Ratings: 15355
Strings: 2904
Testers: 15363
213 users online.
User: Guest [register] Login
  About Strings
  String Database
  String Gallery
  Ratings Database
  Manufacturers
  Post Review
  About Racquets
  About Machines
  Machine Reviews
  Post Review
  Stringing Guide
  Stringing Patterns
  DT Database
  Interviews
  Reports
  Letters
  FAQ
  Discussion Board
  Polls
  String Exchange
  Dealers
  Classifieds: Sale
  Classifieds: Wanted
Downloads
Tennis Links
Contact
About / Disclaimer
Visits: 4920055
Today: 1422
Yesterday: 1810

El Rey
Verified Tester Verified Tester 148 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)
Test Pipeline
El Rey will be testing the following strings next:
StringPriority
Discho Iontec Hexa 1.2555
Pro's Pro Strategem 8 1.3040
Kirschbaum Hybrix Crosses 1.2530
Kirschbaum DTB Team #1 1.2525
Xception Technologies The One 1.3020

Show ratings:

Date 2012-12-09
String Sportastic Crazy Blue 1.23
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
n.a.
The Crazy Blue played very nice. Solid feedback and good dampening effect. Good power and control. Unfortunately the string broke after 1.5 hours on a framed hit. The string showed significant notches at that time, but I think it would have lasted a total of 3 hours.
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
Tension Diagram Tension diagram
Comments: No comments found.

Please log in to be able to post a comment.

Date 2012-12-07
String Pacific Poly Force Xtreme 16L
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
 (8.5 hrs.)
I had expected more from the Poly Force Xtreme. Its highlight is the fantastic control, and with 8.5 hours its durability is really good. On clean hits I was able to generate decent power, but in general this is a rather low-powered string. There was a significant tension loss towards the end, but I think that's in a normal range. It felt rather stiff, which I found a bit surprising since the normal Poly Force feels very different (well, there must be a reason why these strings have different names).
Overall a suitable string for hard hitters who don't want to restring every 2 hours.
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 stiff, wire-like, crispy, precise
Comments: No comments found.

Please log in to be able to post a comment.

Date 2012-11-24
String Polyfibre Black Venom 1.25
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.)
The Black Venom performed well in all categories. I just missed that certain something. Sometimes it felt like the string pocketed the ball so much that power was lost - I've never had such an effect with any other string before.
The durability of 2.5 hours indoors was not sufficient for me.
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
Comments: No comments found.

Please log in to be able to post a comment.

Date 2012-11-19
String Luxilon 4G 1.25
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
 (4.5 hrs.)
I have to say I was disappointed by the 4G. To me it seemed stiff, dull and powerless. Control and spin potential were good, but it did not show any outstanding characteristics that would justify its high price. This string did not convince me at all.
Satisfied? not satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, dull, boring
Comments: No comments found.

Please log in to be able to post a comment.

Date 2012-10-19
String MSV Focus-EVO 1.25
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
 (2.25 hrs.)
Easy to string. It provided a unique feedback from the first hit - somehow "brittle" as if it would break (not snap) any moment. I cannot describe it in a better way.
The string scattered a lot and I lacked control on almost all shots. Additionally there was significant string movement after a few shots, negatively affecting the consistency of my spin shots. The string broke after 2.25 hours. Unfortunately it did not match my playing style.
Thanks nevertheless to MSV for providing the test string!
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
StringAdjectives
Comments: No comments found.

Please log in to be able to post a comment.

Date 2012-10-09
String Genesis Hexonic 16
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
 (3 hrs.)
No problems during stringing.
The first few hits already revealed the advantages of this string: control and spin. Additionally, the Hexonic provides a very direct feel. I would have wished for more power. Towards the end of the string's life, the strings began to move, which I didn't mind too much though. With its 3 hours of durability it is on an average scale for me. Overall it reminded me a lot of the Tecnifibre Pro RedCode, however with significantly better spin potential (in fact I don't recall the Pro RedCode providing any spin at all).
Very solid string!
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): Tecnifibre Pro RedCode
StringAdjectives solid, crispy, rough
Tension Diagram Tension diagram
Comments: No comments found.

Please log in to be able to post a comment.

Date 2012-10-02
String Kirschbaum Super Smash Orange 1.23
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
 (1.75 hrs.)
What did I expect from the new version of the Super Smash, probably the most used polyester string of the past decade? I was guessing that the Super Smash Orange was softened with co-polyester but should still be classified as a control string.
These expectations were met. Feel was nice from the start, somehow dampened. I really liked the solid feedback. Very good control. Spin potential was good so I felt confident on my forehand. Power was also good but not too much.
Unfortunately the string did not survive two full hours of play. There was significant notching after 75 minutes, and 20 minutes later it snapped.
If I was to switch to this string, I'd need to try the thicker version. The great feel (at least for me - some might say it feels "dead" - definitely more lively than Babolat Hurricane Feel) and control are the top features of this string.
Thanks to Sandra Kirschbaum for the test string!
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Kirschbaum Super Smash 1.25
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives precise, dull
Comments: No comments found.

Please log in to be able to post a comment.

Date 2012-09-28
String Solinco Barb Wire 16L
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
 (3.5 hrs.)
I was curious to test the Barb Wire since all Solinco strings I had tried before provided a very direct feedback. The Barb Wire did not disappoint me. It also provided a very direct feel, resulting in great control, which I find favorable. Hardly any scattering. The profile (which is similar to Signum Pro Tornado) does wear with time but lasts relatively long. My personal favorite tension is 26/24 kg. At this tension the Barb Wire still provides sufficient power despite the great control. There are definitely more powerful strings, however I prefer control strings. Concerning comfort there are softer strings but I didn't have any issues due to the stiffness.
Conclusion: Great string which keeps its texture for a relatively long time and ranks high in my personal list with its 3.5 hours of durability. Worth testing!
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, rough
Comments: No comments found.

Please log in to be able to post a comment.

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
Comments: No comments found.

Please log in to be able to post a comment.

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
StringAdjectives
Comments: No comments found.

Please log in to be able to post a comment.

First  Previous   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15   Next  Last