Taken from the Innova site: Star Line
INNOVA’S new Star Line is created with a special blend of grippy, resilient polymers. Star Plastic offers the same outstanding durability of our regular Champion Plastic, plus improved grip like our Pro Plastic. Star discs have the same flight rating characteristics of Champion discs, although some Star discs may be slightly more high-speed stable. High performance, longevity, and superior grip make Innova Star discs the ideal choice for your game. Star Line discs will become available in our most popular disc models during the coming year. Watch for your favorite Star on the horizon.
* Provides predictable top performance
* Long-lasting durability even on wooded or rugged courses
* Good all-weather grip
* Ideal for those who like the durability of Champion plastic with the superior grip of Pro plastic
I like the star plastic because it doesn't skip as much as the champion plastic, but I think champion plastic stands up to abuse better. I played one round on a tight wooded course with a new star teebird, driving with it on about 50% of the time and it got nicked up pretty good. Doesn't seem to happen with champion discs.
Star/ESP seems to beat in quickly, but hold that beat in quality for quite awhile. it is much grippier than champion plastic, but is a pain to see at night with LED's.also as previously stated, prone to nicks and deep scuffs.
Champion/Z seems to take forever to beat in, but once it's there, it stays that way for as long as you need it. the only thing I have seen scratch or nick champion plastic is an extremely hard surface (i.e. Teepad, road, ect.). Night visibility is excellent with the Use of LED's or glowsticks.
so in my opinion, Drivers that I feel I want to keep around for as long as possible (Crush, Surge, Teebird, Beast) I own in Champion plastic. Ones I use only some of the time, are in Star/ESP plastic (SL, Max, Pulse)
I didn't think there was much of a difference until yesterday. Threw a star stingray with some force and hit a tree head on. Nice dent in the nose. Think I bent it out decent enough, it's a stingray, so I'm not super worried about it being perfect. But that was a first for our little group of friends, champion or star. So until I see or do differently, I'll stay champion on my drivers :)
I'm going with Champion on this one. I have a Champ Teebird and a Star Teebird in the same weight. The star one has allready looks alot more beat in even though I have had it less time. The star one looks like its been though a discing war, while the champ one looks new execpt for a little ding and a few scuffs. The star one also feels a little bit more overstable than the Champ one.
I think Champion discs are more durable but are more overstable than the same mold in Star plastic, like Jack said. I prefer to throw Star plastic because I think its more grippy than Champ, and I like the stamp on the Star discs!