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El Rey
Verified Tester Verified Tester 164 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)
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Date 2012-02-12
String Tecnifibre X.Code 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/54 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2.5 hrs.) n.a.
Compared to the first prototype (blind test on Stringforum.net), this version does not have a silver stripe any more.
No problems during stringing. Rather little stretch.
I remember the prototype playing soft with lots of feedback. The new X.Code seemed somewhat stiffer to me. I had used the prototype on a 16x20 string bed at 26/26 kg while I played the X.Code on a 18x20 string bed at 25.5/24.5 now.
Control was fantastic, power was limited. Feedback was nice, just a bit stiffer compared to the prototype version. Spin potential was good, which I didn't expect from a multifilament. I'd say from its characteristics it's 60% multifilament and 40% poly.
However I was surprised by the poor durability. After 2.5 hours the X.Code broke in the center of the stringbed without showing significant signs of wear. Indoors! That's not acceptable for this price.
Overall a good string which however is neither an alternative for string breakers nor for the typical poly player.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Compared to Blindtest String11 (X.Code prototype).
Similar string(s): n/a
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Date 2012-01-31
String Tecnifibre Ruff Code 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2.5 hrs.)
No problems during stringing. Easy to tie off. Weaving the crosses was easy, without the texture hurting the main strings. The texture is very subtle so it was not an issue. Additionally, the Ruff Code is quite flexible, as if it had a multifilament core. It also played similar to the Tecnifibre X.Code.
The Ruff Code provided great initial power. Tecnifibre strings are known for their good comfort and touch. These strengths were also evident with the Ruff Code. These were the highlights of this string. It felt like hitting with a multifilament although it is labeled as co-polyester and notches but does not fray. Amazingly, the string also provided good control. However the string lost some tension with increasing playing time, so the control decreased a bit and the stringbed softened up.
For my game (aggressive baseliner, heavy serve, heavy spin) the drawbacks of the Ruff Code are clearly the lack of grip on the ball and the lack of durability. Spin potential was rather low - lower than the standard polys I've tried so far. Maybe the profile is not strong enough. Additionally, I had to straighten the strings after each point, and string movement increased with time. The Ruff Code broke after only 2.5 hours of playing time in the center of the stringbed on a clean backhand stroke. It was not a blunt end breakage but rather looked like the string had exploded.

Conclusion: Overall I was happy with the Ruff Code, but it is not really suitable for a heavy spinner due to the lack of spin potential. Also it does not last long enough for tournament level play. I'd recommend this string for players who are looking for a soft feeling poly-like string, e.g. seniors, recreational or beginning players.

Thanks to Tecnifibre for the test string, which I tried early August before market release.
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): Tecnifibre X.Code
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, resilient
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Date 2012-01-15
String WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (7.5 hrs.)
Played for a longer period throughout the winter. Durability might be reduced during summer on clay court. No problems during stringing.
Highlights of the WeissCANNON flagship were control and especially feel. Power was good and depth control was fabulous. Sounds like a suitable string for me - but unfortunately the Silverstring seems to lack spin potential compared to other strings (not necessarily textured). Since my fast game relies very much on spin, the Silverstring cannot become my standard string. Otherwise a great string which will definitely find its fans.
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 comfortable, resilient
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Date 2011-11-01
String Solinco Revolution 16L
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (11 hrs.)
Great feedback as with most of the Solinco strings I've tried so far (Revolution, Tour Bite, Outlast). You can really sense the ball in the stringbed. Feedback is not soft at all, but not stiff either - it is best described as "direct".
Durability was amazing. I played the first 5 hours on clay, the rest on carpet. Lasting a total of 11 hours, the Revolution is one of the most durable strings I've tried so far. Which is not necessarily positive - after approx. 8 hours the strings felt tired and dead. There was less pop and I was about to cut it out, but I wanted to see how long it would last. After 11 hours it finally broke.
Spin was great and the profile does not wear too quickly. Control was perfect, but at the price of low power. I did not have any arm problems.

Quite solid string overall, with excellent durability and control. I never thought I'd say this one day but this string lasted almost too long 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 crispy, precise
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Date 2011-10-07
String Solinco Tour Bite 18
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2.5 hrs.)
No problems during stringing.
Great string! Very good spin potential, but stiff feedback (which I did not mind at all though). Excellent control. Can't get any more precise than that! I did not have any arm problems. No string movement except the third cross string from the top.
Great string, highly 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 stiff, crispy, precise
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Date 2011-10-07
String Solinco Tour Bite 16L
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (6.5 hrs.)
I tried the 1.15 mm version first and liked it a lot. But the 1.25 mm version was just incredible! Maybe I just played very good tennis lately, but I felt that the string fit perfectly to my racquet (Head YouTek Prestige MP) and my game (aggressive, baseline, spin). It felt like the string was tailored to my game.
Compared to the 1.15 mm version, the Tour Bite 1.25 felt more "solid". I had more feedback from the ball compared to the thinner gauge. Great control and spin. No arm problems, no string movement. Durability was also very good with 6.5 hours playing time.
Overall this is the perfect string for me. The price is quite high, but I'm still considering buying a 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
StringAdjectives stiff, crispy, precise
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Date 2011-10-02
String Babolat Hurricane Feel 1.30  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (4.5 hrs.)
Very soft during stringing. Clamps leave marks when adjusted too tight. When tying off I noticed a subtle profile of this string, which however did not seem to have any effect during play.
Although I was not able to generate lots of spin with this blue string, it felt quite lively and controlled initially. Also the touch was decent, e.g. on drop shots. Comfort was evident. Almost no string movement.
But towards the end of the string's life I did not enjoy it any more. It lost its feel and felt dead, without power. I was actually happy when it broke.
For me the string lacked spin from the start, and touch was lost with increasing playing time. Durability was rather poor.
Only real strength of this string was ball control which was provided at any time.
Overall there were too many drawbacks for my game. I'd recommend this string only to high level players who are looking for control and who break strings quickly, so they don't get into the "dead" zone of the string. Otherwise not recommendable.
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 crispy, precise, dull, boring
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Date 2011-10-02
String Dunlop Black Widow 16  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (5.5 hrs.)
No problems during stringing. Crosses should be pulled slowly due to the sharp profile. Strung in two pieces.
On the court I was surprised by the high power of this string. As long as the string's profile provided good grip on the ball, I was able to control the power. Without spin the balls went towards the fence (of the adjacent court). I also had brute power on my serve - balls rocketed into the opponent's court compared to my standard string, Kirschbaum Competition. For my taste, power is too high with this string. In order to gain better control, you'd have to string higher - negatively affecting comfort. Feel was also rather poor. Even at lower tensions the string felt stiff, as if one could feel the profile. You could compare it with wearing shoes that have an extremely thin sole - providing almost direct contact to the floor, but not dampening your step.
There was only little string movement towards the end of the string's life. Tension stability was very good. Durability was between 4.5 and 5.5 hours which is normal for me.
Best feature of this string is power, which however can only be controlled via extreme spin. No tension loss was recognized (by feel).
I would recommend this string to medium advanced players looking for power and spin.
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, rough
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Date 2011-10-02
String Signum Pro Hyperion 1.30  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (6.5 hrs.)
No problems during stringing. Little stretch.
Fantastic playability. Very soft feedback, yet solid feel. Perfect power level for my game due to the well balanced control. Absolutely no string movement, and very good durability (5.5 and 6.5 hours). Almost no notches after 3 hours of play. Another positive aspect is that the string maintains its characteristics for its entire life. Great spin on my kick serve, forehand topspin and backhand slice. Really amazing for a non-textured string!
This string does not have any weakness and provides a great overall package. I really liked the blend of power, control, spin and touch.
I'd recommend this string to anyone looking for a good all-around string, no matter which player level.
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, lively
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Date 2011-09-19
String Xtennis Big Booster Evolution 3 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Head YouTek Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (5.5 hrs.)
To start off with the conclusion: Nice all around string that leaves nothing to be desired.
First shock: I did not see that the string length was written on the package: only 11.70 m. That was very clost towards the end on a 18x20 pattern and two piece stringing.
Very nice playing characteristics, and I did not feel any significant tension loss throughout the relatively long period (for me) of 2 weeks. Power was not extraordinary but sufficient. On the other hand I had great control which was further supported by the good spin potential. The string did not hurt my elbow.
Overall a great string without special features but without any weakness either (except for the short length, won't work for oversize frames).
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, crispy, precise, dull
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