Multifilament-Wilson Sensation alternative?

#1
I use wilson sensation strings, and I am very okay with them (I always disliked polyester babolat rpm) - so, do you know any similar strings? I'm looking for cheap, non-polyester and preferably "Babolat brand" alternatives which usually cost cheaper than Wilson strings. (And for me it is easier to find a Babolat string).
 
#2
My go-to inexpensive nylon is pros pro gutex ultra, basically like Wilson NXT but with more control and a fraction of the cost.

Never used a Bab nylon, but maybe just their regular syn gut?

Of course, forten sweet and goosen microsheep are popular too.

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#5
My go-to inexpensive nylon is pros pro gutex ultra, basically like Wilson NXT but with more control and a fraction of the cost.

Never used a Bab nylon, but maybe just their regular syn gut?

Of course, forten sweet and goosen microsheep are popular too.

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Never heard of them probably because we don't have them here. I will check, thanks!
 
#6
Any particular reason for choosing the 16 instead of 17? Also, what tension do you use it at?
I've tried E-Matrix in the past and although it was affordable, it was also a very fragile string. Many multifibers can be a little low in the durability department, but this string broke down too quickly to be useful for me (I string at home for myself and for a circle of local players). A 16 ga. multi will usually have better service life than a 17 ga. alternative, but if you love the feel of a lighter gauge of string or you have a racquet with a dense string bed layout (18x20), a 17 ga. string can be rather nice.

If you don't have much of an overview of the different sorts of string types available these days, I recommend just a little more research to help you with tracking down what can maybe work better for you. I offer this just because you jumped into Wilson Sensation - a very soft multi - from RPM Blast, which is quite stiff. That's a substantial move from one end of the spectrum to the other. I personally think that RPM is overpriced garbage based on what I've seen it do to several local players through recent years, so there's that.

Synthetic gut sits squarely in the middle of these other string types. It's moderately soft - some more than others - and generally the most affordable stuff around that also offers half-decent performance. Gosen OG Sheep Micro is on the firm side of the syn. gut world, while Forten Sweet is a very soft syn. gut that can actually work as a cheap substitute for some multis.

Keep synthetic gut on your radar. It's not especially exotic string, but it's still an excellent option for a great many players.

One multifiber I really like in terms of its combo of performance and affordability is Prince Premier Control. TW is currently selling full reels of this multi at $89 per reel - only a little more expensive than some reels of syn. gut. Babolat alternatives to Wilson Sensation probably won't be terribly cheap. Sets of Addiction sell at TW for $12 per set, but their premium multi, Xcel, is $20 for only one set.
 
#8
I've tried E-Matrix in the past and although it was affordable, it was also a very fragile string. Many multifibers can be a little low in the durability department, but this string broke down too quickly to be useful for me (I string at home for myself and for a circle of local players). A 16 ga. multi will usually have better service life than a 17 ga. alternative, but if you love the feel of a lighter gauge of string or you have a racquet with a dense string bed layout (18x20), a 17 ga. string can be rather nice.

If you don't have much of an overview of the different sorts of string types available these days, I recommend just a little more research to help you with tracking down what can maybe work better for you. I offer this just because you jumped into Wilson Sensation - a very soft multi - from RPM Blast, which is quite stiff. That's a substantial move from one end of the spectrum to the other. I personally think that RPM is overpriced garbage based on what I've seen it do to several local players through recent years, so there's that.

Synthetic gut sits squarely in the middle of these other string types. It's moderately soft - some more than others - and generally the most affordable stuff around that also offers half-decent performance. Gosen OG Sheep Micro is on the firm side of the syn. gut world, while Forten Sweet is a very soft syn. gut that can actually work as a cheap substitute for some multis.

Keep synthetic gut on your radar. It's not especially exotic string, but it's still an excellent option for a great many players.

One multifiber I really like in terms of its combo of performance and affordability is Prince Premier Control. TW is currently selling full reels of this multi at $89 per reel - only a little more expensive than some reels of syn. gut. Babolat alternatives to Wilson Sensation probably won't be terribly cheap. Sets of Addiction sell at TW for $12 per set, but their premium multi, Xcel, is $20 for only one set.
I like sensation too but if you like it but want a kinda similar but even more crisp yest soft ride prince premieres tour string is superb in every way
 
#11
If you are looking for Babolat and cheaper look at Spiraltek. Other than that and Syn gut your other Babolat choices will be more expensive than the Sensation.
 
#12
Babolat Excel is their premium multi and is a very nice string. Right up there with Wilson NXT and Technifibre X-1 Biphase. Cost will be more than Wilson Sensation.

If you want to stay around the same price point then Babolat Addiction would be the best Babolat offering. Not a great string IMO. For the same price Head Velocity, Technifibre Mutlifeel or Prince Premier Control are better offerings.
 
#15
It’s no sensation but iso speed classic or pro is the best multi ever made as it does everything asked of it !!
I’m actually gonna try to marry these togethe Kevlar mains wit iso speed abd see what majic wil happen ?!!!
 
#16
Maxim Touch 1.30 is a super nice string.
It's softer than other multis such as NXT and Sensation, I find. I would advise to string this at 2-4lbs higher if this string is used, or hybrid with a smooth multi like Velocity.

My wife uses Maxim Touch 17g in her Blade 98S CV strung at 52/50. I tried hitting with it and mains moved all over the place with my top spin strokes. Less movement if I my swing path is flatter.
 
#17
It's softer than other multis such as NXT and Sensation, I find. I would advise to string this at 2-4lbs higher if this string is used, or hybrid with a smooth multi like Velocity.

My wife uses Maxim Touch 17g in her Blade 98S CV strung at 52/50. I tried hitting with it and mains moved all over the place with my top spin strokes. Less movement if I my swing path is flatter.
Yes, the string moves, just like any other multi :)
Maxim Touch is a cheaper alternative to Sensation, very cheap in reels. I think it plays just as good, but I agree it needs to be strung high.
Spin wasn't even mentioned in OP... I have never, not once, come across a multi that doesn't move all over the place after an hour of play.

NXT Control snaps back, but that's not technically a multi.
 
#18
Yes, the string moves, just like any other multi :)
Maxim Touch is a cheaper alternative to Sensation, very cheap in reels. I think it plays just as good, but I agree it needs to be strung high.
Spin wasn't even mentioned in OP... I have never, not once, come across a multi that doesn't move all over the place after an hour of play.

NXT Control snaps back, but that's not technically a multi.
haha, good point. I guess assumption here is full bed multi or multi/multi hybrid.
 
#19
haha, good point. I guess assumption here is full bed multi or multi/multi hybrid.
I have found copoly strings that play almost as soft as multis: Gosen Sidewinder, Big Hitter Black 7, Double AR Diablo, Topspin Cyber Flash.
I cut them out after 8-10 hours of play, and that's about twice the hours I get from a string like Sensation.

If someone wants a string bed that is soft and snaps back, they need to use soft poly with Monogut ZX cross:
Plays soft like multi, lasts at least twice as long, better control, you can go down a little in tension, and you get snapback all the way :)
 
#20
I have found copoly strings that play almost as soft as multis: Gosen Sidewinder, Big Hitter Black 7, Double AR Diablo, Topspin Cyber Flash.
I cut them out after 8-10 hours of play, and that's about twice the hours I get from a string like Sensation.

If someone wants a string bed that is soft and snaps back, they need to use soft poly with Monogut ZX cross:
Plays soft like multi, lasts at least twice as long, better control, you can go down a little in tension, and you get snapback all the way :)
Good thing you brought up Monogut ZX. I'm tired of frequent restringing, which is why I started exploring Kev/ZX hybrid. Quite like the combo.
 
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