Prince O3 Tour MP (2005/2006 version) - what else comes close now?

esm

Semi-Pro
Hi all,

Recently I have been revisiting older racquets and I have started using the orange/black Prince O2 Tour MP in the last week or so. I remember I got them at the beginning of 2007, so they are at least 12 years old. lol

I have two, their current spec is about 346g, about 31.1cm balance and about 330-ish SW. one is with (1) Prince Lightening XX Spin (around 50lb) and one with (2) Prince Syn Gut (around 54lb) with Duraflex.

I had pretty good games with these in the last couple of days 9after tuning), but I much enjoyed the (2) with the syn gut, maybe because it has a tighter tension atm. both felt good and brought back some good memories. I can feel the larger sweetspot and still comfortable with the thin beam - this moves quite fast too.

My usual go to stick (currently) is the TC95 RA63 16x19 - I have had many good games/matches with it - this has about the same spec as the O3 tour, but with SW of about 335. I have stopped using dampener on all racquets, and now quite enjoyed the ping sound atm.

I really like the Halo 3 on the TC95, so I may get the (1) restrung with Halo 3 at the suggested mid tension (I think it is 58lb) and see how it plays, since I liked the syn gut on the (2) one.

Anyway, can I ask what is the current Prince offering that is remotely similar to the orange/black O3 Tour MP? The ones I have are still in great condition, my the inner nerd in me is always looking for an excuse to get more... lol Although it is MP - 100 sq inch, but I don't mind it is a little smaller.

TIA



ps - not sure if this thread should be here or to the "Classic" section....
pps - the pic linked from review stream.com


edit - it is indeed 100 sq inch, not 110 sq inch as initially posted.... lol
 
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SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
Hah, I actually have two of these. They were such great racquets. I tried the EXO3 tour when it came out, and I went back to the O3 Tour.

I ended up moving to the RF97A which is a big step up in weight, and I think I'm probably going to end up selling the O3 Tours. I agree with all your points, nice big sweet spot, comfortable, easy to volley with. When I was searching for another racquet, the Prince Textreme 100 popped up a lot. I ended up with the Yonex VC+, which I see compared to some of the Angells quite often too (the regular, not +).
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
I own this racquet as well. The original phantom 100 is pretty close. The MP you have should be 100in not 110 though.
 

PSC85

Semi-Pro
The round O3 ports worked much better than the rectangular EXO ports in terms of feel and feedback. The technology is really quite innovative and when the frame is slightly weighted up and set up right, is actually quite a joy to use.
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
The round O3 ports worked much better than the rectangular EXO ports in terms of feel and feedback. The technology is really quite innovative and when the frame is slightly weighted up and set up right, is actually quite a joy to use.
Good to know I am not the only one who felt that way. The EXO was such a step down compared to the O ports. The EXO ports were also incredibly fragile.
 

esm

Semi-Pro
The round O3 ports worked much better than the rectangular EXO ports in terms of feel and feedback. The technology is really quite innovative and when the frame is slightly weighted up and set up right, is actually quite a joy to use.
Ah thanks. That is good to know. Not had any experience with the EXO ports.
The more I hit with the O3 Tour the more I like it, so I will definitely have to get them restrung and find spaces in the bag for them lol
 

aussie

Professional
Good to know I am not the only one who felt that way. The EXO was such a step down compared to the O ports. The EXO ports were also incredibly fragile.
I regularly use the EXO 3 Tour 100 (18x20) and the later Tour 100 (18x20 and 16x18) and all are magical sticks. I don't find the EXO ports fragile and I regularly restring all three.

What is good about these EXO and O port frames is that they play well with all types of string. I find that inexpensive syn gut (PSGD 17 currently) plays super well in these frames at high 40's to low 50's offering great control, good spin, huge sweetspot and of course, wonderfully arm friendly.

Ports are not for everyone, but once you become accustomed to the unique feel and cushioning, everything else feels harsh.
 
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aussie

Professional
EXO3 Tour was far better than O3 Tour in comfort.
Agreed, and the EXO 3 Tour is a little more comfortable than the later Tour 100 because of the slightly more flexible shaft. The Tour 100 is also slightly stiffer in the upper head to increase stability. All are incredibly comfortable with RA ratings in the low to mid 50's.
 
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