New String? Tour Bite Soft

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  1. tennismonkey

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    has anyone heard if solinco is going to be releasing a new string called Tour Bite Soft?
     
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  2. pvaudio

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    You obviously have, where did you hear this? Pretty silly name if so.
     
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  3. tennismonkey

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    my friend mentioned to me last night that his stringer had a few sets of new tour bite soft. i figured it was something new but when i went to the solinco website and TW to buy some -- it doesn't exist.

    i'm trying to see if anyone else has heard that solinco is releasing a new softer version of tour bite.
     
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  4. pvaudio

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    I've never heard of it myself, but I'm not in the know. They did just release 1.10mm Tour Bite, however.
     
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  5. tennismonkey

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    okay take it with a grain of salt.

    but the new "soft" version of tour bite is in the trial stages. some stringers are getting sets to test out. my buddy's stringer has it in 16 gauge and says it plays like a more arm friendly tour bite (duh). no release date set and the stringer doesn't know if they are planning 17 and 18 gauge versions.
     
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  6. The Meat

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    Is it the Solinco playtest from last summer?
     
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  7. tennismonkey

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    i don't know meat. i can't imagine it taking a whole year to test out some new strings. this must be something different.

    good idea though from solinco if this is true. a softer version of tour bite for us arm sufferers.
     
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  8. 10smonkey

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    hey monkey nice screen name
     
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  9. pheonix6579

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    yea Soft Bite just doesnt have the ring to it :)
     
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  10. mlocke1322

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    Yes it will be released in 2013 in gauges 16-18 from what I have been told. I have had the 17 gauge for awhile now and its a nice string. The softness is a bit closer to their BarbWire in my opinion. It is noticeably more comfortable than the standard Tour Bite. I have some more coming my way next week in 16 gauge this time. My contact at Solinco only told me it will be released in 2013, he didn't give a specific month.
     
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  11. pvaudio

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    SOLINCO's NEW OFFERING! Outstanding spin, great touch, diabolical power, and control unlike any other. Are you the player who waits until the right time to strike? Meet our new string: Solinco MILD STING 16L!!!
     
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  12. mikeler

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    Also be on the look out for Solinco Tendon Blaster which is 10 times stiffer than Tour Bite for those players who like a very boardy feel.
     
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  13. mlocke1322

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    I like it. I was going to suggest a different level of the Tour. Something along the lines of Futures Nibble or Challenger Gnaw.

    Other interesting Solinco notes: Tru-Feel is discontinued but a new multi will replace it next year. It will still be softer than Vanquish. Tour Bite is made in a 15g!
     
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  14. pvaudio

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    Why would they add a 19g and a 15g? Seriously, 1.3+, 1.30, 1.25, 1.20, 1.18, 1.10. Do they need SIX gauges of the same string to suit all tastes? Personally, I think that the 16L is the best (1.25) followed by the 18g for super tight patterns.
     
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  15. mlocke1322

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    I don't think they have any plans to make 15g available at retail. I asked them for suggestions on a frequent string breaker i play with and they let me know i had the option to use it. I like the 16L too. The 19 was nice feeling, I just felt like it lacked the power to get the ball deep into the court compared to the other gauges.
     
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  16. mikeler

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    I'm a little surprised Tru Feel has not been discounted yet.
     
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  17. mlocke1322

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    Me too. He said they aren't replenishing anybody's supply of it. The exception is that for now they have a bunch of the Revolution/Tru-Feel hybrid packs that they will still make available for retailers. I'm going to ask him for some samples of the new multi the next time I catch up with him so that I can get a read on what it's like. I know Tru-Feel wasn't a big seller for them but I really liked the feel of it.
     
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  18. themitchmann

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    Tour Gum?

    The same bite, but without the teeth.
     
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  19. pvaudio

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    A round version of Tour Bite :shock:
     
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  20. mikeler

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    New multis are always exciting to yours truly. :)
     
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  21. JT_2eighty

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    Instead of 'soft', just call it "Club Bite" or "Junkballer Bite"?
     
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  22. mlocke1322

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    Solinco told me today they think the new multi needs 1 more iteration before the send out samples. He also said though that if he rounds some up he would send it my way:)
     
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  23. mikeler

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    Keep us posted.
     
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  24. SteveI

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    I hope it is the same string. I loved that string. I would buy a reel or two.. to be sure. It really played like Tour Bite... but softer.. great comfort and nice power. Spin was close to BHB7. I wonder if anyone can confirm this?
     
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  25. SteveI

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    The string test was not a year ago.. it was maybe 6 months ago. The feedback was very positive.
     
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    lol you gotta get with their marketing dept
     
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  29. JDMasFCK

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    can't wait for these strings
     
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  30. cluckcluck

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    I talked to them today. I did ask about the TB Soft. They told me that they were working on something like that but were NOT going to call it "Tour Bite Soft".
     
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  31. mlocke1322

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    I don't know if it will be considered part of the name. Definitely clearly labeled soft on the package though
     
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  32. Carlito

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    My buddy got a promo set of it today. Should be out next year. It is labeled tour bite soft. No surprise. It's like tour bite but softer.
     
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  33. tennis_enthusiast

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    Any guess on a month when it'll be out? I'm curious to try this as I currently use Tour Bite, but find it just a touch too stiff.
     
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  34. mlocke1322

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    I'd think sooner rather than later. It is already in final retail packaging. Hopefully first couple of months of 2013. I've really liked it and expect it to do very well for them.
     
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    Got my hands on a pack of Tour Bite soft 17G. The packaging is matte and is shiny. Looking forward to hitting with the strings and comparing it to the regular tour bite :D
     
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  36. SteveI

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    Please report back. Been interested in this string for a while. Hope it plays like the set I tested in June/July of this year. I was very much impressed. I still have a 1/2 set installed (mains) in one of my frames and it is still playing decent.

    Will you lket us know about the string shape also... how many sides, etc. How sharp the edges are.

    Thanks!!
     
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  37. SteveI

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    If it is the same string we tested in the summer.. it is winner and I am buying!!
     
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  38. JDMasFCK

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    Ok, just got done playing with it for about 5 days. All I can say is WOW! I'm getting them when they come out.

    I have been using the regular Tour Bite in 18G in my IG Prestige MP and occasionally used the 17G but tended to gravitate towards the 18 more because I like my racquets more "head light".

    When I first strung up the racquet with Tour Bite Soft, Solinco wasn't lying when they said it was soft. It was freaken soft compared to the regular Tour Bite. It was so soft that when I clamped it on the main and pulled the string it moved out of the clamp fraying the strings a little bit! So I put some paper in between the clamp and the string to keep it steady when I'm pulling so that solved that problem. If I had to compare the softness of Tour Bite Soft to another string on the market it would be a hybrid of X-1 Biphase and BHB7.

    Tour Bite Soft's texture wasn't as hard as the regular Tour Bite but rather more "round" (probably due to the softness of the string). But what amazes me is that it has the same (if not more) SPIN than the regular Tour Bite! The spin was freaken amazing! Combine that with the feel of the strings it was a clear winner. The regular tour bite had that "dead" feeling that wasn't bothersome to me but the Tour Bite Soft, you can really feel the ball and it has a lot of pop to it.

    The tension maintenance on Tour Bite Soft is AMAZING! Granted I'm used to using Tour Bite in 18G and using Tour Bite Soft 17G obviously has better tension maintenance but the strings don't move at all compared to when I was using the 17G Tour Bite. The Tour Bite Soft hasn't gone dead yet and it's still going strong, I'll update this when it goes dead and hopefully I can still manage it.

    Overall I love these strings! I can't wait for Solinco to release them, it's like a combination of the regular Tour Bite but with the softness of X-1 Biphase (a little over exaggerating on the softness but it's around there). So for those of you who are looking for spin without sacrificing feel, Tour Bite Soft is the clear winner! I used Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 for awhile now and I would say Tour Bite Soft is somewhat similar to it but it has WAY more spin and the tension maintenance on Tour Bite Soft is WAY MORE superior than that of Big Hitter Black 7. The feel is about the same (give or take). Really looking forward to the release of these strings! :D
     
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  39. Faithfulfather

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    I will have to try this string. Thanks for the detailed review.
     
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  40. mlocke1322

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    Same feelings here. It's a great string. My initial stock was gone in under an hour. already having to beg them for a re-order :)
     
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