The Rossignol Vectris line???

galain

Hall of Fame
My name is galain and I am a Rossignol tragic. It's been 11 days since I held one in my hands...

But - tragic as I am, I never had anything to do with the Vectris line. I wouldn't mind trying some out and they seem to be out there in abundance. Does anyone know much about them or how the different models differ from each other? The 6000, 7000 and 8000?

Thanks in advance.
 
Let's see if I can remember this right... The 6000 is labeled GK (Graphite/Kevlar) and is purplish. Wasn't the 7000 white? I don't remember... The 8000 is labeled Quartz and is red/maroon (all graphite?). The 9000 is labeled DP (Dyneema Plasma) and is green. I swear have seen a 10000 or maybe 12000 in a French store around 1995; it had a leather grip and a rainbow color scheme fading from silverish purple to pink, and it was very expensive. The higher the number, the more expensive, and stiffer/high tech the frame was, it seems. All were shorter than 27 inches, had a wonderful grip shape with a round butt cap, and were around 60 RA. The triangular beam (similar to a Yonex SRD Tour) gave them a muted feel. The inverted bridge seemed almost "welded" onto the shaft, which looked a little clunky, but it was a solid design nevertheless.

As to how they differ in feel from each other... Hard to say... Pretty similar, honestly. My favorite was the 8000 because the sample I had felt more headlight. The 6000 and the 9000 are quite similar, despite the difference in flex (the 6000 is more flexible, around 55, while the 9000 is a little stiffer, around 62 I believe). Both were around 300 grams unstrung with an even balance. I recall the 8000 to have more traditional specs: closer to 12 oz with a headlight balance. Sorry, it's been 25 years...

These are Rossis for the modern age. Although they are stiffer than the F-200 (everything is!), they have that recognizable Rossi feel, with the sweet spot in the same place and that wonderful grip shape. I could not see myself playing with a F-200 in today's game (maybe a F-250), but the Vectris hold their own in today's racquet world.
 

BorgCash

Legend
Let's see if I can remember this right... The 6000 is labeled GK (Graphite/Kevlar) and is purplish. Wasn't the 7000 white? I don't remember... The 8000 is labeled Quartz and is red/maroon (all graphite?). The 9000 is labeled DP (Dyneema Plasma) and is green. I swear have seen a 10000 or maybe 12000 in a French store around 1995; it had a leather grip and a rainbow color scheme fading from silverish purple to pink, and it was very expensive. The higher the number, the more expensive, and stiffer/high tech the frame was, it seems. All were shorter than 27 inches, had a wonderful grip shape with a round butt cap, and were around 60 RA. The triangular beam (similar to a Yonex SRD Tour) gave them a muted feel. The inverted bridge seemed almost "welded" onto the shaft, which looked a little clunky, but it was a solid design nevertheless.

As to how they differ in feel from each other... Hard to say... Pretty similar, honestly. My favorite was the 8000 because the sample I had felt more headlight. The 6000 and the 9000 are quite similar, despite the difference in flex (the 6000 is more flexible, around 55, while the 9000 is a little stiffer, around 62 I believe). Both were around 300 grams unstrung with an even balance. I recall the 8000 to have more traditional specs: closer to 12 oz with a headlight balance. Sorry, it's been 25 years...

These are Rossis for the modern age. Although they are stiffer than the F-200 (everything is!), they have that recognizable Rossi feel, with the sweet spot in the same place and that wonderful grip shape. I could not see myself playing with a F-200 in today's game (maybe a F-250), but the Vectris hold their own in today's racquet world.
What year Vectris line was made?
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
I believe the Vectric line came out late 1990/1991. I remember because I saw them in a pro shop at Myrtle Beach the summer before my senior year of high school. I had saved up my money to buy a new Rossi and went with the previous year's FT 5.80, a racquet I used a loved for years and years. My favorite Rossi ever. Very much reminded me of Yonex at the time. I was never a fan of the Vectris line, to be honest. I did like the 6000 purple/black model the best. I believe Derrick Rostagno played it breifly. It was a little less stiff/more playable to me. The Vectris line has a triangular cross section to stiffen up the frame . I've tried a lot of frames in a lot of racquet sports and I just don't like the feel that design provides.

Hello Galain!!! I hope you are well. Living the dream here in NorCal. Rarely play tennis these days, chasing 4 kids around. Take care!
 

galain

Hall of Fame
Kev! I just typed out a long ass PM but the system told me it wasn't able to be sent. Nice to see you! NorCal looks like such a pretty spot, but I thought SD was treating you nicely. You still in the same line of work? I hope you're keeping safe. Nice to hear your life is happy and full. Take it easy bro.
 

BorgCash

Legend
Did Larisa Savchenko use the Vectris line racquet? He used Rossi since 1986-87 probably, so it was other model, but did she switch to Vectris later?
 
I actually worked for Rossignol in the early 1990's. I traveled on tour promoting the t-shirts and clothing as well as the rackets including the Vectris line. Our most noteworthy players were Mal Washington, he wore the clothing and used the rackets before he switched to Yonex and Reebok. Maggie Maleeva, Derrick Rostagno, Ann Grossman, Jonas Svensson, and of course Wilander were all Rossignol players. The clothing line didn't last too long maybe 5-10 years after it was introduced, but it was a great job out of college. I got to go to the French Open where they had a booth and we had one at the US Open for a couple of years.
 

galain

Hall of Fame
@ian10Strainer - it's awesome to have you here dude. Sounds like you were around just as Rossi tennis was starting to vanish. I had a French rooster T shirt in the 80s. I loved it even though it was terrible on me. Long and skinny (unlike me) and wrinkled as soon as you looked at it. I kept it until it fell apart!
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
Kev! I just typed out a long ass PM but the system told me it wasn't able to be sent. Nice to see you! NorCal looks like such a pretty spot, but I thought SD was treating you nicely. You still in the same line of work? I hope you're keeping safe. Nice to hear your life is happy and full. Take it easy bro.
Bummer. I think I'm set up to receive PM's?

Oh well. Same line of work. Had a great opportunity and my wife's family is in northern Cali, so we made the move. Still have the place in San Diego for retirement, fingers crossed! :) Stay well!
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
I actually worked for Rossignol in the early 1990's. I traveled on tour promoting the t-shirts and clothing as well as the rackets including the Vectris line. Our most noteworthy players were Mal Washington, he wore the clothing and used the rackets before he switched to Yonex and Reebok. Maggie Maleeva, Derrick Rostagno, Ann Grossman, Jonas Svensson, and of course Wilander were all Rossignol players. The clothing line didn't last too long maybe 5-10 years after it was introduced, but it was a great job out of college. I got to go to the French Open where they had a booth and we had one at the US Open for a couple of years.
Thanks for the post! Wish I knew you 30 years ago. :) I used to scour ski shops for Rossi gear. I was a big Mal Washington fan but no one carried the Rossi clothing line, so I could only dream. I was able to find a few t-shirts in ski shops and the H Bird. It was even next to impossible to find a Rossi racquet bag. My first Rossi was the F330, circa 1988. Moved on to the F280, then 295, then FT 5.80, which I used for years. I really wanted the Diva model that Mal used but again, couldn't find it anywhere. Actuallly found one on the big auction site over a year ago and I'm pretty sure it's one of his old stock...ton of lead under the grip and marked/label like a pro stock. It came from FL. Anyway, glad to see your post and feel free to bless us with any Rossi knowledge/stories. You won't find bigger Rossi fans than Galain and I. We've messaged back and forth for nearly 20 years, mostly about life and Rossignol. :)
 

BorgCash

Legend
Thanks for the post! Wish I knew you 30 years ago. :) I used to scour ski shops for Rossi gear. I was a big Mal Washington fan but no one carried the Rossi clothing line, so I could only dream. I was able to find a few t-shirts in ski shops and the H Bird. It was even next to impossible to find a Rossi racquet bag. My first Rossi was the F330, circa 1988. Moved on to the F280, then 295, then FT 5.80, which I used for years. I really wanted the Diva model that Mal used but again, couldn't find it anywhere. Actuallly found one on the big auction site over a year ago and I'm pretty sure it's one of his old stock...ton of lead under the grip and marked/label like a pro stock. It came from FL. Anyway, glad to see your post and feel free to bless us with any Rossi knowledge/stories. You won't find bigger Rossi fans than Galain and I. We've messaged back and forth for nearly 20 years, mostly about life and Rossignol. :)
Can you tell something about specific of Rossi racquets? Several days ago i got F330, I was told it was a top model of 1989, correct or not? Just few days later got Vectris 9000 from the same person, beautiful racquet though i prefer older models. Already got F295 and F200.
 

NicoMK

Professional
I've played with the F200 for years. Tried the F295 for some months too ; reading all this make me want playing with these old gems again. Never tried the Vectris line.
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
Can you tell something about specific of Rossi racquets? Several days ago i got F330, I was told it was a top model of 1989, correct or not? Just few days later got Vectris 9000 from the same person, beautiful racquet though i prefer older models. Already got F295 and F200.
I believe it was one of the top models. I got mine in 1989. Can’t remember specifics but it had a slightly larger head than the f200 and to me, had a bit more power. It was still very flexible, though. Wide bodies were coming out around this time and the difference was night and day.


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