Mikeler's Multis

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  1. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    I will test those out since I love Technifibre strings so far.


    With the durability problems I'm having lately, I may have to give Isospeed one more shot. How different is it from Isospeed Control?
     
  2. RonSon

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    I never tried the Control, but based on your review of the Control and mine on the Energetic they're probably similar. It seems like in your earlier post you cut it out to go with the RIP. I did the same thing with the Energetic because I was completely satisfied with it and really wanted to try the RIP. If the RIP/Mantis lasts as long or longer than the Energetic would have, I think i'll stick with it. Ihave more control with the RIP/Mantis and I serve better, especially kick serves. My big thing is durability. Im looking for a string that gives me consistency and lasts. It also needs to be elbow friendly. The Energetic and the RIP/Mantis do that and the Energetic is durable. With multi's, durability coupled with lasting string performance is important to me and it seems you pop strings just like me. When I order another set or two of Energetic I may try the Control just to see what happens. For now its the RIP/Mantis in one and PSGD/Mantis in the other. The latter could last forever it wouldn't matter, just not soft enough for a 45 year old elbow.
     
  3. JT_2eighty

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    I've heard Iso Pro classic is better than the non-classic version.

    I'm also curious about their Axon multi... sounds interesting.
     
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  4. mikeler

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    What is it that you like about the Energetic so much besides durability? Softness, spin, control?


    The Axon is supposed to be stiffer right?
     
  5. mikeler

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    Anybody try Dunlop Silk yet? I just ordered a set of Genesis Xplosion. I ordered it from a place in Miami, so I'm hoping it will show up at my door tomorrow so I can string it up Saturday. Not likely with USPS but every now and then they surprise me.
     
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    Powerful. Stiff for a multi. Fairly good spin.
     
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  7. mikeler

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    Hmm, only 1 out of 3 attributes that I'm looking for. I may have to pass on that one.
     
  8. JT_2eighty

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    Kirschbaum: Touch Multifiber $14
    Pacific: PMX Synthetic Multi $14
    Klip: Venom $14, Excellerator $13
    Weisscannon: 6Star $12, SuperCable Pro $10
     
  9. mikeler

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    I'll add Solinco Vanquish plus Golden Set Maximal and Golden Set Velvet. Boy this thread is never going to end!
     
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  12. JT_2eighty

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    Oh yea, and don't forget Volkl:
    Gripper: $14, Power Fibre II: $13...

    and by the time you get through all your multis, who knows how many new ones will be on the market! :twisted:
     
  13. JT_2eighty

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    Sounds like it:
    "ISOSPEED Axon Multi combines elastic Power Ribbons with a monofilament core to unite power and ultimate playing comfort. As the string is pre-stretched it provides solid tension maintenance while still offering a comfortable feel. Our TW testers have found excellent ball pocketing with great access to spin with exceptional feel when using this string."

    Gauge: 16L / 1.25 mm
    Construction: Polyester core with polypropylene filaments
    ^^ looks to be another poly/nylon hybrid like duramix
     
  14. parasailing

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    I tried Dunlop Silk on a Dunlop racquet and didn't like it how stiff the strings felt.
     
  15. parasailing

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    The thread might never end but will slow down as there will be fewer and fewer strings to test since there aren't that many newly released multis like they do with polys. Those poly threads might never end.:)

    I think I am pretty much done testing the high end multis since I can't get a hold of SNGPS. That is the only string that still intrigues me.
     
  16. ManuGinobili

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    Co-sign this... the demo rackets (all 14 of them!!) felt wayyy stiffer than they should.
     
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  18. mikeler

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    You are killing me! Eventually I want to settle into just one but my initial discoveries have been good. It's definitely worth trying out a lot of strings to find the perfect ones for my game.


    I think I'll wait for some more reviews on this one before trying it.


    I have not heard good things about this string from several people now. I'll save my $15. They were selling it at my local tennis shop but now it is gone and I have not seen it for a few months. They still sell the Dunlop Hexy Fiber though.

    It's pretty interesting all these string companies popping up that only sell poly and nothing else. I suspect as all these younger people get older and the tendons get more brittle, polys may lose a little luster.

    Wow!
     
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  21. Jeepers

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    If you are trying them im looking forward to reviews of 6starstring and Volkl gripper, keep up the good work!
     
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    At this point, I might as well try most of them out. I may back off trying the Golden Set. The guy using them basically puts them in his racket because they are cheap.
     
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    Too bad. I thought the "Maximal" and "Velvet" looked interesting and was looking forward to the review.
     
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    Have you considered trying any super soft poly hybrids? :p
    Im in a similar position where my elbow really dislikes poly, but i love them, so although ive been liking the multis ive been using lately, i can hear the polys calling my name lol.
    I was thinking of trying polystar energy and MSV evo hex (and possibly hexablade which i loved) in a hybrid with either maxmin touch or mantis cs. i dont have too much hope for the last two but polystar energy might just be soft enough
     
  25. mikeler

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    Allright, then maybe I'll try them. I get my 9 birthday strings tomorrow so those other ones will have to wait until I try those first. At the rate I'm breaking strings it may not be that long. :-?
     
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    Polystar Energy IS soft enough... trust me ;-) I will test it with MCS some time soon i hope. There are days, i wish i was breaking strings sooner;)
     
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    A kid down at my club loves Polystar Energy. I bounced a few balls off his racket and it did feel very soft. If he told me the string was a multi I would have believed him. He thinks the coating they put on it is what makes it so comfortable.
     
  28. coloskier

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    I get 30 hours on RIP Control 17. It always seems to play the best just before it breaks, kinda like gut.
     
  29. maggmaster

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    I have sort of touchy elbows but just bought a reel of polystar energy based on reviews. Hit every day this week for 2 hours, no pain yet. I have a tournament this weekend with the possibility of 4 matches so I will let you know.
     
  30. mikeler

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    You break other multis fairly quick like I do right?


    Cool, let us know. I miss poly...
     
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  35. RonSon

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    If i break the Mantis crosses, i may consider the Energetic in the crosses with the RIP mains. That's a durability/softness combination.
     
  36. mikeler

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    Rats, my Genesis string won't come until tomorrow.
     
  37. JT_2eighty

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    That sounds like a great setup. I am hooked on the 'polyolefin' string as cross string, although I have yet to use Isospeed's polyolefins, I do and have used Head's various polyolefin strings to much success. I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on the Rip C/Energetic hybrid.
     
  38. maggmaster

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    1st match tonite on the polystar(lost) consolation bracket tomorrow. String was great, no pain, lots of spin.
     
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    Polyolefin on the cross is pretty nice.


    It can't have been that good, you lost! Just kidding. Good luck in your next match and keep us posted. Tension loss on that string is supposed to be huge.
     
  40. maggmaster

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    Due to no fault of the string. I rarely get to play against left handed players and I have never played against a left handed 4.0, it was difficult to adjust. I strung up 3 rackets so I suppose I will switch to a fresh one today and rotate them to see if I can avoid the tension loss.
     
  41. Jeepers

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    I just had one of my rackets strung up with Energy, it looks nice! lol, although i do really like blue strings in the APDGT's though for some reason. i should play tomorrow so ill report back then
     
  42. RonSon

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    Here's the update. The RIP mains broke this morning after about an hour of steady practice hitting. That would put these at about the 7-9 hour mark. The racket was originally strung by me with a full bed of rip and I cut out the crosses and put the mantis. I really like this setup but I am amazed I broke this string so quick. I am now considering Energetic mains/mantis crosses. The problem with this is I really like the RIP/Mantis combo. I played some real good tennis the two or three times I used it. Or I could stick with it and finally buy a stringer. BTW, the RIP broke where the others always do.
     
  43. mikeler

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    ^^^ Guess I was wrong about the Mantis breaking first.
     
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    Just strung up the Genesis Xplosion 16. It had the gluey smell. No ghosting from the clamps. It was a very stretchy string along the lines of Maxim Touch. Pretty easy string to work with. It had some coil memory but the initial birds nest I made was easy to untangle. Gave it the old bounce test and it felt very muted and tight. Hopefully it has enough pop for me.

    I plan on trying to break the last racket with the Mantis in it and then try the Genesis after that.
     
  45. mikeler

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    Long story short, I did not get my big string present tonight. Most likely that will happen next weekend. So in the meantime, I need one more string to fill the gap. At the local tennis store today, they had Gamma TNT2, Asterik and Professional. The Professional is $20 so that is out. They also had the Dunlop Silk back in stock. The Silk has an open package and it felt soft, weird that it plays so stiff. I guess one more option would be Wilson Sensation but I've never heard much of anything about this string.

    I felt some of the strings on their reels today. X-1 Biphase has an alternating smooth rough texture every centimeter or so. Looks interesting. NRG was more smooth. Babolat Addiction had a mild roughness to it as did the Prince Premiere LT. Can't wait to try all these strings out! The folks at the local tennis shop now know me as the string junkie.
     
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  46. maggmaster

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    Played 2 consolation matches today on the Energy jobs. Still no pain, I think I found a new string.
     
  47. RonSon

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    A buddy of mine uses the sensation and he loves it. He watched me break strings and says i really need to try it.
     
  48. -Bobo-

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    I thought sensation was okay when i demoed it, too much power and not so great in the spin department, though it was my first time using it and i had just changed frames so it's not fair to make an assessment off of that one use. Mantis was better for me in everything with the exception of spin.

    Out of the multis i've tried the order would be something like:

    - Mantis CS (great but could use more spin)
    - Prince premier lt (really liked this but i found it really stiff despite using a very soft frame, very good performance though)
    - Mantis PS (nice but a bit too much pop, didn't try other tension as i only bought the one set)
    - Sensation (not bad, moves alot and kind of erratic response)

    I also tried NXT but don't recall how it played at all.
     
  49. Ennismt

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    Sensation is a powerful string that has low durability.
     
  50. mikeler

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    Thanks everyone for your thoughts on Sensation. I warmed up today with the Genesis Xplosion. I was getting terrific depth on my shots. It was good at net but not great. Once I started serving with it, I realized my shoulder was just locked up. It was chilly this morning so I decided to delay the test and pick up the Mantis Comfort. I never could get comfortable on serve, so I just stuck with the Mantis for both sets.
     

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