Double AR Strings - worth the cost to import?

Hello fellow tennis fans! So I have been interested in trying out some more Double AR strings, but unfortunately the selection here in the states seems slim to nil. Tennis Warehouse has some of them, but only one that I'm interested in trying. Double AR has some very attractive looking deals on their website though, but after the cost to ship to the states, the deal isn't that good anymore! Anyone have thoughts or opinions on Double AR strings in general?

To give you a better idea of what I'm looking for - I'm interested in a new poly to use in the mains with my HEAD Velocity in the cross. I'd really like a string with a good touch/feel and good ball pocketing to compliment my cross string. This is for a Donnay Pro One Mid+ stick. I've used the Double AR Twice Dragon before and really liked it, but since then, TW has stopped carrying that string. I was looking into trying their 666 string as well as one of the "Star" poly's on clearance here (I hope its ok to post the link here) http://www.doublear-shop.it/category.php~idx~~~18~~CLEARANCE~.html

Just like I said, the prices are good, but after exorbitant shipping costs to the states, they're not so great anymore. Are they really good strings? Worth ordering from overseas? Thoughts/opinions?
 
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Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
....Double AR has some very attractive looking deals on their website though
Key words "attractive looking."

I tried Diablo and Twice Shark them based on their claims and reviews. They hardly matches the characteristics at all and had poor tension maintenance. Diablo was like a 2 hour string.

Avoid the hassle and head to Weiss Canon strings - Black 5 Edge for spin, Silverstring for a more moderate, classic string. They both have excellent tension maintenance compared to most other polys.
 

Notirouswithag

Professional
^^ good to know, Silver String is another one I have been wanting to try out for a while, probably going to order a pack or two today
 
Key words "attractive looking."

I tried Diablo and Twice Shark them based on their claims and reviews. They hardly matches the characteristics at all and had poor tension maintenance. Diablo was like a 2 hour string.

Avoid the hassle and head to Weiss Canon strings - Black 5 Edge for spin, Silverstring for a more moderate, classic string. They both have excellent tension maintenance compared to most other polys.
Hmm, after reading some reviews, this sounds like this is one I'm going to have to try! I have also been reading good things about the Tourna Big Hitter Blue poly. Any thoughts on that if you've tried it?
 

CopolyX

Hall of Fame
I was a rep & consultant for them a few yrs ago, great company. They normally update there strings once a year. Also they do everything under one roof in Italy. Been there, amazing. Big challenge breaking into the USA market. They are (& have been) looking for a large USA distributor. Is it work it, only if it the best for you and your game. I order direct from them, good amount (TNT ship), so in is worth it to me.
For you, only you can answer the question...
If you are only buy a small amount, check the UK. can't say who..
 

Notirouswithag

Professional
@CopolyX is it true their tension maintenance drops off significantly as stated in TW's review? I know the first step is to try it yourself but before I pull the trigger and order I'd like to hear more about the tension maintenance from someone who is knowledgeable about the product such as yourself
 

frank52

Semi-Pro
I like the Double AR 666 nylon monofilament string and suggest trying them. I use them in the mains (52#) with ZX in the crosses. The string grabs the ball like a poly and has a long lifespan. I've used them for around 3 years now and have settled in to restringing my rackets about every 3 months. Before I was restringing Cyclone poly every couple weeks.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
There's like a billion different poly strings out on the market, so, no, its never worth it to import a string.
It's probably never worth it to use much more than a $10 string when it comes down to actual results on a tennis court. We think we can buy a game, but really that's a major fallacy. All you are buying is confidence which in itself is a useful commodity, but it's far better to feel confident because of less costly endeavors.
 
^ Yeah, ultimately I decided that although I'd like to try the Double AR, I am better off sticking with something more economical that I can get more easily. I mean there were some great deals on clearance reels on their website, but do I really want to import an entire reel of string, just to try it for the first time? Too risky. I ordered up a set of WeissCannon Silverstring and of Tier One Black Knight. I am going to give those two a try in the cross and then see where I'm at.
 

emn8

Rookie
Positive experience with Double AR Twice Shark. Have tried it both in a hybrid with Gut and as a full bed. Works nicely as a cross with VS gut and it was buttery smooth. It did lose tension a little quicker than even Revolve, so next time out I did a 10% pre-stretch - which helped. I also strung it a little higher to compensate for tension loss. Setup has really nice feel, and pocketing. Dwell time seems higher than what i'm used to but its a like it/loathe it thing I guess.
Full bed is similar, good access to spin, comfort is as good as it gets with a Poly in my view. Bit high powered - but again I strung higher (55lbs) and did a pre-stretch. So far 6 hours in and its still playable.

Bought a reel (50GBP around 70US) and thinking of switching to it (at least for the colder months as its easy on the tendons/joints).
Strung in a Blade 98 CV 18x20 and RF97A.
 

zill

Professional
I like the Double AR 666 nylon monofilament string and suggest trying them. I use them in the mains (52#) with ZX in the crosses. The string grabs the ball like a poly and has a long lifespan. I've used them for around 3 years now and have settled in to restringing my rackets about every 3 months. Before I was restringing Cyclone poly every couple weeks.
Nice I'm thinking about trying them also. Do they feel more like playing with a poly or nylon? Also are they heavy? Interested to know their weight compared to a standard 17 gauge poly ( I understand they are 16 gauge but nylon is generally lighter than poly?).
 

CopolyX

Hall of Fame
@CopolyX is it true their tension maintenance drops off significantly as stated in TW's review? I know the first step is to try it yourself but before I pull the trigger and order I'd like to hear more about the tension maintenance from someone who is knowledgeable about the product such as yourself
TW does not carry the newer versions also the "star" versions are updated with much better tension maintenance...most have high spin potential....still it is a copoly....all drop off 8-12 hours depending on your whack-age...
 
As far as I know "Star" is just a better version of the same string with better tension maintenance. From reading reviews and doing some research, I concluded theres no reason to pay that kind of $$ to import these strings when we have so many good options state side. The reviews on DoubleAR seem mixed at best. I'm sure they have some good stuff, but there's no good reason to ship them to the states.
 
^ Idk, I live in the states and have never used them aside from the Twice Dragon which was somewhat soft for a poly. You're local, try a pack and find out for yourself :)
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Hello fellow tennis fans! So I have been interested in trying out some more Double AR strings, but unfortunately the selection here in the states seems slim to nil. Tennis Warehouse has some of them, but only one that I'm interested in trying. Double AR has some very attractive looking deals on their website though, but after the cost to ship to the states, the deal isn't that good anymore! Anyone have thoughts or opinions on Double AR strings in general?

To give you a better idea of what I'm looking for - I'm interested in a new poly to use in the mains with my HEAD Velocity in the cross. I'd really like a string with a good touch/feel and good ball pocketing to compliment my cross string. This is for a Donnay Pro One Mid+ stick. I've used the Double AR Twice Dragon before and really liked it, but since then, TW has stopped carrying that string. I was looking into trying their 666 string as well as one of the "Star" poly's on clearance here (I hope its ok to post the link here) http://www.doublear-shop.it/category.php~idx~~~18~~CLEARANCE~.html

Just like I said, the prices are good, but after exorbitant shipping costs to the states, they're not so great anymore. Are they really good strings? Worth ordering from overseas? Thoughts/opinions?
is this better than solinco ?
 
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