Best Multifilament?

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  1. FreshStew

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    As the humidity rises and Tonic 16/17g begins to fray, I am thinking about switching back to X-One or trying NRG or NXT Tour. X-One feels great except on volleys.

    Is there anything similar to X-One but with more touch?

    I am a baseliner who doesn't break strings. I would like something that lasts at least 25 hours.

    Suggestions?

    ANY HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED;)
     
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  2. Valjean

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    There are several new multifilaments that have come out since those you mention. Some are replacements for old standbys--Tecnifibre's TGV and XR3 replacing their 515 and TrC, respectively, come to mind--while some are just a next step forward: think Wilson's K-Gut Pro as the next step after NXT Tour. Though, in your case, coming off natural gut and seeking more touch than X-One, I'd say Babolat's new Xcel Power is your teacup.
     
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  3. Serve_Ace

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    Gamma livewire pro 17
     
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  4. wao

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    NRG or 515
     
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  5. FreshStew

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    Thanks Valjean;)

    Does Xcel feel as live as X-One?
     
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  6. FreshStew

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    What is the difference between X-One and NRG?

    Does All About Tennis charge more for stringing?;)
     
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  7. FreshStew

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    Hows the durability?
     
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  8. wao

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    X one to me and I only tried it once felt mushy. Years ago NRG was my favorite string. Now I hybrid.

    All About Tennis prices are standard with other shops in the area as are there string prices. I string my own sticks and have a friend that owns a tennis shop close to where I work.
     
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  9. FreshStew

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    Does NRG have similar power and comfort?
     
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  10. Valjean

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    Careful, though: There is Xcel Premium--reissued in 2008 for better durability--as well. Yes, Xcel *Power*, the one I'd recommend, is more lively than X-One, which can feel rather stiff, even after its break-in period--often described as, well, "lengthy".
     
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    I actually found it more comfortable and equal power. I now use a multi in my cross from Pro Supex called Maximum Touch, very close to NRG 1/2 - 1/3 the price. Are you in the scottsdale area?
     
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    X-One felt stiff and dead after 2 weeks but its the liveliest string I've ever hit with.
     
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  13. Serve_Ace

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    how often do you play a week? I think gamma pro is the closest multi to gut, it hits like a dream
     
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  14. FreshStew

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    Nah westside all the way out in goodyear. All About Tennis is the closest shop.:(
     
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  15. FreshStew

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    Yeah but I play 15hrs/week
     
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  16. Serve_Ace

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    haha the strings should last you, I'd say if you can afford the gut at least give livewire pro a try, it only costs 20 dollars. Btw are you an aggressive player?
    when I used it during the fall season, when I was only playing once a week I broke it in about 2 weeks
     
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  17. FreshStew

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    I try to be:oops:
     
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  18. LubbockAg

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    X-1 is hard to beat.
     
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  19. FreshStew

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    Why is X-One better than NRG?
     
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    I've used several guts, NXT, X-1, Gamma Pro and NRG. All are good, VS team the best but I like NRG and use 18g. Little more pop and feel than others except VS. What racket are you using and what do you string it at?
     
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  21. c_hari_c

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    Have you tried the Yonex Tour Super 850 strings? Its $9 and not a bad multi at all for its price.
     
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  22. FreshStew

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    Big Ups John C ;)

    I use the K95 16x18 strung at 58 or 59.

    Does NRG maintain tension longer than X-One?
     
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  23. FreshStew

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    anyone?????
     
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  24. FreshStew

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    Out of NRG 16g and NRG 17g, which plays the longest?
     
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    I'm probably not going to be a huge amount of help to you as a longtime gut player but I will say that the only two multis I've hit with that I liked (out of about 10 or so) were NRG and X-One. NRG for me played like X-One with a bit more touch and a tad more power. I didn't like NXT at all, the tour was better though. Yonex 850 felt a bit mushy to me but wasn't bad, middling multi.

    I'm going to get a set of XCel Power to try though now per Valjean, from what I have read I would trust his recommendations.
     
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  26. FreshStew

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    Thanks origmarm;)

    Do you play 16 or 17g?

    Would you recommend NRG over the other?
     
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    17g in all cases. I'm not a massive breaker so I get decent time out of pretty much anything. Poly is not a big thing of mine as a result, I tried some cyberflash hybrids a while back and it just felt stiff, good grip on the ball though.

    I like the NRG better personally but it's down to what you like out of the string. I liked the feel better, its a bit softer and has more touch, that and the power transfer off the stringbed was more akin to gut for me. The difference is not massive though to be fair. X-One went dead for me before NRG but again it was marginal. If you like X-One I would say get a set of NRG and just try it, chances are you'll like both but have a marginal preference for one.

    Incidentally you should read the reviews on stringforum.net about these for more colour if you haven't already. Some are rubbish but some are informative.
     
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  28. FreshStew

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    Big ups orgimarm;)

    I'm gonna try NRG. I just don't know whether to go with 16 or 17g.:-?

    Does 16 go dead before 17?
     
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  29. harryz

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    another vote for Pro Supex Maxim Touch

    Great string. Equal to NXT or X-1 and 1/2 the price. Also love Klip Excellerator, as do my friends who use it.
     
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