Lacoste RL07 racquet

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
Hi guys:

Accroding to Lacoste web site, this racquet was part of the Lacoste Heritage 2011 lab. Did it remain a concept or was it produced in any limited quantity?

http://www.lacostetennis.com/en/heritage

"2011 THE LAB
RL meaning René Lacoste and 12 referring to the L.12.12 polo shirt, the name RL12 also paid homage to the RL07 racket invented by René Lacoste in 1963. It combines traditional know-how with sophisticated current creative processes, aiming to update the way in which modern rackets are manufactured. It is made from graphites and several types of wood chosen for their specific qualities: resilience, comfort, and ability to absorb vibration. Equipped with research & development tools, the LACOSTE Lab would bring the crocodile brand into modernity. It aimed to identify products that
could represent the future of the brand, while researching new materials and new designs. The RL12 racket and the LACOSTE Lab have brought new focus to the tradition of invention and innovation in a way that is in keeping with the genetic code of LACOSTE. They illustrate the natural connection between the brand's history, its past and its future. They thus contribute to the brand's durability and put the finishing touches to its timelessness. "

Anything really came out of this lab?


 

mctennis

Legend
I had been waiting for this racquet to come out. I would have liked to have bought one. I'm not sure if these will ever be put out in production or just a "lab" racquet.
 

Overdrive

Legend
Okay, the headsize is pretty ugly. And it's just too much white cosmetic. It should have been green/white not white/green!
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
Okay, the headsize is pretty ugly. And it's just too much white cosmetic. It should have been green/white not white/green!
As a true Lacoste fan, I would still buy it regardless of cosmetics but you are right. They could have done a better job with the paint job. I still have all the original Equijets and absolutely love them.
 

yonexRx32

Semi-Pro
Accroding to Lacoste web site, this racquet was part of the Lacoste Heritage 2011 lab. Did it remain a concept or was it produced in any limited quantity?

Never was intended for production, even though they announced an RA of 70. Just an exercise in design. Among mostly meaningless statements that adorn the lacoste lab site:

The purpose of the Lacoste lab is to identify and create products that could represent the future of Lacoste, and seek new materials and designs.

www.lacoste.com/lab

nice browsing if you care for design in general. None of the products displayed were ever commercialized.
 

Overdrive

Legend
Accroding to Lacoste web site, this racquet was part of the Lacoste Heritage 2011 lab. Did it remain a concept or was it produced in any limited quantity?

Never was intended for production, even though they announced an RA of 70. Just an exercise in design. Among mostly meaningless statements that adorn the lacoste lab site:

The purpose of the Lacoste lab is to identify and create products that could represent the future of Lacoste, and seek new materials and designs.

www.lacoste.com/lab

nice browsing if you care for design in general. None of the products displayed were ever commercialized.
I bet prototypes were released... :cool:
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
Yes they were........I have a pic from May 2011 with Guy Foget holding the RL12 which is the same stick but without the compressed head.

Lacoste did have some intent to produce the RL12 and had a number of prototypes - they were planning on a 2012 release, but production cost would have put the stick out of reach of most all.
... and the retail price would be be like $399, typical for Lacoste.
 

Hannah19

Professional
Looks like "dePaume" has got their PJ inspiration for their IMF reintroduction frame from this racket :)
 

yonexRx32

Semi-Pro
Looks like "dePaume" has got their PJ inspiration for their IMF reintroduction frame from this racket :)
Actually no. We knew of other versions of the Lacoste RL12, but never saw this one with wood grain. A graphics artist did our racket. We have several versions without the wood grain. I do like the Lacoste racket designs and I have been looking for equijets on the used market. :)
 
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jimbo333

Hall of Fame
As a true Lacoste fan, I would still buy it regardless of cosmetics but you are right. They could have done a better job with the paint job. I still have all the original Equijets and absolutely love them.
Come on then, show us a photo here of your current Lacoste Equijet collection:)

I'm a big Lacoste fan as well. If I remember rightly I bought one from you, in fact one of the most expensive rackets I've ever bought. You were selling lots of these if I remember rightly, it was a few years ago though!
 

yonexRx32

Semi-Pro
Really?

What's with the flower?

That looks like an oversize racquet too..

Not worth $600 at all.

If they made a 98... would love to playtest it I gues..
What do you mean not worth $600? The flower alone is worth $450. :)
This is Chanel after all. Do a google search to see more. There are a few for sale on the auction site as well. One for a bargain $345. The original price was $899 I think and Kim Kardashian bought one for her mother. If that's not enough to convince you I don't know what will..
 

Overdrive

Legend
What do you mean not worth $600? The flower alone is worth $450. :)
This is Chanel after all. Do a google search to see more. There are a few for sale on the auction site as well. One for a bargain $345. The original price was $899 I think and Kim Kardashian bought one for her mother. If that's not enough to convince you I don't know what will..
Chanel should've made it a 98 instead of an oversize...

I could buy the two new Boris Becker frames for $345...

She is one of the people that decreases the prestige of the sport.. besides, most of those people do it for social status. I'm glad there's no masters tournaments in LA. :)
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
Come on then, show us a photo here of your current Lacoste Equijet collection:)

I'm a big Lacoste fan as well. If I remember rightly I bought one from you, in fact one of the most expensive rackets I've ever bought. You were selling lots of these if I remember rightly, it was a few years ago though!
Yes, Jimbo, I still have a few to play for fun ... That original NOS Equijet is a rare find and worth much more IMHO.
 
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