I recently snagged a brand new 179g Axis from Maple Valley Discs. Unlike some of the bigger companies MVP is unfamiliar to me, so I was not sure what to expect on the first throw. Several outings later I feel as if I have seen some of what it can do.
First off a description. Great feeling plastic (Proton) makes you confident it is chuckable, capable of smacking a tree now and again. I have a translucent purple version with a black ring (GYRO they call it) all the way around the edge. It really is an evil looking disc that wants to be thrown with some oomph.
Toss factor is super high. It can be thrown a number of ways but the traditional RHBH seems like its forte in my mind.
Range is massive, but for me it does good from somewhere about 200' out all the way to the basket. I can see some people putting with it, especially in heavier weights. I am guessing some people with a big gun slinging arm could also throw this from 300' plus, but I save those shots for drivers.So far I have thrown it in some heavy gusts as well as calm breezes and it does well in both, with a slight tendency to climb up in windy conditions. Otherwise it holds it's height very well, so feel free to really approach with an aggressive mentality.
Speed wise I call this disc fast. It is NOT a disc that glides all pretty and gentle. It is smooth, and stable, but goes at your target with some zip. I suppose the weight is a factor there. Thrown at a high speed it can actually creep out a bit and then level in for the kill. Low speed seems to be fairly straight still, but with a subtle hyzen and a fast descent that cuts left quickly at the end.
Overall I am still deciding about how I like this disc. I think for someone who is a no frills thrower and attacks the basket (like myself) this could be a great weapon. For a beginner this disc is like gold. One of my disc brothers is a 1 year tosser and seems to throw it accurately with little effort. I love the durability that oozes from it, but since it is brand new please look for updates on that.