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Innova Ape


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Disc Information

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As a super-overstable high speed driver, the Ape isn’t made for everyone. Unless you can drive more than 400 feet, this won’t provide maximum distance for backhand throws.

The Ape is designed for ultra power throwers, headwind shots, and strategic dog-leg fades. As a power driver, it is available only in the durable Champion plastic, in weights from 173-175 grams.

This disc is also available in lighter weights in the Blizzard Champion plastic between 130-159g. The lighter weight Blizzard Ape is more suitable for players who can’t throw with ape-like force. This is one of our best selling Blizzard plastic discs.

Innova Ape

Innova Ape Dimensions

  • Diameter: 21.1 (97.41% of average)
  • Height: 1.5cm (74.74% of average)
  • Rim Depth: 1.2cm (101.95% of average)
  • Rim Thickness: 2.4cm (164.06% of average)
  • Available Weights (Champion): 172-175g
  • Available Weights (Blizzard Champion): 130-159g

Innova Ape Additional Information:

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Fade: Flight Rating: //-/

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Disc Reviews

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32 Reviews

  1. Paul Richards

    I’m a big fan of the ape. It’s my go to driver due to the high winds and the courses around me. As a RHFH thrower, I can get a lot of torque on this disc without turnover. Love this disc!

  2. Love this disc!! Been playing for about 5 years and this is the 1st 13 speed i have owned..needs a bit more anhyzer then my destroyers but im thowing it further then anything i own!! Got a blizzard 138 and sidearm shots are my go to, but can hyzer flip RHBH just as well!! Dont knock it til you try it!!

  3. Marty P

    I use my Blizzard Ape as my main driver. It’s light in weight which makes for a very fast speed upon release!

  4. andrew hansen
    Review Participant, L1

    i recently purchased a champion ape, first game i hated how it threw, as i figured it out and really started to fling this disc i loved it! its now my main throw most typically, i throw backhand….

  5. This is hands down my favorite disc. It took me a bit of time to get used to, but now it is my go to disc for almost every hole. I love the versatility this disc offers, whether I’m firing off a low-flying laser at the basket or trying to take a long sweeping hyzer line around an obstacle, I know that this disc will do what I need it to every single time I throw it.

  6. cboucher

    I got a max weight Champion Ape a while ago when I was still relatively new to disc golf. I got it only to be used in strong wind and at the time it worked ok, but faded too early (as expected with a super overstable disc). I kind of forgot about it for a while and just recently cam back to throwing it again. My form must be improving because now this disc is a lot more useful to me. I find that I get really decent distance throwing it on an anny line. Even if my anhyzer angle isn’t perfect I can always count on my Ape to come back and produce a predictable S. Very useful when navigating obstacles through smallish windows once you figure out how to throw it. And of course, it does a great job when I use it for hyzer bombs. Nice skip at the end, too…

    • Moose
      Review Elite, L9

      That skip is epic! You can usually pick up another 30 feet if it hits right.

  7. Moose
    Review Elite, L9

    I like this disc a lot for long distance sidearms and tomahawks, don’t care for it backhand but I hardly ever do a backhand drive anyway.

    Awesome disc overall it’s a good roller too and I like it for up and overs because it can hold speed when hitting branches too.

    • Moose
      Review Elite, L9

      On my second Ape now. This is by far the best high speed driver for forehand drives with power. If your a distance flick thrower you have to get one!

      Has a great feel in the hand and awesome torque resistance.

  8. TJ
    Review Enthusiast, L3

    Great disc, I don’t have the arm for a heavy champion ape, I throw forehand, so this fits a niche for me to be able to go around and over obstacle. Nice long flight, but you have to have good form to throw it properly, definitely not for beginners.

    Blizzard plastic I’m not fond of I played with the disc once and it has more wear than all of my others discs that have been used 10-15 times this year. They are a mix of champion and dx materials.

  9. Jesse
    Review Enthusiast, L3

    I only bought this disc because I found a cheap Blizzard. I certainly don’t have the arm for the heavier weights. That being said I was able to launch this one almost 400 feet. Still don’t recommend it for heavily wooded holes, but one those wide open ones watch fly.

  10. John
    Review Lover, L6

    Like the description says, not for beginners. It’s definitely a hard disc to get used to. It doesn’t provide maximum distance for me, but that’s just me.

  11. Everett
    Review Lover, L6

    It took me a long time to warm up to my Ape, but now that I have, it has a permanent place in my bag. I’ve got a 175g Champion Ape.

    At first I used this disc primarily as a utility driver, meaning it only came out of my bag on very windy days or when I felt I needed a really aggressive fade, which it works beautifully for both. But after a while as I developed my power and form I started to work on “flex”ing this disc out. I would throw this disc on a slight anhyzer line (RHBH) and with enough power it would hold that anhyzer line for a bit then fade very predictably. I won an intermediate division distance contest flexing out my Ape like that, felt good. Also this disc is a great disc for forehand throws as well, as long as you can throw it a bit on an anhyzer line (otherwise it will dive hard) you can get great distance with it too.

    Last thing I’ll say about the Ape is that it is a wide rim driver that needs a lot of power to get good results. I would not recommend this driver for beginners. However once you get the hang of it, you can get great skip shots, consistent flex shots or awesome spike hyzer lines.

  12. Conor M.
    Review Nut, L7

    I have a Blizzard Ape in the 150’s. It’s light and able to turn enough to provide plently of distance before it gives me that predictable fade that I am used to. I compare it to a Discraft Nuke. If I am on a course with lots of long holes, this lighter weight disc is an arm saver. It’s my most used distance driver, but beware, in windy conditions this disc is less reliable

  13. Benny
    Review Enthusiast, L3

    The Ape for me is only good for those certain type of shots that I need a hard left turn at the end. I have a hard time throwing anything other than hard hyzer lines with this disc. Not exactly a disc I would actually seek out, but it does come in handy in the right situation.

  14. richard whittington

    i fell in love with this disc when a friend skipped one in for an ace. i use it almost every time i need to skip around or over something . i never seen a disc skip like the ape. it could skip over a game fence . got a few holes i wouldnt throw anything else at it . love it very faithful

  15. ltkhang
    Reviewer, L2

    this is a very good disc for hard turn and once u break it it a very easy disc to controll, can get this going about 360-380 feet, it hard when it new but when u break it goes super straight line then a nice fade at then end, got 2 in the bag, one broke and the other brand new did not touch it yet until when it time to take out. it almost like the boss

  16. Marcel Hillier
    Review Enthusiast, L3

    I bought a Champion Ape. It was good to throw hyzer around trees and level out but as a beginner I couldn’t do much with driving. It feels comfortable but it will fade hard right. It’s very fast and aggressive. A good intermediate to professional disc. If you’re beginning, stay away otherwise you will get frustrated.

  17. Taylor Pingree
    Review Supporter, L4

    Currently I have a 175g Champion Ape in my bag. And I WILL replace it if anything happens to it.
    I’m an experienced player and use this only for its huge fade. Great disc for when you are looking for a big half moon rhbh shot.

  18. Paul fredericksen
    Reviewer, L2

    I absolutely love this disc. It’s one of the best discs I’ve ever used by FAR!

  19. Adam Wakefield
    Review Lover, L6

    Must have disc for both beginners and advanced players. I had this as a beginner and could not backhand it to save my life it is super overstable but it was a great disc for flicking because how reliable its overstability is. After 2.5 years of playing I have become a very strong arm back hand player and this is a great disc for power throwers. It will never turn over and is very dependable. It is also a great disc for flicking.

  20. austin stacey
    Review Participant, L1

    I’m an experienced player (RHBH) with a medium to powerful arm and was looking for a “bender” disc to replace the monster I lost a few years ago. The predictablilty of this disc is spot on as it never turns over to the right except in a mega headwind.

    I typically use it for skip shots around trees or just high fade shots around other obstacles–my only beef with it is that it flies straight for too long when I really put my arm into it. I think I’m still going to get a monster or max that floats a little less to get a quicker turnover for high fade shots…

  21. Dylan Durrant
    Reviewer, L2

    I found one of these a few months ago and decided to try it out. Being a backhand thrower, I couldn’t get this thing to work at all. It would fade way too hard way too soon. I’m sure it’s a great disc when you have the arm to throw it, but this one is definitely not for me. The rim also seemed a little fat, and caused me to hold on to it for a split second too long, many times.

  22. My brother uses the Innova Ape sometimes, and out of curosity I threw his a bit. I didn’t like it. The most overstable I like my drivers is Wraith/Destroyer type OS, and the Ape is probably the most overstable disc that Innova makes. very difficult to wrangle this disc.

    My brother uses it for long-distance forehand drives, which he throws with some of the most power I’ve ever seen in a forehander, and it wills till hyzer out on him from time to time. For an OS disc, it surprisingly doesn’t hold an anny line at all, and trying to hyzer it will end up in a dirt dart.

    I don’t see too many people throwing the Ape, and there’s probably a reason for that. Food for thought.

  23. Dylan Roberts
    Review Supporter, L4

    This is a disc that is for more experienced players, and I have not found myself to be in that position yet. I bought a light (138g) Blizzard Ape and have not enjoyed particularly because I don’t have the best arm to throw it, and it’s way too light. I feel like the only time I use it is when I want to practice forehands with multiple discs. Be careful when buying the ape (you’re really going to need a great arm, and insanely good form.

  24. Mike Ellingson
    Review Participant, L1

    The Ape can be really overstable but I love the blizzard in 150g for my forehand drives. I can always count on the way it flies and that big fade with a skip. I would recomend this disc to a sidearm player with decent strength but I would’t go lighter than 150g.

  25. Jason
    Review Whiz, L8

    I found a Blizzard Ape (around 150g). It was quite worn and is still ridiculously over stable. Suitable only for big arm players or those who live in Kansas dealing with tornadoes.

  26. Dean
    Review Fanatic, L5

    I can bomb this disc, and I am not a “reliable” 400′ thrower. In truth, I usually average about 315-330′. Rarely am I throwing very “hard” however, preferring accuracy over a few extra meters of distance. The Ape is one of the few discs I have found that I can throw as hard as I possibly can, and it will not turn over. I can reach out to 350′-400′(rhbh) with this disc when user error does not hinder it. It is also an exceptional disc when facing a headwind. Id rank it right up there with the sharp edged Destroyer for into wind shots.

  27. matt fradenburg
    Review Participant, L1

    I agree that this disc is useless for a BH by all but the best, but, for flickers such as myself, I really like these when they get conditioned a bit. this throws like a longer boss w/ a bit more s swing out on longer flicks. not straight like a flick, but a gradual S, like a boss. once it beats in a bit, it can be reeled around a lt. turn and it will bank and carry forever. If you flick a boss and it is turning over too easily, bump up to this thing.

  28. Clayton Upper
    Review Enthusiast, L3

    For mortal arms, it is still good for forehand hooks, skippers, forehand rollers and thumbers. It is a great overhand disc. It has it’s uses still, just as a ultra utility disc.

  29. If you can’t throw a teebird 400 feet, then you can’t throw this disc. Plain and simple. I know I can’t throw this disc. I only know one guy that can and he is literally a PDGA pro, so I hope that helps. It’s a meathook and a half.

  30. abarker
    Review Grand Master, L13

    This disc is just too much for me. I can get more distance with midrange discs. When I attempt to throw the Ape it fades so hard it’s unreal.

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