Tiger String Black Buffalo strings

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  1. darklore009

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    just received a free set to playtest, looking forward on playing with it on my k90. going to string it @ my usual tension 46ibs.
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  2. mikeler

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    Go get 'em Tiger!
     
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  3. darklore009

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    Stringing: This string is one of the easiest poly to string. It feels similar to a Genesis Black Magic. One of the easiest polys to string. The hardest one that i strung was Black Shark, It was the hardest string to string with. weaving it through the crosses was difficult. But with this strings, it's a breeze.8.75/10
     
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  4. darklore009

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    Tension used for playtest: 46 ibs
    Regular string set up: Babolat RPM Blast 16g
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson K Six One Tour
    Power: I found this string to be really lively. Since this string is a 18g, i it was a powerful string for a poly. I did had to go through an adjustment period to contain that power. 8.5/10
    Feel: The string give a solid feel. I can feel the string sink into the string bed and launch the ball with lots of mph. I did a side by side test with another k90 with rpm blast with the same specs. By that test, i found to be more solid than RPM. 9/10
    Comfort: I found this string to be very comfortable. It can be compared to a Black Magic comfort level, but more solid. I do have a history of tennis elbow and i didnt notice any discomfort from it.8.9/10
    Durability: After 1.5 weeks, i did break the string. This is typical for me when i'm playing with 18g. 7/10
    Playability Duration: I notice after a week, the performance slightly drop over time. It's hardly noticeable when hitting it when i broke it. 7/10
    Control: Control was excellent. I can place shots where i wanted to go. It did meet my expectations of placing the shots where i wanted to be at. 9/10
    Compare to the string you use most often: This string is comparable to the black magic. This could be an alternative if a player is looking for all around performance.
    Tension recommendations: I don't think i need to change the tension. I went by the tension that i'm comfortable with and it went well.
    Overall Experience: This is a very nice poly to string and play with. It met my expectations except for durability. I wished i can get 16g, but i'm satified with a 18g. If anyone needs a string that accompany them, this is a string to go. 8.2/10
     
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  5. quencheu96

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    Hey, I've recently been considering to switch from multi filament (am using xone 17g at 52lb atm) to poly strings. I was wondering if this black buffalo 18g would be a good start to using poly since I'm uses to the power and comfort of multi? And also, I'm just wondering, are there any poly that have the comfort of multi when you hit with them?
     
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  6. darklore009

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    poly in general will be stiff. since your coming from a mutli, there will be a break-in period. i would suggest to go down a tension so the poly won't be harsh in the arm. you can kincer a call about it. his number is on the first picture. you can ask him to send you a set for you to try. since you use xcel @ 52 ibs, i would suggest to go around 47-48.
     
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  7. quencheu96

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    Alright, thanks for the advice. Do you also know where this company is based in? Like US or w.e
     
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  8. darklore009

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    The company is from USA. They mailed me from Florida I think
     
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  9. USArmyTennis

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    I'd reccommend trying a poly hybrid first. Definitely starting poly in 18g is best. It will be the easiest on the arm. Going down in tension as darklore said is also a good idea.
     
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  10. jk-time

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    18G is definitely the way to go

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    Black Buffalo in 18 gauge is actually a very nice string to play with. The strings have very good tension maintenance and considering the gauge, have very good durability. If you prefer to concentrate on the durability aspect vs the overall feel and performance our Black Buffalo 16 gauge is a very good choice. I find that this string compares favorably to the Babolat RPM Blast. Why spend all that cash when you can buy much more economically... ?
     
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  11. jk-time

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    Us Company

    The company is actually based in Texas. Looking to get Tennis Warehouse or another distributor to take on their line.... Wish us Luck... Nothing like being one of the highest quality strings at a super economical price.:):):)
     
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  12. jk-time

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    Poly vs Multi Filament

    1) You are NEVER going to have the comfort of a Multi Filament in ANY type of Polyester.... Closest you will get is in a thinner gauge Co Polyester. Black Buffalo offers an 18 gauge. Maybe lowering tension a few lbs will help with the 18 gauge co poly. Get with me so I can help set you up.:)
     
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  13. jk-time

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    Ease of Stringing

    I also love how easy the thinner gauge strings allow me to string. Probably a good 3-4 minutes faster than other polyester strings.
     
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    Rrroooaaaarrrr !!!

    RRRROOOOOAAAAARRRRR !!!!:)
     
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  15. jk-time

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    Thanks for playtesting !!

    I appreciate the honest play-test evaluation you submitted. It feels great to hear that other players enjoy playing our strings as much as we do. We are very interested in making our strings readily available to players of all levels. We have strings in thin gauge (18) for players desiring exceptional feel as well as strings for advanced players looking for an all around excellent performance string - OUR 16 Gauge Black Buffalo.:)
     
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  16. Gut4Tennis

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    I wonder what % is tiger and what % is buffalo

    sounds like a good hybrid

    buffalo mains / tiger cross
     
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  17. mikeler

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    Is the black leopard packaging really a picture of a black panther? I must know.
     
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  18. asusundevils1971

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    Jim, I received the strings today and will string one of my Blades up in the next few days. I will also write a review and send it to your personal email as per request. I am glad you took my advice and joined the forum to let people know about your products.

    Chris
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  19. jk-time

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    Actually the picture is of a Black Jaguar..... Sorry, no Panthers available that particular day... Hence one of our strings "Black Jaguar"... You should try it !
     
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  20. Carolina Racquet

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    I'm looking forward to trying out this company's string. I'll publish a playtest review when I get it.
     
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  21. mikeler

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    Which one is softest?
     
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  22. Carolina Racquet

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    Red Jaguar

    I was sent a set of the 17g Red Jaguar poly. String is very slippery feeling, perhaps because of the teflon infusion touted by the company.

    It string up very nicely. It's not super-elastic, but stretches about the same as the Cyclone I'm used to. Strung it at 42lbs, a little higher than my typical setup.

    Attached is a picture after stringing. Personally, I love how the Red looks in my MG Prestige MP.

    I will submit a playtest after hitting with it for a few hours..

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  23. Titan_X

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    I have emailed for a string sample but nothing has come in yet. :(
     
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  24. Carolina Racquet

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    Red Jaguar Playtest

    Tension used for playtest: 42 lbs

    Regular string set up: Volkl Cyclone 17g

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Head Microgel Prestige MP

    Power: I found the Red to be pretty lively and powerful, though not a launcher. 8.5/10

    Feel: String has a great feel. More plush than Cyclone. This is appreciated more after I use another frame and come back to the frame with the Red. 9.5/10

    Comfort: Though I didn't test it at a higher tension, I would have no concern about the string being too stiff. Reminds me of a muted Big Hitter Silver. 8/10

    Durability: Not an issue at all. You can tell this is a quality string, especially for the price. After nearly 2 weeks, string didn't break, but also, looks almost new. Impressive 8.5/10

    Playability Duration: Not much playability drop in since stringing. 8.5/10

    Control: Control was great. The string didn't created spots on the frame that were either too dead or lively. Directional control was also nice. 8.5/10

    Compare to the string you use most often: This is tough, because it doesn't play anything at all like Cyclone, and it shouldn't! I can only think of Big Hitter Silver, but plusher and more muted.

    Tension recommendations: I strung the frame a little higher than my normal string because it felt a little more elastic. However, it's not enough to make you drastically change from your normal tension.

    Overall Experience: I believe this is a really good string. I'm considering trying it in some other frames. You can appreciate the nice playability and durability that's most likely attributed to the infusion of teflon in the string. Added to that, it's pretty cool looking... almost a red/pearl appearance. This is a great string for the price and it screams value IMO. 8.5/10
     
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  25. McLovin

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    Black Buffalo Playtest

    Not as descriptive as Carolina Racquet, but here goes:

    Setup tested: Black Buffalo 18g. Used as a cross to Pacific Classic 17g strung at 51lbs (gut was 53lbs) in my VCORE Tour 310g.

    Normal setup: Pacific Classic 17g @ 53lbs, MSV Co. Focus 1.18 @ 51lbs.

    Stringing: It strung up quite nicely. It felt soft, and I was reminded of Co. Focus. Using RacquetTune, it came off the machine @ 53lbs (which is about what the normal setup registers).

    Play: In short, it felt like a lower-powered version of Co. Focus. Feel & spin were pretty much the same. I actually had one of my normal setups on the court with me, so I switched back & forth during the playtest. The only difference I found was power. Most of my shots landed at or inside the service box, while the Co. Focus placed the balls a good 6ft beyond the box. If I had a more powerful racquet, I'd definitely look into this string as an alternative to stringing Co. Focus higher.

    Tension maintenance is also pretty much on par w/ Co. Focus. On clay I can get a good 8-10 hours before things start to fly on me. The overall tension settled in ~ 49-50 on RacquetTune, which again is what I find w/ my normal setup.

    All in all, a good consideration for a cross to Natural Gut, especially if you are looking to tame some of the power.
     
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  26. McLovin

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    Black Jaguar 17L Playtest

    OK, this isn't from me, it is from a person I string for. It was strung up in the mains, crossed with Dunlop S-Gut, in my friend's Biomimetic 300.

    Originally I asked to playtest the string in a couple of the high school girl's racquets I coach. But the season ended before the string arrived, so I offered it up to a friend of mine.

    I strung it at 54lbs, with the crosses at 58lbs (he likes it tight). His normal setup is Gossen Polylon crossed with the S-Gut, same tension.

    From the first hit he loved it. He hits heavy topspin off the forehand, and his shots were dipping like crazy. He felt as if he could swing as hard as he wanted and the ball would come in. Even his backhand, which he normally slices, was coming in when he took a good cut at it.

    He has a huge first serve and a big kicker on the second. Both were working, but he was getting more action off the first than normal.

    But he also noticed a huge increase in feel. Obviously, considering his previous string, anything would be an increase in feel, but he really liked this. So much so that he wants me to order a reel for him, which I will be in the process of doing after the holiday.
     
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  27. mad dog1

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    where are you guys buying Tiger strings? i went to the website and there's no functionality to purchase. :confused:
     
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  28. McLovin

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    I sent an e-mail to jk-time (on 1st page of this thread) and he sent me a set of Buffalo and a set of Jaguar to playtest.
     
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  29. Carolina Racquet

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    If you go to the big auction site, you will find most of their strings for purchase. I'm sure if you contact them, they will handle direct purchases as well.
     
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  30. mad dog1

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    will do. thanks, guys!
     
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  31. Carolina Racquet

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    I also received a set of the Black Buffalo 16g. I strung it up in a Youtek Prestige Pro at 45lbs.

    It has a little different feel and elasticity compared to the Red Jaguar. It felt a little more stiff, but strung up very easily.

    I hit with it for a about an hour. I really felt great in the frame... felt softer than I would have thought because of it's stiffer feel while stringing.

    I gave it to a friend who normally plays with Babolat PST using Excel @62 lbs to try. How did it go? Well, I haven't seen the frame since then. He's a big hitter who now loves the setup and is in the process of order a few Prestige Pros and probably the string.

    I know this isn't a playtest review, but both the BB and the RJ are quality strings. I can't get the Red out of my mind. I have a Wilson Blade 104 arriving today and I'm thinking of ordering some Red to try it out in that.
     
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  32. AC Tennis

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    anyone else get sample?

    Anyone get a sample recently? I e-mailed over a week ago and have not gotten any response. Just wondering if maybe they stopped their free string samples.
     
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  33. McLovin

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    I never got an e-mail response. The strings just showed up one day w/ a note attached. I want to say it took ~ 2 weeks for them to arrive?
     
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  34. Titan_X

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    Has anyone have the problem with the ball hitting a little flat? And not enough spin?
     
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