Pacific XCite - wow!!!

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  1. insiderman

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    Hey, had this string to 'blind' test for the USRSA - what a GREAT poly! Best I ever tested - awesome spin, maintained tension like no other poly, was durable as 'heck', and comfy too! Can't wait for this to be available! Who else tested?
     
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  2. SwissTennis

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    Play tested this string too. Great spin, a lot of power combined with good controll. Like the new Pacific XCite string very much and got Xcited! The only negative thing - tension maintenance isn't that good.
     
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  3. insiderman

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    SwissTennis - hum, I found the opposite - held tension better then any poly I've used prior. My test set was strung on a Babolat 3002 machine - you? As it seems anytime I've had a poly string-job on a non-top-quality electronic machine, or non-electric machine, the tension maintenance 'sucks'...
     
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  5. SwissTennis

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    machine and stringer are for sure not the problem as I was stringing at the ATP Masters in London last year - strung on a Babolat Start 5. Measured dynamic tension loss within 3 weeks was 20%.
     
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  6. -Bobo-

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    3 weeks? dude it's a poly what the hell is it doing in your frame that long?
     
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  7. fgs

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    i would rather think that 20% tension loss over three weeks is pretty good for a poly. usually you already get to 8-10% stabilisation loss within the first 24h after stringing, so taking into account three weeks and most probably also some playing time, another 10% is really pretty reasonable for a poly!
     
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  8. gd!

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    It's a very good newcomer for sure. Got mine from my tennis mate from his WTF visit.
    Tension maintenance is top notch, spin generation very close to Gosen Sidewinder. Comfortable yet controllable, too. Strings didn't moved at all, so what are the weak sides bottom line?
    The only thing I found, this is another new oval shaped string, thicker than advertised - 1.25 mm measuread up to 1.43 mm - and from my experience I just think it won't work as superb on clay courts in spring, summer and fall....

    Anyway, overall impressive newcomer, highly recommend to give it a try if you do not prefer thin gauges.
     
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  9. AJMORGAN

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    I picked a sample pack of this string up at the ATP world tour finals but am yet to string it up. It seems like a very interesting string and even though it is just a sample (don't know if they differ from the actual product, if they do) I bought it for £5 which is a bargain for any string let alone a new pacific string!

    Thanks for your feedback on the string, makes me want to string it up immediately! Any recommended tensions? Should be stringing it later on!
     
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  10. Justin71

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    I'm looking to buy the X-cite string but I don't see it on TW? Is it available in the US?
    Thx
     
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  11. ben123

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    it is super ultra expensive. no thanks
     
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  12. Rogael Naderer

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    I also got mine at ATP WTF 2011 (for free when I bought some Pacific Classic Gut) and am yet to try it. I use Silverstring 1.20mm at 48lbs and that seems stiff recently, what tensions are recommended?
     
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  13. Mig1NC

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    Well, it's only one Euro more than Luxilon ALU Power and is cheaper than L-Tec.

    Are they all overprices? Maybe. But that seems to be the going rate for so called premium poly strings.
     
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  14. Devilito

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    Yeah, but ALU Power is the pinnacle of poly. It has a long track record, a built in customer base and 1/2 of the professional tennis tour using it. It can justify a higher price, others cannot. What happens when you price your poly higher than ALU, the majority of people will just say, “for the price I’ll just buy ALU”
     
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  15. Mig1NC

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    You make good points for sure.

    I would only wonder if it lasts significantly longer than ALU (which all indications are that it does), it may be worth the price.
     
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  16. Devilito

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    maybe, but nothing plays like ALU, and to some that's more important
     
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  17. Nostradamus

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    ok, where can i get it and try it ? is it better than the alu power or RPM blast ?
     
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  18. Devilito

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    if it was, most on tour that pay out of pocket for their Luxilon would switch
     
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  20. Steve Huff

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    Not the same string, but for a poly, I think the X Force 18 is very good. I have it in the crosses of one of my rackets now, with nat. gut in the mains. Tension of 60/52.
     
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  21. insiderman

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    What a GREAT string!!! The 16L (1.25) totally rocks!
     
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  22. MrBluefin

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    Sorry, off topic: Can I ask what gut & guage you use, and what racquet? Thanks.
     
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  23. Fed Kennedy

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    Bump. Anyone play this in full bed?
     
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  24. Torres

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    I'd try a set if it wasn't for the fact that the pricing is just insane.

    I can get 3.5 reels of Black Magic for the cost of 1 reel of X-Cite.

    This string had better last forever to justify the cost, yet I doubt that that's going to be the case.

    Pacific seem to be wanting to raise their profile. Am surprised for example to see Federer's racquet in the Pacific stringing room. I wonder what tournament that was?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IEVvRxNwmxw
     
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  25. Ross K

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    Have heard performance life is very good, but what are the general performance traits of pacific Xcite? What other poly/s does it play similar to?
     
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  26. fibonacci888

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    i'm playing with it in my steam. Love this string, it has a bit more power which i like. For example the pacific poly force was stiffer and had less power.
     
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  27. Ross K

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    Anyone played different gauges with this string? Just got the 1.30 gauge but wondering if 1.25 would've been better in 99s...
     
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