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El Rey
Verified Tester Verified Tester 142 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
L'Acordage Alac. Lux. Pro 1.2565
Discho Iontec Hexa 1.2555
Babolat Pro Xtreme 1.2550
Kirschbaum Gut Feeling 1.3045
Pro's Pro Strategem 8 1.3040

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Date 2011-01-28
String Elastron French Clay 1.23
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/54 lbs Babolat Pure Storm GT (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (9 hrs.)
This string exceeded my expectations.
It played very nice from the beginning with incredible control yet good power. Spin was great, I did not have any problems with that. Nice feel on the volleys. Excellent tension stability, which was actually needed because the string lasted longer than any other poly I've played within the past 2 years (slightly more than 9 hours!). This is my new record for a poly and it makes me even happier.
Overall a great allround string with great playability.
The only downside is that you can't get it from Germany. The price however is very good compared to the top German brands.
This was THE surprise since a long time 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 resilient, flexible, lively, solid, unique
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Date 2011-01-01
String Blindtest String13A 1.25  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/54 lbs Babolat Pure Storm Tour (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (5.5 hrs.)
No problems during stringing. The profile looks quite interesting, probably triangular.
This black string leaves black marks on the balls, which I didn't mind however.
I must say I enjoyed this string a lot.
I was surprised by the great balance of power, control, stiffness and comfort. From my experience stiff strings provide better control than softer strings. Thus I was surprised by the great control because the string did not seem so stiff. It's perfectly balanced. Due to its unique profile (sometimes it seemed round) it gave great spin potential on kick serve, slice, and topspin.
I really enjoyed the string throughout its lifetime of 5.5 hours. I did not detect any change in playing characteristics. After this period the string broke in the center of the stringbed, and it had significant notches on several other locations. I'm very happy with the durability of 5.5 for my style of play.
Overall this is an amazing new string with great all around performance (the last one of this type was the Topspin Cyber Flash).
Congrats to the manufacturer! And thanks for the test opportunity!
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.
Plays like a blend of RPM Blast, Tornado and Hyperion.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable, resilient, crispy, precise, rough
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Date 2011-01-01
String Blindtest String13B 1.25  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/54 lbs Babolat Pure Storm Tour (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (5.5 hrs.)
For me Blindtest String13A 1.25 and String13B 1.25 were the same string but with a different profile. The profile of the 13B strongly reminds me of the Signum Pro Tornado, Topspin Cyber Black, or MSV Hepta-Twist. However I think it's just the twisted version of the Blindtest String13A. Playing characteristics were equal except that the 13B provided a bit more spin due to the twisted structure.

Blindtest String13A 1.25 is a great all around string, and the String13B is a clay court version of it, targeted to heavy topspin players.

I was definitely surprised by the good result from this blind test. Congrats to the unknown manufacturer!
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Comparison relates to Blindtest String13A 1.25.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives explosive, crispy, precise, rough
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Date 2010-12-02
String Prince EXO3 Glory 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
n.a. n.a.
The string has good durability despite the thin gauge. It provides superb power, however there is lots of string movement on topspin strokes. Due to the string movement and the average control I cut out the string after 3 hours of play before playing an important match. I just did not feel confident with this string.
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
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Date 2010-10-31
String Kirschbaum Synthetic Gut Premium 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
n.a. n.a.
I enjoyed this string! Nice power and great feel on impact. It lacks some control, but this is clearly a power string. The 1.25 mm gauge had good spin potential and I felt comfortable overall with this string. The only thing that I found annoying was the string movement which was typical for a nylon string. I had to straighten the strings after each point.
I cannot rate the durability and tension stability because the string broke over night at the bottom grommet of an outer main. I had the same problem with another string a few weeks ago, but it does not happen with every string. I will probably exchange the grommets soon.
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, explosive
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Date 2010-10-25
String SuperString Viper V2 Terre Extreme Mono 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
 (1 hrs.) n.a.
The string has a unique brown-golden color and a unique profile. The texture reminded me of the SuperString Extreme Turbo Stiff V6 (gear shaped cross-section).
Stringing was typical for a poly.
My first impression on the court was good because I enjoyed the total control that the string provided. Power was just acceptable but that's no wonder when you look at the high level of control. Spin potential was great on topspin and slice.
The string felt very stiff and sometimes it felt like a board. Touch was not so good and the string lacked comfort. Stiffness was especially evident on volleys and I felt some pain in my lower arm. Don't know if that would have developed to a serious issue if I had continued to play this string. After around one hour of play the string broke in the center of the stringbed. The other mains showed significant notching, so I don't think it was a stringing mistake.
I'm quite disappointed with the durability, considering it's dedicated to clay court play. Since it probably lasts even less on clay court than indoors on carpet, I would not take the risk and use this on clay court. Additionally except for the good control the string did not have any special strenghts.
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): SuperString Extreme Turbo Stiff V6
StringAdjectives stiff, crispy, precise, rough
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Date 2010-10-20
String Luxilon M2 Plus 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/54 lbs Babolat Pure Storm GT (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (3.5 hrs.)
The M2 Plus 130 was THE surprise for me among the latest strings I've tried.
Like the Tecnifibre X.Code, this string is marketed as a mix of monofilament and multifilament. And indeed the soft feedback makes this string something special.
It provides the comfort, feel, and power of a multifilament, combined with the positive characteristics of a poly: no string movement, good control, good durability.
This string has a special touch. After 3.5 hours it broke already. It had a good balance of power and control. Great string overall, however not durable enough for hard hitters, and it comes at the typical price level of a Luxilon string.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Original
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, explosive
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Date 2010-10-09
String Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 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
 (3.5 hrs.)
I've tested the red version of this string for a second time now and changed my point of view a bit.
Already during the first test I did not find great spin potential, but after having tried many textured strings in the meantime I have to say that the Pro Line No. II definitely lacks spin potential. The other categories did not change significantly compared to my last test, only power gets a downgrade. For my game spin is extremely important, and I can't use a string that does not support spin.
I have another set of the Pro Line No. II and will try it again soon. Hopefully I will find better spin.
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
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Date 2010-10-06
String WeissCANNON Mosquito Bite 1.16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Babolat Pure Storm GT (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (4 hrs.)
This review relates to the red version of the Mosquito Bite.
Easy and fast to string, no problems tying knots. The manufacturer recommends to string 8% lower compared to the standard tension. I can confirm this recommendation because at this tension power and control are perfectly balanced. The power of this string is especially great on the serve. I also had good power on my ground strokes while at the same time having good control and precision through the great spin potential. Slice was nice to hit. The 1.16 gauge fits the 16x20 string pattern of my Pure Storm GT very nicely.
At this tension I also had good touch, it's the usual touch you get from a new generation co-poly. I did not have any arm problems. The string did not seem to lose its tension, so I rate the tension stability with "very good".
I was really surprised by this extremely thin string in the durability and power departments. For me, 4 hours is a level that even some 1.25 mm strings don't reach.
I'd love to play this string again and can only recommend to stick to the recommendation of stringing 8% lower.
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, solid, crispy, rough
Comments: No comments found.

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Date 2010-09-29
String Babolat Hybrid RPM Blast + VS Team 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
 (8.5 hrs.)
I was careful stringing the natural gut crosses.
This hybrid played very nice from the beginning. Great feedback and touch thanks to the VS. The RPM Blast 1.25 mains provided good grip on the ball, however the profile wears smooth after around 4 hours of play.
I had good power and enjoyed heavy hitting a lot due to the good feedback and great feel.
Only drawbacks of this combo are the high price of the VS and also the fraying of the natural gut, which however lasted surprisingly long although it showed significant wear after 8 hours.
Overall a great hybrid, nevertheless I won't use it as my standard setup.
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, precise
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