Discussion in 'Strings' started by webbeing, Apr 19, 2013.
What is the slipperiest string that remains slippery after a 1-2 hours of play? Thanks.
IsoSpeed Professional Classic (solid/translucent amber-colored)
Polys are obviously very slippery. MSV Co-Focus or Tecnifibre Black Code. Others are probably not far behind.
Having tried Recoil and being complete unimpressed, I'll say Babolat Nvy. Best cross string out there, IMO.
Professional Classic is not slippery at all in my experience. Recoil relies on a PTFE outer wrap, while N.Vy relies on a silicone coating. So the lubricity of both strings are skin deep.
I think the OP is looking for a string that is inherently slippery and that does not have a coating. The poster Travlerajm says that Prince Tournament Poly is very slippery and remains slippery for the life of the string. It is a stiff old-fashioned poly though. The new 100% Zyex Monogut ZX seems to be maintaining its slickness for much more than two hours, according to reports in the ZX thread, but it's not clear if this string has a coating or not.
I think finding a cross string that does not have a coating but maintains a slippery smooth surface for as long as possible is a very worthwhile goal.
But perhaps more important is using a main string that does not quickly abrade the cross string. Natural gut seems to slide freely on nearly any copoly cross for the life of the string job. And Travlerajm claims that braided kevlar mains do not abrade copoly crosses because the braided structure of the strings makes for a soft, deformable surface that doesn't bite or cut into the cross string as it slides along it.
Have you ever tried gut mains with Nvy crosses?
PTFE spray lublicant...
Nope, only natty with poly crosses.
I've always wondered how Nvy would do with natty mains. It stays slick for a long time with copoly mains, but that's what it's silicone coating was designed for. I wonder if the gut mains would tear that coating off during sliding or whether it would hold up.
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