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El Rey
Verified Tester Verified Tester 158 ratings Residence: Germany male 1989-05-02
male team player upper league
hard strokes with heavy spin, offensive baseline game
Current racquet Wilson BLX Blade 93 Amplifeel (MS, 18/20)
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El Rey will be testing the following strings next:
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Head Sonic Pro Edge 1690
Luxilon Monotec Super Poly 16L80
Discho Iontec Hexa 1.2555
Kirschbaum Touch Titanium 1.3045
Xception Technologies The One 1.3020

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Date 2013-11-27
String Discho Black Mamba Gear 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson BLX Blade 93 Amplifeel (MS, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (6.5 hrs.)
I was positively surprised by this highly control oriented string. Spin potential was very good, however the profile wears smooth rather quickly. Touch was nice, and I did not have any arm problems. Great allround performance for the price, reminds me a lot of the Kirschbaum Black Shark.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
 
Similar string(s): n/a
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Date 2013-11-02
String Discho Duo 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson BLX Blade 93 Amplifeel (MS, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (5.75 hrs.)
This string surprised me from the start. Since it looks very similar to the Babolat RPM Dual, I expected it to play similarly. But the only thing these strings have in common, unfortunately, was the string movement. Otherwise the Discho Duo clearly outperforms the RPM Dual in all other departments.
Great durability for me, almost 6 hours. Nice feedback. Power is not too much except when you hit exactly in the sweet spot, then it is like a rocket launcher. Control was very good and despite the string movement there was no loss in control or spin (I think that the RPM Dual was moving around even worse).
Very good feel for a poly, somehow soft despite the 26 kg on a Blade 93.
Tension stability also convinced me, the string played consistently for a long time, almost until the very end.
Conclusion: Optically (silver/black) appealing, this string is of the latest generation and it convinced me in many departments. Really an insider's tip from my side, if only the string movement wasn't that bad...
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Babolat RPM Blast
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
I had the RPM Blast 1.30 on my second frame.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives solid, precise, rough, innovative
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Date 2013-10-02
String Tecnifibre Black Code 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
60/60 lbs Wilson BLX Blade 93 Amplifeel (MS, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (3.5 hrs.)
I was surprised by the softness of the Black Code, even at 27 kg. Great control and sufficient power really made this an enjoyable experience. Feedback was nice and direct. Spin potential is really good too. Might become my new standard string!
Satisfied? n/a
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
 
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Date 2013-09-25
String Discho Iontec 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Wilson BLX Blade 93 Amplifeel (MS, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (3.5 hrs.)
Very soft touch and very good comfort for a poly. On the other hand, it lacked liveliness for me. It felt somewhat dead on impact. Otherwise solid, but does not seem to fit my game.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
 
Similar string(s): n/a
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Date 2013-09-21
String Head Hawk 1.25  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Wilson BLX Blade 98 (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (5.5 hrs.)
Quite easy to string since it was flexible and its greasy surface reduced the friction when pulling the crosses.
Initially the Hawk provided a very direct feel, with very little dwell time. However after some time the string felt softer and started to show its real characteristics. After the initial break-in period, the Hawk was the most powerful string I've used for a long time, while still maintaining control (no trampoline etc.). Spin was above average for a non-textured string. The sound on impact was dampened but feedback was very good.
Overall I was quite happy with this string which - after breaking in - provided a really great package.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
 
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Date 2013-09-21
String Polyfibre Panthera 1.25  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Wilson BLX Blade 98 (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (1.5 hrs.)
Hardly stretched during stringing. The string did not have any particular strength. The Panthera felt very direct from the start. Off-center hits imposed a significant shock on the arm and the sweetspot seemed small.
The main strings showed significant notches already after 20 minutes of play. Control was among the best characteristics of this string, while compared to other strings control was not extraordinary. Spin was pretty decent. The string seemed to have a special coating because after a few hits I noticed a slight wear on the strings which I had only seen on the Isospeed Professional previously.
The string broke after 1.5 hours of play in the center of the stringbed on a forehand shot.
For me there are better strings.
Satisfied? not satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
 
Similar string(s): n/a
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Date 2013-09-21
String Tecnifibre Razor Code 1.25  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Wilson BLX Blade 98 (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (4.5 hrs.)
This time I tried the dark grey ("carbon") version, which seemed a lot different from the blue version that I found disappointing due to its dead feel. This one however feels great and provides a good package. Feel is rather dull, but not dead. I had extremely good touch with this string. I could really feel the ball in the stringbed. Power was a bit dominant vs. control, but not that I totally lacked control over my shots. I really enjoyed this string! Hardly any string movement. Although it started to notch quite quickly, it lasted a while (4.5 hours). I did not notice a significant tension loss during that time. Spin was quite good for a non-textured string. Tecnifibre seems to have improved the Razor Code - with success!
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
 
Similar string(s): n/a
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Date 2013-09-21
String Isospeed Black Fire 1.25  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Wilson BLX Blade 98 (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (4.5 hrs.)
Interesting string with great feedback on impact. Great tension stability compared to other strings (no tension loss within the first hour after stringing, and constant playability throughout the test). Quite powerful with less control, but that can be compensated via spin. Feedback was nice and soft, with a certain cushioning effect. Durability of 4.5 hours is slightly above average for me.
Could be worth a test, although the price is rather high.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
 
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Date 2013-09-21
String Solinco Tour Bite Soft 1.25  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Wilson BLX Blade 98 (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (6.5 hrs.)
This string did not want to break, and it played consistently until the end. Very soft and comfortable from the start, resulting in good feedback. The sweetspot was unusually large, so off-center hits did not have a bad impact on the arm. The profile wore smooth after around 4 hours, but did not affect the spin potential that much. Power was good, but not extraordinary. Sometimes on hard strokes I had the impression that the string took some energy out of the shot, as if the dwell time was increased. The strengths of this string are its comfortable touch, good spin potential and good control.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
 
Similar string(s): n/a
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Date 2013-09-21
String Babolat RPM Dual 1.25  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Wilson BLX Blade 98 (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (3 hrs.)
The first thing that caught my eye was the black and white design of this string. Out of the package it had little recoil memory - the string seemed to relax somehow. Almost no stretch during stringing.
The stiff character was also evident on the court. It provided a very direct feedback, negatively affecting feel. Control was pretty good, so I would say that was the strength of this string. The sweetspot seemed very small, so you needed to hit the ball very precisely to generate power. After 2 hours of play, there were already significant notches, and after 3 hours the string broke in the center of the stringbed.
The main strings moved a lot and I had to straighten them after each rally. Spin was good but due to the lack of snap-back I think the spin could have been even better.
I think this string might be suitable for high level hard hitters since the sweetspot is quite small and the player needs to be able to generate the power.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
 
Similar string(s): n/a
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