This is definitely much brighter and more of an florescent orange color. They seem to be copying the half brights you might get from the Gans 356 Advanced and Masters edition. The shades are slightly different but the similarities are apparent.
Speaking of similarities to the 356 you can also see them in the corner design. The grooves on the sides, cap design, and curved bottom of the stalk although similar in all cubes is definitely inspired by the 356 design. The edges are pretty standard and nothing that stands out of the ordinary.
The caps stay on very well and I doubt will ever pop for anyone unless there is some defect. To take the cap off the best way is to pull straight up. From here we get to the springs which are different than I have seen in other cubes out today. Part of the spring is tighter than the other. MoYu claims that this helps both create great corner cutting while also keeping the cube feeling stable.
The final thing is the core. It looks like the GuoGuan YueXiao with the reinforced edges and not the old core they have been using for some time.
This is undoubtably the nicest cube MoYu has ever produced and the only cube to really challenge the 356 as the most premium cube on the market.
Let’s talk about feel of the cube. That is what most of this comes down to. As far as in the hands before turning it feels just like a YueXiao. The pieces are rounded, it is 56mm and has similar flexibility. When turning this does not have the air-y feeling of the GuoGuan, It does not have the super smooth feeling of the Gans 356, and it really doesn’t feel like any other MoYu cube. Honestly this feels like a Fangshi cube. There is a scratchiness that I haven’t experienced since the ShuangRen. I feel that if Fangshi made the 356 this is what it would be. It is also EXTREMELY fast. This is the most uncontrollable out of the box cube I have used. I did put in some weight 6 from SpeedCubeShop. What weight 6 is good for is a more controllable feel but since you don’t need much it keeps the super scratchy feel. I could use more of a lighter lube but I didn’t want to loose the feeling. You can even hear a clicking sound which reminds me a rollercoaster track. Now it is not catchy even though that sound is there.
Lastly, corner cutting is above with would be expected a year ago and will cut from almost anywhere.
Now, the big question, is it good?
Oh my god yes. I have been so jaded about newer cubes because there is hype and it is more of the same. This to me is a big step forward in what is expected in cubes today. Yes Gans did that with their cube but with the initial catching issues and super high price point it was harder to take as the new standard, but it is here. I will most likely use this more often than other cubes I have. I will probably get a black version because although I’ve gotten used to the teal I feel like I would be a bit more consistent with black.
This also has been very nice for one handed even though it is what many would consider a full size cube.
Will this cube get you better times if you already have a nice cube, probably not. Most people will want to slow it down. I highly suggest this weight 6 lube. You just need a couple dots and it will slow it down without loosing that awesome fangshi type feel.
Not since the Thunderclap have I been this happy with 3x3. I am excited to see where cubes go from here.
I want to mention that the cube does come in this very nice box that reminds me of the Gans where it is not just made of paper. Even the inside color was taken into consideration. There are these plastic pieces that hold the cube in place that MoYu says can help break in the cube but really it does nothing but hold the cube in place in the box.
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