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Monzo
Board-ID Board-ID 45 ratings Residence: Germany male  
male team player lower league
medium strokes with heavy spin, defensive baseline game
Current racquet Wilson Six.One 95S (MP, 18/16)
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Date 2018-03-29
String Isospeed Pulse 1.20
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/55 lbs Wilson Six.One 95S (MP, 18/16)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Strung on an electronic Gamma machine. Stretched a bit during stringing. Easy to weave.
Played indoors on carpet with Balls Unlimited Code Black balls.

A very soft string. Good power and sufficient control. Durability is rather poor due to the softness and the gauge. Good spin potential. Comfort was very good. Feel was rather sluggish, not crisp.

Would recommend this string for players looking for a soft comfortable poly and a cushioned feedback.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives soft, elastic, dull
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Date 2018-03-29
String Kirschbaum P² 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
49/53 lbs Wilson Six.One 95S (MP, 18/16)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Strung on an electronic Gamma machine. Little or no stretch. Smooth surface, easy to weave. No problems during stringing.
Played indoors on carpet with Balls Unlimited Code Black balls.

The string has been discontinued for a while now so you can't buy it any more. But I found it in my repository and tried it. Considering the string's age, it played surprisingly well. Good mix of power and control paired with solid durability. Comfort was also good. Only drawback was tension maintenance. After some time it was through. Still an interesting string.

If you are looking for an alternative to the Kirschbaum P², you should look at the Kirschbaum Competition or Pro Line No. 2.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives soft
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Date 2018-01-14
String Head Velocity MLT 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/53 lbs Wilson Six.One 95S (MP, 18/16)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Strung on an electronic Gamma machine with 10% pre-stretch. Rather little stretch for a multifilament. Smooth surface, easy to weave. No issues during stringing.

Played indoors on carpet with Balls Unlimited Code Black balls.

Rather atypical multifilament. Crisp, control oriented, precise, durable. Still good comfort. Main drawback is the lack of power, below average for a multifilament.

Overall I liked this string a lot. Nice price, crisp feel. Also suitable for players switching from a full poly stringbed. The Velocity MLT is hard to describe but it's like a poly oriented multifilament. Definitely worth a test.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Tecnifibre X-One Biphase
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Compared to the X-One Biphase the Velocity MLT is more durable, crisper, and provides better control.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives crispy, precise
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Date 2017-05-22
String Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution 17
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. Minimal stretch during stringing. Smooth surface, easy to weave. No issues during stringing.
Played on clay court with Dunlop Fort Tournament and Balls Unlimited Code Black balls.

I was curious to try this string as one of my club mates uses it and I really like the color. Stands out from all the black, silver, red and white strings.

I've been searching for the perfect string for some time now and I think I have found it.

I was amazed by this string from the first hit. The string does not have a real weakness. Durability is good and playing characteristics are maintained very well, even when the notches were deep. Power is very good if you have a decent technique. Control is not sacrificed in any way though - very good balance.
Feel is not dull but slightly crisp and solid. Still I would say the string is rather soft. Comfort is on a good level, no problems even after long matches. Spin is also well supported.

The relatedness with Pro Line 2 is evident. Extremely good balance of power and control, great allround characteristics. I would describe the Pro Line Evolution as a slightly softer and more powerful version of the Pro Line 2.

Conclusion: Excellent allround string without drawbacks and very good playability. It does not stand out (+++) in any department, but all characteristics are good or very good. Highly recommendable for all poly players looking for a reliable string in all situations. Great price/performance ratio.

The Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution will be my go-to string for this season.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Compared to the Gamma Moto, the Pro Line Evolution provides:
equal durability
better power
equal control
better feel
better comfort
less spin
equal tension maintenance

Compared to Solinco Outlast, the Pro Line Evolution provides:
less durability
better power
equal control
better feel
better comfort
better spin
equal tension maintenance

Compared to Kirschbaum Max Power, the Pro Line Evolution provides:
less durability
much better power
less control
better feel
much better comfort
better spin
slightly less tension maintenance
Similar string(s): Kirschbaum Pro Line 2
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, solid, precise
Comments:

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Why switching away from Polyfibre Viper2017-11-2207:50:08MackervomAcker (8) registered Origin: Germany
  Re: Why switching away from Polyfibre Viper2017-11-2818:05:45Monzo (45) Board-ID Origin: Germany
Comparison to Competition 1.252019-01-1422:55:10Nachwandler registered Origin: Germany

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Date 2017-04-18
String Signum Pro Triton 1.24
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
49/49 lbs Wilson Six.One 95S (MP, 18/16)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Strung on an electronic Gamma machine. Minimal stretch during stringing. The surface does not really seem rough. Just a very subtle texture. Weaving was no problem. According to the recommendation I strung 2 kg lower, which was the right decision retrospectively.

Played on carpet and clay court with Dunlop Fort Tournament and Balls Unlimited Code Black balls.

I was positively surprised by the Triton. I just wanted to give it a short try as it was a gift, but I played it until the end.

The Triton is supposed to provide good control and spin, lower power and little durability (according to Signum Pro). I cannot confirm everything. Durability was average and okay for a poly. Playing characteristics were maintained pretty well. Only at the end of the string's life it lost control and the main strings started to move. Power is rather low, control is on a very high level. High precision. Slightly dull feel, but still crisp. Touch is quite good for this type of string. Comfort is average at best. But experienced poly players should not have any problems. Spin is good.

Conclusion: Control oriented string without a real weakness. If you are used to playing polys and looking for an affordable allround string with a high control to power ratio, the Triton will provide a good overall package for you.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Comparison relates to Yonex Poly Tour Pro.

Comparison with Kirschbaum Helix:
Better durability
Lower power
Better control
Less feel
Less comfort
Equal spin
Equal or slightly better tension stability

Comparison with Solinco Outlast:
Less durability
Equal power
Better control
Less feel
Less comfort
Equal spin
Less tension stability
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives crispy, precise
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Date 2017-03-09
String Kirschbaum Helix 1.20
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. Minimal stretch. Slightly rough surface, but weaving was no problem.
Played on carpet with Dunlop Fort Tournament and Balls Unlimited Code Black balls.

Please refer to my review of the 1.25 mm version; the 1.20 mm version plays quite similar.

The thinner version does everything a bit better than the thicker one. Power is slightly higher, and touch is finer. Control is similar, comfort is better. Even spin seems a tad better. Durability is slightly worse, as expected. But still alright for such a thin string, I was surprised how long it lasted.
Satisfied? n/a
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Comparison relates to Helix 1.25. The thinner version outperforms it in all aspects except durability.
If you are no string breaker, have a dense stringbed, or just don't mind the durability, I'd recommend the 1.20 mm version. Otherwise try the 1.25.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, resilient
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Date 2017-02-17
String Kirschbaum Helix 1.25
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
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Date 2017-01-30
String Kirschbaum Max. Power 1.25
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. Almost no stretch. Smooth surface, easy to weave. No issues during stringing. The string felt a bit stiff.
Played on carpet with Dunlop Fort Tournament and Balls Unlimited Code Black balls.

The string feels quite stiff, crisp and very direct. Not suitable for players with a sensitive arm. It is a demanding string for hard hitters.

Kirschbaum claims power and responsiveness for this string. While the latter is definitely there, dwell time is pretty short. Power is not particularly high, despite the name "Max. Power". It is definitely control oriented. Maybe even the best control I've seen in a string so far. You almost cannot over hit. So I would say, average power, maximum control.
Spin is okay but you need to generate it yourself. Durability is also average for me. Significant notches after three practice sessions. Will break soon. Playability is still good, though. Other strings typically lose their playability towards the end of their life. But here this is not the case. Playing characteristics were maintained pretty consistently throughout its life. Tension stability seems to be very good. There was no string movement, which is also quite special.

Kirschbaum says the string was developed for tournament players. I believe that is the right target group for this string too.

Conclusion: A demanding, control oriented string for experienced players looking for consistent characteristics throughout their string's life.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Compared to the Gamma Moto, the Max. Power provides:
better durability
equal power
worse control
equal feel
equal comfort
worse spin
better tension stability

Compared to the Solinco Outlast, the Max. Power provides:
worse durability
worse power
better control
worse feel
worse comfort
equal spin
better tension stability
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives elastic, crispy, precise, innovative
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Date 2016-10-31
String Solinco Outlast 16L
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. Very little stretch. Smooth surface, easy to weave. No problems during stringing.
Played indoors on clay with Dunlop Fort Tournament and Balls Unlimited Code Black balls.

The manufacturer points out durability and playability. The string keeps its promise. Durability is very good and it does not notch quickly. Power is average or low, so you need to be an advanced player. Control and precision are very good. Feel is slightly stiff but not uncomfortable nor harsh. Touch is solid, spin is average. Tension stability seems very good. The strings start to move rather late in the string's life.

Durable allround string without drawbacks with an emphasis on control and playability. Suitable for players looking for a balanced string who can generate power themselves, thus looking for control. Can be strung on the softer side. For me an insider recommendation beyond the mainstream.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Comparison to Gamma Moto 1.24:

Better durability
Less power
Better control
Equal feel
Better comfort
Less spin
Better tension maintenance
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives solid, precise
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Date 2016-08-24
String WeissCANNON Ultra Cable 1.23
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
55/55 lbs Wilson Six.One 95S (MP, 18/16)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Strung on an electronic Gamma machine. Stringing was a nightmare. The edges are extremely sharp. Doing the crosses is a torture. Almost no stretch, so I expected a stiff string. Seemed much thicker than 1.23 mm.
Played on clay court with Dunlop Fort Tournament and Balls Unlimited Code Black balls. First at 23/23 kg, then at 25/25 kg. I personally preferred the latter setup.

The string is quite resistant. It also seems to have some sort of coating and due to the square shape it has a larger contact area between mains and crosses, reducing friction and improving durability.

Power is moderate or low. You need to be able to create the power. Control via spin is excellent. Great grip on the ball, no issues controlling depth as long as you hit with spin. Flat strokes are okay but not the highlight of this string.

Feel is rather dull. Not your string if you are looking for a fine touch. The Ultra Cable is not really comfortable. Not suitable for players with a sensitive arm. Feedback is rather stiff and solid. Recommended to string lower.

In terms of spin this string is my new reference. Incredible grip on the ball. It is a ball killer. Additionally it provides an enormous snap-back, so the ball rotation is very high. A class of its own in this category.

Tension maintenance is good but not excellent. I did notice a tension drop after a few sessions, leading to a slight loss of control. There are better strings in this category. But nevertheless a good performance.

Conclusion: If you are looking for spin or spin control, you need to test this string. Great durability, outstanding spin and great control. Power is low, but sufficient for this string. This string is rather demanding so I would recommend it to advanced players who can benefit from the full potential of this string.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The Ultra Cable provides much better grip on the ball and significantly better snap-back. Both strings feel rather dull. Comfort is better with the Yonex.

If you are looking for an allround string, use the Yonex. If you are looking for spin and control, use the Ultra Cable.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives precise, dull, rough, innovative, unique
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