Zo Black Ice

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  1. fortun8son

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    A customer brought in some Zo Black Ice 18 and had me string an APDGT @55/60 and a Yonex RDS 003 (100) @ 58/50.
    Any thoughts on this string/tension?
    I haven't heard or read much about it.
    The Babolat is for an 11 yr old girl. I was concerned, but my protests fell on deaf ears.
    At least this teacher is not making me string Duralast any more!
     
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    such a thin poly in a 16mains bab should not be a problem, specially around 55lbs. i agree that there are better strings to be thinking of, but i doubt a 18gauge can do much damage.
     
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    Thanks. I feel better now.
    This teacher bought a reel to use for all of his students, so I'll probably see a lot more of it. I hope they don't try to leave it in until it breaks. I have a feeling they will.
    Have any of you played with this string?
     
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    if the players play somewhat regularly, such thin material won't stay there forever. an 11 yr old girl with a decent technique should be going through this thin material in something like 10-12 hitting hours - not talking about a competitional!
     
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    Uh-oh! I hope he doesn't decide to go back to Duralast 16 to save money! :)
    Maybe I'll be able to talk him into something else by the time he goes through the reel.
     
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    So. Does anyone have experience with this string? Performance? Tension maintenance?
    It did seem to stretch more under tension than most of the other polys I have used.
     
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    Well, I strung another APDGT @58/52 and he seems to like it. Coming back for more. I'll try to get more detailed playtest info from him. but it seems to be a decent 18g black copoly. $8 a set is pretty darn good for Gamma. Unless some of you have horror stories, it may be worth a try.
    Oh yeah, the teen girl likes it, too.
     
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    Fortun8Son, I have played with all of Gamma's Ice16g and Black Ice 17g/18g. There is a huge difference between the 16 and 17g.

    Black Ice is much softer, feels like it holds tension better. For $8 a set, cannot go wrong with 17g Black Ice. It lasted 12 hours for me. 18g lasted 8 hours. To say the least, I was impressed with the string.
     
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    one thing i forgot to mention, I have no clue why anyone would bring 18g poly in for an 11 yr old. I know your cry fell on deaf ears, but 18g shouldn't be too bad. Still, at the 1st sign of problems, get them out of the poly.
     
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  10. SteveI

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    Hi,

    Can you add any comments on the Gamma Zo Ice 16??

    Steve
     
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    16g ice is a good deal for $8 a set. It has decent feel, decent pop, and decent spin for a poly in 16g. Overall, if a guy isn't picky about his strings, and wants something durable, go right ahead and use it.

    17/18g just plays better, softer, more lively, with more spin. very good low cost alternative to RPM. try it with a couple of people in a blend, they won't know the difference, while saving $10.
     
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    So does anybody have any more experience with this string? I am always pleasantly surprised by Gamma products and I'm looking at the 1.18mm and it looks great on paper. TW only sells it in reels for some reason.
     
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    oops, scratch that, it does come in sets
     
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    Zo Black Ice is good. Damned good. I'm trying many strings this season, particularly at 1.20mm and Black Ice 18 is one of the best so far. I like it better than Tour Bite 18, Black Widow 18, Sharky Spike 17, and Polymaster II.

    Black Code 18 is my favourite so far but I may change my mind because the bite and grab of Black Ice is ridonculous. The spin and angles cannot be unseen. And I don't think the string is even shaped.
    Feel is adequate, not uncomfortable. Power is medium[for a poly] and control is great.

    Strung @ 63/61lbs. Played for 2hrs, will be playing much more.

    More people need to try this.
     
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    I agree that Zo Black Ice 17 or 18 is a very good value. I don't use poly myself (I'm a Gamma Professional guy) but I string, and I keep several packs of Zo Black ice around for my customers. Most like it and feel it's a great value for the price.
     
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