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SteveI
04-02-2011, 06:59 AM
Any feedback on this string? Is it a great deal @ $26.00?

Steve

scotus
04-02-2011, 09:24 AM
If you like Klip Legend, go for it.

azn_lefty_roddick_jr
05-18-2011, 01:36 PM
Has anybody ever played with this? I am curious, because I have only played VS 16 in a hybrid before, and would probably use this string as a test venture into natural gut. Is it comparable to other guts, or should I be better off using another gut string as a benchmark?

wrxtotoro
05-18-2011, 01:58 PM
Pretty good gut. Plays firmer than VS. $26 is a good deal as you can't even get Pacific Classic at this price.

scotus
05-18-2011, 02:00 PM
Has anybody ever played with this? I am curious, because I have only played VS 16 in a hybrid before, and would probably use this string as a test venture into natural gut. Is it comparable to other guts, or should I be better off using another gut string as a benchmark?

VS 16 is the gold standard for natural gut, the best you can get (unless you like the thinner VS 17.

The Volkl is a yellow/orange colored Klip Legend. It feels and plays differently.

Personally, I don't like it. But as strings are a matter of personal preferences, you might want to try it.

As for me, I would not buy it even at $20. At $15, I would have to think about it.

scotus
05-18-2011, 02:01 PM
Pretty good gut. Plays firmer than VS. $26 is a good deal as you can't even get Pacific Classic at this price.

What? Did they raise price on Pacific Classic?

scotus
05-18-2011, 02:03 PM
BTW, I like Pacific Classic a lot better than Klip Legend and Volkl V-Icon.

azn_lefty_roddick_jr
05-18-2011, 02:59 PM
VS 16 is the gold standard for natural gut, the best you can get (unless you like the thinner VS 17.

The Volkl is a yellow/orange colored Klip Legend. It feels and plays differently.

Personally, I don't like it. But as strings are a matter of personal preferences, you might want to try it.

As for me, I would not buy it even at $20. At $15, I would have to think about it.

Thanks for the suggestions; I know VS is still the best out there as far as natural gut gets, and there's no messing with that! Now, when you mention VS in that light, are you referring to the new black one, with the BT7 technology, or the older ones?

Steve Huff
05-18-2011, 03:24 PM
I bought a few sets from TW, but haven't strung it up yet.

wrxtotoro
05-18-2011, 03:27 PM
What? Did they raise price on Pacific Classic?

Pacific Classic is 26.95, while a certain site is selling V-Icon at 26.00. But I think you need to pay shipping for that distrbutor. So if you order in bulk like 20 sets, you will end up paying less for V-Icon.

V-icon plays a lot firmer than VS. If you like VS at 60, I'd say string V-Icon at 58 or 56 to get similar feeling. It plays softer than Klip legend, and harsher than Pacific. Donno about the new Legend tour.

The coating is very consistent and uniform. It also ghost less than VS and Pacific/Klip, maybe due to the yellow color. I have strung like 9 half sets of V-icon already and so far so good in terms of stringing. I used to break 17 g Pacific and Klip Legend within 10 hours but the V-Icon at the same gauge seems to last longer than that. It's fraying and lose some color here and there but the string in general still looks ok.

scotus
05-18-2011, 03:51 PM
Thanks for the suggestions; I know VS is still the best out there as far as natural gut gets, and there's no messing with that! Now, when you mention VS in that light, are you referring to the new black one, with the BT7 technology, or the older ones?

The new formulation is too new to be the standard. Not enough people have tried it.

Having said this, I have not heard anything positive about the new bt7 here, only negative feedback.

Some posters here are stocking up on the old VS, fearing that it will be discontinued.

scotus
05-19-2011, 12:38 AM
V-icon plays a lot firmer than VS. If you like VS at 60, I'd say string V-Icon at 58 or 56 to get similar feeling. It plays softer than Klip legend, and harsher than Pacific. Donno about the new Legend tour.


You are right that it feels a lot firmer than VS. I tried it at several pounds lower than VS. It still does not feel like real natural gut.

This is just Klip Legend with a colored coating. The color additive may make it feel a bit different, but overall it feels and plays like Legend to me.

The only Legend that I can stand to play with is the 18-gauge one.