What is a good standard synthetic I should try?

Top Jimmy

Semi-Pro
I've played with RPM Blast for two years (love it) but tension maintenance and cost has me second guessing if I really need to invest in poly's anymore.

I've tried multi-filaments and I'm not a fan of the string or longevity.

So I'm back to trying regular synthetics but don't know what is considered a quality syn anymore.

I tried Prince Duraflex and it seems stiff.

Trying Volkl standard syn right now and it seems promising at the moment. Does not move very much, it's in between soft and crisp.

Is there one or a couple synthetics that are well regarded by most?
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I've been enjoying Tecnifibre's syn. gut (SG) lately in both their 16 and 17 gauge offerings - crisp for me without being too "clunky". I agree that there's too much stiffness in Prince's SG with Duraflex, but their original SG is certainly decent.

No argument with Volkl's string, but I haven't used a whole bunch of it yet. Gosen OG Micro is a nice all-rounder that's okay on its own or also preferred by many as a cross in a poly hybrid - I like the Tecnifibre string only for the mildly different feel, but the Gosen didn't let me down when I had a couple reels on hand.

Actually I should mention that the Prince Duraflex is worth a look if you need a 17 ga. SG with a little backbone to it, since some others can get a little soft in a hurry. The softest SG I've tried lately has been Forten Sweet. Their 17 ga. SG is rather fragile, but the Sweet 16 has inherently longer service life and is super-cozy-soft. If I sample some Gamma SG soon, I'll try to check in with some observations.
 

mikeler

Moderator
I've been enjoying Tecnifibre's syn. gut (SG) lately in both their 16 and 17 gauge offerings - crisp for me without being too "clunky". I agree that there's too much stiffness in Prince's SG with Duraflex, but their original SG is certainly decent.

No argument with Volkl's string, but I haven't used a whole bunch of it yet. Gosen OG Micro is a nice all-rounder that's okay on its own or also preferred by many as a cross in a poly hybrid - I like the Tecnifibre string only for the mildly different feel, but the Gosen didn't let me down when I had a couple reels on hand.

Actually I should mention that the Prince Duraflex is worth a look if you need a 17 ga. SG with a little backbone to it, since some others can get a little soft in a hurry. The softest SG I've tried lately has been Forten Sweet. Their 17 ga. SG is rather fragile, but the Sweet 16 has inherently longer service life and is super-cozy-soft. If I sample some Gamma SG soon, I'll try to check in with some observations.
I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on the Gamma.
 

spinovic

Hall of Fame
I like the Syn Gut w/Duraflex, but it is definitely stiffer feeling than other synthetics I've tried. When compared to HEAD Syn Gut PPS, for example, I preferred the stiffer, crisper feeling of the Prince vs. the mushy feeling of the HEAD. All about preference.

If you don't break strings, I wouldn't rule out the Natural Gut option.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
Forten Sweet 16 really delivers. I tried them all. I used POSG growing up and have a soft spot for it, but Forten Sweet feels like a $10-12 string.
 

Adles

Rookie
I've played with RPM Blast for two years (love it) but tension maintenance and cost has me second guessing if I really need to invest in poly's anymore.
If the issue is cost, then why not a cheaper poly? RPM Blast = $17.95 at TW... Cyclone = $7.99. If the issue is tension maintenance then that is a different story, but I strung up a racquet with a decent synth and had a hard time going back to it after getting used to poly.
 

logrock

Rookie
I second the post for Forten Sweet 16ga.
Excellent string at a dirt cheap price!
Plays as well as many multi's in the $11- $16 range.
Been using it in a LM Rad @ 57lbs. & loving it.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
If the issue is cost, then why not a cheaper poly? RPM Blast = $17.95 at TW... Cyclone = $7.99. If the issue is tension maintenance then that is a different story, but I strung up a racquet with a decent synth and had a hard time going back to it after getting used to poly.
I picked up a reel of Isospeed Baseline 16 for any of my amigos who need a poly hybrid. Based on some of the feedback I picked up around here, it seemed like a solid option with decent bang for the buck.

After sending a few hybrids out the door and one full bed of this, I'm catching very good reviews. Some of the users on the boards here have compared this poly with RPM Blast and while I don't expect this alternative to blow RPM away, it only goes for $40 per reel. I like to hybrid this string with Tecnifibre Syn. Gut (all black!). Don't use it myself, but so far so good with everyone else.
 
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