Mikeler's Multis

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  1. parasailing

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    I hate the first hour of X1 as it is just stiff but once it softens up after an hour or two of hitting, it's really nice before it starts to fray and then it becomes uncontrollable. You can't go wrong with either X1 or NRG2.
     
  2. mikeler

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    OK, here is my review in the TW format of the Genesis Xplosion 16.

    It was fairly easy to string up. Bounced a few balls off it and the feel is muted.

    Tension it is strung: 60 pounds on a lockout machine full bed
    Your regular string set up: Mantis Comfort Synthetic 60 pounds full bed
    String pattern of your racquet: 16 x 20
    Power (or lack there of): Medium/High powered multi
    Feel: Below average feel
    Tension maintenance: Good so far
    Price: $10/set
    Overall comments and feedback: See below

    General: I thought after the first few hits this string would be a keeper. Once I put it into match play, I hit way too many balls long.

    Serve/Return of Serve: I can't comment on serves since I have a bum shoulder and I'm hitting a Jay Berger type serve. Returns were difficult to control. One game I hit 4 straight returns long.

    Strokes: Average spin on both wings. Depth control was all over the place. I never felt like I could flatten out the ball and control it so I was stuck with hitting spinny shots to keep the ball in.

    Volleys: I had one great touch volley, but other than that this is below average in the volley department.

    Touch shots: I could not place droppers with this string.

    Softness: The string feels like a softer multi. I did not feel my elbow one time.

    Tension: Too low for my game. I'd have to up it if I played with this again.

    Durability: I cut this out after my first match.

    Movement: It's moving around a decent amount after less than 2 sets.

    Conclusion: This was a well below average string for me in almost every area. I would not try it again.
     
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  3. mikeler

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    OK, here is my review in the TW format of the Gamma TNT2 16.

    It was fairly easy to string up. It is noticeably firmer than other multis I've tested to date.

    Tension it is strung: 60 pounds on a lockout machine full bed
    Your regular string set up: Mantis Comfort Synthetic 60 pounds full bed
    String pattern of your racquet: 16 x 20
    Power (or lack there of): Medium/High powered multi
    Feel: Below average feel
    Tension maintenance: Good so far
    Price: $10/set
    Overall comments and feedback: See below

    General: I could tell after the first few hits that this was the stiffest string I've used in awhile. Like the Xplosion in the review above, I hit way too many balls long.

    Serve/Return of Serve: I can't comment on serves since I have a bum shoulder and I'm hitting a Jay Berger type serve. Returns were difficult to control.

    Strokes: Average spin on both wings. Depth control was all over the place. I never felt like I could flatten out the ball and control it so I was stuck with hitting spinny shots to keep the ball in.

    Volleys: It's average for volleys.

    Touch shots: I could not place droppers with this string.

    Softness: The string is a very stiff multi that mirrors the RSI rating. Still, I did not feel my elbow one time.

    Tension: Too low for my game. I'd have to up it if I played with this again.

    Durability: I cut it out after the 1st outing.

    Movement: Not too much movement yet.

    Conclusion: This was a well below average string for me in almost every area. I would not try it again.
     
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  4. Torres

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    ...and then it turns into an overpowered catapault.
     
  5. mikeler

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    Sounds like all these comments about X-1 make it not worth the money. NRG2 sounds much more consistent.

    I played 3 sets last night. The first 3 games I tried the Xplosion. I barely won my first game after a few deuces then got crushed the next 2 games. So I pulled out the FXP and won the next 5 games.

    In the 2nd set, I played 2 more games with the FXP and decided to try the TNT2 at 1-1. I lost the next 3 games quickly and pulled the Xplosion out again. The next 2 games flew by as I made a slew of errors.

    So I used the FXP in the 3rd set and won 6-2. Those two strings just did not fit my game at all. After paying $20 for both, I'm definitely disappointed.
     
  6. Kcraig

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    NRG Variations--Poor Man's Gut Mains Setup

    Well not to "threadjack" Mikeler, but did want to post some thoughts/reviews on my latest two setups. I really enjoyed my experience with full NRG, but wanted to try some variations to match my GOAT setup of natty gut mains/poly crosses. Looking for something slightly cheaper and also more "weather" resistant. Been having some minor golfer elbow/tricep issues and the cold weather lately is not helping so therefore I have ventured over to the "multi" area and lower tensions for some reprieve.

    In Mikeler's preferred TW review format:

    Racquet: Prince Diablo MP (6g of lead at 3/9) Total weight 342g
    String Pattern: 16x18
    Regular String Setup--Pacific Tgh Gut/Polyforce 58/55
    #1: NRG16/RIP Tour (from one of my intellitour packs) 4.5 level 2hrs of baseline games
    Price: $11.50
    Tension: 56lbs strung on a Babolat Star 5
    Power Level: medium power-
    Feel: Excellent feel--the RIP crosses really add some firmness to the bed and also seem to lock in the string movement which is saying alot in a 16x18 pattern
    Spin/Control: very spinny combo for a multi combo. The NRG provides the nice plush feeld and pop and the RIP adds just that extra hair of bite the full NRG was lacking
    Serves and Returns: No serving this particular day--only groundstroke games
    Touch/Feel: very nice touch/feel.
    Volleys: very crisp feel on volleys--felt very in control of the ball
    Tension Maintence: Well NRG is TOPS when it comes to multi's in holding tension--right up there with natty gut at only 8.06lbs so needless to say the tensino maintence was excellent. This certainnly cut down on string movement as well
    Durability: Yet to be determined--only have 2hrs on the setup
    OVERALL: Very nice setup from the initial hit. Hard to tell with only 2hrs and the temps being around 45*.

    #2: NRG16/BlackMagic16--2hrs of 4.5 dubs
    Price: $11.00
    Tension: 55/51 on same Bab Star 5
    Power Level--Med/High--but still plenty of control/spin
    Feel: EXCELLENT FEEL--had I known better I really would have thought this was true natty mains setup. It was plush, soft, comfy and no jarring effects. Granted I did string the poly pretty low at 51,but I think that just added to the better feel/softness of the stringbed.
    Spin/Control: As stated, this was pretty damn close to the natty mains/poly setup so spin was wonderful. I did have a few flyers here and there, but that was all on me and lack of footwork. We were playing on some indoor/covered courts that are fast as hell:evil:
    Serves/Returns: Really a great setup for BOTH serves and returns!! I was never broken and was blasting some returns on both wings. Seemed to really have effortless power.
    Volleys: Once again this did not disaapoint. Had some nice touch volleys and angles. Very soft feel and excellent directional control as well
    Tension Maintence/String Movement: So far so good. ZERO string movement which is what I always experienced with the natty gut mains setup. I usually install some babolat stringsavers once I see some notching fraying--usually around 6-10 at the most. I find this not only extends the life of the strings but also seems to tighten it all back up after some initial tension loss.
    Durability: This I will definately have to keep an eye on--:-?
    OVERALL: This is money so far. And for 1/2 or more of the natty gut/poly setup, it could be a real keeper.

    Conditions have been tough of late and really hard to tell exactly how good/bad a setup is with the cooler temps (ranging from 40*-55*). Lucky for me I am getting out of this cold weather and heading down to Puerto Rico on Wednesday with wife and another couple:) The other guy is a solid 5.0+ player so I'm sure I will be able to really gauge wher these setups stand. The temps down there are around 80-84*---eat your heart out!!!!:twisted:
     
  7. mikeler

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    Ooh, I like adding the price into the review. I'm stealing that one from you. Good reviews KCraig.
     
  8. mikeler

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    I cut out the Genesis Xplosion and Gamma TNT2 today. Up next is Wilson Shock Shield (SS) and Technifibre NRG2 both 16g.

    The SS is so cool out of the package. It looks like a standard 16g or possibly 16L. It ghosts on the clamps, the tensioner and any kinks! Never seen that before. It felt smooth, but doing crosses I almost burned my fingers a few times. Combine that with the kinking from coil memory and this had a medium degree of difficulty. Knots were a cinch, pun intended. Gave it the bounce test. It felt soft and powerful in the sweet spot. It felt like it has some vibration when you hit outside the sweetspot though.

    NRG2 is a thick 16g. Very easy to string. It ghosts slightly with the clamps and tensioner. Bounced it off the racket a few times and all I can say is Wow. It felt great and it seemed like almost the entire string bed was the sweet spot. It felt softer than the SS.

    Playing tomorrow, I'll report back then.
     
  9. JackB1

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    NRG2 is a VERY lively and soft multi. It's actually too lively in some racquets. Would be great for a racquet that needs a power boost or as crosses to soften up a poly mains. Full multi setup in NRG would only work in a very low powered racquet.
     
  10. JackB1

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    Hey Mikeler...what are the main differences between Mantis Comfort Syn and Head Rip Control? They both seem like low powered multi's with maybe the Mantis being softer. Any other differences? Is power levels about the same?
     
  11. Ross K

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    Hey Mikeler, others,

    Could you please advise me on what to recommend a reg. hitting partner who wants advice on multis for his Prince NXG MP. I think he's after a good all rounder which lasts a good time before becoming unplayable and feels decent...

    RIP, yeah, I presume?... would this be one of the best options?... are there a few others too perhaps?

    Cheers but I'm not too in the know re multis or the NXG MP.

    Thx,



    R.
     
  12. pepka

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    ^ If the price isn't a factor go with TF. Nrg2, Xr3 and TVG are all awesome strings. If it wasn't for it's price (20-27$) here in Poland i would use them no doubt.
     
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  13. mikeler

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    My Babolat Pure Storm Tours are fairly flexible so hopefully the power level with NRG2 will be good.


    RIP = SPIN, Average control, No feel on touch shots. Great for punching volleys and serves. I did not play with it until breakage, but it seemed durable with little string movement.

    Mantis = Buttery soft, pinpoint control, average feel and spin. Not very durable and the strings move around a lot.
     
  14. mikeler

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    Ross K,

    Go to post #1 of this thread where I rank and link to all my reviews. Maybe give us some more info about your friend's game and price he is willing to pay etc.
     
  15. mikeler

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    I'll get to those eventually. Technifibre has been great so far for me. MultiFeel and DuraMix felt oh so good.
     
  16. JackB1

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    Ever try Wilson NXT Control? Supposed to be an arm friendly soft control oriented multi. Might be a nice alternative to Mantis?
     
  17. tennisexecutor

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    if you are a fan of multifeel then you will absolutely love this string. i only wish they priced the TF premium string reels lower. if you buy the reel the cost is almost the same as if you were to buy sets.
     
  18. mikeler

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    I'll post a full review of Wilson Shock Shield (SS) and Technifibre NRG2 after my next hit with them. Here are my initial thoughts.

    Today, I started warming up with the SS. It was unexpectedly stiff and very low powered at first. On about the 5th forehand, I felt a slight elbow twinge but never felt it again after that. The clay courts were very wet this morning and the balls got heavy, so this was not the ideal string for this day. It was a nice string for volleys and drop shots but I could not keep the ball deep enough. My slice backhand floated all the time too. Once the strings loosened up, it started playing much better from the baseline.

    At each changeover, I would switch from SS to NRG2 and then back on the next changeover. I have to say, NRG2 was a little disappointing to me. It did not have great spin which is fine for a multi but the control was not quite there. There is definitely power when you need it. I blasted a few backhands with the NRG2 but I just never got into a groove with it. I did like it for touch shots. It reminded me of a better version of Isospeed Control.
     
  19. pepka

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    335$ for reel of Nrg2 in Poland. Stop complaining guys:evil:
     
  20. mikeler

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    I understand your pain, but I don't really understand why some manufacturers don't offer any discount on a reel to encourage bulk buying. If the price per racket is the same, why not just buy packs? I bought a reel of MCS because it comes out to just over $5/racket versus $9/racket if you buy a pack.
     
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    I have the regular version of Wilson NXT that I will try. Since there are several variations of NXT and I don't want to buy them all, I figured I'd go with the standard version just to get an idea of what the string line is about.
     
  22. Ross K

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    All court, medium-ish price range, intermediate level.

    Thanks - I'll look at post no. 1.



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  23. mikeler

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    Keep in mind my game with the reviews. Strong 4.5 who hits with a lot of spin. If the string does not have any spin potential, I'm down on it right away. See Quasi Gut for an example of one I did not care for. On the other hand, a flat hitter down at my club uses Quasi Gut with a poly and he loves it.
     
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    Had a brief 20 minute hit with Dunlop Hexy Fiber 17 this evening. I'm not really a 'multi' person but always try to test multis as a full bed at least once (with the aim of using them as a cross). Take my comments as probably slightly more critical than most.

    As for Hexy. It doesn't feel too soft, which is good. In fact, probably above average stiffness for a multi. Fairly powerful but not overly so. I was slightly underwhelmed though. It feels okay - solid hitting, but I didn't get the sense that there was anything particuarly outstanding with this string. Hard to describe, but the ball never quite seemed to embed itself into the strings. Part of that may have been due to the tension (60 lbs) which made for a slightly unforgiving stringbed but having hit with it at 60, I felt that a lower tension would probably make the start flying a bit from the baseline. Didn't get the impression that there was much spin with this string (though I am used to poly / poly hybrids and also tend to hit flat with a heavy racquet, so I come from a different viewpoint when commenting on multis). My serves were flying about 4-6 inches long. Not sure whether there's some break in period with this string before it settles, but the stringbed felt a bit 'boardy' (though not uncomfortable) and ball trajectory seemed a bit flat.

    Strung in a 18x20 BLX 6.1 95
     
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  25. Lambsscroll

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    Dont pre-stretch X-one Mike. Give it the same test as the other multis.
     
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    If you're testing X1 you'll also need to test it over 3 or so, because it has some weird tension loss characteristics - stiff(ish) for the first hour, then hello cannonball trampoline! To misquote Churchill, 'Never in the field of human endeavour, has there been a string so powerful....'
     
  27. mikeler

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    Do you string it at 60 pounds on a constant pull or lockout machine? This string had no break-in period for me which is why I'm assuming you probably used a constant pull. I notice you use an 18 x 20 while my setup is 16 x 20, maybe that is why we had such a different experience with this string. Thanks for the review.
     
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    In the interest of testing, I shall not pre-stretch.


    I hope it has controlled power like MultiFeel. I might play with my Head FXP setup next time just to see if I can break it and then put in X1 this weekend.
     
  29. buffalobill3

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    Milker how do you think the FXP would play crossed with the Mantis?
     
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    Pretty nice I would think. The FXP has great control on its own. With the Mantis it should get a little bit softer. I don't think the FXP would saw through the Mantis but I'll have to feel the texture again just to make sure.
     
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    I went out to just hit some serves last night in my neighborhood. Some other people from the neighborhood came out and I ended up hitting balls around for about 45 minutes. I alternated the Wilson Shock Shield (SS) 16, Tecnifibre NRG2 16 and Head FXP Control 16 for about 15 minutes each.

    The NRG2 is definitely growing on me more. The SS is still playing well but it vibrates on off center hits. I think they missed the mark with the intent of this string.

    That darn FXP keeps impressing me. I hit with it last and everytime I pull it out of my bag I always think it is just OK then it sets me straight. Very good string for the price. The FXP is about to break, so I'll probably play with it Saturday and even if it does not break, cut it out and string up X1 on Saturday.
     
  32. julian

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    How many hours?

    How many hours of CONSISTENT BEHAVIOR are you getting from X-1 Biphase?
     
  33. mikeler

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    OK, here is my review in the TW format of the Wilson Shock Shield 16.

    The SS is so cool out of the package. It looks like a standard 16g or possibly 16L. It ghosts on the clamps, the tensioner and any kinks! Never seen that before. It felt smooth, but doing crosses I almost burned my fingers a few times. Combine that with the kinking from coil memory and this had a medium degree of difficulty. Knots were a cinch, pun intended. Gave it the bounce test. It felt soft and powerful in the sweet spot. It felt like it has some vibration when you hit outside the sweetspot though.

    Tension it is strung: 60 pounds on a lockout machine full bed
    Your regular string set up: Mantis Comfort Synthetic 60 pounds full bed
    String pattern of your racquet: 16 x 20
    Power (or lack there of): Low powered multi
    Feel: Great feel
    Tension maintenance: Seemed to hold the entire 2.5 hours so far
    Price: $15/set
    Overall comments and feedback: See below

    General: The first day, I started warming up with the SS. It was unexpectedly stiff and very low powered at first. On about the 5th forehand, I felt a slight elbow twinge but never felt it again after that. The clay courts were very wet that morning and the balls got heavy, so this was not the ideal string for this day. It was a nice string for volleys and drop shots but I could not keep the ball deep enough. My slice backhand floated all the time too. Once the strings loosened up, it started playing much better from the baseline. On the 2nd hit, the strings felt much better but there was some vibration on off-center hits.

    Serve/Return of Serve: I can't serve normally yet, but it seemed to have good directional control. Returns seemed easy to control.

    Strokes: Spin took a lot of effort on both wings. Depth control was not great, I hit many balls short. It really takes a lot of effort to hit the ball deep.

    Volleys: It feels pretty solid on volleys.

    Touch shots: It is very good for drop shots.

    Softness: The string feels like a medium stiffness multi that matches its RSI stiffness.

    Tension: Too low for my game.

    Durability: The pretty blue string that I put in is mostly white now. Any area of the string that gets an impact turns white. I don't think this string is going to last very long but I'll report back on it. I ended up cutting this string out, just did not excel at much for my game.

    Movement: String movement is average for a multi meaning it moves a decent amount.

    Conclusion: This is an average multi string with a premium price. It may suit those folks switching from poly to a multi since it is very low powered for a multi.
     
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    OK, here is my review in the TW format of the Tecnifibre NRG2 16.

    NRG2 is a thick 16g. Very easy to string. It ghosts slightly with the clamps and tensioner. Bounced it off the racket a few times and all I can say is Wow. It felt great and it seemed like almost the entire string bed was the sweet spot. It felt softer than the RSI stiffness.

    Tension it is strung: 60 pounds on a lockout machine full bed
    Your regular string set up: Mantis Comfort Synthetic 60 pounds full bed
    String pattern of your racquet: 16 x 20
    Power (or lack there of): Low/Medium powered multi
    Feel: Great feel
    Tension maintenance: Seemed to hold the entire 2.5 hours so far
    Price: $14/set
    Overall comments and feedback: See below

    General: After hearing from multiple people that I would love NRG2, I expected this to be the holy grail. After the first hit out with it, I think I bought into the hype too much. On my next try with it, it felt soft and plush. I was definitely digging it more the 2nd time out. Maybe it was the warmer weather or perhaps these strings need a little bit of a break-in period.

    Serve/Return of Serve: I can't serve normally yet, but it seemed to have good directional control. Returns seemed easy to control.

    Strokes: Spin took a decent amount of effort on both wings. Depth control was pretty good. I felt like I could find the baseline with this string. I can really belt my 1 hander with this string. It seems very good for flattening out shots.

    Volleys: It feels pretty solid on volleys.

    Touch shots: It is very good for drop shots.

    Softness: The string feels like a low/medium stiffness multi that makes me scratch my head once again since the RSI rating is just under 200.

    Tension: Pretty good for my game.

    Durability: Being that this is a thick and gooey string my guess is that it will last a fairly long time for me. I cut it out due to lack of spin potential.

    Movement: String movement is average for a multi meaning it moves a decent amount.

    Conclusion: This string is like a better version of Isospeed Control to me. I can't seem to find an area where it excels but it also does not have any weaknesses. I'm glad I tried it but I'm not paying $14 for a string twice unless it really knocks me off my feet.
     
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    I'll hopefully be able to comment on this next week.
     
  36. julian

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    My little feedback

    I have some feedback as well.
    Mainly that something happens after 10 hours.
    Mainly for players on a decent 3.5 NTRP level.
    I am a bit hesitant to provide strong opinions HERE.
    Make a guess why-see my signature.
    If you prefer an E-mail,my E-mail address below.
    I do NOT use X-1 Biphase,my students do.
    I do NOT string rackets so I do NOT have any capability to check a string
    if a string is in a machine.Some posters suggested some bounce tests like that
     
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  37. mikeler

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    OK my guess is that one of your players has a sponsorship with Tecnifibre.
     
  38. julian

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    Negative

    No,I am running of choices for my students.

    Natural Gut is out of question.

    I have had only four choices:

    1.Wilson NXT Tour
    2.NRG2
    3.X-1 Multfibre
    4.Two possible choices of Gamma:
    Gamma Wire XP
    Gamma Professional

    #1 is out

    I refuse to try hybrids at this moment.
    I refuse to recoomend polys.
    I am cooked,medium rare
     
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    NRG2 is the most consistent string on the list. Offers good tension stability among the list you have with the exception of Livewire which i have never tried. X1 is good but doesn't hold tension as well but offers the most pop of the ones you listed. Gamma Professional didn't have as much pop or as crisp as X1 or NRG2.
     
  40. julian

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    Fairly long time?

    Hi,
    I need a favor.
    Keep me posted about the meaning "a fairly long time".
    Let us assume that a string will be prestretched.
    regards,
    Julian
    I know that for this particular test you did NOT prestretch.
     
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  41. julian

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    For Parasailing

    Thank you
    julian
     
  42. mikeler

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    I'll most likely play with NRG2 until breakage. Sometimes I'll write things like that just in case I cut it out and forget to update my review. May I ask why you only buy the premium multifilaments?
     
  43. julian

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    Difficult question

    I coach some girls-they like touch.
    Probably it is NOT a good reason for you.Sorry
    Some better players replace strings every 20 hours of usage.
     
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  44. JRstriker12

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    Mikeler - FWIW,

    One of my buddies offered to hook me up with a gut/multi hybrid for free. He had some Gaucho gut he ordered but hadn't used.

    On a whim, I took him up on it.

    So it's black Gaucho gut in the mains and Isospeed Classic Pro 17 in the crosses strung at (55/61).

    Have to say I like it so far. Has a nice, firm, but damped feel to it. I can almost hit without a damper. Very little vibration and still manages to feel soft on the arm in spite of the firm string bed.

    Has some good pop, but isn't overly powerful, decent control and I feel it has more spin than the MT17 I've been using.

    Have to say I'm very intrigued with this mix after about 5 matches. Plus, the fraying seems to be minimal at this point.

    Anyway, I plan on stringing up the Mantis on my other stick pretty soon.
     
  45. JT_2eighty

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    That is essentially the same hybrid as I, as Isospeed makes Head strings, and both RIP Feel and Classic Pro are coreless polyolefin ribbon construction. It's great for control and spin, the low-powered multi helps tame the gut without sacrificing any feel. To me, it just gets better as it ages and frays. I had my dampener fly out one day, and couldn't find it... like you say without one it still plays comfortably and the ball feel actually increases without the dampener, which I usually hate not having one in.

    I would wager you will get long life on this as the polyolefin ribbons almost act like they have "built-in" string savers, and there is no fragile "inner core" in the multi, so it is even durable once it frays deeply... this is my stringbed after about 20 hours of match play (4.5 singles and doubles):

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  46. JRstriker12

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    Interesting.

    My friend who strung it up said the same thing about Head RIP being made by IsoSpeed.

    20 hours of play. That's not bad. That would give me about 3-4 weeks of play, probably more since I'm not much of a string breaker.

    I may be buying out my friend's supply of Gaucho and IsoSpeed.

    BTW- How is the tough gut? Have you compared it to Gaucho?
     
  47. mikeler

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    80 degrees and very humid out right now. Not good conditions for gut! If Isospeed makes Head strings then I need to go back and try another Isospeed string.
     
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    @JR - yea, considering the cost per racquet for me is $21, that's about $1 per hour in string cost... and if you look at multis that are costing $10-$15 and not lasting 10-15 hours... the gut hybrid is amazing price/performance... especially for non string breakers.

    I've not used gaucho, but hear it is more powerful than Pacific Toughgut. Toughgut (PTG) is on the stiffer end of guts, which I like as it is a great "control-oriented" gut with great gut-comfort. PTG/RIP has done wonders for my arm, the stiffest gut is still going to absorb shock better than the softest multi.

    @mikeler, yea I wouldn't scratch Isospeed based on just the one you tried. I hear their "Classic" line getting better reviews, although it seems most of the polyolefin strings (Head RIP, Isospeed Pro Classic, etc) are soft yet low powered, a unique blend (which makes me still interested in comparing MCS... I'll do a PTG/MCS soon). IMO, the polyolefin is suited best to hybrid with gut, while not being too remarkable on its own, aside from RIP C which is a great stand-alone string.
     
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  49. JRstriker12

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    The guy who strung my racket said IsoSpeed isn't too great alone, but makes a good cross with gut. He says it's pretty soft and stretchy, this it's string at about 6lbs higher than the gut in my hybrid.
     
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    Mikeler just wondering if you thought this would be an interesting hybrid. Head RIP Control in the mains with Mantis Power/Comfort Synthetic in the crosses.
     

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