Black VS Touch versus VS Longevity

Discussion in 'Strings' started by TimothyO, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. TimothyO

    TimothyO Hall of Fame

    Oct 5, 2010
    Recently in another thread someone asked about the difference between Black VS Touch and other versions.

    I hadn't been able to provide a proper reply at the time because I had just switched to a different version of VS. After more playing time I can provide additional feedback but don't remember in which thread that was, thus this new thread.

    I'm finding the Tonic+ Longevity is providing more control than Black VS Touch but is still playing more comfortably. I have no idea why this would be. I do know that color pigments can effect playability. The fellow who owns G&G said that he and his playtesters test different colors and he won't carry colors in a given string if they play too differently from the majority.

    Maybe the Black plays less comfortably/stiffer due to the color treatment but less consistently due to its thinner gauge while the Longevity plays more comfortably while still providing increased accuracy due to its thicker gauge. I have no idea and have long since learned that numbers can only be used as a broad reference point for stringing and the thing that matters most is how they perform on the court.

    In this case I'm really enjoying Longevity over Touch for whatever reason and will be trying the new 15L VS Touch when its time to restring (Longevity is really thick and supposedly less consistent in gauge being advertised as >1.35).
  2. phishbiscuits

    phishbiscuits Rookie

    Dec 11, 2012
    I use Black VS in my mains almost exclusively (approximately 12 racquets). It's not really black once it's stretched (kinda bluish), but it lasts a long time, pockets well, and having no experience with the pre-BT7 coating, I am curious myself if the coating has added staying power (trying not to use "longevity" for clarity!).

    I also like (perhaps not intended) that the black/blue fades as the string wears for two reasons (1) I can see where I hit the majority of my shots); (2) I know when it's time to replace.

    I've been looking for Klip Legend in black for a while, but as I indicated in a previous post, it isn't around right now (at least from the usual suspects).

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