|02-14-2013, 09:48 AM||#1|
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Tier One Tour Status review
String tested: Tier One Tour Status this is a shape poly; it appears to be a 6 or 8 sided string; strung up easily
Gauge of playtest string: 1.25
Tension used for playtest: 49#s strung on an electronic CP machine using a modified JayCee method
Regular string set up: Yonex Poly Pro Tour Yellow 1.25 @ 49#s strung on an electronic CP machine using a modified JayCee method
Racquet brand and model used for test: Vantage BC20
Power of test string: moderate power; less powerful than Tour Bite, but more powerful than Iontec, Lux 4G, Kirschbaum Super Smash Orange, and Yonex Poly Pro Tour Yellow.
Feel: offers very good feel for a shaped poly; offers better feel and touch than Tour Bite. in fact this string feels and plays remarkably similar to Head Sonic Pro Edge or a more comfy version of Tourna BHB7.
Spin: excellent in the spin dept; while Tour Bite adds more funk to the ball, Tour Status certainly has no problem generating loads of spin either
Comfort: Comfort was excellent. the string bed was neither overly stiff or too mushy.
Durability: Durability appears to be quite good. When I cut out the strings at around 6 hours, they were notched less than 1/3 of the way.
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): The optimimum playability window for me was 30 mins to 4 hours. it took about 30 mins for the stringbed to settle in and start opening up. after that, this stringbed was excellent. GREAT spin, control and pop. after 2 hours of hard hitting, the mains had started to move around a little bit but playability was still very good until the 4 hour mark. After that, the stringbed had lost its elasticity and started to feel a bit harsh and wiry. by 6 hours, the spin action was reduced, pop was noticeably down and control was compromised. routine shots that had previously been landing in were now sailing a bit long. I checked the tension with the RacquetTune app and after 6 hours, the tension had dropped 8#s.
Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): Control was very good. In my BC20, Iontec and Yonex Poly Pro Tour provide excellen control - more pinpoint accuracy, but Tour Status was really good. Tour Status is more springy than Iontec or Poly Pro Tour so given that the BC20 is very flexy, i was not surprised i didn't get the same level of control w/ Tour Status that I get w/ my normal control setups.
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I wouldn't change a thing with tension.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed Tour Status until the 4-5 hour mark when performance started dropping off. Excellent string. Great spin, feel and very good control and comfort. If it could maintain the same performance levels with minimal tension loss for up to 8-10 hours, this would be an awesome string in my book.
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