The Hydra AL Sport begleri from Aroundsquare are precision machined from aluminium and feature the same bead size and reconfigurable multi-bead design as their titanium brothers, but with a substantially lighter bead weight. This set includes six natural aluminium beads, clear anodised to provide a slightly hardened surface.
Aroundsquare's Hydra Begleri are a fun yet highly adept modern adaptation of the traditional Greek multi-bead Begleri. All of the Hydra sets have multiple interchangeable beads, allowing for interesting colour combinations, and some customisation of weight.
This aluminium version is extremely nimble. The small profile makes this configuration suitable for all tricks, including gap transfers. However, the limited mass at each end means relatively little momentum and tactile feedback. The six-bead configuration plays much slower, and feels substantial in the hand.
Because aluminium is a much softer metal than titanium, the surface of these will get dinged and scratched, and over time, the anodised surface will wear away, and the raw aluminium will show through. This ageing process gives them a great texture which helps with grip and bead control.