Solinco Polys

Zodd

Hall of Fame
After testing all the Solinco polys in the 18g... Solinco seems to run thick, so the 1.15 seemed more like a 1.20
Barb Wire- A pretty soft string with some good spin. I enjoyed the way it played the first time out, but after that it just went to crap. This string has no tension maintenance whatsoever.
Hyper G- A softer TB. More comfy and muted, slightly less spin, eye catching color.
Diamond Rough- This is a very interesting string and feels nothing like TB. Super comfy and muted with good spin. It lost a lot of tension pretty quickly and then turned into a rocket launcher. Also, I don't like rough strings due to their inconsistent response, and this was no exception.
Revolution- Very interesting string. Very muted with awesome control. While it is textured, it does not have very sharp edges at all, but it does have a very slick coating so the string does have good snapback. A good string, but not a feel I'm a huge fan of and I never really found my groove with it.
Tour Bite Soft- I had to string quite tight to get any control, and when I did, there wasn't much power. I see no reason to use this string. If you want a softer ride, just string TB lower.
Tour Bite- Super crisp, spin friendly and low powered. Awesome string if thats what you're looking for, but it was pretty jarring and stiff for me.
Outlast- Very interesting string. Crisp but dead, smooth but very spin friendly with a medium power level. Personally, this is my favorite Solinco string I've tested, with TB as a close 2nd. These are some great polys at a great price point, well done Solinco!

Great short reviews - concise and to the point. I'm keeping this in mind for my upcoming poly trials. What frame did you try them in and at what tension?
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Tried the NEW Solinco Tourbite Soft 18 G today. Very very impressive. tons of spin, spin machine. Power was about the same as regular tourbite, didn't really notice any power differential. and softness.,,,,,surprisingly not that noticeable. I thought this soft version would be a lot softer than regular tourbite but not really. I would say Slightly softer than tourbite, but not a huge difference...
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Tried the NEW Solinco Tourbite Soft 18 G today. Very very impressive. tons of spin, spin machine. Power was about the same as regular tourbite, didn't really notice any power differential. and softness.,,,,,surprisingly not that noticeable. I thought this soft version would be a lot softer than regular tourbite but not really. I would say Slightly softer than tourbite, but not a huge difference...

I would have to say that Tourbite soft does generate more spin than the Luxilon alu power. probably due to its shape. this tourbite soft really rivals the more expensive Alu power, almost on the same level, I would say.
 

branman1986

Rookie
Just played with Revolution 17G at 45lbs lockout, which felt more like 16G. I actually liked it, wasnt that different from TB in feel, just didn't grab the ball as much so a little less spinny.

Felt good though, depth was predictable but wasnt quite hitting my spots in the corners, because stuff sprayed a little left and right. Also was marking the ball so what small edges it had probably wore of quickly.

Liked it, but in the end not going to be my string.
 

Mareqnyc

Hall of Fame
Revolution is an interesting string. Comfortably firm, no real ball grab but good snapback, a little plasticky (found the same with Cyclone). I can see the appeal, just not the string for me.
I enjoyed Revolution much more than overhyped Cyclone. Tested them side by side and to me it felt like it was easier to manipulate the ball and trajectory with Revolution. It is also softer and stays playable for much longer than Cyclone. Spin is similar in both (very good) feel and control goes to Revolution. Both in 18g by the way
 

supineAnimation

Hall of Fame
I still love the original Tour Bite 16, and I like the Diamond Rough a lot, too, but only at lower tension. I like HyperG, but it has too much power for me and I have trouble controlling it at my normal tension in the low 50s. However, when I've upped the tension with HyperG I've gotten some arm pain, so I think I'd stick with original Tour Bite when it comes to Solinco strings.
 

SCRAP IRON

Professional
Tour Bite Soft is excellent. Great spin and plenty of feel for a poly. It's a lively string as well. I wouldn't call it soft but not as harsh as 4G. Polys don't really bother me though. I string mine at 52 lbs. I would recommend this string to anyone.
Revolution is not my cup of tea. Weird color. Very dead feeling. Spin is OK but nothing special.
Diamond rough is a strange string. Very textured and difficult to string. Feel is very plasticky. Spin is comparable to tb. Decent pop.
I think this guy has nailed it. His description about TB Soft is accurate as well as the plasticky feel of the very different Diamond Rough offering. I will add that Diamond Rough, which is way too powerful, becomes downright unplayable after 4-5 sets.
 
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SCRAP IRON

Professional
My Solinco Tour Bite 1.35mm just came in the mail Friday. I'll string it up next month and try it out. I was not a big fan of Tour Bite Soft, so I'm curious to see how regular Tour Bite plays.

It should be more crisp than what you are used to playing with. It will also produce a popping sound in a full bed that you may not find comparable. Let me know how it goes. I will be in your neck of the woods next month, but not to play tennis. The family must pay homage to the Mouse.
 

mikeler

Moderator
It should be more crisp than what you are used to playing with. It will also produce a popping sound in a full bed that you may not find comparable. Let me know how it goes. I will be in your neck of the woods next month, but not to play tennis. The family must pay homage to the Mouse.

You'll pay more than homage to the Mouse. Bring a fat wallet!
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Have been trying the Tourbite soft 18G for about 8 hours now, and it still retains its playability and plays very well. Starting to lose some power and spin at 8 hour mark though. and it maybe about to break too, some fraying going on. Not broken yet. I may just cut it out since it is starting to lose some power and spin. One negative among so many positives is that it is causing me some shoulder pain, more so than Vokle VSTAR and Luxilon alu power. Very strange since it is supposed to be better for arm problems than Alu power......

I am going to try the Vokle Cyclone tour next and see how it compares to TB soft.
 

Chris92009

Rookie
Still making my way around the Poly's at Solinco but I prefer Hyper G to TB. Just my personal opinion but the spin is crazy and it feels more lively to me...
 
i love hyper g 1.25mm soft great power and spin . perfect control in my pure aero. just got some samples from ytex quadro twist i have it strung in my pure aero waiting on this crazy weather to clear up so i can test it.
 

sma1001

Hall of Fame
There are a wide range of opinions on the Solinco range here. I have arm issues but want some of the benefit of poly. So I was hoping to get a steer towards which solinco string would be good as a main in a hybrid set up, and at reasonably low tension (around 45-48), the intention being to have a multi or syn gut at higher tension in the cross. So i was thinking a round one which is on the softer side. Any thoughts on that?
 

Doubles

Legend
Outlast is popular among some touring pros I have heard ....
I don't think I've seen any higher ranked pros using it, though I could be wrong. Nick Meister used to use Revolution, but as since switched to Diamond Rough. I'd guess most pros that use Solinco use Tour Bite of some sort and Hyper G.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I'll second this. It's one of the softest polys but had too much power for my game.
it had good power but I thought when ii strung it little tighter, I thought control was very good too, and due to softness, it was still acceptable as far as not being too harsh on the arm.
 

dimkin

Hall of Fame
I use STBite16 at 35 lbs., 40 lbs for a 70 flexing 105 size racket. Great first serve speeds, as fast as I can hit with anything else, but I"m still a low 4.0.

I have the Yonex Tour G 310; Flex ~ 62; Where should I string if I wanted to try a poly at low tensions?
Yourr racquet is very stiff relative to mine.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
I have the Yonex Tour G 310; Flex ~ 62; Where should I string if I wanted to try a poly at low tensions?
Yourr racquet is very stiff relative to mine.

My two 4DAero300's get STBite16 at 47 lbs., feels just barely tighter than my Aero500's at 35 lbs.
 

TParker

Rookie
Due to shoulder pain...for lack of better words I switched to TourBite 17ga....and have NOT looked back. This from an experienced 55 year old "baseliner" who still takes BIG swings. That being said I just strung up 3 of my sticks with HyperG...you know just checkin' it out
 

Chris92009

Rookie
Due to shoulder pain...for lack of better words I switched to TourBite 17ga....and have NOT looked back. This from an experienced 55 year old "baseliner" who still takes BIG swings. That being said I just strung up 3 of my sticks with HyperG...you know just checkin' it out

So how does Hyper G feel thus far early in the process??
 

branman1986

Rookie
Assuming I can tension Tour Bite Soft high enough to get the same power level as Tour Bite at 45lbs(which is about the sweet spot for me, but might increase it), say like 60lbs+, what kind of difference in playability and tension maintenance will there be? I really liked TB at 45lbs, but it lost tension quickly and dramatically and started trampolining for me a bit. Anyone strung up TBS at 60lbs or higher that can comment on tension maintenance? At that tension did it play similar to Tour Bite with regards to stiffness? If not, I may have to do it myself.
 
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KenC

Hall of Fame
The difference between the soft and regular is nowhere near as large as 15lbs. If you like TB at 45 I would try TBS at 50. Note that TBS is not the rocket launcher many make it out to be. TB has a fair amount of power to it as well.

As for tension maintenance, TBS is one of the few soft polys that hold tension fairly well. It loses a little tension right after stringing, and after the first hit it loses a little more, and then stays relatively stable for another 7 or so hours before I cut them out. I cut them out at 8 hours to always play with fresh strings. What happens after 8 hours I have no idea as I prefer to play with fresh strings.
 

mikeler

Moderator
The difference between the soft and regular is nowhere near as large as 15lbs. If you like TB at 45 I would try TBS at 50. Note that TBS is not the rocket launcher many make it out to be. TB has a fair amount of power to it as well.

As for tension maintenance, TBS is one of the few soft polys that hold tension fairly well. It loses a little tension right after stringing, and after the first hit it loses a little more, and then stays relatively stable for another 7 or so hours before I cut them out. I cut them out at 8 hours to always play with fresh strings. What happens after 8 hours I have no idea as I prefer to play with fresh strings.

If I recall, you live in Europe where cooler temperatures are more common. In the Florida heat, TBS gets launchy.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Assuming I can tension Tour Bite Soft high enough to get the same power level as Tour Bite at 45lbs(which is about the sweet spot for me, but might increase it), say like 60lbs+, what kind of difference in playability and tension maintenance will there be? I really liked TB at 45lbs, but it lost tension quickly and dramatically and started trampolining for me a bit. Anyone strung up TBS at 60lbs or higher that can comment on tension maintenance? At that tension did it play similar to Tour Bite with regards to stiffness? If not, I may have to do it myself.
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branman1986

Rookie
What part were you wondering about?

Assume you take a baseline racquet, string and tension, say Alu Power at 50lbs on a Pure Drive...so you should be able to take every string on the planet and find a tension for that string that will have the same power level with that racquet, right? It would probably be something like say 47lbs with Tour Bite(a stiff string) and 60lbs with Dunlop Black Widow(a very soft string). My question was specifically for Tour Bite and Tour Bite Soft at power levels equalized with different tensions, how would they play differently with regards to control, tension maintenance, etc. Does a stiff string at a lower tension have better tension maintenance than a soft string at a higher tension?

In that regard, does power even matter as a string metric, since you can find a tension that can get you to your "baseline" and hence is feel(control, pocketing, etc) more important?
 

KenC

Hall of Fame
If I recall, you live in Europe where cooler temperatures are more common. In the Florida heat, TBS gets launchy.

Maybe that has more to do with the ball in high temperatures rather than the strings. Then there is the difference in power between fresh balls and day old balls....

It's important to exclude as many external variables as possible when comparing strings. Of course playing a hard hitting opponent with new balls in 95 degree weather is going to produce a lot of power in your shots. If you then play a pusher the next day in 70 degree weather with the same balls as the previous day then there is going to be a marked drop in power.
 

KenC

Hall of Fame
In that regard, does power even matter as a string metric, since you can find a tension that can get you to your "baseline" and hence is feel(control, pocketing, etc) more important?

I would go as far to say that even tension isn't THAT important in finding power or controlling it. Just look at the extreme ranges of tensions found in the pros. As usual for this forum, we assume the racquet and/or the strings are responsible for all the power, all the spin, all the control, all the touch when greater than 95% comes from the player, not the equipment. This becomes more evident as a player gets better.
 

mikeeeee

Professional
Outlast- Very interesting string. Crisp but dead, smooth but very spin friendly with a medium power level. Personally, this is my favorite Solinco string I've tested, with TB as a close 2nd. These are some great polys at a great price point, well done Solinco!

So what would you say the difference between crisp and dead is?
 

AHJS

Professional
So what would you say the difference between crisp and dead is?
Crisp means very direct, clean feel, very connected to the ball.
Dead generally means good pocketing, low power, good dwell on the string-bed, and usually a softer feel.
Outlast blends these two, though they are generally considered opposites. It's a softer and lower powered string-bed with good pocketing, but still puts you in direct contact with the ball and the feel is clean.
 
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