What is most DURABLE non-poly/non-kevlar string

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  1. mkedda

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    Need to stick with non-poly string for my aging arm. Dont want to develop tennis elbow again. Problem is I break strings quickly. For example, the babolat x-cell lasted me about 4-5 hours. So....

    What is the most durable non-poly string?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. mikeler

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    I have not played with it until breakage but Head RIP Control 16 seems very strong.
     
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  3. BMC9670

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    ^^^ Agree. I switched to RIP Control after shoulder surgery and it's been good to my arm and durable. I have broken it, but probably long after I should have changed it - maybe 6 months, playing 2-3X per week.
     
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  4. BMC9670

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    mikeler, how long do you leave RIP Control in before restringing? I just got a stringer and will change it more often as I tended to play it until it felt dry and brittle and had quite a bit of fraying.
     
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  5. mkedda

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    How does RIP Control compare to Technifibre X-one biphase in terms of durability?
     
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  6. origmarm

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    I've heard good things about NXT control but I've yet to try it. I have a set but just waiting for my current VS to break before I try it.
     
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  7. goober

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    15g syn gut or nylon. Multis don't have good durability in general.
     
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  8. Tennis Is Magic

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    You can try a 15g nylon/syn gut, but 15g synthetic strings are less durable than an 18g poly, and those don't have much longevity to them to begin with. Best bet for durability would be a poly main and a multi/gut cross if your arm can swing it. Alu Power/Prince Lightning was a VERY soft setup for me the one time I used it.
     
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  9. weksa

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    I'm just speculating here, reading between the lines. If money is a concern for you because you have a tennis shop restring for you, then you might want to invest in a stringing machine.
     
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  10. scotus

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    The most durable is probably one of those cheap tournament nylon strings.

    But have you tried quality natural gut in 16 or 15 gauge? If Xcel lasts you 5 hours, VS Touch can get you about 30 hours.
     
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  11. MuscleWeave

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    Dunlop Hexy Fiber 16g is a very durable multi that's worth a try for you. It's low powered, so string it 2 lb. lower than your usual multi tension. And as a bonus it's only $6.95 per set. Dunlop brands it for comfort and spin.
     
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  12. DrpShot!

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    i've played both of these to breakage several times. i think x-1 lasts longer, but not by much. i do prefer x-1 over rip control, but that's not saying much. x-1 changed faces too much every time it hit it, rip control was decent but the movement was too much.
     
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  13. BigT

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    RIP Control lasted me at least twice as long as X-1.
     
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  14. mikeler

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    I cut it out during my multifilament testing days after a few sets to try something else.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=352048
     
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  15. diredesire

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    besides the RIP Control/etc recommendations (Isospeed/Rip Control/Intellistring is all polyolefin ribbon type strings), you should check out Gamma Marathon DPC.
     
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  16. SteveI

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    Gamma Marathon DPC
    Gosen ProForm Tuff
     
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  17. got spin?

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    Prince Duraflex is holding up pretty good being in a hybrid job with RPM in my Rad MPs
     
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  18. joshj2112

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    Try forten nylon. Its literally a dollar a set and is very durable
     
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  19. mkedda

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    Are you suggesting that a syn gut will last me 30 hours before breakage?

    I thought syn gut was LESS durable than multi. Am I off?


     
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  20. diredesire

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    Depends on the string. Multis can be very, very easily breakable. I have a feeling some of these recs are coming from non-string breakers ;)

    Although 15L Tourney nylon can actually last quite a long time, depending on what type of string breaker you are.

    TBH, 4-5 hours on X-cel ain't too bad...
     
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  21. scotus

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    What I suggested by the 30-hour remark is that top-quality NATURAL gut (not to be confused with synthetic gut) is far more durable than most multis.
     
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  22. diredesire

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    Ooh yes, I saw that remark, and I'll agree. Provided you take care of your gut, this is often the case. Many players are often surprised by the durability (and playability throughout the life of the string!) of NG. Obviously you want to avoid extreme conditions like temperature and water, and there may be some upkeep (if you want, like string savers, and clipping off danglies).
     
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  23. rudester

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    Thanks for confirming this, I have a racquet strung 10 months ago with klip NG, although it is not used as much as my others, it still plays as good or better than the day i strung it.
     
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  24. mkedda

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    I play at a 4.0/4.5 level and hit with lots of spin and power. I went through babolat x-cel in about 5 hours and technifibre x-one biphase in about 6 hours before breaking both.

    will I break gut faster than this 30 hour mark?
     
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  25. mkedda

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    anyone have any responses to my last post?
     
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  26. Boricua

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    I think somebody said that if you break X! in 5-6 hours quality gut will last 30.
     
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  27. Boricua

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    Would Pacific Tough Gut fit this top quality gut criteria?
     
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  28. JT_2eighty

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    ^^^ indeed. Side by side, Pacific tough was more durable than VS gut. It may not play as velvety as VS, but is a very quality gut for sure.
     
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  29. scotus

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    Yes, Tough Gut is great for those looking for durability and relatively low power in gut.
     
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  30. Tough Gut

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    I broke 15g PSGD in 2 days...
     
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