Alternative to VS

NRMM

Rookie
I currently have VS 17/head lynx tour 17 at 55/53 and really enjoying very much. Very controllable, predictable, good access to power on my Ezone 98+

However in the humid sometimes damp rainy weather in the UK the gut just doesn’t long as it starts to fray. Rather than going full poly, which other string would you replace what VS with, excellent amount of power, and excellent tension maintenance? The closes to VS but simply not natural gut…
 

tonylg

Legend
Klip Armour Pro is almost exactly what you've described.

Definitely doesn't feel as good as the Legend and not a patch on the uncoated, but will last longer.
 

socallefty

Legend
Luxilon gut has a coating that lasts longer and is more durable. I personally prefer the feel of VS in fullbed or hybrids with poly. All polys pretty much die in 15-20 hours and give discomfort after that to me - so, I cut them out. In a poly hybrid the gut has to last only for that amount of hours and VS does that for me even in humid weather.
 

joah310

Professional
is there any difference between lux and Wilson gut? I think i heard somewhere that they are the same.
 

socallefty

Legend
is there any difference between lux and Wilson gut? I think i heard somewhere that they are the same.
Wilson bought Luxilon and I don’t know if they are the same now. I wouldn't be surprised if it is the same gut, but with different coatings as the Luxilon gut seems to be made more for hybrid stringing than for fullbed. The coating makes the Luxilon gut less lively than other brands.
 

FIRETennis

Professional
is there any difference between lux and Wilson gut? I think i heard somewhere that they are the same.
They look the same but play and feel *very* different. I've tried both side by side.
Lux gut has a very thick coating, plays almost like a poly.
For humidity, try Head Velocity MLT mains, poly crosses. Might last 4-5h though if you hit with spin in an open pattern.
 

jdub486

Rookie
In carry two frames with gut mains/ poly cross and a third frame with full poly for wet conditions. Same poly as the hybrid. Nothing subs for natural gut very well so I just go full poly for the “spare” frame.
 

franks

Rookie
The closest to VS but simply not natural gut, that I have ever used is Tecnifibre X-One Biphase. The problem is, it only lasts 6-8 hours for me. Wilson Sensation is also reasonably close but again the longevity is the same as X-One Biphase for me. They are both multifilaments. I have good strokes and don’t break strings that often.
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
Wilson bought Luxilon and I don’t know if they are the same now.
I don't think this is close to right.

Wilson obtained/holds the worldwide *distribution* rights for Luxilon, which explains why every Lux retailer also has a big selection of Wilson kit.

But Luxilon is an independent enterprise and not wholly owned by anyone, including Wilson (which probably is a division of something bigger. I'm not a business junkie, I'll be first to admit.)

/Acey
 

socallefty

Legend
I don't think this is close to right.

Wilson obtained/holds the worldwide *distribution* rights for Luxilon, which explains why every Lux retailer also has a big selection of Wilson kit.

But Luxilon is an independent enterprise and not wholly owned by anyone, including Wilson (which probably is a division of something bigger. I'm not a business junkie, I'll be first to admit.)

/Acey
Wilson acquired distribution rights to Luxilon in 2005, but I believe they bought them after - Wilson is owned by Amer Sports Oy which is a Finnish company that is Chinese-owned. If you go to the Luxilon webpage, they say they are part of the Wilson family of brands and Wikipedia says they are owned by Wilson also. If you click on the Careers link on the Luxilon website, it takes you to the Wilson Sports career website.

 

FIRETennis

Professional
Wilson acquired distribution rights to Luxilon in 2005, but I believe they bought them after - Wilson is owned by Amer Sports Oy which is a Finnish company that is Chinese-owned. If you go to the Luxilon webpage, they say they are part of the Wilson family of brands and Wikipedia says they are owned by Wilson also. If you click on the Careers link on the Luxilon website, it takes you to the Wilson Sports career website.

Has the acquisition (would be in the hundreds of millions / billions) been published anywhere?
Luxilon primarily makes medical fibers and secondarily tennis strings.
https://www.luxilon.be/ && https://www.luxilon.tennis
The .com seems to be a white label of Wilson's website for the American market. Wilson does their distribution.
 

joah310

Professional
I thought they had like a partnership agreement. I don't think they have a one owns the other kinda relationship
 

JustTennis76

Professional
I currently have VS 17/head lynx tour 17 at 55/53 and really enjoying very much. Very controllable, predictable, good access to power on my Ezone 98+

However in the humid sometimes damp rainy weather in the UK the gut just doesn’t long as it starts to fray. Rather than going full poly, which other string would you replace what VS with, excellent amount of power, and excellent tension maintenance? The closes to VS but simply not natural gut…
In my opinion, the closest string to gut(and it's really not that close) I tries is the Technifibre NRG2 in a full bed. The problem is it doesn't as long as gut/poly or even a multi/poly hybrid. I am using VS last 3 years and have a hard time going back to anything else.
 

rv75

Rookie
In my opinion, the closest string to gut(and it's really not that close) I tries is the Technifibre NRG2 in a full bed. The problem is it doesn't as long as gut/poly or even a multi/poly hybrid. I am using VS last 3 years and have a hard time going back to anything else.
Full bed or hybrid?
 
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