Discmania of Fort Collins makes some of the most coveted records in the world
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Born in Finland in 2006, Discmania has only been in its current home in Wellington, near Fort Collins, for four years, but already Coloradans has had a huge impact on one of the biggest brands in sports. COO Austin Montgomery, a former Longmont pro, advocated for Discmania to move here from its former US headquarters in California. Meanwhile, longtime Discmania-sponsored athletes and Colorado natives Eagle McMahon and Colten Montgomery (Austin’s younger brother) helped popularize records such as Discmania’s best-selling FD. “It stands for fairway driver, but we joke that FD also stands for ‘favorite drive,'” Austin explains. “You will see Eagle McMahon rely on [certain discs] to make him money in tournaments, and people want to throw what Eagle throws. But it’s a Morrison man named Manny Trujillo who’s largely responsible for turning some Discmania plastic slabs into collectible works of art – the ones that often resell for hundreds of dollars on eBay and Facebook Marketplace and are sometimes auctioned off for thousands of dollars at fundraisers. Since 2018, Trujillo (a video game animator who has his own line of disc golf-inspired gear called Soul Crusher) has worked with Discmania players to design the logos, called stamps, for their signature series discs in limited edition. We broke down one of the Coltens, the Discmania Montgomery Swirly S-Line PD Lone Howl, to understand what makes it so special.
Trujillo starts by talking to the pros about their interests and aesthetics. “We’re trying to do something with a personal connection to them,” Trujillo says. For Colten, inspiration came from a favorite animal, the wolf, and Celtic knots. Trujillo used these references to create over 20 sketches, using his favorite Bic pens, and finalized the Lone Howl stamp with Colten and Discmania. (Follow @art_of_empty on Instagram to find out when Trujillo is selling his sketches paired with their records; some of the combos have made him north of $800.)
Discmania does not disclose print sizes on its signature discs, but these are generally one-time offers. So you’ll want to stock up, especially if you like the way the disc flies and not just how it looks: bumps and dings eventually change a disc’s performance, assuming you don’t lose it to damage. a piece of water before that. The Lone Howl retailed for $20 when it was released in 2019, but if you want one now, you’ll probably have to spend $100 or more on the resale market.
Thanks to the popularity of this disc, 2020’s Lone Howl 2, and Colten’s signature putter, 2021’s Arctic Fang, Discmania will be making the Lone Howl 3 later this year. Additionally, says Austin, “we are currently launching a series of Creator discs, where the player has direct input into the creation of the mold themselves.” The Eagle McMahon Creator Series Glow D-Line Rainmaker (Flex 3), a putter, was released in July.
The PD, or Power Pilot, model comes in a variety of colors and weights, with simple branding on the top, as part of Discmania’s regular lineup. “It’s one of Colten’s favorite records,” says Austin. “He is known as the PD guy, so [the PD] was an easy choice for him. In addition to the fancy timbre, what sets the Lone Howl apart from other PDs is its Swirly S-Line plastic. The grippy mix is more flexible and results in a flatter top than standard PDs made with Discmania’s C-Line plastic.
Signature records are “a big part of players’ touring revenue,” says Austin. Colten received $2 for every Lone Howl sold, making it a fun way for fans to support him financially.