Dunlop Ice: First Impressions

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  1. Fuji

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    Ad side is my weak side on serving. My percentages are definitely lower. With deuce you can just slice it in out wide and it normally works fine! :razz:

    I was the same way a few weeks ago. Had a gnarly cold and didn't play for 10 days. Just bad all around haha!

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  2. Power Player

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    Ice just plays exactly how i want a poly string to play. And it lasts long enough in a hybrid as well. The spin is nasty, the feel is crisp, and the control is insane.

    I am going to hybrid some up in my mfil 200 and see how that plays as well.
     
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  3. swfh

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    What gauge?
     
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  4. Power Player

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    I use 17 as my pattern is 18x20
     
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    i strung up my Vantage VT321 with 17g of this. I played with my friend yesterday who I have been playing weekly for the last 6 months. He said my kick serve had more kick than usual.. I previously had Pro's Pro Cyber Power 17g/OGSM 16 in it. We did play on a different court than usual but both are both hard courts with the same wear...

    Anyhow. I like the string. I was really getting some good control with it. We played a set of doubles of our set of singles with a couple of young hard hitting bucks. I'm 40 while my friend is in his 50's..I'll play with it more and provide feedback..
     
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  6. db10s

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    I use 17 even though it breaks faster, because it is cheap.
     
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  7. pauliewa

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    Gonna give it a go, full bed at 50 to start.
     
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  8. Blitzball

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    Let us know what you think!
     
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  9. topspinlob

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    i played again yesterday ( in the cold and wind)... the mains were already moving after only 2 hours of playing.. didn't think it would do that.. I can't provide some more feedback on yesterdays play because of the horrible time we had with the wind...
     
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  10. db10s

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    It has a tendency to do that, but I don't find it to affect playability.
     
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  11. maxpotapov

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    What, it does not snap back after few hours?
     
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  12. db10s

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    Yeah, but it does that pretty early on. But no tension loss.
     
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  13. maxpotapov

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    I thought the whole point of poly (mains) is fast and forceful snap back.
     
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  14. Power Player

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    Weird thing is it rarely moves on me with ogsm crosses.
     
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  15. SteveI

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    Anyone want to part with a set (or 1/2 set) of the 17G? Drop me a message by clicking on on username and sending a message. Happy to PayPal..

    Thanks..
     
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  16. canny

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    Any of you guys use this as a cross with natural gut? Im interested in how it performs.
     
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  17. SteveI

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    Look up a few of these posts...Power Player is!!!
     
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  18. Power Player

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    Nah I use syn gut crosses. OGSM. Tension at 50/53. Plays incredible.
     
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  19. SteveI

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    I thought you were using Natty Gut mains and 4G crosses and then dropped the 4G for the Ice in the crosses?
     
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  20. drak

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    man, you change your favorite strings seemingly weekly, and that may be conservative
     
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  21. Power Player

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    Nope, I have never used that setup. I was using 4G/OGSM. Same tension.

    I have been using this setup for a month now and have reels of both Ice and OGSM. I have not changed my favorite strings weekly.

    My favorite strings are usually pricey so I look for a cheaper alternative. That is why I went from 4G to Ice. Ice plays very similar, so it was a no brainer.
     
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  22. drak

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    okay, how is the longevity (stays playable) of Ice vs 4G? and how would you compare spin and power level?
     
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  23. Power Player

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    4g moves faster, but lasts a little longer. Ice is a weekly change out string, but that is standard anyway with poly.

    spin is higher with ice. power is a little higher as well. They are both very control oriented.
     
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  24. rev200g

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    Anyone with comparisons with BHBR? Thanks!
     
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  25. wmilas

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    I've tried both Topspin cyberflash and 4g. I prefer the cyberflash. The 4g just seems too muted for me. Does Ice play more like 4g or cyberflash?
     
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  26. Muppet

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    I have seen the error of my ways.

    I strung Ice/Hexy Fiber @48/53 (dropweight) on my MuscleWeave 95, and I foung the Ice to be a much more demanding string than Cyber Flash. But the Ice combo felt really nice when I hit my forhand with proper hip rotation. There's some hope here. Unfortunately, my hitting wrist is getting strained from this, mousing on my computer, and shoveling snow.

    I got a new racquet from TW this past week. It's the Biomimetic 200 and it's lighter and really cushy. I have Cyber Flash/Hexy Fiber on this one @50/55. I think it will help me get back to playing faster.
     
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  27. Power Player

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    More like 4G, but the spin is as good as cyberflash.
     
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  28. drak

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    this has become my favorite poly as a cross with nat gut mains, as good or better for me than 4g crosses and way cheaper, does exactly what I want - tames the gut the right amount and gives me more control yet still maintains the gut mains feel

    Drak
     
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  29. Power Player

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    Drak, you still using this? I'm going to throw some in the Steam 99s.
     
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  30. osutennis24

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    I noticed on the package of Ice that they recommend you to string it 10% lower than you normally would...Has anyone who tried this string listened to that advice?

    I normally have my polys set between 53-55 (haven't decided where I like it best)..going into the 40s seems like it would be way too low for me
     
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  31. SteveI

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    The Ice is pretty firm to be sure. I guess it would depend on what poly you are using as your regular. The Ice is a very nice 1st gen poly. Plays very much like Gosen Polylon. It is not one of those 2nd or 3rd gen polys that are very soft and playable. I have used it in the 17G and I would string it lower than the newer polys and less than syn gut.
     
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  32. osutennis24

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    I've used a bunch of different polys...right now i'm using Babalot Hurricane Feel, used dunlop explosive, Kirschbaum Pro Line II and Pacific Polyforce

    Do you think blending it with Hexy Fiber be ok?
     
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  33. mikeler

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    I've found the opposite to be true. Dunlop Ice seems very soft to me for a poly. It even moves around immediately like a multi and gets stuck in place.
     
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  34. osutennis24

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    lol..

    so do you guys think if I have normally strung my poly's around 53 I should be ok? Or should I go down to like 48 or 49 like their package says
     
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    That 10% lower normally refers to comparing it with a nylon string. Go with 53 to start.
     
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  36. LeeD

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    I have Ice17 in a DunlopBio300T strung at 51 lbs.
    Nice an solid for flat hitting, not the most resilent for heavy topspin, the ball SEEMS to slide a bit on heavy spin shots, and it's soft on the arm.
    My favored string so far is SolincoTourBite16 at 47 lbs, softer and more bite than Ice.
    I also have a Bio300T with Silk16 at 58 lbs. It's smooth, decent in most departments, but seemed to have gotten very soft after I got the racket, around 5 days old for the string job. It seems to lose tension quickly.
     
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  37. osutennis24

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    thank you!!

    I saw your review for hexy fiber and that you liked it, do you think it would be a good cross with Ice?
     
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  38. mikeler

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    My favorite multi cross is Genesis Thunder Blast white.
     
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  39. osutennis24

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    well, I have free packs of dunlop string becasue the club I work for sponsors dunlop, I can use pearl, hexy or dna...that's why I was curious if it would go well with Ice

    I'll prob string it up tomorrow and see...I'm playing in a tournament this weekend and it's the only string I have available, so that's why I'm askin on here instead of play testing. don't have the time lol (today and Friday are the only days I can play)
     
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  40. mikeler

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    Go with DNA. It is my favorite multi full bed but the durability is not great. Still not bad as a cross but not my favorite. Hexy is fine as a cross too. You can't go wrong with either.
     
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  41. Muppet

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    If you decide to use Pearl, it's fairly stiff for a multi, and be careful not to snap it on the tie-offs.
     
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  42. SteveI

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    Here is a Review from Tennis.com:

    Polyester strings are hardly one-dimensional, but the one characteristic that probably established its reputation is durability. The suckers can take a licking. Baseline grinders who tired of constantly shredding multifilament strings and enriching their stringers were drawn to poly’s resiliency.

    Being tough, however, meant that the string could be a little unforgiving. So as polyesters became more popular, more offerings became available; most notably softer, more arm-friendly varieties. The price of forgiveness being that the strings weren’t quite as durable.

    Dunlop’s ICE string falls in the firmer, hard-to-break spectrum of the polyester category. I have yet to put the string through its paces, but the crystal clear monofilament is designed specifically for big hitters who need their strings to withstand severe punishment. Translation: Considerable swing speed required. It’s also probably not for players who have found stiffer polys to cause elbow or shoulder discomfort.
    But for power players who need a firm, long-lasting string, it could be worth a test-drive.
     
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  43. LeeD

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    Excellent above!
    Hitting weak with Ice is like a pusher using LuxBBanger, it don't work!
    Hitting hard with Ice or BBanger works just fine.
    When I first got my Bio300T strung with Ice17 at 51 lbs from TW here, I hardly played with it, mostly using it against 3.5 softie hitters. Later on, about 4 months, I started using it against some real 4.5's, and it works great. But against pusher 3.5's, it's stiff, non feeling, not very powerful, kinda slippery on the ball. All that goes away once the incoming ball starts coming in with aggression.
     
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  44. osutennis24

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    thanks man
     
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  45. osutennis24

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    yea, I got a pretty big forehand, and play against strong 4.0-weak 4.5's, so I could see this as a decent try, hey, it's a free pack, might as well. Plan on trying Juice in the future as well
     
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