TECNIFIBRE ICE CODE

TW Staff

Administrator
Michelle,
I know this is an older post from you. I am curious about the number of hours you got out of Ice Code when you used it? I know you said three weeks of time but how many court hours? I play about 4-6 hours a week so that is what one item I try to base my strings on, hours of play before having to cut it out.
Thank you.
Mike
Just seeing this @mctennis -- yea, I would say about 4-8 hours a week!

Hope that helps!

Michelle, TW
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
Just seeing this @mctennis -- yea, I would say about 4-8 hours a week!

Hope that helps!

Michelle, TW
Hello Michelle,
Yes, you answer really helps. That's about how much I play in a week as well. I will give this one a spin on the court. Did you actually switch over to this string? You mentioned you may on the string review video.
Thank you!
Mike
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Hello Michelle,
Yes, you answer really helps. That's about how much I play in a week as well. I will give this one a spin on the court. Did you actually switch over to this string? You mentioned you may on the string review video.
Thank you!
Mike
Hey Mike,

Yes! I did switch.

However, two things have happened since I made the switch...1) I got prototype strings put in my hitters and 2) a lot of people at TW have jumped on the Ice Code train and are using my string! However, I'm playtesting the TF 40 315 and Pure Strike 98 16x19 right now both strung with Ice Code. So that helps :)

BUT really just want to get it strung back up at MY tension in my RFs :) soon!

Michelle, TW
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
Hey Mike,

Yes! I did switch.

However, two things have happened since I made the switch...1) I got prototype strings put in my hitters and 2) a lot of people at TW have jumped on the Ice Code train and are using my string! However, I'm playtesting the TF 40 315 and Pure Strike 98 16x19 right now both strung with Ice Code. So that helps :)

BUT really just want to get it strung back up at MY tension in my RFs :) soon!

Michelle, TW
Hi Michelle,
Thank you so much for the very helpful information and update. I will give Ice Code a try in a couple of my racquets.

Best wishes,
Mike
 

Damiano C4T

New User
Spin probably won't be the highlight feature of hitting with this string, but I don't feel like I lost out on anything in the spin department with Ice Code compared to Hyper G. One of the competing tennis retailers wrote a review of this string saying it was powerful, but I would agree more with the TW reviews that it's a fantastic control string with great feel. Perhaps it feels powerful because of the pocketing effect, but for me I think the control I get from the string subconsciously frees me a bit more to take bigger cuts at the ball, which also affects how much spin I can produce. I do think, however, there are other strings out there are better for straight up spin potential.
Depends on your Playing style & how you hit the ball ;)
For me Babolat RPM Blast and Solinco Hyper G are way better.
I use heavy spin for my game. I found the Tecnifibre ice code too be better for more flat hitters like Michelle and Chris. I think Troy likes Hyper G more :)
 

geubes

Rookie
Got to try Ice Code out for the first time tonight at 52/50lbs in a Pro Staff 97.

Yes I liked it and it played like a better Yonex Poly Tour Pro, very similar but a bit more lively and with more feel. For the stiffness is was nice and comfortable on the joints too, which was a surprising bonus.
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
Hey Mike,

Yes! I did switch.

However, two things have happened since I made the switch...1) I got prototype strings put in my hitters and 2) a lot of people at TW have jumped on the Ice Code train and are using my string! However, I'm playtesting the TF 40 315 and Pure Strike 98 16x19 right now both strung with Ice Code. So that helps :)

BUT really just want to get it strung back up at MY tension in my RFs :) soon!

Michelle, TW
Hi Michelle,

Just checking a couple of things with you. Are you still using Ice Code? I watched the video review again and you said you strung yours up at 58lbs. Is that still the tension you are actually using? I usually string mine tighter as well, 59M/55C. I just wanted to see if you thought the tighter tension still worked out better for you. I've had some knee isuues so I have not played since the last message to you here.
Thanks ,
Mike
 

Notirouswithag

Professional
Got to try Ice Code out for the first time tonight at 52/50lbs in a Pro Staff 97.

Yes I liked it and it played like a better Yonex Poly Tour Pro, very similar but a bit more lively and with more feel. For the stiffness is was nice and comfortable on the joints too, which was a surprising bonus.
Curious to grab a set and string it in ny ezone 98, oronanly thinking 48-50# to start as i usually string PTP at 45#-50#
 

Lozannois

Rookie
Has anyone played the Ice Code against RS Lyon? Curious as to how they compare
Yep I did.

ICE code more power and little bit less control and more muted.

RS Lyon lower powered, more crisp and little bit better control and easier for me to search for wide angles.

Tension maintenance and comfort are similar to both strings with maybe slightly better comfort for rs Lyon.

Both are nice strings. But in my opinion control grade of ICE code is exagerated on the TW written review. Should be more like 88-90. But this is my opinion only.

Cheers

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Jouke

Semi-Pro
Has anyone played the Ice Code against RS Lyon? Curious as to how they compare
I did too. To put it simple: ice code made me hate lyon. I strung lyon at 21 kg in my blade. But that felt so stiff and boardy. I feel like i needed to string much lower. Might try that again.

Ice code 1.25 @ 20/19kg in the blade felt like magic on the first 3 hour hetting session. Like the alu power magic. Will have to see how it holds up. So far on of my fav strings in the blade
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Hi Michelle,

Just checking a couple of things with you. Are you still using Ice Code? I watched the video review again and you said you strung yours up at 58lbs. Is that still the tension you are actually using? I usually string mine tighter as well, 59M/55C. I just wanted to see if you thought the tighter tension still worked out better for you. I've had some knee isuues so I have not played since the last message to you here.
Thanks ,
Mike
@mctennis
Hi Mike,

Yes, still using Ice Code! As are a few other playtesters. I actually recently played in a tournament and ramped up the tension to 62 lbs. I'm here for it :) And enjoy it -- it allows me to hit out and try and hit through any nerves. After 3 weeks, the string for sure deadens and needs to be restrung. I wouldn't tell everyone to go out and string it super high, but for someone who already is familiar with poly at high tensions, it is working for me. I know several people who love it under 50#s as well mainly because of the great pocketing and control.

For now, I'm sticking with it!

Michelle, TW
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
@mctennis
Hi Mike,

Yes, still using Ice Code! As are a few other playtesters. I actually recently played in a tournament and ramped up the tension to 62 lbs. I'm here for it :) And enjoy it -- it allows me to hit out and try and hit through any nerves. After 3 weeks, the string for sure deadens and needs to be restrung. I wouldn't tell everyone to go out and string it super high, but for someone who already is familiar with poly at high tensions, it is working for me. I know several people who love it under 50#s as well mainly because of the great pocketing and control.

For now, I'm sticking with it!

Michelle, TW
Hi Michelle,
Thank you for the update. I am glad you are enjoying this string so much. Sounds like one I need to order and give it a good try out.
Mike
 

Grieeegoorr

Rookie
My opinion hasn’t changed I’m still liking it.
Hey Irvin,
Have you settled on a tension yet or are you still experimenting?
I too prefer a softer stringbed and have a couple of packs of Ice Code 1.25 I'm planning to string up in a couple of flexier 95's, one 16 x 19 and one 18 x 20.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Hey Irvin,
Have you settled on a tension yet or are you still experimenting?
I too prefer a softer stringbed and have a couple of packs of Ice Code 1.25 I'm planning to string up in a couple of flexier 95's, one 16 x 19 and one 18 x 20.
I seem to like a DT of 28 from the Stringway online tension advisor
 

jangotango

Rookie
I used Ice Code in 16g, 50 pounds ATW in my TT310.

Maybe it was the weather, or the racquet, or something. The performance was horrible. There was no feel off the stringbed, very clunky feeling. I couldn't tell where I was hitting the ball. When I really setup and torqued my forehand, it would 9/10 times go long. There wasn't enough spin even taking big cuts from the baseline. Serves were decent though. Tension maintenance was amazing.

Tecnifibre HDMX though. That is a beautiful string.
 

Lozannois

Rookie
I used Ice Code in 16g, 50 pounds ATW in my TT310.

Maybe it was the weather, or the racquet, or something. The performance was horrible. There was no feel off the stringbed, very clunky feeling. I couldn't tell where I was hitting the ball. When I really setup and torqued my forehand, it would 9/10 times go long. There wasn't enough spin even taking big cuts from the baseline. Serves were decent though. Tension maintenance was amazing.

Tecnifibre HDMX though. That is a beautiful string.
Had exactly the same feeling with this string... Don't know why but doesn't work for me

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mscream

Semi-Pro
Had exactly the same feeling with this string... Don't know why but doesn't work for me

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I tried the 1.20 version (48/46 in DR98), didn't work for me either - control wasn't there probably due to a combination of low spin and a bit of a "launchy" response. I found it often unpredictable and the tension maintenance was not great either. Very much prefer RS Lyon over it (same gauge).
 

Lozannois

Rookie
I tried the 1.20 version (48/46 in DR98), didn't work for me either - control wasn't there probably due to a combination of low spin and a bit of a "launchy" response. I found it often unpredictable and the tension maintenance was not great either. Very much prefer RS Lyon over it (same gauge).
Exactly !

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swinter07

Rookie
I tried the 1.20 version (48/46 in DR98), didn't work for me either - control wasn't there probably due to a combination of low spin and a bit of a "launchy" response. I found it often unpredictable and the tension maintenance was not great either. Very much prefer RS Lyon over it (same gauge).
In which racquet?

I tried 1.20 version, in Prince Tour 100P 2015. I think it fits well. If for 16x19 stringbed, I guess 1.25 version is better.
And tension matters a lot.
First time it's 55/52, it felt boardy. Second time 51/48, now everything is fine enough.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I just tried Ice Code 17 gauge in one of my Babolat Pure Aero Plus (2019) frames, with the other strung with Solinco Tour Bite. Both were originally strung at 52/50 lbs. (main/cross) although the Solinco is older and therefore probably has more tension loss. I really like the feel and pocketing of Ice Code. The comfort was very good. However, the control was just not there for me at this tension. If my swing was just a bit late or if I didn't finish with aggressive topspin the ball would tend to sail long. Not a lot, just a few inches, but it happened a lot more frequently than with the Solinco. Because I like the feel of Ice Code, I will probably give it one more shot at higher tension. The Solinco felt comparable in terms of power, perhaps just a bit less, but it also adds noticeably more spin. Of course the Pure Aero is a spin-friendly frame so I got decent topspin even with the Ice Code, but the action on very aggressive spin shots like slice serves was definitely less pronounced with Ice Code. On the flip side, I would say the comfort and feel was better with Ice Code.
 

albertobra

Hall of Fame
I used Ice Code in 16g, 50 pounds ATW in my TT310.

Maybe it was the weather, or the racquet, or something. The performance was horrible. There was no feel off the stringbed, very clunky feeling. I couldn't tell where I was hitting the ball. When I really setup and torqued my forehand, it would 9/10 times go long. There wasn't enough spin even taking big cuts from the baseline. Serves were decent though. Tension maintenance was amazing.

Tecnifibre HDMX though. That is a beautiful string.
Give it some time for adapting. The string is amazing. I love the part of control-feel-touch, and direction as well.
Playing around with tension, I found better results in 2 piece 52- 50 on my head prestige pro.
I tryed 49 ATW, and somehow didn't play as right as 2 piece.
 
Has anybody tried this in 18g? Feedback?
Yes I've tried it in my TF40 305. It played great the first few hours - great pocketing and power with good control - but then it somehow turned springy. I was suddenly overhitting a lot and had big problems in landing even the slowest volleys within the baseline. I've switched now to Razor Code White 18 which feels pretty similar with good amount of power but the control is way better. They are both pretty stiff on paper but there's something in them that makes them feel not stiff and dead at all.
 

Addxyz

Semi-Pro
Yes I've tried it in my TF40 305. It played great the first few hours - great pocketing and power with good control - but then it somehow turned springy. I was suddenly overhitting a lot and had big problems in landing even the slowest volleys within the baseline. I've switched now to Razor Code White 18 which feels pretty similar with good amount of power but the control is way better. They are both pretty stiff on paper but there's something in them that makes them feel not stiff and dead at all.
What was your tension?
 

Shangri La

Hall of Fame
How does the power and comfort level of ice code (18g in particular) compare to ALU power?
 
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How does the power and comfort level of ice code (18g in particular) compare to ALU power?
It was a time ago I played with ALU but Ice Code sure felt powerful. And I found it comfortable as well, despite its high stiffness rating. To me it plays pretty similar to the new Razor Code White, which felt nothing like the older colour versions.
 

Shangri La

Hall of Fame
It was a time ago I played with ALU but Ice Code sure felt powerful. And I found it comfortable as well, despite its high stiffness rating. To me it plays pretty similar to the new Razor Code White, which felt nothing like the older colour versions.
That sounds promising. I'm experimenting hybriding my trusty RS Lyon and really liked ALU/RS but it still bothers my arm. It sounds Ice code may bring some extra power I'm looking for. Ordered a pack from TW.
 
Played with ice code 1.25 and its a great string but it moves around and that is the biggest problem,
also to stiff on some frames on higher tensions.
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
No, this is just the data until now, I usually play 12 to 20 hours with each raquet before I put new strings in.
Ok. I was just clarifying what the cue in hours for you to restring your racquets. I have been thinking about using the Ice Code. I have been using YTex Quadro Twist strings with very nice results. The YTex Quadro Twist lasts longer than the other copolys I have tried until I need to restring. I get tired of the copolys needing restringing after about 6-8 hours. I play 5-7 hours a week. So basically I had to restring my racquets about every week or so. That was expen$ive to do. I get a lot more hours of play from the YTex Quadro Twist. By reading the comments of the TW staff reviews and the comments from other players here I was interested in seeing just how many hours people get from the Ice Code strings. I do not string my racquets so I have to factor the stringing charge when I restring my racquets. I rotate between three of the same racquets so it does not feel like I am restringing them as often, in my mind. I will do two at a time when I do restring. Sounds like I may be trying out the Ice Code strings.
 

geubes

Rookie
Has anyone tried stringing this in the low 40's high 30's. I'm stringing both today, one will be at my favourite reference tension of 46, which does work well in the gravity pro. But the other I wanted to try dropping Lower or even going higher back to 50lbs, just for testing it out. Which way is worth experimenting?
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Has anyone tried stringing this in the low 40's high 30's. I'm stringing both today, one will be at my favourite reference tension of 46, which does work well in the gravity pro. But the other I wanted to try dropping Lower or even going higher back to 50lbs, just for testing it out. Which way is worth experimenting?
I've used the Stringway on line tension advisor to string it with a DT of 28 which depending on the racket and pattern results in tensions in the low 40s and I like it.
 
I tried 1.25 with bit more then 54 pounds and it broke very fast like 2 hours and i dont spin much so 1 hour tops and its board like .Then i went 52 pounds and went to 4, 5 hours but strings begin to move after 2 . Then i went 50 pounds and then i get up to 8 or even more hours, string move a lot but control is still there.Now i just do 50 and im really happy with it except the moving part. Maybe it can go lower but this tension feels great, high tensions were to stiff to try.I play with yonex dr 98
 

Matto

New User
I have played with both of the string over the past 2 months.
Control- ICE code
Power- Xperience
Feel - Xperience ( but not by any significant margin)
Tension Maintenance- This is where I think I will be in the minority. I liked the playability of the Xperience over a longer time.

In general, I like shaped polys over round. My edge went to Signum Pro. I did like hitting flat balls and serves with the Ice code.
 

taydbear7

New User
I got to try this out yesterday. Initially during the first two games I struggled a bit with it. Once the match went on I was really feeling it. A couple of times I hit cross court angles and the opponent was not expecting it. A few nice return deep to the returner for a couple of winners. The only thing I didn't get was the nice pop on my serve which went long a few times more than usual. I'm impressed with the strings but I will give a slight edge to Solinco Hyper G.
 
Yes, I think that is right, with my TF40 it also settled after 5-6 hours.
Okay. I found it a bit too springy with a lot a power, almost too much, at least at 22 kg in my TF40, so I cut it out after only like four hours. I probably should've given it a few more extra hours to get used to its characteristics? I liked the power, especially on serves, but had a hard time landing my volleys and groundies within the lines. The directional control, on the other hand, was awesome. I'll probably have to give it another try. The new white Razor Code feels similar in many ways.
 

AJvR

Rookie
Okay. I found it a bit too springy with a lot a power, almost too much, at least at 22 kg in my TF40, so I cut it out after only like four hours. I probably should've given it a few more extra hours to get used to its characteristics? I liked the power, especially on serves, but had a hard time landing my volleys and groundies within the lines. The directional control, on the other hand, was awesome. I'll probably have to give it another try. The new white Razor Code feels similar in many ways.
I would try a little higher tension, I strung it at 26/25 kg in my CX200+, and the stringbed had a soft feel right from the first hit, control decreased only slight from excellent to very good. When I string my TF40 again (now at 23,5 / 22,5 kg), I will increase tension a bit also, like 25 / 24 kg.
 
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