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Anton 12-07-2012 07:25 PM

Mantis PRO 295
 
Ran into this little pro stock wannabe from Mantis while browsing:

Head Size: 98 sqi
Color: Matte Black
Strung Weight: 11.1 oz
Strung Balance: 6 Points HL
Strung Swing Wt: 299
String Pattern: 16x19
Stiffness (RDC): 60
Beam Width: 21/21/21mm
Length: 27"





Interesting....Any plans from TW to carry this one?

seekay 12-08-2012 05:23 PM

I got to hit with one of these a few weeks ago, and it was promising -- very solid and stable. The stock weight was a little light for my preference, but f course that can be fixed.

I also heard a rumor that there's a heavier version of the same frame in the works.

Anton 12-08-2012 06:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by seekay (Post 7053561)
I got to hit with one of these a few weeks ago, and it was promising -- very solid and stable. The stock weight was a little light for my preference, but f course that can be fixed.

I also heard a rumor that there's a heavier version of the same frame in the works.

Thanks for your feedback,

I really like rackets that have a solid, firm feel throughout the loop, like Tour 90's. How was the upper loop on this one?

As far as adding weight, this racket is pretty much made for that.

seekay 12-10-2012 07:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anton (Post 7053653)
I really like rackets that have a solid, firm feel throughout the loop, like Tour 90's. How was the upper loop on this one?

I can't say for sure; I traded racquets with our local Mantis rep for a few minutes' of warm-up hitting before a clinic, so I was only hitting moderate groundstrokes. I don't recall any shots that felt unstable, so it's pretty likely that the upper hoop is going to do what you want. Definitely worth a demo when they come out.

BORG 12-12-2012 04:35 AM

Comfort feedback
 
I am really interested in this racket, the specs sounds promising.

Have you any comments on the comfort? I have a sensitive elbow so I.m a little worried about stiffness.

Im also interested in how it performs according to spinn.

Please also se this youtube clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtrLjsTF7Kk

Best regards
Borg

phishbiscuits 12-12-2012 03:48 PM

Mantis 305 WAS my stick of choice
 
But, as others have suggested, anything that light is unsuitable without serious customization. I can never get the lead tape balance "just right," so I gave up.

They are beautiful racquets and I like high modulus carbon fiber a lot.

Unloading four. Check classifieds.

Anton 12-14-2012 04:28 AM

My concern with 305 is that it will be too powerful, once I weight it up.

I'm basically looking for something like ProStaff 85, at 12oz+ but with around 95-98 racket head size

Can you comment on loop response on 295? Is it soft or firm?

Anton 12-14-2012 04:37 AM

Ok my curiosity is going to get the best of my wallet on this one, Christmas is nigh :)

I just wish Mantis handle shape was more Wilson like :(

SteveI 12-14-2012 05:53 AM

Where can one obtain this frame???

Anton 12-14-2012 03:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SteveI (Post 7062881)
Where can one obtain this frame???

HOPEFULLY ON TENNIS WAREHOUSE REAL SOON!!! :)



For now, google it, something will come up. ;)

SteveI 12-14-2012 04:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anton (Post 7063634)
HOPEFULLY ON TENNIS WAREHOUSE REAL SOON!!! :)



For now, google it, something will come up. ;)

Liking the specs.....:-) Hope TW brings it in soon also

cluckcluck 12-14-2012 05:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SteveI (Post 7062881)
Where can one obtain this frame???

Check guts and glory tennis.

Chotobaka 12-14-2012 05:47 PM

Incongruous that this is actually 6pts head light (strung no less) at that weight. It would be as stable as a fly swatter. Great looking racquet though. I love this weight class as a platform for customization.

Anton 12-15-2012 01:37 PM


Anton 12-17-2012 02:09 PM

So I went ahead and ordered it with a hybrid string job (MultiM,PolyX) and a leather grip - should be here on wednesday.

db10s 12-17-2012 03:13 PM

Specs are like a lighter Bio Max 200G.

SteveI 12-17-2012 03:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cluckcluck (Post 7063767)
Check guts and glory tennis.

Thanks.... I will..

SteveI 12-17-2012 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by db10s (Post 7068058)
Specs are like a lighter Bio Max 200G.

This frame is much softer and a very low SW compared to the Bio Max 200G. The mold looks more like the newer Dunlop shape (400 Tour), than the standard Dunlop Tour Spec shape.

phishbiscuits 12-18-2012 10:31 AM

Handle Shape IS WILSON-Y
 
I played exclusively with the 305 Tour for six months after making a switch from Wilsons. They are the "standard" shape (not like Head/Volkl/Prince).

Anton 12-18-2012 10:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by phishbiscuits (Post 7069215)
I played exclusively with the 305 Tour for six months after making a switch from Wilsons. They are the "standard" shape (not like Head/Volkl/Prince).

What is "standard"?

I've played with leaded up Mantis 285s for a while and found the grip shape is similar to Head, maybe just a little less rectangular


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