OK, here is my review in the TW format of the Tecnifibre MultiFeel 16. Footnote, I bought this string about a year after I originally wrote this playtest and it seemed much stiffer. I only tried it out as a cross but I don't remember the string feeling that stiff.
It is a little more difficult to string than other multis because of the slight roughness of the string. Bounced a few balls off it and the feel is muted.
Tension it is strung: 60 pounds on a lockout machine full bed
Your regular string set up: Mantis Comfort Synthetic 60 pounds full bed
String pattern of your racquet: 16 x 20
Power (or lack there of): Low/Medium powered multi
Feel: Great feel
Tension maintenance: Seemed to hold the entire 4 hours as a full job until breakage. My B5E/MultiFeel hybrid which I used for almost 8 hours seemed to lose tension over time. I did not get that experience with B5E/MCS, so I'm guessing MultiFeel loses some tension over time.
Overall comments and feedback: See below
General: I could tell on the first few hits that I was going to like this. The rough texture provides pretty good spin for a multi. This is the first string I've used where if I hit the sweet spot I got a ton of CONTROLLED power. The ball would go right where I wanted it to. I played very well with this string.
Serve/Return of Serve: First serve was absolutely terrific. My flat serve down the tee on the deuce side had pinpoint control. I was able to hit some wicked twist 2nd serves with it too. When I went for my returns this string shined. On the other hand, when I tried to chip returns I did not feel like I could place the ball all that well.
Strokes: Lots of spin on both wings. Depth control was good. This string is almost tied with RIP/Hexy for spin potential. When I wanted to blast forehands, I felt like I could without having to worry about the trampoline effect.
Volleys: It's very good for volleys just like RIP. Volleys feel very solid unless I'm stretched out.
Touch shots: I won a lot of points with well placed droppers today.
Softness: The string feels like a medium stiffness multi. I did not feel my elbow one time. The stiffness in the 190 area had me a little worried before I started using the string.
Tension: Perfect for my game.
Durability: The string looks like a standard 16g string. No signs of notching whatsoever, but I hit a ball at the top of the stringbed at the 4 hour mark and blew out two strings.
Movement: String movement is average for a multi meaning it moves a decent amount.
Conclusion: This is an excellent string that is kind of in that tweener price range between the value multis and the premiums. I think I like it slightly better than the Mantis, so if price or durability were not issues, this would be my new string. I'm a little surprised this string does not get more Kudos on the message boards. It fit my game like a glove.
Last edited by mikeler : 04-02-2013 at 11:19 AM.