Ball Pocketing similar to Wilson NXT but longer lasting and cheaper

2ndServe

Hall of Fame
Looking for something similar to NXT, I've used it as a cross only and it barely lasts me a few hours before fraying. The cost at nearly $300 a reel and mostly the time to restring is prohibitive. Is there a poly pocketing effect or a multi with better coating
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
Tecnifibre NXT Tour 1.35mm 20 pack.



But as a cross only, it doesn't come in reels and you are likely wasting 3 to 4' of string per frame strung.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
there is nxt.duramax which should be more durable,, but not less expensive
there is Wilson.sensation.plus (now), which should be cheaper, but I don't know if it feels the same to you or if it would last longer
pros pro makes gutex ultra, which is cheaper than nxt, but it moves around quicker than nxt,, but it feels very similar; was my choice for a long time
I now use head.velocity, price and performance is perfect for me
is there a perfect multi for you???? good hunting
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
If you want something soft and affordable, perhaps try some Forten Sweet. Although Sweet 17 might work in a full bed in an 18x20 pattern, it's definitely not as durable as Sweet 16. I've recommended this string on several occasions here as a possible inexpensive alternative to some of the premium multis.

If you stick with multis, I have been impressed with the durability of Yonex 850 in the past. This came to me in a couple different frames that I bought from the classifieds here. I've never been big on multis, but the beds of 850 that I more or less inherited with those racquets held up noticeably longer than I expected.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
ok thanks, does the gutex ultra fray easily? I hate stringing especially an 18x20
yeah, I think youll notise it fray quicker than w.nxt
unfortunately, cheaper multis tend to do that, but price difference is $5 vs $20

if you really hate fraying strings, look into babolat.origin, or ashaway.zx (i think)
they are mono.core strings that feel like multifilament's, but no fraying,
picture a synthetic.gut string, with softer buttery feel, like a multi..
but that also comes with a higher price point about $18
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
ok thanks, does the gutex ultra fray easily? I hate stringing especially an 18x20
btw, multis on a 18/20 racquet are provably one of the best combinations
I currently have a w.ultra.tour 18/20 strung with w.sensation.plus, and it feels right on that racquet
but I feel that most multis on that racquet would feel very similarly good
 

jim e

Legend
Closest thing to what you use is nxt dura max 15g. Should give longer durability, but not at a cheaper price.
 

ron schaap

Professional
Tecnifibre NXT Tour 1.35mm 20 pack.



But as a cross only, it doesn't come in reels and you are likely wasting 3 to 4' of string per frame strung.
I find HDX terrible in fullbed as wel hybrid. And its much to expensive anyway!
Why not use a poly at low tension for proper pocketing? Much better feel and durability.
b
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
I find HDX terrible in fullbed as wel hybrid. And its much to expensive anyway!
Why not use a poly at low tension for proper pocketing? Much better feel and durability.
b
I don't use HDX tour in either a full bed or a hybrid but I string for four guys who don't like full poly and they like HDX Tour over NXT / Velocity / PPC / X1 / NRG as their cross. The fact I can get it in 1.35mm vs 1.3mm for NXT and for $15 pack saves them some coin.

Just because you or I like something doesn't mean other players will. I string what my clients want. For two dozen+ players they use the the same string I use. For the others I offer roughy 30 different strings including multiple polys, multis, natural gut and syn gut options.
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
yeah, I think youll notise it fray quicker than w.nxt
unfortunately, cheaper multis tend to do that, but price difference is $5 vs $20

if you really hate fraying strings, look into babolat.origin, or ashaway.zx (i think)
they are mono.core strings that feel like multifilament's, but no fraying,
picture a synthetic.gut string, with softer buttery feel, like a multi..
but that also comes with a higher price point about $18
That would be my advice too: origin main and a gutex ultra cross. Reasonable durability and price. Zx main not bad either.
 

ron schaap

Professional
I don't use HDX tour in either a full bed or a hybrid but I string for four guys who don't like full poly and they like HDX Tour over NXT / Velocity / PPC / X1 / NRG as their cross. The fact I can get it in 1.35mm vs 1.3mm for NXT and for $15 pack saves them some coin.

Just because you or I like something doesn't mean other players will. I string what my clients want. For two dozen+ players they use the the same string I use. For the others I offer roughy 30 different strings including multiple polys, multis, natural gut and syn gut options.
You didnt mention that you are asking for other people. However it is still irrelevant if its your clients or not. Their opinion is still as biased as any other.
For me i got the impression that there was some glue on the HDX, no snapback at all :(
You could just as wel buy cheap sgut which is probably playing better with better durability if you like soft strings.
 

NLBwell

Legend
I just use AlphaGut2000 as a cross. I think the feel is just as good as NXT and is very cheap. Not sure that it will last longer than NXT, though.
As others have said NXT Duramax (former NXT Max) will last much longer. I've used that in a full bed for years. It lasts far longer than NXT and I like the way it plays better. I've never used it as a cross, though.
You could try gut. I use Babolat Tonic as a main with poly crosses usually, but have one with poly mains and the Tonic as a cross. It should last far longer than the NXT, so might come out to be same price or cheaper in the end and you'd have less stringing to do.
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
You didnt mention that you are asking for other people. However it is still irrelevant if its your clients or not. Their opinion is still as biased as any other.
For me i got the impression that there was some glue on the HDX, no snapback at all :(
You could just as wel buy cheap sgut which is probably playing better with better durability if you like soft strings.

ron shaap,

I did not mention anything "asking for other people. " What are you rambling on about? I replied to the OP's post with a valid answer. That answer stands as HDX Tour is similar to NXT but it lasts longer due to the poly fibers embedded. Two other strings which come to mind designed like HDX Tour, are Head FXP and Wilson NXT Control. The three of these strings have poly fibers woven into the string. Duramix was a previous string made by Tecnifibre but it didn't sale very well.

If you expected snapback from HDX Tour or any multi at all, you really don't know much about strings. HDX Tour and NXT Control both feel and play like multis as they are predominantly multifilaments, just like NXT. I have reels of 1.30 Syn Gut, multiple reels of 1.40, 1.35, and 1.30 Prince Premiere Control (PPC), Head FXP, Velocity, Technfibre X1 Bi-Phase, NRG2 and multi reels of a dozen-plus poly and around 20 packs of Lux, Babolat and the Original Wilson "made in France" natural gut, not the BT7 VS guy now made by Babolat. When a client wants Wilson NXT or HDX Tour, I give them what they want. I don't use those strings in my frames, but you could have figured that out had you read my signature line, or read my post before you replied. So a client/player should just use what you like or what you use? That's laughable.

My personal opinion is 1.40mm PPC works great for a cross, but I answered the question that the OP asked. PPC was cheap at $89 a reel and is 15g / 1.40mm

https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_NXT_DuraMax_15_String/descpageACWILSON-NXTDM15.html .
Wilson NXT DuraMax 16 String Composition: Multifilament (PU impregnated polyamide fibers protected by Abrasion Shields)

https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Tecnifibre_HDX_Tour_15L_String/descpageACTFUSA-HDXT15L.html .
Tecnifibre HDX Tour 15L String Composition Multifilament (Elastyl and polyester fibers infused with polyurethane)

As for a 1.40mm DuraMax vs 1.35mm HDX Tour lasting longer, I don't know. Because HDX Tour has poly built-in. But I do know 1.30mm HDX Tour and 1.30mm NXT Control will last longer than 1.30mm NXT
 
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