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El Rey
Verified Tester Verified Tester 130 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:
StringPriority
Kirschbaum Competition perlmutt 1.2565
Kirschbaum Competition vanilla 1.2560
Discho Iontec Hexa 1.2555
WeissCANNON Dual Reality 1.18/1.3245
Babolat Origin 1.2535

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Date 2012-09-28
String Signum Pro Thunderstorm 1.24
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/53 lbs Head YouTek IG Radical Pro (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2.5 hrs.)
With its dark purple color, the Thunderstorm is definitely an eye-catcher. The string provided balanced characteristics from the start and played very nice. It felt softer than the Solinco Barb Wire but stiffer than Babolat RPM Blast which I played in parallel on my other two frames. The Thunderstorm is an allround poly with good performance in all categories. Only durability is a bit below average for me with 2.5 hours. Also the texture wore rather quickly which is typical for most profiled strings. A very solid string with a distinctive color.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Isospeed Professional
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Compared to Signum Pro Firestorm.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives
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Date 2012-08-18
String Tecnifibre Poly Code 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Dunlop Biomimetic 300 (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (3 hrs.)
I tested both the 1.25 and 1.275 mm gauges.
Strung on my Stringway constant pull drop weight machine, ATW method. Typical poly behavior. Did not stretch much but was easy to work with. DT measured with ERT 300 after stringing: 38.5 (1.25) and 39 (1.275).
The first hits with this new Tecnifibre poly were surprisingly nice. The string provided good power with excellent control. Very good touch on impact, I was really happy from the start.
But then after 25-30 minutes the characteristics changed dramatically. The mains started to move a lot, which is rather unusual for modern co-polys. The sweetspot shrunk with time and there were a lot of vibrations on off-center hits. I had to hit really clean to be able to continue playing this string. Control was almost constant during the entire test period. Power increased a bit (probably due to the tension loss) but the string lost touch and feel. The Poly Code seemed to get stiffer and less forgiving the longer I played with it.
After a total of 3 hours of play (1 singles, 1 doubles, 1 practice) the string broke in the center, showing significant notching, which was already evident after the first hour of singles play. The 1.275 mm version lasted 30 minutes longer in the same playing environment.

The best feature of this string was the consistent control I got. The testers were asked to look specifically at the durability. But if there is already significant notching after 1.5 hours of play, I cannot give a positive rating for this aspect. This string may be better suitable for hard flat hitters than for heavy topspin players like me. Unfortunately the Poly Code did not provide many good characteristics for my game. Due to the lack of durability it did not meet my expectations and may not meet other customers' expectations either if a long durability is promised.

Thanks a lot for the test opportunity, I really enjoyed the test even though I could not give a more positive rating.
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 2012-07-13
String Dunlop Juice 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/55 lbs Dunlop Biomimetic 300 (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (3.5 hrs.) n.a.
This string surprised me. The string bed did not come out as stiff as I had expected. Good power and very good control are the main characteristics of this string besides its spin potential. Very consistent performance. Durability is on a normal level with 3.5 hours in a 16x19 string pattern for a 1.26 mm string at 26/25 kg.
Overall positively surprised!
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
StringAdjectives solid, crispy, precise
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Date 2012-04-09
String Pacific XCite 16L
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/54 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (7.5 hrs.)
What a powerful string! If you ask me what the new generation of polyester strings should look like, I'd say that it should feel soft but still crisp, provide a good balance of power and control, good spin potential and tension stability. The Pacific XCite successfully unites these characteristics.
For me this is the most powerful string after the Babolat Pro Hurricane and Tecnifibre Black Code, and a tad more powerful than the recent Signum Pro Firestorm. I had the impression that the XCite has a built-in depth limiter so I was able to consistently hit close to the baseline, even on fast-paced shots that were hit in the sweetspot.
Spin potential was very good for a non-textured poly. Tension stability comes close to the Signum Pro quality. And durability is very high in my personal ranking with 7.5 hours of play.
Still I'm not switching to this string due to the x-tremely high price for a reel. Even if I cannot find a better string on the market today, I'd never pay so much money for a reel.
Nevertheless - great new string from Pacific!
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
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, resilient, lively, explosive
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Date 2012-03-15
String Prince Beast XP 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (5 hrs.)
The Beast XP played almost by itself. It seemed like I had no effort to get the ball to the other side. The string provides tremendous power and a very soft feel. I enjoyed punching the ball a lot. However durability was not so good with only 5 hours indoors. This is not sufficient considering the price. Also you need to get used to the bright green color...
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
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, resilient, elastic, explosive, stretchy, unique
Comments:

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Beast XP vs Firestorm2012-03-1911:09:15Automatix (1) Board-ID Origin: Poland

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Date 2012-02-19
String Signum Pro Firestorm® 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (8.5 hrs.)
As soon as I can rate the durability, I will update my review.
Played with the Firestorm for about 4 hours now and I'm very surprised. This string is the first one since a long time that really convinced me. It has tremendous power, so I personally (!) would not string 10% less as Signum Pro always recommends but rather increase tension due to the high acceleration. When you hit in the sweetspot, the ball is launched off the stringbed like a rocket, but you almost feel no shock, which feels great. Control, especially depth control, is sufficient. No arm problems. Spin was about the same compared to my reference string, Pacific Poly Force. Perhaps not as much spin as with spin-oriented polys, but you can definitely generate nice spin with this string. I really enjoyed flat strokes and slice.
As soon as the string snaps I will provide an update to this review.
Thanks Signum Pro for providing the test string!

Update: The Firestorm broke after 8.5 hours of indoor play. I hardly noticed any tension loss. Strangely the string felt a bit spongy in the beginning but after 1-1.5 hours the spongy feeling was gone. As I wrote, great allround string which could become my new standard string due to the affordable price.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a. n.a.
The comparison relates to Pacific Poly Force. These strings play very similar. Only difference is in the feel department - the Firestorm feels a bit "spongy" and softer. Otherwise almost identical characteristics.
Similar string(s): Pacific Poly Force
StringAdjectives comfortable, resilient, explosive
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Date 2012-02-12
String Tecnifibre X.Code 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/54 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2.5 hrs.) n.a.
Compared to the first prototype (blind test on Stringforum.net), this version does not have a silver stripe any more.
No problems during stringing. Rather little stretch.
I remember the prototype playing soft with lots of feedback. The new X.Code seemed somewhat stiffer to me. I had used the prototype on a 16x20 string bed at 26/26 kg while I played the X.Code on a 18x20 string bed at 25.5/24.5 now.
Control was fantastic, power was limited. Feedback was nice, just a bit stiffer compared to the prototype version. Spin potential was good, which I didn't expect from a multifilament. I'd say from its characteristics it's 60% multifilament and 40% poly.
However I was surprised by the poor durability. After 2.5 hours the X.Code broke in the center of the stringbed without showing significant signs of wear. Indoors! That's not acceptable for this price.
Overall a good string which however is neither an alternative for string breakers nor for the typical poly player.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Compared to Blindtest String11 (X.Code prototype).
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives
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Date 2012-01-31
String Tecnifibre Ruff Code 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2.5 hrs.)
No problems during stringing. Easy to tie off. Weaving the crosses was easy, without the texture hurting the main strings. The texture is very subtle so it was not an issue. Additionally, the Ruff Code is quite flexible, as if it had a multifilament core. It also played similar to the Tecnifibre X.Code.
The Ruff Code provided great initial power. Tecnifibre strings are known for their good comfort and touch. These strengths were also evident with the Ruff Code. These were the highlights of this string. It felt like hitting with a multifilament although it is labeled as co-polyester and notches but does not fray. Amazingly, the string also provided good control. However the string lost some tension with increasing playing time, so the control decreased a bit and the stringbed softened up.
For my game (aggressive baseliner, heavy serve, heavy spin) the drawbacks of the Ruff Code are clearly the lack of grip on the ball and the lack of durability. Spin potential was rather low - lower than the standard polys I've tried so far. Maybe the profile is not strong enough. Additionally, I had to straighten the strings after each point, and string movement increased with time. The Ruff Code broke after only 2.5 hours of playing time in the center of the stringbed on a clean backhand stroke. It was not a blunt end breakage but rather looked like the string had exploded.

Conclusion: Overall I was happy with the Ruff Code, but it is not really suitable for a heavy spinner due to the lack of spin potential. Also it does not last long enough for tournament level play. I'd recommend this string for players who are looking for a soft feeling poly-like string, e.g. seniors, recreational or beginning players.

Thanks to Tecnifibre for the test string, which I tried early August before market release.
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): Tecnifibre X.Code
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, resilient
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Date 2012-01-15
String WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (7.5 hrs.)
Played for a longer period throughout the winter. Durability might be reduced during summer on clay court. No problems during stringing.
Highlights of the WeissCANNON flagship were control and especially feel. Power was good and depth control was fabulous. Sounds like a suitable string for me - but unfortunately the Silverstring seems to lack spin potential compared to other strings (not necessarily textured). Since my fast game relies very much on spin, the Silverstring cannot become my standard string. Otherwise a great string which will definitely find its fans.
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
StringAdjectives comfortable, resilient
Comments: No comments found.

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Date 2011-11-01
String Solinco Revolution 16L
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (11 hrs.)
Great feedback as with most of the Solinco strings I've tried so far (Revolution, Tour Bite, Outlast). You can really sense the ball in the stringbed. Feedback is not soft at all, but not stiff either - it is best described as "direct".
Durability was amazing. I played the first 5 hours on clay, the rest on carpet. Lasting a total of 11 hours, the Revolution is one of the most durable strings I've tried so far. Which is not necessarily positive - after approx. 8 hours the strings felt tired and dead. There was less pop and I was about to cut it out, but I wanted to see how long it would last. After 11 hours it finally broke.
Spin was great and the profile does not wear too quickly. Control was perfect, but at the price of low power. I did not have any arm problems.

Quite solid string overall, with excellent durability and control. I never thought I'd say this one day but this string lasted almost too long for me.
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
StringAdjectives crispy, precise
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