Dunlop Ice: First Impressions

Fuji

Legend
I could hit almost every serve in on the ad side... NOTHING (almost nothing) on the deuce side... I guess that's what happens when you get sick and don't play for 2 weeks.

I suppose I should call this the "Roddick setup".

Ad side is my weak side on serving. My percentages are definitely lower. With deuce you can just slice it in out wide and it normally works fine! :razz:

I was the same way a few weeks ago. Had a gnarly cold and didn't play for 10 days. Just bad all around haha!

-Fuji
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
PP, if silverstring was as cheap as ICE would you use it instead? Or is it the value/performance combo of it that did it for you?

Ice just plays exactly how i want a poly string to play. And it lasts long enough in a hybrid as well. The spin is nasty, the feel is crisp, and the control is insane.

I am going to hybrid some up in my mfil 200 and see how that plays as well.
 

swfh

Semi-Pro
Ice just plays exactly how i want a poly string to play. And it lasts long enough in a hybrid as well. The spin is nasty, the feel is crisp, and the control is insane.

I am going to hybrid some up in my mfil 200 and see how that plays as well.

What gauge?
 

topspinlob

Rookie
i strung up my Vantage VT321 with 17g of this. I played with my friend yesterday who I have been playing weekly for the last 6 months. He said my kick serve had more kick than usual.. I previously had Pro's Pro Cyber Power 17g/OGSM 16 in it. We did play on a different court than usual but both are both hard courts with the same wear...

Anyhow. I like the string. I was really getting some good control with it. We played a set of doubles of our set of singles with a couple of young hard hitting bucks. I'm 40 while my friend is in his 50's..I'll play with it more and provide feedback..
 

topspinlob

Rookie
i strung up my Vantage VT321 with 17g of this. I played with my friend yesterday who I have been playing weekly for the last 6 months. He said my kick serve had more kick than usual.. I previously had Pro's Pro Cyber Power 17g/OGSM 16 in it. We did play on a different court than usual but both are both hard courts with the same wear...

Anyhow. I like the string. I was really getting some good control with it. We played a set of doubles of our set of singles with a couple of young hard hitting bucks. I'm 40 while my friend is in his 50's..I'll play with it more and provide feedback..

i played again yesterday ( in the cold and wind)... the mains were already moving after only 2 hours of playing.. didn't think it would do that.. I can't provide some more feedback on yesterdays play because of the horrible time we had with the wind...
 

db10s

Hall of Fame
i played again yesterday ( in the cold and wind)... the mains were already moving after only 2 hours of playing.. didn't think it would do that.. I can't provide some more feedback on yesterdays play because of the horrible time we had with the wind...

It has a tendency to do that, but I don't find it to affect playability.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I thought you were using Natty Gut mains and 4G crosses and then dropped the 4G for the Ice in the crosses?

Nope, I have never used that setup. I was using 4G/OGSM. Same tension.

man, you change your favorite strings seemingly weekly, and that may be conservative

I have been using this setup for a month now and have reels of both Ice and OGSM. I have not changed my favorite strings weekly.

My favorite strings are usually pricey so I look for a cheaper alternative. That is why I went from 4G to Ice. Ice plays very similar, so it was a no brainer.
 

drak

Hall of Fame
Nope, I have never used that setup. I was using 4G/OGSM. Same tension.



I have been using this setup for a month now and have reels of both Ice and OGSM. I have not changed my favorite strings weekly.

My favorite strings are usually pricey so I look for a cheaper alternative. That is why I went from 4G to Ice. Ice plays very similar, so it was a no brainer.

okay, how is the longevity (stays playable) of Ice vs 4G? and how would you compare spin and power level?
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
4g moves faster, but lasts a little longer. Ice is a weekly change out string, but that is standard anyway with poly.

spin is higher with ice. power is a little higher as well. They are both very control oriented.
 

wmilas

Rookie
I've tried both Topspin cyberflash and 4g. I prefer the cyberflash. The 4g just seems too muted for me. Does Ice play more like 4g or cyberflash?
 

Muppet

Legend
I have seen the error of my ways.

I strung Ice/Hexy Fiber @48/53 (dropweight) on my MuscleWeave 95, and I foung the Ice to be a much more demanding string than Cyber Flash. But the Ice combo felt really nice when I hit my forhand with proper hip rotation. There's some hope here. Unfortunately, my hitting wrist is getting strained from this, mousing on my computer, and shoveling snow.

I got a new racquet from TW this past week. It's the Biomimetic 200 and it's lighter and really cushy. I have Cyber Flash/Hexy Fiber on this one @50/55. I think it will help me get back to playing faster.
 

drak

Hall of Fame
this has become my favorite poly as a cross with nat gut mains, as good or better for me than 4g crosses and way cheaper, does exactly what I want - tames the gut the right amount and gives me more control yet still maintains the gut mains feel

Drak
 

osutennis24

Semi-Pro
I noticed on the package of Ice that they recommend you to string it 10% lower than you normally would...Has anyone who tried this string listened to that advice?

I normally have my polys set between 53-55 (haven't decided where I like it best)..going into the 40s seems like it would be way too low for me
 

SteveI

Legend
I noticed on the package of Ice that they recommend you to string it 10% lower than you normally would...Has anyone who tried this string listened to that advice?

I normally have my polys set between 53-55 (haven't decided where I like it best)..going into the 40s seems like it would be way too low for me

The Ice is pretty firm to be sure. I guess it would depend on what poly you are using as your regular. The Ice is a very nice 1st gen poly. Plays very much like Gosen Polylon. It is not one of those 2nd or 3rd gen polys that are very soft and playable. I have used it in the 17G and I would string it lower than the newer polys and less than syn gut.
 

osutennis24

Semi-Pro
I've used a bunch of different polys...right now i'm using Babalot Hurricane Feel, used dunlop explosive, Kirschbaum Pro Line II and Pacific Polyforce

Do you think blending it with Hexy Fiber be ok?
 

mikeler

Moderator
The Ice is pretty firm to be sure. I guess it would depend on what poly you are using as your regular. The Ice is a very nice 1st gen poly. Plays very much like Gosen Polylon. It is not one of those 2nd or 3rd gen polys that are very soft and playable. I have used it in the 17G and I would string it lower than the newer polys and less than syn gut.

I've found the opposite to be true. Dunlop Ice seems very soft to me for a poly. It even moves around immediately like a multi and gets stuck in place.
 

osutennis24

Semi-Pro
lol..

so do you guys think if I have normally strung my poly's around 53 I should be ok? Or should I go down to like 48 or 49 like their package says
 

mikeler

Moderator
lol..

so do you guys think if I have normally strung my poly's around 53 I should be ok? Or should I go down to like 48 or 49 like their package says

That 10% lower normally refers to comparing it with a nylon string. Go with 53 to start.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
I have Ice17 in a DunlopBio300T strung at 51 lbs.
Nice an solid for flat hitting, not the most resilent for heavy topspin, the ball SEEMS to slide a bit on heavy spin shots, and it's soft on the arm.
My favored string so far is SolincoTourBite16 at 47 lbs, softer and more bite than Ice.
I also have a Bio300T with Silk16 at 58 lbs. It's smooth, decent in most departments, but seemed to have gotten very soft after I got the racket, around 5 days old for the string job. It seems to lose tension quickly.
 

osutennis24

Semi-Pro
well, I have free packs of dunlop string becasue the club I work for sponsors dunlop, I can use pearl, hexy or dna...that's why I was curious if it would go well with Ice

I'll prob string it up tomorrow and see...I'm playing in a tournament this weekend and it's the only string I have available, so that's why I'm askin on here instead of play testing. don't have the time lol (today and Friday are the only days I can play)
 
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mikeler

Moderator
well, I have free packs of dunlop string becasue the club I work for sponsors dunlop, I can use pearl, hexy or dna...that's why I was curious if it would go well with Ice

I'll prob string it up tomorrow and see...I'm playing in a tournament this weekend and it's the only string I have available, so that's why I'm askin on here instead of play testing. don't have the time lol (today and Friday are the only days I can play)

Go with DNA. It is my favorite multi full bed but the durability is not great. Still not bad as a cross but not my favorite. Hexy is fine as a cross too. You can't go wrong with either.
 

Muppet

Legend
If you decide to use Pearl, it's fairly stiff for a multi, and be careful not to snap it on the tie-offs.
 

SteveI

Legend
lol..

so do you guys think if I have normally strung my poly's around 53 I should be ok? Or should I go down to like 48 or 49 like their package says

Here is a Review from Tennis.com:

Polyester strings are hardly one-dimensional, but the one characteristic that probably established its reputation is durability. The suckers can take a licking. Baseline grinders who tired of constantly shredding multifilament strings and enriching their stringers were drawn to poly’s resiliency.

Being tough, however, meant that the string could be a little unforgiving. So as polyesters became more popular, more offerings became available; most notably softer, more arm-friendly varieties. The price of forgiveness being that the strings weren’t quite as durable.

Dunlop’s ICE string falls in the firmer, hard-to-break spectrum of the polyester category. I have yet to put the string through its paces, but the crystal clear monofilament is designed specifically for big hitters who need their strings to withstand severe punishment. Translation: Considerable swing speed required. It’s also probably not for players who have found stiffer polys to cause elbow or shoulder discomfort.
But for power players who need a firm, long-lasting string, it could be worth a test-drive.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Excellent above!
Hitting weak with Ice is like a pusher using LuxBBanger, it don't work!
Hitting hard with Ice or BBanger works just fine.
When I first got my Bio300T strung with Ice17 at 51 lbs from TW here, I hardly played with it, mostly using it against 3.5 softie hitters. Later on, about 4 months, I started using it against some real 4.5's, and it works great. But against pusher 3.5's, it's stiff, non feeling, not very powerful, kinda slippery on the ball. All that goes away once the incoming ball starts coming in with aggression.
 

osutennis24

Semi-Pro
Excellent above!
Hitting weak with Ice is like a pusher using LuxBBanger, it don't work!
Hitting hard with Ice or BBanger works just fine.
When I first got my Bio300T strung with Ice17 at 51 lbs from TW here, I hardly played with it, mostly using it against 3.5 softie hitters. Later on, about 4 months, I started using it against some real 4.5's, and it works great. But against pusher 3.5's, it's stiff, non feeling, not very powerful, kinda slippery on the ball. All that goes away once the incoming ball starts coming in with aggression.

yea, I got a pretty big forehand, and play against strong 4.0-weak 4.5's, so I could see this as a decent try, hey, it's a free pack, might as well. Plan on trying Juice in the future as well
 

WarrenMP

Professional
I gave the ice a try again. I have to say that this is a great string. It is a classic poly - low powered. I have it in a 2020 yonex ezone. It plays pretty nice. I am glad I have 2 reels of this stuff.
 

MZ9526

New User
I still have 1.5 sets left of 16g Ice and was thinking about using it as a cross with 15g synthetic gut.

I remember really not liking Ice about eight years ago, but I was stringing it way too tight as a main with Quasi Gut Armour crosses.
 

WarrenMP

Professional
I still have 1.5 sets left of 16g Ice and was thinking about using it as a cross with 15g synthetic gut.

I remember really not liking Ice about eight years ago, but I was stringing it way too tight as a main with Quasi Gut Armour crosses.
When I initially played with it, I did a hybrid set up. Most recently, I did a full bed and it played like a classic poly. I like the classic poly feel because it is super low powered plus it provides a predictable response from the strings. I am staying consistent in rallies more than normal.
 
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