Looking for Kevlar that is not textured

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  1. Sander001

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    I'm looking for a smooth Kevlar, preferably 16g. Is there such a thing?
    I'm not ready to buy a reel yet.
     
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    Hello Sander 001,

    Unfortunately, "Kevlar" and "smooth" don't fit together very well, not least because of Kevlar's ultra high stiffness. Having said that, I've long been a fan of Ashaway's Kevlar (which is braided). I use it in a hybrid with Pacific Tough Gut 17g. The end result is actually quite comfortable. If you're looking to buy a single pack, you would get Crossfire, which is hybrid consisting of Kevlar and synthetic gut. Strung at the low end of the tension range (or lower), this set-up is pretty comfortable (for a Kevlar hybrid). Of course, if you have any tendon issues, you might want to beef up the weight of your racquet. Hope this helps.

    If by smooth you were referring to the string's surface, the Kevlar in both Prince Pro Blend and Forten Aramid Gear are smoother than Ashaway's Kevlar. In my experience, both of these options also play stiffer, though your milage may vary.

    Jonathan
     
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    Thanks for the comprehensive and timely response!
    Yes, I was referring to a smooth surface but all the info is helpful [​IMG]
     
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  4. diredesire

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    The forten's coating is thinner, the pro-blend's is pretty thick, but isn't like a nylon wrap, IIRC. It's been a long while since I've strung it.
     
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    Thanks, dd.

    One more question: Is Forten Aramid Gear the same as Forten Aramid Composite? I know one is hybrid pack with synguts and the other is a reel, but besides that and the gauge, are they the same?
     
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    No, the composite doesn't have the gear shape and is combined with other poly strands for more feel.
     
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