Tecnifibre X-Code H.D. - a polyester multifilament

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  1. Michael Lesbowicz

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    Technifibre's X-Code H.D. is an interesting and unusual string,
    in that it is a multifilament but made of polyester.
    As far as I know Technifibre is the only company offering such a string, a polyester multifilament.
    I have a pack of this string as 15L / 1.32 mm gauge, but so far have not tried it yet.
    It is also available in 16 / 1.28 mm gauge.

    Has anyone tried this string? If so, what did you think about it?


    Tecnifibre describes this string as having the following properties:

    Firm feel / Resistance / Spin / Shock Absorption

    Are they speaking the truth?
    I am curious if it feels different compared to a polyester monofilament.
     
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  2. mlocke1322

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    I played it once didn't really care for it.

    Has a weird rubbery feel that is definitely very different from a monofilament poly. It plays plenty soft but the feel is definitely something one would have to get used to.

    The anti-abrasion coating on the outside is a PITA as well. It's like the string is dusted in talc powder. And the outer coating started stripping away in a set for me. I strung it as a hybrid for a friend at the same time and his shaped poly main made stringing X Code crosses suck.

    Overall I can see where they are trying to go with it. It is more comfortable than poly with decent pop. Not much spin though. I also think you'd have to string it much higher than I did for better control and a crisper response.
     
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    It's a fantastic string.
    It needs smooth poly monofilament crosses, strung a lot looser then the mains. In that configuration it lasts for ever and maintains playabillity much longer then classic poly.
    Much comfier then poly, too.
    Do not use it for crosses.
     
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    1.32? 1.25 please
     
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    Luxilon M2 has similar technology where it is a bunch of different strands of polyester stuck together to make a string.
     
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    Looks like it is available in Gauges: 16 (1.28mm), 15L (1.32mm), 15 (1.37mm)
     
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    Regular X-Code was nice but I broke it on shank after 3 games.
     
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  9. Michael Lesbowicz

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    1.32 mm is also too thick for me, but when I ordered this string
    from TWE, the 1.32 mm gauge is all they had. They still only have
    it in that gauge actually.
     
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  10. Michael Lesbowicz

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    Right, so Tecnifibre X-Code H.D. is apparently not the only polyester multifilament.
    I have tried Luxilon M2 Pro and I liked the feel a lot.

    Now we just need to find someone who has tried both M2 Pro and X-Code H.D.
    so that we can compare these two strings.
     
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  11. Chotobaka

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    X-Code is also available in 17g 1.25. I just loaded up on this gauge for myself and have been using up and selling off the 16g. Haven't tried X-Code HD but like X-Code a lot. I wonder what the difference is between these two strings, since X-Code has "PU HD" on the upper right hand of the package.
     
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  12. Michael Lesbowicz

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    To quote Tecnifibre:

    "The new X-Code H.D. is an improved version of the X-Code, with extra durability."

    Exactly what they improved, apart from the better durability, remains to be seen.
     
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  13. Chotobaka

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    Thanks. I wonder if this is a replacement, especially since TF ran an X-Code deal this month.
     
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  14. Michael Lesbowicz

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    A multifilament polyester hybridized with a monofilament polyester?
    What would one achieve with such a configuration? I am curious.
    Maybe Tecnifibre X-Code H.D. in the mains and Black Code as the cross?
    I should give it a try.
     
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    Have you had problems with shear shanks in the upper hoop with X-Code?
     
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