Solinco Tour Bite Soft

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  1. netlets

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    Has anyone tried this string yet? I'm interested in what people think about it that use a full bed. I use tour bite 17g at 48lbs (full bed) and wonder if I should give it a try.
     
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  2. SteveI

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    The search function is your best bet here. There are already a few threads with great comments and insights.
     
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  3. tennisaustin

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    You should try at 52lbs or 53lbs. Add 4 to 6 more lbs compare to the original Tour Bite. I love this "soft" version.

    Does anybody notice that TW take the "Tour Bite Soft" off the sale list ?
    I just jump in to order a reel before it is out of stock.
     
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  4. JDMasFCK

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    If you like the original Tour Bite than you're going to love the "soft" version. I use it at 50LBS on my Prestige IG MP and I like it way more than the original Tour Bite.
     
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  5. parasailing

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    I got a set but haven't figured out what tension to put this on my Graphene Speed Pro.

    Is the soft version a more lively version of Tour Bite with more comfort and if so, what tension would you suggest if I originally strung up Tour Bite at 55lbs.
     
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  6. mikeler

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    OK, now I have a trusted string reviewer to test this out. I definitely want to hear your thoughts on it. I've got a set at home to try out once my TE decides to leave.
     
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  7. veloduffer

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    I use regular TB at 57 (Head Extreme Pro 2.0) and currently trying the Soft at 58. I like it better than regular due to better feel and will try it at 59 lbs. it will still be a bit more lively tan regular TB but not by much at those tensions.
     
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  8. parasailing

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    I opened up the package today and noticed that it is much softer than the original Tour Bite at the same gauge. You definitely can feel the string twist with ease. Would you say it's significantly softer on the arm at the same tension? I tried the original Tour Bite, love the spin and control you get with it but felt it was a tad stiffer than SPPP.

    I hope the soft version retains the benefits of the original Tour Bite and is easier on the arm.
     
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  9. mikeler

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    You are really cornering the market on Solinco playtests! :)

    Definitely interested in this one.
     
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  10. The Big Kahuna

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    First review on Stringforum: "Out of the package, this is noticeably lighter and more flexible than the original Tour Bite. Tour Bite Soft is exactly that: a softer version of the original. It still has the spin qualities and high power of the original. Its softer feel will probably appeal to a wider audience. Like most 'spin' strings, I feel it shines for aggressive baseline play; angles are really highlighted. Serving was the only area I had trouble with. Flat serves were fine, but I could never find the range for kick-serves. Compares to MSV Focus-HEX 1.23"
     
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  11. The Big Kahuna

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    Second Review on Sringforum: "I didn't really get along with this string, it was way too dull and stiff. I lacked feel. Sweetspot seemed decreased. In parallel I played the Kirschbaum Black Shark 1.25 strung in another Blade at the same tension. In contrast to the Tour Bite Soft, the Black Shark provided much better comfort. The Tour Bite Soft reminded me of the Alu Power Rough, however it's been a long time since I played the latter. I found this string dull and stiff."
     
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  12. veloduffer

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    At the same tension, TB Soft is softer than the original. A bit more powerful too.
     
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  13. mikeler

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  14. tennisnut09

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    In your opinion, what tension can bring out the best performance for this string? I am using the new APD. Thanks!
     
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  15. mikeler

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    This string is so soft, I would not go below 50.
     
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  16. sovertennis

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    You guys are stringing TB way too tight. I used it in my Extreme Pros for two years (after using SPPP for three years before that), gradually working the tension down to 44--that's where, for me, it played at its best. I use it at 48 in the Speed MP because that frame is more flexible than the Extreme Pro.

    Re: TB Soft--I've used it and like it better than regular TB. It doesn't have the same pop, but it's more comfortable and with better feel. When my reel of reg TB runs out, I'll probably go to TB Soft in 16g.
     
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  17. JonnyAbs

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    That doesn't make sense to me. A softer string would have more pop than a firm string. I.E., TB soft should be more powerful than regular TB, right?
     
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  18. sovertennis

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    ^^^^^^^
    That was not my experience. The TB Soft seemed to absorb the ball more the reg TB, albeit minimally.
     
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  19. parasailing

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    I have never strung a poly below 50lbs but I guess Tour Bite is an exception.
     
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  20. Rob1

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    Try Tour Bite 19 at a 51-55 tension.
    It is very easy on the arm and has great spin.
     
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  21. emilyhex

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    I prefer regular TB to the soft version. It was too soft and muted to my liking.
     
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  22. Lilguy1456

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    Discount this review, as the original Tour Bite is ANYTHING but powerful...
     
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  23. Power Player

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    Loving this string so far in a hybrid. Very easy on the arm, high level of spin and control. Will see how it goes.
     
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  24. Francis27

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    What did you hybrid it with? i was thinking of putting Tourbite soft with Prince Premier attack on my pure drive 2012
     
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  25. mikeler

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    I think PP used OGSM crosses. I tried it with NVY. PPA would probably be better than those two.
     
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  26. DavidNERODease

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    TB vs TB Soft

    I'm testing out TB Soft at 52lbs... only have one match in so far but I would agree that it does not have as much "pop" as TB Original. Softer polys tend to feel like they are "absorbing" the ball as another poster stated - comfortable but definitely less "pop". To me "pop" is when the ball seems to explode off the strings very quickly – not necessarily with greater power or depth. It just feels like the whole energy return process is quicker – very pleasing to some players and yet others hate it. That being said, for me so far TB Soft has similar spin, better comfort, less control and similar power.
     
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  27. Power Player

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    ^^^

    This is why I cross with a syn gut. It adds that pop back you are talking about.
     
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  28. mikeler

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    The multi will give you even more pop.
     
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  29. tennis_enthusiast

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    After using Tour Bite Soft for the last three months, I am changing back to the original Tour Bite. I liked the way that TBS played, but when it died, it died a terrible death. I couldn't use the strings after they died because they felt so terrible. Much crisper response from the regular TB, and when it dies, it is still at least semi-playable. I will be using regular TB from now on.
     
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  30. Power Player

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    I hate multi crosses. Syn gut is the way to go for me. Plus it adds more crisp feel to the TBS since it's so soft
     
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  31. Power Player

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    How long did it last for you?
     
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  32. netguy

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    I agree, multis in the crosses suck when comparing them to SG in the crosses.
    PP, what SG are you using?
    I'm tempted to try STBS in a hybrid with Forten Sweet.
     
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  33. tennis_enthusiast

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    I used it in a hybrid with OGSM, strung my TBS at 56 and OGSM at 58. It played great for about a match, and 2 or 3 practices, so about 6-7 hours. I liked how it played, but compared to the regular TB strung about 2 pounds lower, there wasn't a huge difference. I just could not use them after the strings died and with the regular TB I can at least use it if I don't have any other sticks freshly strung.
     
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  34. parasailing

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    I plan on stringing up natural gut mains and TBS in the cross but need suggestion on tension for TBS. Currently using 52lbs gut mains and 48lbs Ltec 4S cross on a Graphene Speed Pro.
     
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  35. coloskier

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    I would use the same tension for gut/TBS. I use 50# on both.
     
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  36. AlpineCadet

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    Read the TW review of my current strings, Volkl Cyclone. According to the TW measurements and numbers, the Solico TBS seemed to be a pretty even match but with more spin from the Tour Bite Soft.

    Strung both of my frames same tension/gauge and found these strings have less elasticity/power, more muted, with LESS spin.

    After 5 hours these strings required a lot of attention/feel on strokes since the strings were nearly dead. I've never hated on poly so much since using Polylon.
     
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  37. mikeler

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    It really depends on the multi. If I buy a reel of the white Thunder Blast, I'll give you a half set to try as a cross.
     
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  38. Power Player

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    OGSM, but ill definitley try some of Mikeler's thunderblast.

    Next time I play will be hours 5-7, so lets see how it goes.
     
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  39. DavidNERODease

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    2nd Match

    I played my 2nd match with it last night. Performance was very good. I played a player who this way of making me hit 85,000 forehands just to win a point - it's hard work to say the least. I won so this string must be good ;)
    Seriously though, TBS is much more comfortable than TB but does still provide that great power/spin combo. It's good stuff.
     
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  40. emilyhex

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    I agree. Tour Bite is an Epic poly. Tour Bite Soft is an ok/mediocre poly.
     
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  41. Power Player

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    How does Dunlop Black Widow compare in terms of spin, comfort and longevity to TBS..anyone?

    I agree that Tour bite is an epic poly, but I have to go with a softer main. So far, TBS is epic as well, but I need more time with it.
     
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  42. DavidNERODease

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    To me Black Widow was softer and lower powered than TBS... it did too much of that "absorbing" thing - like it was dissipating more energy and returning less. Not saying it wasn’t good string – just not for me. I liked Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 better. It felt pretty soft but seemed more powerful than BW.
     
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  43. DavidNERODease

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    Based on what I've seen so far TBS is gonna perform better & longer than BW
     
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  44. Power Player

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    Awesome,thanks for that.

    How did long BW and Tourna last for you, or all 3 of these strings about the same in durability?

    EDIT, just saw your last post. TBS lasts longer than BW..how about Tourna?
     
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  45. mikeler

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    When I tried Dunlop Black Widow as a main, it was probably on par for softness with Genesis Black Magic. I think the TBS is softer and as stated above, definitely more powerful. Everything for me with Dunlop Black Widow seemed to have so much spin everything was landing inside the service box. For our game styles, I think TBS is better. You may want to try it for yourself though, perhaps I just had the wrong tension.
     
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  46. Power Player

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    I honestly am pretty happy with the TBS. In fact I will stay with it as long as it lasts. Figured I'd get a backup plan if the TBS only lasts 7 hours, as I need 10-12. I like to restring once a week.
     
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  47. BigT

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    I agree with everything here^^^

    Check the original review for the comparison to the MSV.
     
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  48. DavidNERODease

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    With the the Tourna string being a little undergauged, it does not last as long... I'm impressed with the lack of wear on the TBS so far. Weather permitting, I will play a 3rd match with it tonight. Note: as soon as poly starts to lose it's snap or radically change in performance (for whatever reason) I cut it out. So wear to me is any negative change in performance. Between my first match and second with TBS there was no drop in performance at all (not saying it didn't change at all - just that performance remained very good).
     
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  49. Francis27

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    Does Tour bite soft maintain tension well and playability duration? how long does this string last for you guys?
     
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    I really like this but I can't get more than a match out of it. I switched to the 105S and its reputation of a string eater cannot be overstated. The spin from this with the open pattern almost feels like cheating. The cost is a lot of string and string time. I wish they would come out with a 15 gauge.

    I keep one strung with Ashaway Crossfire in case I go throught the other 3. The Kevlar holds up well but I really only get about 4 to 5 matches out of it.
     
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