Like most NW tops, the Raindrop is easy to spin because of the taper that extends upward from the bearing. The rounded surface is very smooth, which I love. The twisted part of the grip looks especially nice when it spins in circles as the top starts to wobble. This occurs just before it tips over onto its side and begins its stage 2 spin.
For the most part, I don't like the look of most flamed products. I made an exception and purchased the flamed stainless steel version of the Raindrop top because I liked the way the blue color would fit in with the water theme. Be aware that if you buy this version, the grip may look more like unflamed stainless steel (silver color), rather than the gold color shown in the photos on the Overview page here. I'm fine with that and like the way it reveals the true material, but you may want to know that before buying. It looks like the twisted grip was finished after the unit was flamed. The blue color of the flamed part is also much less saturated than in the product photos. As you can see in my photo here, the colors are much more subtle. In person, the colors come out only a small amount more than in this photo. That's my greatest disappointment with this top.
The spin times of this top are comparable to those of the NW Tops Yakima top. I typically get 2.5–3.5 minutes. These times do not include the stage 2 spin, which lasts about 20 seconds.