Discussion in 'Strings' started by tennisplayer132, Oct 26, 2009.
What string can best replace Babolat VS gut in terms of feel and mostly tension maintenance
The next best thing would be Tecnifibre X-One BiPhase 17g or 18g if you don't break strings that often.
I was assuming you wanted a non gut. I think the Gaucho Gut stuff is really tempting as a way to save money. The really long thread on that stuff has a lot of favorable reviews. Its cheaper than X-One too!
I really like Babolat X-cel and Gamma Professional as none gut, gut-like strings
Gaucho or Global Nat Gut?
Agree. Nothing is like Natural Gut period.
In Europe it costs almost the same with X-One...
What exacty are you trying to get out of this new string you are looking for? I think that would help us answer you question better.
Are you trying to find something more durable, more powerful, more spin potential? What are ya needing that VS NG is not giving you?
Okay, sorry for not being clear guys. First off, i'm looking for a Multi or Syn Gut string that play similar or the closest to Babolat VS gut (I know that nothing can truly replace it). Im looking for a string like that because Babolat VS gut or Tonic is too much cash and I don't have that much money. Im looking for a Multi or Syn Gut that has the tension stability and elastic ability of natural gut.
For what you are looking for (cheaper alternative to VS...) I think this is your best option.
The only things that plays anywhere close to expensive Natural Gut, is inexpensive Natural Gut.
It is still better than any Multi I have tried.
As stated nothing come close to natty gut.
But alternatives, if you can't afford it or want a coouple of frames, which you can use in rainy wet weather - just after a rain delay:
1. Laserfibre Supernatural Gut Prostock - best and closest string I've ever seen to natural gut. Some even prefer it to natural gut. Don't know what Laserfibre did, but they made it with this string. Unfortunately Laserfibre is a company with very very poor customers service and no one seems interested in dealing with them anymore. Buying from their own website also seems to be impossible.
2. Tecnifibre X-One BiPhase Natural color 1.24 gauge - very good multi, but not on par with the Laserfibre string. But one of the best alternatives out there in this pretty thin gauge for a multi.
3. Babolat Xcel Power - crisp string, that offers good comfort, power and decent playability. Still not good enough tension stability, but it breaks circa at the time the string goes dead anyway for me.
4. Gamma Professional Spin - very good multi
5. Probably forgot some, but NOT the Wilson Kgut Pro. Played like a stiff Copoly for me. Not gut like at all for me. Weis cannon makes a very good multi, think it's called Explosiv. My friend tested it and liked it, but haven't tested it myself.
nothing, seriously. you'll never get the same feel from any other string, especially if you're looking for Babolat VS performance....
If you seriously can't pay for gut anymore, or have to change, try Technifibre nrg2, Babolat addiction, or technifibre x-1 biphase. They're probably 60% as good as babolat VS, being generous.
my stringer at the local shop says nxt.. does anyone agree?
I went with Pure Isospeed Pro Classic.
There is also Ashaway Dynamite, and several other strings that are at least closer to gut in stiffness and tension maintence.
X1, NXT, Xcel, etc.... are NOT anything like Natural Gut.
Obviously nothing is like Natural Gut but those are pretty much far from it.
Gosen-OG Micro Sheep comes the closes to nat/gut. Tried it in a full bed on my P/D-Gt felt great. I have been experimenting like most to keep the cost down, as all know gut is pricey. Gaucho Gut is an excellent string for the price. I have read mant reviews on Gosen micro sheep & it receives high marks. When I first startd out it was Lux Alu power/VS gut(pricey), Revenge/VS gut(pricey)....Gaucho Gut/Lux & other racquet Gaucho Gut/Revenge less expensive. So will try Lux or Revenge w/Gosen crosses next. Everyone has there personal favorite, these have worked for me.
Try Pro Supex Maxim Touch 16 a bit softer than nrg2 and lots of pop....
a reel runs $90 and is a great cross... as well....
I've mostly played with X1 Biphase and NRG2 over the last few years, sometimes mixing with copolys as I don't like a bed of full poly. Used to play only with natural gut, BDE and VS mostly. Between NRG and Biphase I think NRG feels much more like nat gut. Biphase is a great multi string and I've been using it exclusively lately, but I don't think it acts much like nat gut, even after its 'broken in'. Biphase just feels stiffer, less forgiving and less responsive than any nat gut I've ever tried. Biphase also doesn't wear down and start fraying like gut does. NRG, once its broken in, feels much closer to nat gut to me, and also frays like it, in a blind test I think it would be hard to tell the difference.
Nothing. There is nothing like natural gut, and nothing like VS. That said, the closest was Laserfibre Natural Gut Prostock. Unfortunately they seem to be out of business. Hopefully someone will pick up the string line.
You really should try a gut main with synthetic gut cross hybrid. VS main with Forten Sweet gives the same great VS gut feel with only a bit less power. To save more money I like a Pacific Classic main with the Forten Sweet cross. The Pacific Classic is a firm playing gut so go down 3 or 4 pounds in tension from what you normally string the VS to get a similar feel. I still can't find any all synthetic that beats the playability of the gut hybrid.
I've heard around that the X-One Biphase has variable tension stability, and I'm very concerned about that.
Do you know if this is a much better string than Prince Synth Gut w/ Duraflex? Or, heck, a huge jump in level compared to it?
i really really...i mean really like wilson kgut as a replacement for natural gut. Although it is kinda expensive (22.50) for a multifilament
Wilson Natural Gut. LOL
I use gut most of the year. But when it is wet like it is now, I use nrg2. Personally, I think gut is a little overrated. I can't say for a fact that it plays any better. For me, its about the durabiliy. I can break nrg2 in a few sets. Gut just lasts longer.
Currenly using Pacific Gut/FluoroHybrid for matches, Fluoro/NRG2 for practice.
X-1 is the new generation of Multi that has good comfort and feel but the improvement is trying to more control than the previous generation (ie. NRG2). I found Gaucho Natural Gut causes trampoline effect and X-1 solved the issue for me.
K-Gut Pro is also more control focused than K-Gut
How is x-1 with the tension stability? Compared to other synth guts and natural guts?
I tried some of the multifilaments (X-1, NRG2, NXT, K-Gut) and found them to be less durable than natural gut. So I'm back to natural gut.
Ive found a multifilament that is so cheap and has great gut-like qualities (cordatec maxi-gut) and Ive just had it strung in the crosses of one of my rackets with gut mains. As the mains do most of the work paying for 1 gut now does 2 rackets. Ive also strung another racket with Davydenko's Polystar Energy and gut mains and another with Pro Supex blue gear and gut mains, both great value polys.
Im looking forward to going out and see if they can match my full gut set up.
So far I do prefer Pacific gut/Alu rough but it just doesnt last, Im hoping one of the polys or the multi will do the trick, they are so cheap it makes the gut feel like half price.
Tecnifibre X1 = $14.95
Pacific Classic = $26.95
Prince Synthetic Gut Original = $3.79
Total for two sets = $30.79
divided by two in a hybrid = $15.37
$15.37 - $14.75 = $0.62
For the price of a good multi, you can hybrid with natural gut.
Sorry to bump an old thread, but where can you find Cordatec strings?
Hybrid w/ Gosen OG micro from a reel and it's even cheaper.
More natural gut. Nothing plays like or feels like natural gut. End of discussion!!
Closest for me is NRG 18 if you're not a string breaker or hit with lots of topspin.
Titan Natural Gut 16 String (17.99)is less than Babolat XCel Power 16 (19.99).
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