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Doubles
08-15-2010, 01:42 PM
I have been playing with multiple strings this summer, and this is a thread about my reviews of these strings. I still have more that I will be posting, so when I get around to playing with them, I will post them on here. All of these were playtested in my custom MicroGel Radical and strung at 62 lbs...

Genesis Black Magic 1.23: This was too stiff for my liking. It held tension ok, and provided great spin, but it snapped early, after about 3 hours. For the sake of my elbow, however, this was probably a good thing, because it felt sore for a few days after that. For the price, and for those with a strong arm, it's worth it. But not for me, 5/10...

Genesis SpinX 1.23: I thought that this was comparable to BM, except a little bit softer. I thought that it held tension nicely, and spin production was slightly better. It lasted 5 hours, and my arm felt fine after it snapped. It is very economical, but the durability just isn't there for me. I would say 7/10...

Gosen Polyon SP 1.24: It's on the soft side for a poly. It isn't very expensive, but that's because it has terrible tension maintenence. It didn't last long at all for me, only about 5 hours, but even in that time, I could feel it getting mushy, and losing A LOT of tension. If you break strings quickly, you might like this, but if not, then stay away. I would give it a 4/10...

IsoSpeed Baseline 1.25: I thought it was similar to Polyon SP. It's almost unbeatable for its price, but I think that it underpreforms compared to other polys. Like Polyon, I give it a 4/10...

Kirschbaum Helix 1.25: This string began to notch on me from the first ball I hit, yet it took forever for me to break it! Tension maintenence was no to great, but even after it dropped I still felt as though I got plenty of control from it. It ended up lasting around 7 hours, and I never felt as though the string got mushy, or spin production was hampered in any way. I would give it 7.5/10...

Kirschbaum Pro Line II 1.25: Too soft for my liking. Snapped after about 2 hours of play, which is a new record for me while playing full bed with poly. Ball pocketing was nice, but the fact that there was almost no durability in this string, I have to say I didn't like it. I would give it a 3/10...

Mantis Comfort Poly 1.30: I thought that this string played similar to Pro Hurrican Tour, only a little softer. It has great ball pocketing, and tension loss was minimal. No arm problems, and I could really whack the fuzz off of the ball and have it tag the baseline every single time. This string is deserving of an 8/10...

Mantis Power Poly 1.22: My string of choice at the moment. It is a little on the stiff side, so after the testing I have thrown Comfort Synthetic in the crosses to soften up the string bed. Even in a full bed, I felt as though it was comfortable. Spin production was incredible, and there was plenty of power to go along with it. Tension loss was considerable compared to the other strings, but I didn't mind it, because as I use it in a hybrid, it is less noticable. Durability was phenominal at 10 hours, and I never had any arm problems. I have to give this a 10/10...

Pro Supex Big Ace Micro 1.15: For the time that it lasted, I truly liked this string. It was soft for a poly, had nice ball pocketing, and was easy to string. The only problem: it broke in only 3 hours. If I could get at least another 3 hours from it, I would consider it for the price, however, it just isn't durable enough for my taste, but that's just me. If you like a soft, powerful poly, and you don't want to spend an arm and a leg, then this should be worth it for you to try. Again, I give it 7/10...

Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23: I have to say, it started off nicely, and after an initial drop, I thought that it had incredible control and nice touch for a poly. However, after 10 hours of play, I noticed arm pain, and seeing as how my racket is rather soft, I deduced that it had to be the strings so I cut them out. If you like poly's that have incredible tension maintenence and you have a steel elbow, then this is for you, but not me. I give it a 7/10...

Weiss Canon Match Power 1.25: Wow! This string is incredible. Crisp, soft, great tension maintenence for a poly, and good overall durability would describe this string. I feel that this string has great spin potential, even better than BAM, and has enough power to be able to put the ball away with the confidence that a control oriented string would give you. I think that the driving factor behind me liking this string, however, is its durability. I have had the same set in one of my Radicals for 10 hours, and I should still be able to get at least 1 more out of it. If not for my sponsorship with mantis, I would seriously consider switching to this string. I give it a 9/10...

kevoT
08-15-2010, 02:06 PM
i'm guessing you went with that last one on the list right? I can tell you what string sucks, the babolat synthetic gut. it sucks! broke it in 45 mins.

tennisace23
08-15-2010, 02:37 PM
Interesting...I found spin x to feel much stiffer than black magic, I guess it's all subjective anyway

Doubles
08-15-2010, 03:24 PM
i'm guessing you went with that last one on the list right? I can tell you what string sucks, the babolat synthetic gut. it sucks! broke it in 45 mins.

Nope, I'm playing with Mantis Power Poly, in a hybrid with Mantis Comfort Synthetic. If I went full bed, however, I would play with Weiss Canon Match Power...
Interesting...I found spin x to feel much stiffer than black magic, I guess it's all subjective anyway
I suppose so. Looking at a string like ALU, I find it too stiff at tensions higher that 55, but many people use it, and love it at or near 60 lbs. I suppose more than anything it is how it makes your arm feel...

Fedace
08-15-2010, 03:26 PM
so which one is best ??

Doubles
08-15-2010, 03:31 PM
so which one is best ??

Did you read my post? I say so right in there...

ManuGinobili
08-15-2010, 08:02 PM
Did you read my post? I say so right in there...

Did you read Fedex's other posts?.....

Anyway I saw you mentioned some arm pain... might wanna consider going lower than 62? Many pros don't go that high you know

mtommer
08-15-2010, 08:10 PM
Does anyone know if Weiss Match Power comes in 1.30 or 1.28?

Doubles
08-15-2010, 08:38 PM
Did you read Fedex's other posts?.....

Anyway I saw you mentioned some arm pain... might wanna consider going lower than 62? Many pros don't go that high you know
I simply used that tension because that is what I am used to from most previous strings that I have tried since switching to my Radical. Besides, the Radical is a softer frame, so I didn't think it would be much of an issue...

Does anyone know if Weiss Match Power comes in 1.30 or 1.28?

As far as I know, it only comes in a 1.25 gauge...