It is similar in design and functionality to the Koosh Vortex Spinfire Ring, not only because of its range and accuracy, but also because of how they are strongly affected by windy conditions. But, XLR discs fly like miniature frisbees when fired, thanks to the torsion spring system used in the Vortex series blasters that launch them. Except, of course, the Ripshot and Ricochet of the Zombie Strike series, with both blasters having used compression springs. It is much stronger and more well built than the previous foam disks. They can also be fired in trick shots that are not normally possible with darts.
There are several different color schemes of XLR discs, the standard green, the white and orange ones that come with the Pyragon, glow-in-the-dark discs that come with the Lumitron and in Firefly Tech kits, and deco discs that come with the new release blasters. Also released were special edition discs with camo-style colorways.
As of late 2015, XLR discs and the blasters that use them are officially discontinued due to declining sales of XLR disc-compatible blasters.
On May 2nd 2018, the Vortex VTX line was announced, which will mark the return of the XLR Disc.
- XLR is an abbreviation for "Xtra Long Range", referring to the longer ranges achieved by the discs compared to darts when fired.
- A common modification for XLR discs is to tape a BB pellet or a hard piece of plastic on the underside, so that when they are fired, they would travel faster.