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lostinamerica
registered registered 61 ratings Residence: USA male 1970-02-09
male team player upper league
medium strokes with heavy spin, allround game
Current racquet Wilson BLX2 Steam 105S (MP, 16/15)
Former 5.0 with lots of injuries and age. I played Division II college tennis 20 years ago. At this point in my career, I am just a really good 4.0 singles to a pretty good 4.5 doubles player. I am an all-court player with good strokes and volleys but the injuries have limited my ability to move.

I hit a one handed backhand with moderate topspin or a hard skidding slice. Forehand with moderate topspin.

My serve has heavy spin, usually first and second serve.

I play about three times per week almost exclusively on hard courts and most often outside.

I prefer soft strings but have played polys and kevlars. I am a frequent string breaker; with a natural gut, synthetic or multifilament I break strings about every 4 to 5 hours of play.
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lostinamerica will be testing the following strings next:
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Dyreex Black Edge 1.25100
Unique Tourna Poly Big Hitter Black 7 1620
Völkl Cyclone Tour 1620
Unique Tourna Poly Big Hitter Black 7 1710

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Date 2013-11-10
String Luxilon 4G Rough 16L
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson BLX2 Steam 105S (MP, 16/15)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (8 hrs.)
I strung it and it had very little stretch. It is a gold color and fairly wiry. It has a rope feel. It is definitely made to grab the ball.

It was very durable. It lasted about 8 hours. I typically break under 3 hours.

Power was low. I could take good swings and not worry about it flying. The down side of this was serving took a lot of energy.

Control was its best attribute. I could really place the ball.

Feel was decent for a textured poly. These strings are not typically made for touch but this was above average.

Comfort was decent but not outstanding. It did not cause pain but my arm was tired when using it.

Spin was excellent but not off the charts like some strings. It is definitely an improvement on 4G. Yet, it is not a monster.

Tension stability was good for quite awhile. It remained playable for over 5 hours.

In summary, it is a great improvement over 4G. Yet, it is awful expensive at $22 per set. Also, it needs to be strung low because the total lack of power get tiring. It is worth a try but not worth the money.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Babolat RPM Blast
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
It played like a better version of RPM. It was as good or better in every category. Both stay in the racquet for a long time but 4G Rough stays playable longer.
Similar string(s): Babolat RPM Blast
StringAdjectives wire-like, solid, unique
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Date 2013-11-10
String Völkl V-Torque 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson BLX2 Steam 105S (MP, 16/15)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2.5 hrs.)
It is a sharp edged string. It comes in an awful neon green color. This is the only thing I did not like about this string. It also comes in blue but I haven't seen or used the blue. It is easy to string and tie.

The durability was its worst attribute. I popped in less than 3 hours. Although the Wilson Spine effect racquet I use is a string destroyer.

The power was low. It had the perfect amount of string for me. It was not too lifeless but still low powered where you can take bigger swings at the ball.

Control was its best attribute. I really have confidence in this string. When I swing, I have the confidence I can place the ball.

Feel was good. I was able to hit very good drop shots and lobs. It did not feel harsh but somewhat soft for such a low powered string.

Comfort was excellent for a poly. I had no issues and arm did not fatigue.

Spin was possibly the best of any string I've tried. It is on par or better than Völkl Cyclone or Solinco Tour Bite. I've tried the 16 gauge and it may have more spin than it.

Tension stability was great until it broke.

In summary, this is my current favorite string. I will probably stick with the 16 gauge for a little better durability but this one plays better. If you like poly strings, incredible spin and control, try this.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Solinco Tour Bite
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
It is a lot like Tour Bite. It has a sharp feel but it generates more spin and has better comfort and feel.
Similar string(s): Solinco Tour Bite
StringAdjectives comfortable, solid, crispy, rough, unique
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Date 2013-11-03
String Blindtest String19B 1.30  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson BLX2 Steam 105S (MP, 16/15)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (4.5 hrs.)
It was easy to string. It felt smooth and did not feel like a shaped string. It had a psychedelic look. I liked the red/silver combination in my racquet. Tying knots were pretty easy. It had a little stretch for monofilament.

It had good durability. My Wilson Steam Spin Effect racquet eats strings. It lasted about 4.5 hours and I usually get less than 3 hours so that is a 50% improvement.

The power was very good. I would actually prefer it to be toned down a bit. My game has evolved to prefer low powered strings. If you need power, you will like this.

Control was good. It was not out of this world but I could keep the ball in play. I did not feel as confident as I do with my regular setups (Tour Bite or V-Torque). I just did not have the confidence to really hit out and attempt to hit sharp dipping angles.

Feel was great. I was able to hit drop shots and volleys well. This was a very strong attribute. I was also able to serve better. Due to the feel and the extra power, it was nice for serving.

Comfort was also very good. I felt zero pain or shock. Although, I have never had any serious issues. The few times of sore wrist in the past did not arise. Comfort was very good.

Spin was very average. I could spin the ball but not with the same confidence of some of the shaped strings I currently use.

Tension stability was about the same as any good poly string. It held up well until it snapped.

In conclusion, the string is fine. I find strings as different for different people. I would be interested in using it as a cross string. It has a smooth surface that would allow a shaped string to snap back easily as it grabs the ball. Also, the comfortable feel would help the occasional harsh strings.

It also had a unique look. It looked good in the Wilson Steam.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Solinco Tour Bite
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
It does not generate nearly the spin Tour Bite generates. It is more durable. I got about 1.5 hours more. I was playing all singles so that is pretty good. The control was good but I feel more comfortable with TB or V-Torque. Feel and comfort were definitely good. Tension stability was good until it snapped.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable, flexible, stretchy, unique
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Date 2013-10-29
String Blindtest String19A 1.24  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson BLX2 Steam 105S (MP, 16/15)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (3 hrs.)
It was easy to string. I had very little memory recoil. It had a feeling of a shaped string. It stretched somewhat. I stretched more than the stiffer polys.

The durability was approximately 3 hours. Most of that was doubles. I played 3 sets of doubles and almost a full set of singles when it snapped.

Power was more than I like. I prefer a lower powered string. It had good power for a poly. It made serving more effortless. If you need power, this is worth a look.

Control was decent for a string that is higher powered. I was able to control the ball reasonably well. It is not its best attribute. I tended to hit a little wide and a little long compared to my usual setup. I am used to a very low powered string so this may be better suited for someone hitting different than myself.

Feel was excellent. Unexpectedly, I hit excellent drop shots and volleys. Maybe my touch was on this day but I could hit the soft ball better than I can with my usual setup.

Comfort was good. It had good power so it felt reasonably soft for a poly/co-poly. I can't say I felt any pain or fatigue.

Spin was good. It was not great. I am used to either Völkl V-Torque/Cyclone or Solinco Tour Bite and they are all spin monsters. This is not at the level of those. Yet, if you are a doubles specialist that is coming to the net and need some touch and control, this may be more suited to you.

Tension stability is always difficult for me to determine. I rarely get a string to last long enough to make a point of it. It did not have any great noticeable tension loss. We are talking less approximately 3 hours so difficult to gauge. Yet, it maintained its playability until it snapped.

In conclusion, this is a solid string. It is not the string for me but I can see how certain types of players could like it. I am not giving it a bad rating at all; it just did not fit my game. It is for a person who hits more moderate than myself.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Solinco Tour Bite
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
It did not have the spin potential of Tour Bite. It had good spin. I did find my touch shots seemed to be better. I was able to volley better. I found comfort to be very good too. I had no issues. As to durability, this string is about the same as Tourbite. It may be better because I usually use Tour Bite 16 gauge and this is thinner.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives solid, innovative, unique
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Date 2013-10-15
String Eagnas Perfect Spin 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson BLX2 Steam 105S (MP, 16/15)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2 hrs.)
I've had a free reel of this for a very long time. I never have used it but when I string for some friends who said just put anything in it; I would literally put anything in it and this is one of those 'anything' strings.

Strung on an electric constant pull stringer. It was easy to string. Knots were no issue. It was like stringing a slightly (very slightly) textured synthetic.

Durability was average. I break a lot of strings so I am not the best person to gauge durability. It was good enough for a person who just wants 'anything.'

Power was pretty high. I was hitting the ball consistently long and when I would go back to my regular setup (Völkl V-Torque crossed with Ashaway Monogut), I was landing three feet inside the baseline.

Control was not great. As I mentioned, I was hitting long. I was not quite sure where it was going to land.

Feel/comfort was better than a poly but nothing extraordinary. It was not painful in the slightest. Yet, I could not get much feel on volleys and touch shots.

Spin was very average. For a string called "Perfect Spin", it was not very spinny. It was like any other synthetic; you will get more from your swing path. The string does not accentuate a modern forehand topspin.

Tension stability was difficult to determine. I broke the string in about 2 hours of hard hitting singles. I was really hitting all out and many balls were going out. I think if had to use it again, I would raise the tension by 5 to 6 pounds.

All in all, I paid nothing for the string. It is adequate for someone who just wants to hit the ball around. It is not for me but for someone who is unsure what ball pocketing even is, it would suffice.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
Prince Synthetic Gut DF etc.
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
It is really more similar to Prince Topspin. I actually think they are probably the same string just marketed by different companies. I was never a huge fan of Prince Topspin so not here either. I prefer Prince Synthetic Gut. It has overall a little better playability.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives lively, stretchy, spongy, springy, outdated
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Date 2013-10-01
String Solinco Barb Wire 16L
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson BLX2 Steam 105S (MP, 16/15)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (4 hrs.)
It was fairly easy to string but had a bad case of recoil memory. It was stiff and clearly a shaped string. Knots were fairly easy to tie. Pulling crosses took time. It is the same as all twisted and shaped strings.

The power was very low. I like low powered strings so this is a positive for me.

Control was its most outstanding feature. I was able to really place the ball and control depth and direction.

Durability was average.

Feel was very stiff. Volleys were not its best attribute.

Comfort was very firm. It is not a soft string. I felt no pain but I rarely do.

Spin was excellent but it is a step below Tour Bite or Cyclone.

Tension stability was noticeable after a couple of hours. The ball began to fly after a couple of hours. In the first hour, I am not sure if I hit a single groundstrokes long.

It is a great string for those who desire control and good spin. It is tailored to the power baselines.

It is definitely worth a look.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Solinco Tour Bite
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
It is similar to Tour Bite. Tour Bite gets better spin but this still gets great spin. The control is better with Barb Wire than Tour Bite. Power is lower. I don't think I hit a ball long in the first hour of use.
Similar string(s): Völkl V-Torque
StringAdjectives stiff, solid, crispy, precise
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Date 2013-09-28
String Oehms Black Pearl 1.26
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson BLX2 Steam 105S (MP, 16/15)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (3 hrs.)
Strung on an electronic constant tension machine. Stringing was extremely easy. The string was smooth and stretched a little bit for a poly.

The durability was adequate. It lasted approximately 3 hours. This was about average for me.

The power was good for a poly. It was not a trampoline but there was definitely decent power.

The control was very good. I was really able to control the ball well. I was able to keep from launching it and could get close to my targets. It was very precise.

The feel was similar to a good synthetic. It definitely had a softer feel than other polys.

The comfort was also outstanding for a poly. Feel, control and comfort are definitely the strings best characteristics.

Spin was somewhat average. It was not bad but I have been playing with Völkl V-Torque, Cyclone and Solinco Tour Bite(s). It definitely was not the spin monsters those strings are. I may be being unfair due to the comparisons.

Tension stability was very good. I don't recall a significant tension drop.

Also, I have put this in as a cross string with some of the aforementioned textured strings. It was great as a cross as its smooth face really allowed snapback for added topspin. I had been using Ashaway Monogut but may change to this. I get better spin with this. I just wish it was as low powered as the Ashaway.

I have to say for the price, this string is a great value.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Prince Synthetic Gut DF etc.
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
It was a smooth poly. It is reasonably priced and as comfortable as a synthetic. It has better control than synthetics. It makes for an excellent cross string on a textured string.

As a cross with a textured spin string, it is comparable to Ashaway Monogut. The comfort is great and the smooth string allowed for great snap back. Monogut is lower powered but the smoother string allowed for better snapback.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, solid, precise
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Date 2013-09-20
String Golden Set Snake-Bite 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson BLX2 Steam 105S (MP, 16/15)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2.5 hrs.)
Strung in 2 pieces. It was one of the twisted string variety. It felt like it would be a spin monster. It is not bad but there are better options. If you are on a strict budget, it may be worth a look. You can get a reel for under $80.
Power was higher than I like. I prefer a lower powered string. It had good power for a poly.
Control was very average. I found myself hitting long and wide more often.
Feel was a little harsh. It wasn't soft but not what I would call piano wire.
Comfort was not great.
Spin was very good. It is the best attribute of the string. With that said, it wasn't nearly as spin friendly as the Völkl spin strings or Solinco Tour Bite.
Tension stability was good enough. It only lasted 2 1/2 hours. It didn't have time to go dead.
All in all, it is a decent string. As for me, I would rather spend a little more and get Tour Bite, Cyclone or V-Torque. It does have a friendly price tag. It would be great for a small stringer to carry a reel for someone who only wants a spin string.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
Solinco Tour Bite
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
This is not as spinny as Tour Bite or Cyclone. It has good spin but less than either of these. It has better power but the control is lacking. It is not even in the same league as V-Torque. It looks a bit like Barb Wire.
Similar string(s): Babolat RPM Blast
StringAdjectives stiff, wire-like, rough
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Date 2013-09-16
String Tier One T1 Firewire 1.30
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson BLX2 Steam 105S (MP, 16/15)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (4.5 hrs.)
I strung this in a 2 piece on an electronic constant pull machine. When I took it out of the package, I noticed a serious case of coil memory. I had a 16 gauge string but it felt and looked thicker. The shape could be easily felt. When stringing, the string had almost no stretch. It stretched about the same as a kevlar. As little stretch as there was to the strings, I expected knot tying to be difficult. It was easier than expected but still took some care.

In terms of power, it was not a terribly powerful string. It was not totally dead. If you are taking good swings at the ball, you will like this. It has enough power on the serve without be being overwhelmed by the power. I was able to still get the ball deep in the court unlike some of these spin monster strings.

Control was excellent. I was able to really put my groundstrokes very near my targets. I was able to get the ball up and down for angled groundstrokes. Other than spin, this was the best aspect of the string. Volleys were much less precise.

Feel was a bit stiff. Others said it is soft/stretchy but that was not my experience. It was not bad, but it was not soft in the slightest.

Comfort was average. It did not hurt but it was not soft. It felt more like a first generation poly. It had some harshness; when I try it again, I may try lowering the tension.

Spin was out of this world. The balls really fluffed up after 15 minutes of hitting. It was really ripping into the ball felt. It was comparable with Volkl Cyclone and Tour Bite.

String movement began to occur at about the three hour point. I rarely get three hours out of strings so this was fine.

Tension stability began to give way about the three hour point too.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Solinco Tour Bite
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Like Tour Bite, it is a spin monster string. It has a triangle shape and really tears the felt off the ball. It is more durable than Tour Bite. Other than that, they are somewhat interchangeable.

Tour Bite Soft is more comfortable. It does feel thicker. The 16 gauge feels closer to 15L.
Similar string(s): Solinco Tour Bite
StringAdjectives stiff, wire-like, solid, crispy, precise, rough, innovative, unique
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Date 2013-09-05
String Völkl Cyclone 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson BLX2 Steam 105S (MP, 16/15)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2.5 hrs.)
It was fairly easy to string. I had no issues. I could pretty much cut and paste my reviews for Cyclone 16 & 18 with the exception of durability.

Durability is about what I would expect. It is decent. I get about 1 match out of it. Predictably, it is better than 18 gauge but less than 16 gauge. It lasted approximately 2 1/2 hours.

The power was middle of the road. It is not high powered but not lacking either. It is adequate.

Control is excellent. Völkl has some geat spin/control strings and this is not an exception. I find control excellent. I can be very precise with the ball.

Feel is crisp. It is not soft but not bad.

Comfort is good enough. I've tried all three gauges and not experienced any arm pain.

Spin is top notch. It is on par with Tour Bite. This spin is outstanding.

Tension stability is good. My strings rarely last long enough for this to be an issue. Yet, as long as I keep it in the racket, I experienced no noticeable tension loss.

In summary, this is just a great string. I prefer the 16 gauge for durability. If durability is no issue try the 17 or the 18 gauge. The playability of all Cyclone strings is outstanding. Also, the price is very reasonable.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Solinco Tour Bite
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
This is pretty much the same as Tour Bite in every aspect. It is cheaper too. Love both strings.
Similar string(s): Solinco Tour Bite
StringAdjectives comfortable, crispy, precise, rough
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