Wilson Steam 2013

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  1. Automatix

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    Don't know if this was posted but what the heck...

    Model - Unstrung weight, headsize, string pattern, beam
    Steam 96 - 289g, 96 sq. inch., 16x20, 22mm
    Steam 99 - 304g, 99 sq. inch., 16x18, 22-24-22mm
    Steam 99S - 304g, 99 sq. inch., 16x15, 22-24-22mm
    Steam 105 - 289g, 105sq. inch., 16x19, 24-26-24mm
    Steam 105S - 289g, 105 sq. inch., 16x15, 24-26-24mm

    All with AmpliFeel360.

    Sorry if this was already posted.
     
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  2. Veninga

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    Steam 96, Potro's new racket, only 289 grams? I guess it will be more. Maybe 309?
     
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  3. Automatix

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    Those are the specs given, I was surprised as well. Unless there's a typo and it's actually 298g... but still that's pretty light.

    Time will tell.
     
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  4. Stormcrow

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    Do you know length of Steam 96? Sounds a lot like Kpro Tour depending on length and stiffness.
     
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  5. srvnvly

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    Automatix - do you know any swing weights yet? Thanks!
     
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  6. PhotoBlue

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    Defanetley taking 99s for a demo when it comes out in a few months, interesting to see how 16x15 pattern hits...
     
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  7. edman9898

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    I cant imagine them having a 96 that would weight less than their 99. That has to be a typo.
     
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  8. Automatix

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    Sorry guys. I don't know anything beyond the stuff I posted. I always try to post the info I get unless specifically asked not to until someone else spills some details.
     
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  9. Automatix

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    I think so too. But that's the info I got. Time will tell.
     
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  10. roundiesee

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    To me, the old/present 'Steam" is already a very good frame; if I were to choose from the options, I would likely go for the heaviest iteration, :)
     
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    I'm dying to know the length and balance as well. SW would be icing on the cake.
     
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  12. Sander001

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    Anybody else thinking of stringing their racquet with fewer crosses? My racquet's 16x18 so I only have to skip 3 crosses but I wonder which ones would be best to skip.
     
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  13. Mig1NC

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    There was a post on here a while back, might have been Travelrjim, where the guy skipped the outermost cross and main and got incredible spin... Or so the claim went.

    I don't doubt it.
     
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    I heard, from a reliable source, they are standard length (99 & 99S), 2 pts hl, and 11.3 oz strung. Don't know swing weight but with only 2 pts hl I'm guessing swing weight is bumped up from previous version.
     
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  15. srvnvly

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    I hope this blows the Juice 100 away. At 6 points HL and a 311 swingweight, there was no plowthrough. I'm anxious to hear final specs.
     
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  16. couch

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    I will see the new line next Tuesday so will get a better idea then. Hoping, with the better paint scheme, that this will be a real winner. I'm looking more at the 16x18 pattern rather than the 16x15. Also hoping that the throat area is thinner than the current Steam. Will try to give an update next week.
     
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  17. Mig1NC

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    Thanks, Coach! Looking forward to it.
     
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  18. dmcb101

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    I am interested in these racquets as well. I just started my career as a tennis pro and I am currently using the six.one team. I could probably benefit from having a larger head size with a little more power. We will be having a demo night with Wilson soon and I presume these racquets will be there. I will let you know what I find out.
     
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  19. The Dark Knight

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    Did you say your going to try the new steam 16x15? Lucky you ! Please give a review!
     
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  20. Automatix

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    Could you take a gander at the Steam 96? The specs I got for this frame (weight, beam) puzzle me. Also could you check the length and balance?

    I've heard that this frame is supposed to be very close to the BLX Tour so it can be slightly longer than standard but I couldn't confirm this.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  21. couch

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    No. I will only get to view the new line. I won't be hitting any of the new racquets. Will try to convince the rep to get us some a little sooner than normal since I'm really interested in the Steam 99 16x18 and we've done we'll with Wilson in the past year.
     
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    how is Kei Nishikori's racket set up ? i know he uses stock version with some lead tape on it but i don't know the specs
     
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  23. couch

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    Sure. I will get all the specs on the new Steam line and the Blade line. I'm assuming he will have all these. Hoping to get a catalog too. Also curious to see what else is coming from Wilson. Til Tuesday. :)
     
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    Kei has his own spec made by Wilson.

    Wilson Steam Pro Kei Spec
    Head: 95 sqin
    Length: 27.25 inch
    Weight: 318g
    Balance: 330mm
    Beam: 22mm
     
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  25. Nostradamus

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    WOW. perfect specs. where can i buy this racket ?
     
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  26. The Dark Knight

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    Well if you can talk him into getting me the 16x15 quick Ill pay a lot for it.
     
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  27. The Dark Knight

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    10charxhtera
     
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    I've sometimes wondered why manufacturers were going 16x20, beginning with Babolat. I've just always had less feel with them. I also wanted to try those new Yonex frames but decided not to after seeing them also go 16x20. I never understood why and I wonder if they're scrambling to do the opposite now that these Wilsons are coming. 5 less crosses, that sounds like a lot especially if in a midsize.
    Nice find! Makes it look like it's S-Team and not Steam. Spin Team maybe?
     
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  31. Automatix

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    Couch did you have a chance to look up the specs of the Steam 96?
     
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    Should have it in the catalog. I'll try to look and reply with those specs a little later. If I remember, the 96 has a matte paint job similar to the Juice Pro. Really another nice feeling and looking stick.
     
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  33. Federerkblade

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    could you please look up of the specs of the blade 98 16*19 please strung ?
     
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  34. couch

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    I'll do my best. ;-)
     
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  35. couch

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    Probably sorry to inform but the Steam 96 is 10.2 oz unstrung and 10.8 oz strung. I'm sure most on this forum would want a heavier weight. Both the Steam 99/99S are 11.3 oz strung.
     
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  36. couch

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    Blade 98-

    16x19 is 11.2 oz strung
    18x20 is 11.3 oz strung

    Both
    20.6 mm flat beam and 2 pts hl strung balance

    Blade 93-

    18x20 and 11.4 oz strung, 20.2 mm flat beam
     
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  37. Automatix

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    Wow! So the info I got and posted earlier was correct. Is it 27,25 inches or standard length.

    Oh! And thanks Couch!
     
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  38. couch

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    It is 27.25".
     
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  39. Federerkblade

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    thank you does it say the swingweight. i know thats a longshot
     
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  40. rafafan20

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    96 seems too light
     
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  41. couch

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    No, it does not state swingweight.
     
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  42. Automatix

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    Once again. Thx Couch!
     
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    Agreed, I don't know why they can't just give this particular mold some heft and leave it at 27 in. They have produced 3 duds in a row with this mold and this will probably be another. KPro Tour, BLX Pro Tour & Juice Pro, none have lasted very long.
     
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  44. Automatix

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    Depends what you're looking for really...

    I agree that stock it will probably be, like you call it, dud.

    However as a platform for customizing it can be close to perfect.
     
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  45. Mig1NC

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    My thought exactly. It seems built for customization.
     
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    wrong thread oops my bad :(
     
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  47. Blitzball

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    10.8oz strung for the Steam 96? WHAT?! I think 11 is too light but not even 11....Wilson what are you doing? I'd have to get a leather grip and who knows how much lead tape to get it up to a decent weight, and by that point the racquet would be the opposite of maneuverable.
     
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  48. The Dark Knight

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    Ok getting really excited now.....the new steam 99s is really exciting....first playtest of the stick I have ever seen calls it a game changer:

     
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