Luxilon Element

Automatix

Hall of Fame
Hey guys,
haven't found as much on the string as I'd like... also the info might be outdated in regard to current offerings.

Based on the marketing spiel it is something in line with TF X.Code, TF HDMX, TF Duramix, Gosen IDL, Yonex Multi Sensa and so on... and yeah I know the 2 last TFs additionally mix other fibers than polyester...

So anyone kind enough to tell how does Element fair against the above mentioned of softer monofilaments for that matter? What can I say, still looking for those main strings providing perfect longevity to cross with ZX Pro crosses.
 

guilhermefdc

Semi-Pro
I am using Element since early Jan, but unfortunately I haven't tried any of the strings you mentioned.
Compared to Alu Power (which most people have tried), Element is way softer, similar bite (slightly lower), slightly more powerful.
 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
Thanks guys for every letter you poured into this thread!

I am using Element since early Jan, but unfortunately I haven't tried any of the strings you mentioned.
Compared to Alu Power (which most people have tried), Element is way softer, similar bite (slightly lower), slightly more powerful.
@guilhermefdc , how's the durability working out for you?

@Automatix no offense intended, it's just that I don't see it in frames
Non taken! Honest and straightforward is the best approach in my book. Thanks again!

Hugely underrated string. Total sleeper. Plays great, big power, good bite.

Downside is durability, so soft it breaks quick.

J
Much obliged Capt.!
Durability shouldn't be an issue though, I do not sail on the same ocean in regard to playing level as the scourge of the seven tennis seas, @J011yroger of the Talk Tennis message board. Arrgh! ;)
 
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jangotango

Semi-Pro
I can compare element to HDMX. As a disclaimer, HDMX is definitely more of a multi than a mono-multi poly like Element.

Element - Stiffer, less playability duration (seems to get super powerful as it ages, then dies.) Better spin, control, and breakage durability though.

HDMX - Crisp, linear pocketing feel (if there was a poly with HDMX feel, I'd be TF #1 customer). Maintains pretty much the same feel throughout it's life time once the coating wears off.

Both are pretty similar in power, just that towards the end of it's life Element becomes very powerful.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
My son used it as a transition string from a hybrid to a full set of poly.

Element performed well in this capacity and I could see why players would want to use it for sure.
 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
Thanks guys!

Any other recommendations for mains which exceed in longevity and don't notch like crazy?
Longevity (understood as maintaining decent playability until breakage), comfort and sliding back (in that order) are traits I'm looking for.

The crosses will be Ashaway ZX Pro so the mains can slide and the crosses won't die like your typical poly.
Stringbed will be a 16x20 pattern with tighter main spread (8 string grommet piece) in a 100 sq. inch. frame (prostock Steam 100).

Thanks again and in advance to everyone. Really hoping I can get back to the game and avoid injuries (prior ones weren't tennis related though, however they didn't allow me to play for a long while, later on work and other stuff got in the way).
 

Cobaine

Semi-Pro
I find that pre-stretched polys have good longevity since they play similarly throughout their string lives.

Try Kirschbaum. They pre-stretch. They are deader type polys so if you’re looking for power you’ll want to string lower.
 
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Deleted member 768841

Guest
Imma be honest, I’ve never tried it. And I’m going to be even more honest, I’ve never used Alu power at all or 4g in a full bed.
 

cd3768

Rookie
Not sure if you like a string on the muted side but I play with RS Lyon and it lasts quite a while for me. Comfortable, control oriented, but on the power powered side. I guess it’s durable and doesn’t notch that much but I’m not a guy to break strings D:


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Automatix

Hall of Fame
Element vs Signum Pro Outbreak (got a decent deal on a 100m reel of the latter and wondering if I should pull the trigger)?
 

Ozellman

Rookie
Element plays quite nice but I break it after 5-6 hours.I've used the 1.25 version. I even used it in hybrid gut mains/element cross setup and it broke before the gut was even close.
 

FedGR

Professional
Our team captain that is a 5.0 doubles player and stringer told me yesterday that he got about 30-40 hours out of the stringbed before it broke. It was the 1st time he was playing using Element and he was really impressed. He mentioned it has nice balance between comfort, power and spin.

Intrigued to try it. ;)
 

guilhermefdc

Semi-Pro
@guilhermefdc , how's the durability working out for you?
If you’re looking for durability, Element probably isn’t your best bet. I don’t consider myself a string breaker and I break it in 4hours or so. Alu lasts me about 1-2 hours longer.
If you never ever break strings, it might work out fine - it’s not a string that dies fast, it dies just before breaking
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
I string for a few guys who use Element. I've only tried it once but haven't tried any of the strings mentioned by the OP. I found it to be a bit too springy and too powerful, without as much bite on the ball as I get from the shaped poly strings I prefer to use.

For the guys who do use Element, they're all older guys who use fairly stiff frames and like the comfort it gives them. They all play Element to breaking, and while they definitely noticed that a fresh stringjob plays differently, they aren't disappointed with how Element plays up until the time it breaks.
 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
Once again, thanks guys. Since I don't break strings I'll give Element a go. Not sure though which gauge, but at least a string has been chosen. :)

Thanks!
 

FedGR

Professional
If you’re looking for durability, Element probably isn’t your best bet. I don’t consider myself a string breaker and I break it in 4hours or so. Alu lasts me about 1-2 hours longer.
If you never ever break strings, it might work out fine - it’s not a string that dies fast, it dies just before breaking
What level do you play at and what racket do you use?
 

FIRETennis

Professional
I prefer ALU Soft over Element. Element reminds me of IsoSpeed Cream. Has a bit of that strange metallic ping at contact.
 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
Hey Guys,
a sad update...

Ordered Element and had to send it back...
Health problems resurfaced...:cry:
If I ever hit again I think syngut or multis are the only viable strings for me...

This made me realize that a return to playing regurarly is most likely out of the question.

I've made a tough but I think a wise decision and will be unloading my gear (if interested browse the well known prostock message board ) with the exception of 1 racquet. Let's face it. At this rate it will last me a lifetime. And here I was considering to buy a POG Mid... Talk about making God laugh...
 

Jster

Professional
Hey guys,
haven't found as much on the string as I'd like... also the info might be outdated in regard to current offerings.

Based on the marketing spiel it is something in line with TF X.Code, TF HDMX, TF Duramix, Gosen IDL, Yonex Multi Sensa and so on... and yeah I know the 2 last TFs additionally mix other fibers than polyester...

So anyone kind enough to tell how does Element fair against the above mentioned of softer monofilaments for that matter? What can I say, still looking for those main strings providing perfect longevity to cross with ZX Pro crosses.
bubble gummy
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Ill just update this - I have been using Element on and off for the past 6 months. It's an awesome string. I would not use it in an open pattern frame, but I have it in 16x20 frames - the PK Q+5 Pro and just put it in the Vcore 95. It plays incredible in the Vcore 95 - great spin, has power to it and adds some pocketing to the frame. I will update on how long it lasts, but if I can get 8 hours or so I will be quite happy.
 

smithie

Rookie
Ill just update this - I have been using Element on and off for the past 6 months. It's an awesome string. I would not use it in an open pattern frame, but I have it in 16x20 frames - the PK Q+5 Pro and just put it in the Vcore 95. It plays incredible in the Vcore 95 - great spin, has power to it and adds some pocketing to the frame. I will update on how long it lasts, but if I can get 8 hours or so I will be quite happy.
I too have been using it for the past two or so months and agree with everything you said. I managed to get 10-12 hours out of Element in my Gravity Tours and found it played relatively consistently throughout its life (although I can see how it would drop off quickly in an open string pattern racket). One stand out feature for me was the spin. I'm currently testing Hyper-G Soft and Volkl V-Square (although I haven't played much with the latter yet) and I'm not seeing a huge improvement in spin, and if anything, kick serves are better with Element.
 
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blai212

Hall of Fame
i tried cream full bed and did not really like it even though I liked it as a cross string in a hybrid of multiple setups. Firestorm provides more comfort power spin at the cost of durability so that is definitely worth a look.
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
I’m surprised no mention of M2 has come up in this conversation. Haven’t had a chance to try element but I understand that it is an improved version of M2. For those who aren’t familiar with m2 the poly material is coated over softer (TPU?) material. Like others said durability is a huge issue. It broke faster than syn gut and multifilaments for me. Once you notch the string, it snaps easily due to the 2 construction. Luxilon has supposedly improved this with element which is why they discontinued M2.

As for the performance of the string, it’s noticeably more comfortable than other polyesters. Yes it’s somewhat springy.
 
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