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I have found the same things with Star, Champion, Elite Z, and ESP plastic vs. DX, Pro D, or Elite X plastics. I much prefer the feel of Star and ESP plastics, but in some discs, they just seem SO MUCH more Overstable to me than there cheaper plastic counterparts.
I bought the Better plastics in certain discs and used them as much as possible. It takes awhile, but they DO break in like the DX did. It just takes quite a bit more time.
I agree about the Katanas... I throw 163g Star (super overstable for its weight). Hit 2 aces with it so far. And two identical CFR Champion ones one at 170g and the other at 171g that I throw on most holes. Awesome for long fast turnover/flex shots. I used my pro katana the same way except with an extreme hyzer flip and the flight was the same as the champ...for about 3 trees. After that it would just turn over into the dirt...PRO Katana = Junk.
When you get/find a disc you like...plan on affording 2, if they are from the same place and time or run they are more likely BE the same rather than hoping the disc name means the same disc and flight as you had before.
Star Plastic beats in about twice as fast as Champion and pro and dx/some r pro are garbage after a few tree hits (imo). Save the money and time wasted learing a disc that keeps geeting worse with each throw upgrade to quality plastics and just learn to throw them instead.
The better plastic are likely more overstable than thier cheaper counterparts in similar models but one trick to use is to account for that and consider the weight. If you normally toss a 175g dx wraith try one in star at a lighter weight 163-168g for example, to compensate.
I have encountered the same thing. I throw both a DX TeeBird and a Star TeeBird. The DX disc flies great but doesn't last that well. So I end up buying two or three of them during a season. I have an entire stack of used DX TeeBirds in my trunk. I own a Star TeeBird and it is great for hyzer bombs and is very durable. The DX TeeBird after a little break in is great for straight shots or even anhyzers. They are two different discs.
That is even more true with the Katana. The flat top Star Katana is quite a bit more overstable than the Pro plastic. A Champion Katana is more similar to the Pro version and is also more durable. The Echo Star plastic seems to be in between the Star and Champion as it is a bit more domey than the flat top Star Katana. So your options are probably to go with another Pro Katana or go with the slight upgrade to a Champion Katana. Or check out an Echo Star Katana.
I love my Star Sidewinder. My Katana is of the Lemon Lake variety since I tried out a Star version and it was way too overstable. The Lemon Lake version is also supposed to be Star plastic but it is more domey like the Pro version. I also tried out a Star Vulcan because it is supposed to be more understable yet it doesn't seem much different than the Lemon Lake Katana. So I'm not sure that I really trust Innova and their ratings.
You won't find me giving up my DX TeeBird any time soon. And my Star TeeBird got me an ace. So although I like them both, the difference is that I have to keep buying new DX TeeBirds. Good thing they don't cost as much.
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Wraiths & Sidewinders, Star & Champion plastic, max weight.....I've gone through a bunch in the last few years.
For the Wraiths, the Champions have been more OVERstable than the Stars.
For the Sidewinders, the Champions have been much more UNDERstable than the Stars. So much more that I think of them as a completely different disc.
No conclusion, just perplexed.