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String of the Year 2013 Survey

December 7 - 26, 2013

The String of the Year 2013 survey is finished. 125 members participated in this survey in order to vote for their favorite strings. Many thanks to all people who submitted their votes!

Very important note: The result of this survey is based on opinion, not on testing. This means that it is not mandatory for the participants of this survey to have tested the strings they vote for. String reviews based on testing are collected in the ratings database. To see the strings with the best test results, please go to the Top5 Lists in the ratings database.

For the third year in a row, Solinco Tour Bite was voted Poly of the Year, again leaving the Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 in second place, while Yonex Poly Tour Spin was ranked 3rd.

Another Solinco string, Solinco Tour Bite Soft was voted Newcomer of the Year, followed by Völkl Cyclone Tour and Tecnifibre Razor Code.

The multifilament segment (no natural gut string was nominated) was again dominated by Tecnifibre X-One Biphase. Runner-ups were Tecnifibre NRG2 and Wilson NXT Tour. Other multifilaments that scored well in the different categories were Head Rip Control (Durability, Control, Spin) and WeissCannon Explosiv! (Power).

Final Result (most popular strings in 2013):

Poly of the Year 2013 Poly
Rank StringScore
1 Solinco Tour Bite 133
2 Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 101
3 Yonex Poly Tour Spin 83
4 MSV Focus - HEX® 73
5 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 66
6 Babolat RPM Blast 59
7 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 58
8 Dyreex Black Edge 57
9 Tier One T1 Firewire 48
10 Prince Beast XP 34
  Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 34
12 WeissCANNON Silverstring 31
13 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 23
14 Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme Pure 18
15 WeissCANNON Scorpion 12
Non-Poly of the Year 2013 Non-Poly
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 182
2 Tecnifibre NRG2 97
3 Wilson NXT Tour 74
4 Head Rip Control 53
5 Wilson [K] Gut 42
6 Yonex Tour Super 850 Pro 41
7 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 37
8 Signum Pro Micronite 31
9 Isospeed Professional 25
10 Head PWR Fusion 22
11 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 21
12 WeissCANNON 6StarString Supercharged 17
13 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 13
  Isospeed Professional+ 13
15 Isospeed Energetic 5

Newcomer of the Year 2013 Newcomer
Rank StringScore
1 Solinco Tour Bite Soft 134
2 Völkl Cyclone Tour 101
3 Tecnifibre Razor Code 72
4 Ashaway Monogut ZX Pro 45
5 MSV Focus - HEX® PLUS 25 42
6 Head Hawk 39
7 Head Sonic Pro Edge 33
8 Polyfibre Panthera 27
9 MSV Focus - HEX® PLUS 38 26
  Völkl V-Torque 26
11 Babolat RPM Dual 16
12 SuperString Black Viper Hex 15
  Dunlop Ice 15
14 Gamma RZR Rx 12
15 Babolat Contact Spin 5

Durability (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 120
2 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 92
3 Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 16L 90
4 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.28 77
5 Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25 72
6 MSV Focus - HEX® 1.27 64
7 Tecnifibre Pro RedCode 16 53
8 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.30 39
9 Luxilon Big Banger Original Rough 16 33
10 Pacific Poly Force 17 19
Durability (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 16 123
2 Head Rip Control 16 117
3 Tecnifibre NRG2 16 67
4 Yonex Tour Super 850 Pro 16 66
5 Wilson Extreme Synthetic Gut 16 49
6 Head PWR Fusion 16 28
7 Topspin Sence Seven 1.32 26
8 Isospeed Professional+ 1.20 20
9 Isospeed Energetic 16 18
10 Tecnifibre X-Tra Dynamic 1.28 7

Power (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 16L 120
2 Signum Pro Tornado 1.17 85
3 Polystar Energy 17 73
4 Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25 57
5 Signum Pro Firestorm® 1.25 55
6 Dyreex Black Edge 1.25 53
7 Polystar Turbo 1.25 25
  Polyfibre Viper 1.25 25
9 Pro's Pro Intense Heat 1.25 23
10 Oehms Black Pearl 1.18 7
Power (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 187
2 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 64
3 Head PWR Fusion 16 56
4 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 35
5 Isospeed Professional 17 33
6 Signum Pro Micronite 1.27 32
7 MSV Spin Plus 1.30 21
8 Tecnifibre X-Tra Dynamic 1.28 20
9 Isospeed Professional+ 1.20 15
10 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 1.30 9

Control (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Solinco Tour Bite 17 136
2 Luxilon 4G 1.25 107
3 Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25 95
4 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 85
5 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 48
6 WeissCANNON Scorpion 1.22 39
7 Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme Pure 1.25 34
8 Tier One Durafluxx 1.18 33
9 Luxilon Big Banger Ti-Mo 18 32
10 Signum Pro Hyperion 1.18 9
Control (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 176
2 Head Rip Control 17 110
3 Wilson NXT Tour 16 67
4 Babolat XCel 17 40
5 Isospeed Professional 17 33
6 Wilson [K] Gut 16 28
7 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 1.30 21
8 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 17
9 Tecnifibre X-Tra Dynamic 1.28 10
10 Isospeed Professional+ 1.20 9

Feel (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 97
2 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 94
3 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 80
4 Prince Beast XP 1.25 66
5 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.20 65
6 Tier One Tour Status 1.25 43
7 Signum Pro Firestorm® 1.20 42
8 Signum Pro Hyperion 1.18 32
9 WeissCANNON Scorpion 1.22 27
10 Discho Iontec 1.25 14
Feel (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 18 205
2 Wilson NXT 16 60
3 Wilson NXT Tour 16 50
  Isospeed Professional 17 50
5 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 47
6 Signum Pro Micronite 1.27 38
7 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 28
8 Isospeed Professional+ 1.20 20
9 Tecnifibre X-Tra Dynamic 1.28 18
10 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 1.30 16

Comfort (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Solinco Tour Bite Soft 1.20 120
2 Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 16L 103
3 Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25 73
4 Prince Beast XP 1.25 70
5 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.30 62
6 Polystar Energy 17 51
7 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.20 50
8 Signum Pro Hyperion 1.18 39
9 Polyfibre Viper 1.25 33
10 Pro's Pro Black Force 1.14 28
Comfort (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 18 173
2 Tecnifibre NRG2 16 78
3 Babolat XCel 17 61
4 Wilson NXT Tour 16 56
5 Isospeed Professional 17 48
6 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 46
7 Wilson NXT 16 40
8 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 1.30 21
9 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 20
10 Tecnifibre Multifeel 16 18

Spin (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Solinco Tour Bite 17 160
2 Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25 137
3 Babolat RPM Blast 16 85
4 Völkl Cyclone 17 83
5 Tier One T1 Firewire 1.20 69
6 Signum Pro Tornado 1.23 60
7 Kirschbaum Spiky Shark 1.25 33
8 Topspin Cyber Twirl Black 1.27 22
  Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme Pure 1.25 22
10 Polystar Turbo 1.25 15
Spin (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 16 169
2 Head Rip Control 17 87
3 Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 17 67
4 Isospeed Professional 17 39
5 WeissCANNON 6StarString Supercharged 1.30 36
6 Tecnifibre Multifeel 16 32
7 Pro's Pro Claycourt Plus 1.29 23
8 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 1.30 18
9 Head PWR Fusion 16 10
10 Isospeed Energetic 17 2

Tension Stability (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon 4G 1.25 143
2 Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25 123
3 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 115
4 MSV Focus - HEX® 1.27 87
5 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.20 52
6 Prince Beast XP 16 48
7 WeissCANNON Scorpion 1.22 37
8 Pacific Poly Force 17 27
9 Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme Pure 1.25 18
10 Signum Pro Hyperion 1.24 13
Tension Stability (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 150
2 Tecnifibre NRG2 16 87
3 Head Rip Control 17 74
4 Signum Pro Micronite 1.27 52
5 Wilson [K] Gut 16 50
6 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 27
7 WeissCANNON 6StarString Supercharged 1.30 23
8 Tecnifibre X.Code 16 18
9 Tecnifibre Multifeel 16 12
10 Isospeed Energetic 17 7