Forten Aramid Gear is an amazing string!!!

Discussion in 'Strings' started by BagelMe, May 11, 2010.

  1. BagelMe

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    If you're looking for a string with good control, durability, feel, and bite then this string is for you. My friend strung it up on my BLX tour 90 and it's just amazing!!

    Just wanted to put this out there. :p
     
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  2. Standupnfall

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    Full Bed? What tension and play style do you have?
    How is your arm feeling? Did you like the Black Code at 58 you were using before?
     
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  3. BagelMe

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    Aramid Gear is a really cheap hybrid set. (so it's not a full bed)

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Forten_Aramid_Gear_String/descpageACFORTEN-GEAR.html

    Not the best looking string, but it plays amazing.

    I had it at 60 lbs for both the mains and crosses.
    My arm is feeling fine (had a rubber band tied on the strings).

    I am an aggressive base liner, however I do like serving and volleying a lot. I use a semi-western grip for my forehand and extreme eastern for my one handed backhand.

    I thought Black code on my BLX played a bit too stiff. Perhaps if the tension was less it would have been better.I mean the spin was good and power was so-so, but the feel was not there.

    Forten Aramid really helped my one handed backhand for some reason. Anyway I'm going to try it on my YT Prestige mid and see what happens :)
     
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  4. Standupnfall

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    I believe the Aramid Gear as you wrote in your original post refers to the main string. The Hybrid you are talking about is a set with Aramid Gear mains (aramid/Kevlar) and Sweet Crosses (nylon/Syngut).

    Rubber band only slightly affects the strings resonance and vibration but kevler is a string with incredible stifness and lack of resiliency which is why I asked about arm pain. A dampener does not change the stiffness of the string.

    I'm not trying to argue just posting my opinion :)
    Looks like a cool hybrid though.
     
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  5. Doubles

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    Ouch! This hybrid sounds durable, but painful...
     
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  6. mutantducky

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    I think you could lower the tension to 50 or even lower and it will be just fine. give it a try, will have a softer feeling. It might feel fine now but probably not a good thing to be playing that high of tension especially when you could lower it and have it play similar.
     
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  7. JT_2eighty

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    Welcome to the kevlar-lover's club!

    Although kevlar is the most inelastic string material out there, for anyone whose actually handled it prior to stringing knows it is actually soft and pliable to the touch, much more like a multifilament than a monofilament poly. It is almost rope-like in it's construction, and I believe this allows it to absorb some shock and vibrations that monofilament polyesters do not.

    The great thing about kevlar as mutantducky said, is that you can go quite low with kevlar and not sacrifice any control at all. I've gone from 45lbs to 40lbs on mine, and will be using 35lbs the next time. Even this low, there is little trampoline effect, and is still very low powered and actually a smooth, dare I say, comfortable hit. Even when I tried poly strings at 43lbs, 39lbs, and 28lbs, there was a stiffness and lack of feel not to be seen with the kevlar/gut that I enjoy.

    There are a handful of TW posters here that can back me up when I say kevlar can often times be more comfortable than polyester strings, and it also offers *more feel* than many poly setups as well. I find it responds to varied swingspeeds much better than polyester strings. This may not be as true if you are comparing fresh poly to fresh kevlar, but since kevlar is already "dead" to begin with, it's playability doesn't drop off after use anywhere near the amount that polyester strings do. There are even some synthetic guts I've used that played stiff and pain-inducing, while low tension kevlar/gut never has had that effect for me.

    Of course, if you do have TE or arm issues, it would be wise to not use EITHER, as it's not going to absorb shock like full gut or some of the comfort multis out there... but for those who want the lowest-power string out there with amazing spin potential, there is NOTHING that bites the ball quite like kevlar. Cross it with some cheap natural gut and be ready for an even better feel and playability.
     
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  8. KickservKyle

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    Can anyone compare forten to ashaways aramid?
     
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  9. NLBwell

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    I played with kevlar (pro blend, gear, thin blend, etc.) for years. Strung around 60 in my old Pro Staff and never had any arm problems. As far as different brands, I never noticed any difference. The only difference is that it seemed a bit more responsive the thinner the string. It even tended to hit best when it was almost sawed through. Didn't notice anything way different about the Gear vs. others except my stringer cursed me, shaking his bloody fingers at me, so I didn't use it anymore.
     
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  10. BagelMe

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    To be honest, I did not know this string was even Kevlar. :p....I've only been using guts, polys and multis in my rackets prior to this.

    I have to agree with JT 2eighty that this string feels better than some polys I have used.
     
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  11. rst

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    what is going on when aramid is strung at 50 lbs or 60lbs to make it fell the same?/ is their some type of tension curve that is much differetn with aramid than other types of strings?
     
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    ie, if aramaid is strung at 60lbs it may move backwards at inmpact .1 inch but at 50 lbs .12 inch where has nylon may move more across teh same tension range??
     
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