Tourna Black Zone

#1
This string is very interesting, according to TWU data, it has one of the lowest friction coefficient, which translates into great spin potential. In addition, it keeps tension better than almost any other poly, with the exception of 4g.

It also got a glowing review by Chris and Brittany, but there is barely no feedback from forum members, has anyone try it?
 
#3
This string is very interesting, according to TWU data, it has one of the lowest friction coefficient, which translates into great spin potential. In addition, it keeps tension better than almost any other poly, with the exception of 4g.

It also got a glowing review by Chris and Brittany, but there is barely no feedback from forum members, has anyone try it?
I am a big fan of Tourna Products. Long time user of Big Hitter Silver.. great price/performer. I have only has a brief hit with the Black Zone..but I am guessing if Chris and Britt both loved the string it is a winner..

It would be great if TW and Tourna did a product playtest of this one. I would be in for sure.. It would look great in the frames I use also. :)
 
#4
I have, and I did a couple brief reviews.

I made the switch from using msv hex for the past 3 years +.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=496982

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=8075360&postcount=29

I'll give another short review...

Original string msv hex 18l (1.10mm) full bed at 40 lbs in ig prestige mp (18x20).
I tried black zone 17g (1.20mm) full bed at the same tension.
The spin was slightly lower than msv hex. It could be the thickness, but there wasn't a big difference. The consistancy of spin was however amazing. I can hit a kick serve and expect the same results with a new set of BHBZ or one with 8 hrs on it.

BOTTOM LINE: It was softer, and the spin potential was more consistant. That is why i switched. A month ago i switched to a hybrid as i found myself playing serve and volleying a lot more and the volleys felt way better with a hybrid.

I too am suprised when i don't see people raving about this string. Its always Yonex PTP, cyclone, 4g, and gut on the string forums =p
 
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#5
I tried a set in my Six.One 95 S, and it performed just like the TWU readings suggest it should. Very comfortable, with lots of spin and an appropriate amount of power to hit deep heavy balls.
 
#6
Ordered some myself. Used bhb7 for about a year as my go to in k factor blade 98. Tourna string are great value and based on early feedback, this round, crisp and spinny poly is what I've been waiting for. Will report back.
 
#8
just ordered a reel.
felt it was around what i would enjoy next, and pulled trigger.

i was using BHB7 16 and BHBR 17,
so i guess i like the Tourna feel and it seems a good step forward,
especially if i wanna try the slick vibe.
 
#12
Quite impressed with this string. 57/53 on my yonex ezone 98. Great feel for a poly. Excellent spin for rounded one. Sort of like tb in that it has this magical combination of controllable power. But cus it's round it's way more predictable.
 
#14
How does the feel and tension maintenance compare to BHS? One more question, has anyone tried a hybrid with Kevlar Mains and BHBZ Crosses?
 
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#17
Nope, no reels. Emailed them about it and they claim to have no plans to stock them. Weird since they stock most reels of tourna strings.

Bought my reel thru an online rainforest.
 
#19
Strung this up as crosses with pacific classic gut mains. Really like it - previous set up was black magic in the crosses and I think this is a bit better all around.
 
#21
I strung up a couple of my racquets with this stuff and played with it over the weekend.

Thoughts - I really like it. The feel and crispness is spot on. I still don't have enough playing time with it yet to compare it to another string. I'm going to spend another couple of hours with it this week and i'll report back.

Give it a try, guys..you will like it. Not sure how tension maintenance and durability will be, but i'll report back on that. It doesn't have the extreme spin my other spin does, but as others have reported...it is very consistent.
 
#22
It has been close to two weeks since I tried this string in a 17 gauge. After two hitting session the string broke in and played pretty crisp but comfortable. Feels very similar to Kirschbaum Pro Line II and had decent spin. I can feel the ball sink into the string with good pocketing. The control was excellent even as the tension dropped down, I did not notice much loss of control and am satisfied. I might just switch to this string from Cyclone as it is soft and provides better control. I will definitely string this at 54lbs instead of 57lbs next time.
 
#23
This sounds great, I may have to look at it after I finish off this reel of nano vendetta.

Time to go ask if TW will stock the reel, because I prefer ordering from them
 
#26
had the BZ stringed 53/51 (my regular was BHBR 17).
to my surprise, the BZ was more poppy than the BHBR.
at first i thought i will have a tough time controlling the ball,
but after a while i dialed in and it was fine.
i got more pop on serves,
and generally had a bit less spin i think.
don't know what to think of it yet.
it was pretty comfy, and predictable.
but i think i'll have to increase lb a bit,
to get more touch.
 
#27
Can anyone offer and comparisons of this string to volkl cyclone.
Love the spin and consistency of cyclone and also the price/performance, but find the feel slightly harsh.
Also the cyclone tour has a significant drop off and goes very mushy very quickly IMO.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
#28
Can anyone offer and comparisons of this string to volkl cyclone.
Love the spin and consistency of cyclone and also the price/performance, but find the feel slightly harsh.
Also the cyclone tour has a significant drop off and goes very mushy very quickly IMO.
Black Zone has a more consistent response, but it has less spin. It also is more powerful (less control), however it is softer (more comfortable) and IMO the playability duration is superior to that of Cyclone.

Buy a set, string it slightly higher than Cyclone and see for yourself ;)
 
#30
Three weeks now and it is still going pretty good. Still have good control and the string bed is not launchy. I just don't get the same sound as Cyclone but I might be willing to switch
 
#31
This string is my jam. For the price, the feel, control, power comfort, and tension maintenance are the best I have seen. Particularly the tension maintenance for me.
 

Tmano

Professional
#32
I just a couple of sets of BZ...I will be stringing tonight and report back in a couple of days....anyone has tried it on a prestige MP racquet? at what tension?
 
#34
I just a couple of sets of BZ...I will be stringing tonight and report back in a couple of days....anyone has tried it on a prestige MP racquet? at what tension?
I'm using it at 40-42 lbs in a full bed with the 17g. My racket has some lead in the hoop and putty in the grip so YMMV.

I've also tested it out in a hybrid at 45 lbs with gosen OGSM 17g in the cross. I liked it but not 100% sure i'm going to make the switch back to the hybrid. I'm not a big fan of volleys with a full bed of poly =p
 
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Tmano

Professional
#36
I'm using it at 40-42 lbs in a full bed with the 17g. My racket has some lead in the hoop and putty in the grip so YMMV.

I've also tested it out in a hybrid at 45 lbs with gosen OGSM 17g in the cross. I liked it but not 100% sure i'm going to make the switch back to the hybrid. I'm not a big fan of volleys with a full bed of poly =p
thanks Irvine....since the string seems to be soft I'm to try it around 48lb in a 18x20 frame....i did not decide if hybrid or not yet
 
#37
Would you describe it as a crisp string?

I'd like to test it in a hybrid with a multi, just not sure which one. Any recommendations for a spin friendly setup?
 
#39
Any direct comparison to BHBR? I doubt I'd switch from bhbr, but I am willing to go down that hole and try ha!
i used BHBR 17 for almost a year,
and now got the BZ 17 reel and starting using it.

things that are a bit different:

BZ has a bit more pop, but in a good way. maybe you'll have to go up a few lb.
but still very stable and no surprises.
i think it's a bit more comfy than BHBR, softer.
a bit less access to spin than BHBR.
apart from that, you can't go wrong with it (if you like smooth polys, that it).
 
#40
i used BHBR 17 for almost a year,
and now got the BZ 17 reel and starting using it.

things that are a bit different:

BZ has a bit more pop, but in a good way. maybe you'll have to go up a few lb.
but still very stable and no surprises.
i think it's a bit more comfy than BHBR, softer.
a bit less access to spin than BHBR.
apart from that, you can't go wrong with it (if you like smooth polys, that it).
I will try it out, thanks! Hopefully it'll give me a little more on my serve!
 
#42
Tourna Black zone lasted me a little over a month. It is starting to launch off the ball a bit but not as uncontrollable as Cyclone where it becomes too spongy. I definitely will order these strings in a reel(when available on TW) and restring every 4-5 weeks
 

Crisp

Professional
#43
Have used tourna black zone for about 3 hrs of hitting and think it will break in next 30mins or so.think I went a bit tight with it and will drop it back 5lbs or so.
 
#44
Having read the reviews here, especially the comparisons with BHBR, I decided to order a reel. Looking forward to trying this out!
 

Gemini

Hall of Fame
#48
Hi, just strung my racket with string that came out of the black zone package. But it really doesn't look like round. Can anyone tell from the pictures if this looks like something else?
For me it looks like shaped five sided.

https://imgur.com/LmeVmK5

https://imgur.com/o3G4uWp

https://imgur.com/vUdNWpu
Definitely appears to be a shaped string. Looks like they may have put the wrong packaging on a set of BHB7. I have BHB7 in one of my racquets and the edges are noticeable when I run my fingers along the stringbed.
 
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#49
Strange. BHB7 has seven edges and this is definitely not that, feels much softer.
Big hitter blue rough is pentagonal, but this string is black.
 
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