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Holabird Sports


Available Kirschbaum Helix 1.25 (22437 hits) Co-PolyesterMonofilamentStructured surface 26 ratings €10.00* Available in: World 2017-02-17
 Durability  Power  Control  Feel  Comfort  Spin  Tension stab.  Satisfaction  Overall
95% (19/20)

Colors:   good   bad   average  ¦  Satisfaction = overall satisfaction
Ratings 1-5 of 26
Tester Monzo (40), 2017-02-17  Board-ID Residence: Germany male team player lower league, medium strokes with heavy spin, defensive baseline game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/53 lbs Wilson Six.One 95S (MP, 18/16)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Strung on an electronic Gamma machine. String showed minimal stretch. Surface is slightly rough but still easy to weave. No issues stringing.
Played indoors on carpet with Dunlop Fort Tournament and Balls Unlimited Code Black balls.

I had tried this string a few years back but now my impression is a bit different.

The Helix provides very nice playing characteristics. Kirschbaum's statement about "extra power and special touch" is mainly true. Power is above average and touch is quite soft, yet the feedback is crisp. Comfort was above average for a poly. Control was okay despite the high level of power. Spin was also good; the profile did not seem to have an effect on spin. Tension maintenance was average or slightly above. Only towards the end of its life the string started to scatter the balls. Durability is not particularly good, at best it is average.

Conclusion: Very nice playing poly. Not as demanding as other polys. Even players with sensitive arms could give it a try as it is quite soft. Still it feels somewhat crisp, so this is an interesting combination.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Compared to Gamma Moto, the Helix provides
worse durability
better power
equal control
better feel
better comfort
worse spin
worse tension stability

Compared to Solinco Outlast, the Helix provides
much worse durability
better power
equal control
equal feel
better comfort
better spin
worse tension stability

Compared to Kirschbaum Max Power, the Helix provides
much worse durability
better power
worse control
better feel
much better comfort
better spin
worse tension stability
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, lively, crispy
Comments: No comments found.

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Tester GrapheneRadicalPro (8), 2017-02-09  Board-ID Residence: Germany male tournament player national level, hard strokes with heavy spin, offensive baseline game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Head YouTek IG Prestige S (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
 
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Tecnifibre X-One Biphase
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable, resilient, elastic, precise
Comments: No comments found.

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Tester fgschmidt (129), 2015-06-07  registered Residence: Austria male seniors tournament player international level, hard strokes with heavy spin, offensive baseline game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
46/44 lbs Mantis 300 (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (4 hrs.)
No problems during stringing, you just need to take a bit more time due to the texture.
Played on clay court with Wilson Tour and Head ATP balls.
As mentioned in my WeissCannon Turbotwist 1.24 review, I played the Kirschbaum Helix in parallel and also compared it with Helix 1.20.
The Helix 1.25 is a bit stiffer than the Turbotwist 1.24, so it provides better control and spin. Touch is less compared to the other two strings, but not significantly. With the increased spin potential, angle shots worked better and more consistent than e.g. with Turbotwist 1.24.
Although the Helix 1.25 is a top class string too, I will stick with my favorite Helix 1.20, which is a bit more lively and lasts me 3-3.5 hours. The small difference in durability does not compensate the better playability I have with the Helix 1.20.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
n/a
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Comparison relates to Kirschbaum Helix 1.20 which is my current favorite.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives solid, precise
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Tester tennis-cz (55), 2015-05-15  Verified Tester Residence: Germany male tournament player national level, medium strokes with heavy spin, defensive baseline game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/51 lbs Yonex E-Zone Ai 100 Lite (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
For me the strength of this string was control. Power and touch were not matching my expectations. I will try again the thinner gauge (1.20 mm).
Played indoors on carpet and outdoors on clay. The string worked a bit better indoors.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
n/a
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
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Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives solid
Comments: No comments found.

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Tester matthias1978 (3), 2013-11-16  email address provided but not confirmed Residence: World male tournament player national level, heavy spin
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
49/49 lbs Prince EXO3 Tour 100 16x18 (MP, 16/18)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (7 hrs.)
This was my second test of the Helix and I came to the same result. The tension maintenance is extremely poor which was evident already after 3 hours of play. Control was negatively affected. Power was very good, feel was okay.
Conclusion: Good string for players who need the good characteristics for only one match.
Satisfied? not satisfied
Compared to:
n/a
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
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Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives
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Tension Stability2014-08-1308:42:24Pit Birdie (2) registered Origin: Germany

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