Mikeler's Multis

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  1. rios76

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    Mikeler, among the many multi that you have tried, which is for you the most similar to Supercable pro?
     
  2. mikeler

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    In my review, I compared it to Tecnifibre Duramix.
     
  3. hoodjem

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    Thanks!

    Just what I've been looking for.
     
  4. pepka

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    Any chance You'll give Focus Hex, Focus Hex Soft a try?
     
  5. mikeler

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    I'm not playing with multis currently but you never know.
     
  6. pepka

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    Those are polys... damn i posted in the wrong thread ;)
     
  7. Lancer

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    Mikeler/Ramon, given that you both hold Dunlop DNA in relatively high regard, what strings would you say compare favorably with DNA in terms of the combination of feel, comfort, spin, power? TW does not have inventory of DNA 16 currently, so I'm looking at possible alternatives.
     
  8. mikeler

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    The Discho Acura Control looks the same and is pretty good.
     
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    Still only available in 17 gauge?
     
  10. Ramon

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    For me, DNA is very unique. The feel is wiry (almost metallic) and the spin is unusual for a multi. Even though it's a different type of string altogether, I'd compare it to Monogut ZX. I never tried Acura Control so I can't comment on that. Since I don't get enough durability out of the 16 gauge DNA, I won't even consider 17.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a try. My only fear is that the 17g won't last long for me, but at that price point I wouldn't mind, if I end up liking it.


    I agree- durability aside, DNA has a nice blend of characteristics that I haven't found in most other multis. I've been intrigued by Monogut ZX, but it seems to be quite polarizing- testers either feel very strongly for or against it. It's certainly been on my list to try, and my thought is that I would need to string it higher considering its power and elasticity, but at the cost of the stringbed possibly having that unpleasant boardy/plastic feeling. We'll see!

    Thanks again, Mikeler and Ramon.
     
  12. souledge

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    What is the best poly main to pair with RIP Control crosses?
     
  13. FogerRederer

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    Funny you should say that RIP Control looked barely used after several hours. I just tried it out in the mains with a thin poly cross and after 5 hours it looked barely notched. And then during the 5th hour I hit a hard 1st serve and I hear the twang of a broken string, I had broken of the center mains in the sweet spot. I was surprised due to the fact that the strings looked like they definitely had more life in them.
     
  14. mikeler

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    I like Weiss Cannon Black 5 Edge as a main string with multi crosses.


    Some strings are frayers and others are snappers.
     
  15. Brian11785

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    Per a recommendation from my stringer, I put a full bed of Prince Premier Attack 16 at 58 lbs in my Yonex RQIS 1 XL. Sweet string. Definitely agree that there is less trampolining compared to a lot of multis. Less movement and just the right crispness.

    I also got a bunch of the Beast Attack hybrids in 16 and 17 cheap at TW. Can't wait to try that.
     
  16. SCRAP IRON

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    I have used many poly strings as crosses, and I can tell you that Tourna Black Zone allows the mains to slide effectively. It also creates a softer, slightly more powerful setup, which could be a good thing or a negative based upon one's level of play...
     
  17. mikeler

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    I was not a big fan of the Beast.
     
  18. souledge

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    You must have misunderstood my question.
     
  19. SpinToWin

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    A best poly main does not exist in general (otherwise there wouldn't be so many strings on the market), but there may be a string that is best for YOU. We cannot know which one that is though, so you'll have to do some testing to find out for yourself. My vote would go to Head Sonic Pro Edge.
     
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    Hi Mikeler, I've been using your recommended hybrid of Black 5 Edge in the mains and Thunder Blast in the crosses and really like it, it feels really comfy and has good control and spin. The issue is that it's lasted me about 5 hours so far and is on the verge of snapping. I wondered if you had any recommendations for an alternative to Thunder Blast but with a bit more durability.
     
  21. Nostradamus

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    Hey, Mike this Babolat Origin string is Super good in the summer time with poly as hybrid. SUPER powerful Multi, most powerful multi ever. and I think I may even help the poly generate spin more
     
  22. g4driver

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    I am not a 5.0, but do hit with a lot of 4.5 guys on my 8.5 combo teams and 8.0 mixed teams, so suggest you try B5E/ Tecnifibre HDX 130mm or 135 mm if you can get it.

    I used BE5/X-One 16g for four years - bought both by the reel and only needed 16 for the crosses.

    HDX Is soft like X-One and NRG2 but last longer.
     
  23. mikeler

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    I've never tried it but maybe get the thick version of Prince Premiere Control. That should last awhile as a cross versus the Thunder Blast.
     
  24. Nostradamus

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    Mike do you think Babolat origin is just a overall better string than X-1 biphase ? if so , why ?
     
  25. mikeler

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    Both are good strings but way overpriced.
     
  26. g4driver

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    Agreed - X1 by the reel use to be reasonable under $200 a reel- $280 is overpriced -

    PP Attack was a steal when Prince changed the name to PP Control and sold PPA Reels for $69
     
  27. mikeler

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    Yeah that's a great deal.
     
  28. Nostradamus

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    if some alien put a laser to your head and said you Have to pick one. Babolat Origin or X-1 biphase ? and money is no object. then which one would you pick as better ?
     
  29. djNEiGht

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    What kind of alien and what kind of laser?
     
  30. Silent

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    How about a Borg commanding a Death Star ?
     
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    Resistance is futile
     
  32. mikeler

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    Fun Fact of the day. Laser is an acronym for:

    Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

    X-1 Biphase would be my pick.
     
  33. junior74

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    Hey Mikeler! Nice body of work here!
    I think I have found my favorite multi - Signum Pro Micronite. I find it better than all other multis I've tried in almost all departements. Especially the crisp response and the controlled power level is appealing to my game. Sweet.
    However, I struggle with finding a good cross string for a hybrid. I have tried Poly Star Energy, and playability was awesome, but durability wasn't... 3-5 hours and the mains snapped. I also tried the Gamma TNT2, but that was a bad combo, it got too powerful and less crisp and less precise.
    A full bed of Micronite gets a little boardy, in my opionion.
    Do you have a recommendation for a cross that would allow the Micronite to snap back, while not making it break within the first few hours of play?
     
  34. Nostradamus

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    I am liking the Origin. Definitley most powerful mulit in the market today by far.
     
  35. Fuji

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    You could always try a smooth slick syn gut cross. I hear Babolat Nvy is very good for this!

    -Fuji
     
  36. Ramon

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    I actually see no value to putting a syngut cross on a multi. A full bed of multi will last longer and probably play better. Why not just lower the tension if it feels boardy?
     
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    I tried the soft poly cross to make it a little less powerful. If I lower the tension in a full multi bed, it will become even more powerful.

    Any suggestions for a soft poly that won't saw through the multi mains? Something softer than the Poly Star Energy, which I tried...
     
  38. Bhairava

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    Discho ion super soft is the softest round poly ever tried.
     
  39. mikeler

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    Poly crosses favorite thing to eat is multi mains. NVy might be worth a go as mentioned above.
     
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    hybrid

    If such is the case, do you recommend a full bed of multi than hybriding with a poly? Thanks.
     
  41. mikeler

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    I like poly mains with multi crosses in most frames.
     
  42. smirker

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    Mike, I tend to go with a multi main/poly cross, mimicking the gut/poly thing but with lower cost and power as I play with a fairly powerful frame. I have some PP Clay court Plus and Hi-Tec Multi on their way to me. Do you have any experience of either of those in a hybrid? If you get a chance to try the CC + it would be interesting to get your take on it, gets only positive reviews on the boards.
     
  43. mikeler

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    I've used the Hi-Tec which I think is Mantis Comfort Synthetic. It's a good soft string but not durable. I'm not using multifilaments at the moment but Clay Court Plus is one I would put on the list if I test more in the future.
     
  44. Ramon

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    An MCS clone main with a poly cross? How long do you think that would last? 10 points maybe?
     
  45. mikeler

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    In the new open pattern racket it would not last me more than a set against a hard hitter.
     
  46. smirker

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    Thanks, have a multi/poly combo in one of my sticks right now and it is notching quite badly. I obviously don't hit as hard or with as much spin as others as it has held up quite well. Will try multi/poly and poly/multi to see which I prefer.

    Funny but you don't see Federer (who must hit harder and with more spin than anyone on these boards break many strings?!) I know he changes every 9 games maximum but that is still more than 1 set per string job.
     
  47. Fuji

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    It's because he's using gut and hits rather cleanly. When you don't shank every other ball, natural gut actually holds up quite well. :razz:

    -Fuji
     
  48. mikeler

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    gut/poly is a different animal especially if you use a smooth poly in the crosses. When I tried it, the poly cross broke and I installed another poly cross and it almost broke before the gut broke. Federer also hits the ball clean most of the time unlike many others here myself included.
     
  49. Nostradamus

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    did you review or talk about NEW Technifiber multi called HDX tour, description on Tennis warehouse looks good.....Is this supposed to be better than X-1 ?
     
  50. ghetto3jon

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    Yeah, I've been curious to hear some "experienced" opinions about this string (I've only tried a few different multis, and I've never tried X1 or NRG2).

    But I've been using HDX for a few weeks (58lbs, Prince Warrior 100 Pro), and it seems impressive to me. Perhaps most impressive is the lack of movement for a multi. I put 12 hours on the 17g, and 6.5 hours on the 16g (so far)...and in both cases, 100% poly-like snapback all the way until the end.

    The only thing that doesn't seem great about the HDX is durability. Tension maintenance is good…but after 12 hours, the 17g was very frayed and notched. The 16 still looks good after 6.5 hours, so hopefully it will last longer than the 17g did. But 12 hours for a multi seems a little weak to me.
     

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