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I just picked up a reel of AG International Nylon 15L for around $15. Are there any pros or cons when using a 15 gauge string in the crosses with a 17 gauge in the mains?
Yes Prince Nylon sounds similar. Have not tried VCT red yet. I do agree. I have put 6 hours so far and very little tension loss and plays very consistent.I like Prince Tournament Nylon 15L as a cross with VCT red mains. The thick nylon lasts longer and I think the hybrid performance is more consistent over time than full VCT.
Kevlar/ nylon is surprisingly goodI know this is an old thread but. I did a similar combo.
I had one of my Head Speed 360+ Pwr strung with full bed of poly (Pros Pro Eruption 16 gauge) strung at 45lbs. My goal is to find a string or string combo that could give great comfort and playabilty/control at lower tension. This played good but had to be more careful taking full swings because of the launch angle and balls going long and for some reason Poly strings in this racket vibrates/pings a lot. It could be the tension but tried a few Poly strings and even with a Vibration Dampner it still vibrated/pinged a lot. I heard Poly strings vibrate a lot but really noticed it with these rackets. (probably because they are more hollow)
I recently tried AG 15 gauge Nylon (Blue Spiral old school) cross with Pros Pro Eruption 16 gauge mains at 45/47 lbs. I am really surprised how soft it made my string bed feel and had good power and excellent control. Launch angle was a little lower than the full bed of poly but could take full swings and not worry about it going long. And there was very little vibration/ping. I could use a single round vibration dampener (instead of a snake). I believe the 15 gauge nylon strings reduced the vibration and reduced the trampoline I had with a full bed of poly. I may have a similar result with a higher grade synthetic gut but I had a reel of this Nylon laying around and thought I would try it.
I love it! I get the benefit of Poly in the mains (good power and spin). Soft control of the 15 gauge nylon and at low tension there was still good pocketing and feel. Overall the best feeling and performing string combo I have found for these rackets.
My other racket (same) I have Ashaway Crossfire +Plus kevlar mains with Pros Pro Eruption 16 cross 40/45 and found this to be great combo as well . Soft and comfortable but a little firmer than the other combo because of the kevlar. I thought this was my go to string combo for low tension and control/comfort but now it is a close 2nd.
If you have some 15 gauge nylon try it as a cross in a Poly hybrid. You might be very surprised as I was.