Mikeler's Multis

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  1. mikeler

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    Sorry, somehow I missed this post. I tried NRG2 16 and you can read my review by going to Post #1 and clicking on the link to it. The only 17g multis I've tried are Pro Supex Maxim Touch 17 full bed and Dunlop Hexy Fibre 17 as a cross. Some 16g multis seem like 17g such as Mantis Comfort Synthetic.
     
  2. bryanalban

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    Hey Mikeler,

    I was wondering if all your experience if you could give me your opinion and compare Head RIP Control and TF Multifeel. Specifically for they are in terms of: durability and playability. I use 16g strings if that helps.

    Thanks!

    ps. do you have any experience with the Head RIP hybrid sets: Intellistring and Intellitour?
     
  3. mikeler

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    Check out post #1 of this thread for my reviews. I can't comment on Head RIP Control or Intellitour in terms of durability since I cut both of them out before breakage. Both lacked enough control for my game. MultiFeel is one of my favorites but it only lasted me 4 sets as a full job the one time I tried it.
     
  4. athiker

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    I just recently went back and looked at some of my stringing notes on Multi-feel so will chime in. I had Tennis Elbow at the time and the Multi-feel is very comfortable. I tried both the 16 and 17 and oddly liked the 16 a little better. I have also read others comments stating the same for some reason in this string. For a while there Multi-feel got a lot of buzz on the boards so there are quite a few comments on it if you go back a way...seems to have died down now. Its a nice comfortable all around string IMHO...good power and okay but not great spin.

    The Head Rip control is as quoted above and vs. the Multi-feel I would say much firmer feeling, lower powered but more spin. Almost cordlike feel when stringing...not hard to string...just different feeling. I didn't really like the feeling of playing with it though I know it has fans...probably mostly as a substitute for poly. I think the low power lets people hit out and generate more spin with control.

    I would think a flatter hitter looking for comfort, power and touch would like the Multi-feel better. A bigger topspin hitter that likes to really swing out from the baseline would probably like the Rip Control better...truly a string where the name describes it pretty well I think! Hope this helps.
     
  5. mikeler

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    ^^^ I thought MultiFeel had above average spin for a multi since it does have a rough surface.
     
  6. athiker

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    You are probably right. I have limited experience with full multi setups...Multi-Feel, X-One Biphase, Maxum Touch and Rip Control are about it I believe from memory. I was commenting more generally vs. full gut and gut/poly hybrids...which is no new news I guess and not that useful...and vs Rip Control specifically. I thought X-1 also had more spin even though that string has its own quirky characteristics as well! Maxum Touch I didn't like much about at all but that came already strung in a used racquet.
     
  7. mikeler

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    RIP and X1 are definitely spinnier but MultiFeel does give you more access to spin than Maxim Touch.
     
  8. Ronaldo

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    Searched this thread for Ashaway Dynamite and still unsure of the verdict. Any comments on how Dynamite measures up to the best multis?
     
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    Ty, looking for a winter string. Have a set of Quasi Gut to try, shredded Prince Premier LT within a week. Will try Mantis next. Guess Ashaway Dynamite is not DYN-O-Mite, eh?
     
  11. mikeler

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    By winter string I assume you are looking for soft? If so, I'll warn you that Quasi and Prince are on the stiffer side for multis.
     
  12. Ronaldo

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    Winter string to replace NG. My elbow agrees with your assessment. Premier LT is not Pacific Classic for sure. Used Wilson Extreme SG 16 in a Six One 95 18x20 this weekend. Elbow and shoulder still recovering.
     
  13. bryanalban

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    Thanks for the info re: RIP Control v. Multifeel.

    One more question, I play with a Head MG Rad OS currently strung with RIP Control at mid tension (57 lbs). If I try out the Multifeel, should I string it at the same tension?
     
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    I think starting out at 57 is reasonable.
     
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    It all depends on whether or not you like restringing after it breaks within 75 minutes of playing time.
     
  16. Ronaldo

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    After using NG, not sure if any multi holds up well. Cannot believe anyone uses Alpha Gut 2000. Only Technifibre e-matrix and Gosen Anna Kournikova were less durable.
     
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    I'm currently using B5E mains with Unifibre gut crosses. Looking forward to seeing how long it lasts. It already has some decent fraying going on after my first 2 sets with it.
     
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    I'm going all in on my backup racquet - full bed of Thunder Blast. Should have it strung up this weekend at 62#s.
     
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    It's a phenomenal volleying string. It's pretty nice for groundies and serves as well. It is quite possibly the stiffest multi I've ever hit with that I can remember.
     
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    PP likes plain old synthetic gut so the stiffness of the Thunder Blast might be a positive in his case.
     
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    Hey Mikeler, I am too lazy to sift through the thread to check for this answer, but can you compare any cheaper multis to wilson NXT tour?

    Thank you in advance :)
     
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    Best part about the whole thread is ALL Mikeler's reviews are linked up right there on page 1!! Check em out--but don't think there is one on NXT Tour--but he did review NXT Control
     
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    Yeah, I know =/ I couldn't really get anything from it because I only hit with NXT Tour for about an hour. Was trying to find a good opinion based on what I didn't find within that hour. I also could really only relate to the RIP review and the Hexy Fibre review.
     
  24. mikeler

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    Like my buddy KCraig said, I have not tried NXT Tour. Seems like anything in the NXT family is a safe bet for a premium string. Maybe some others will chime in.
     
  25. JT_2eighty

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    I've tried a few more multis lately, and seem to notice the same thing as mikeler, that with multi, more than any other type of string: you do get what you pay for. The higher priced ones typically just play better and last longer. Any 'budget' multi I try seems to go dead or break after a match or two, the ones at $14+ play with better response and feel for longer.
     
  26. mikeler

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    If you are looking for a new one to try, Up&Comer gave Genesis Thunder Blast a pretty favorable review. He still thinks Xcel Premium is better but for the price the Genesis is pretty good.
     
  27. JT_2eighty

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    ^^^ I'd be interested in trading for a set. I have cut myself off from buying more strings, as you can see in my sig my 'inventory'. :)
     
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    N.Vy might be a nice trade. Seems like lots of people here like it as a cross.
     
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    Well, that's the end of that. I trust you know of what I speak.
     
  30. mikeler

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    Did Kitty get neutered again?
     
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    Bad things happen when you bash the admins.

    Did you see that he quoted you in his farewell sig?
     
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  32. Ronaldo

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    Anyone try Wilson Hollow Core?
     
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    Haha, no. Can I still go back and read it?
     
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    They wiped his sig when they locked the thread, so apparently not. It was something to the effect of "'I like slapping the cat around'- mikeler." His farewell rant - which has also been deleted - was quite humorous. Do you think we'll see him again next year?
     
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    Who are you guys talking about?
     
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    ^^^ nothing to worry about. Just a forum member that loved to argue is banned again. Happy day.

    In other news, I've been playtesting Gamma Professional lately, and it is a nice string. Don't think I would pay full price for it, but picked it up last month when it was on sale. It holds tension pretty nicely for a multi, and the hit is comfy with great control, medium power. I plan to compare it to x-1, nrg, and I guess the other multis in my trade thread that no one seems to want. :D
     
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    I'd be interested in hearing your comparisons with the other high end multis.
     
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    Darn, wish I could have read his farewell. Look out for the kitty around Turkey Day next year.
     
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    Who are you talking about?
     
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    Well, a little kitty was the center of attention for a little while. (pun totally intended)
     
  41. Ronaldo

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    Jack, those that'll tell don't know, and those that know won't tell.
     
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    Doesn't look like he was banned. Firing squad with water guns?
     
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    Water cannons.
     
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    I tried AlphaGut in several rackets. Performance is very good for the price but, as you said, it isn't durable. Using it in the right way, though, it is a very good string.
    As a cross with Lux Rough or Spin it works very well - lasts past the point where the poly goes dead. Worked great in my Yonex RD ti 70 - 88 sq in. With a string pattern that tight (18x20 in 88sq in), it didn't wear much. In more open string beds it wouldn't last long at all and it is cheaper to buy a longer-lasting string like NXT Max.

    E-matrix doesn't perform nearly as well and doesn't last nearly as long as the AlphaGut.
     
  45. mikeler

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    Never tried Alpha Gut. Sounds like a good value multi.
     
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    why is it such a big secret?
     
  47. Up&comer

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    Curiousity killed the cat, eh?
     
  48. Sir_N

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    Mikeler: could You in some way indicate how close the rankings are? I mean, when reading the tests it's hard to tell whether the difference between #1 and #2 is smaller/bigger than say between #4 and #5, or if there's some kind of grouping of similar strings with gaps in between. Otherwise, excellent thread, it has helped me a lot.
     
  49. mikeler

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    Tier 1 is #1 through #6 = A+
    Tier 2 is #7 through #10 = A
    Tier 3 is #10 through #16 = B
    Tier 4 is #17 and lower = C
     
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    You plan on trying full thunderblast any time soon?
     

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