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El Rey
Verified Tester Verified Tester 131 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
Kirschbaum Competition perlmutt 1.2565
Kirschbaum Competition vanilla 1.2560
Discho Iontec Hexa 1.2555
Babolat Origin 1.2535
Kirschbaum DTB Team #1 1.2525

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Date 2010-09-13
String SuperString Extreme Turbo Stiff V6 1.20
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/55 lbs Babolat Pure Storm GT (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (6.5 hrs.)
The gear-shaped profile of this massavi-green string is definitely unique. I was very surprised by the great durability of 6.5 hours. For me this is a new record for a 1.20 mm string.
The highlights of this string are the extreme spin potential and the great control. Through the great spin I was able to put a lot of pressure on the opponent because my shots always "fell" into the court. The power does not come from the strings, however. Feedback is direct.
I would recommend the string for hard hitters that don't care about touch and power.
As far as price is concerned, I think the reel price is way too high, but I got a good deal at the shopping partner.
Overall a very solid string, which I would recommend only for hard hitters.
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 stiff, crispy, precise, rough, innovative, unique
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Date 2010-09-04
String Gamma Zo Magic 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/55 lbs Babolat Pure Storm GT (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (3.25 hrs.)
Attractive intensive orange-red color.
The highlight of this string is its control. I had the impression of being able to place the balls very exactly.
The other categories were rather average. Such great control negatively affects power, that's clear. Spin potential was not as good as expected. Although the string seems rather stiff, the touch improved with increasing playing time. The string broke due to serious notching after 3.25 hours in the center of the stringbed.
Overall I enjoyed it!
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 stiff, wire-like, crispy, precise, unique
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Date 2010-09-03
String Signum Pro Titanflex SF 1.30
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/55 lbs Babolat Pure Storm GT (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2 hrs.) n.a.
The string was scattering too much from the start, so I didn't really enjoy it. Spin potential was very poor and it lasted only 2 hours.
Comfort and feel were great but unfortunately this does not make up for the other bad characteristics.
This string is not for me.
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 soft, comfortable, spongy, springy, boring
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Date 2010-08-31
String Völkl Cyclone 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/55 lbs Babolat Pure Storm GT (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (6-7 hrs.) n.a.
I have to say that I was disappointed by the Cyclone. I had expected a string with nice feel, moderate power and good spin. What I got was nothing of that. It was hard to accelerate the balls, the string was not particularly powerful. The string's profile which reminded me of the Kirschbaum Spiky Shark was worn smooth already after 1.5 hours. The Cyclone is too stiff for my taste. Best features of the string are definitely control and durability. After 3.5 hours there was only little notching. Nevertheless I did not enjoy this string since I had no touch, so I cut it out, what I normally don't do so often.
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 stiff, wire-like, precise, boring
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Date 2010-08-23
String Head Sonic Pro 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/55 lbs Babolat Pure Storm GT (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (6.5 hrs.)
I tested the black version of this string.
Best features were the great durability and control.
I enjoyed hitting the balls into the corners, however I lacked some power, which however could be compensated by a lower tension.
I had a very direct, nicely crisp feedback on impact. Not the best in terms of shock absorption, but it didn't hurt my arm.
The Sonic Pro provided good spin, especially on my kick serve.
I was also surprised by the tension stability. I don't own a measurement device, but I had the impression that I could play the string for a long time without losing control or any other change of characteristics.
Overall I was very happy with the string and will definitely play it again at 1 lb lower tension.
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 2010-08-06
String Pro's Pro Hy-Brid H3 1.25/1.30
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/55 lbs Babolat Pure Storm GT (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (3 hrs.) n.a.
It's been a while since I tested my last hybrid.
I must say that I was very happy overall with this new hybrid from Pro's Pro.
The H3 played nice and provided a soft and comfortable feel. I was especially surprised by the amount of spin I was able to generate on my kick serves. On rallies I had good control and good power. I really liked the feedback on impact.
Only downsides from my point of view are the rather short durability of 3 hours and the interesting color (yellow Vendetta mains and red/gold Kingut crosses), which does not really fit my Pure Storm GT.
However in terms of playability this hybrid is recommendable!
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, dull
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Date 2010-07-06
String Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/55 lbs Babolat Pure Storm GT (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2.5 hrs.)
Typical poly behavior during stringing.
The Cyber Blue is a softer version of the Cyber Flash, at the cost of durability. Power and control were well balanced. Spin potential was good but not extraordinary.
Overall I enjoyed hitting with this string!
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
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Date 2010-07-05
String Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/55 lbs Babolat Pure Storm GT (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2,75 hrs.) n.a.
I was happy with the string from the first hit. The Touch Turbo provides a solid feel combined with great power. It also provides good control and a soft touch for a poly. On the other hand, I found the permanent string movement (despite 26/25 kp) annoying.
Overall a good solid string, but not the best for me. I will stick with the Babolat RPM Blast.
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 2010-07-05
String Babolat RPM Blast 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/54 lbs Babolat Pure Storm GT (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2,75 hrs.)
This time I strung the RPM Blast at 25.5/24.5 kg - previously I tried it at 26 kg which was a bit too tight on the Babolat Pure Storm GT. Now it's perfect! I've been using the RPM Blast for 2 months at this tension now. I use this tension only for this string. Now I get the right power and consistent control and tension stability. I'm really happy with it and bought a second reel despite the price, since I already went through the first reel.
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 2010-06-12
String Signum Pro Hyperion 1.24
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/55 lbs Babolat Pure Storm Tour (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2.75 hrs.)
Strung in two pieces. Played with Head Championship balls.
After reading that the Hyperion is claimed to be a powerful string, I was a bit disappointed because I had expected more power from this black string. On the other hand, control was very good, which is more important to me. Nevertheless sometimes I had the impression that the string scattered, but two shots later it was back to normal.
I did not have any arm problems and liked the dull feedback of the Hyperion. For heavy spinners there are certainly better strings - for me the Hyperion is not among the top 10 in the spin category.
Durability was just slightly above the minimum. Already after 2 hours the string was notched halfway through, and it broke after 2.75 hours.
Overall I enjoyed the string and I'm looking forward to trying it again.
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 comfortable, explosive, stiff, crispy, precise
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