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Prostaff_St.Vincent
Verified Tester Verified Tester 39 ratings Residence: Austria male 1977-07-11
male team player lower league
medium strokes with heavy spin, defensive baseline game
Current racquet Yonex VCore 100S MP (MP, 16/19)
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Prostaff_St.Vincent will be testing the following strings next:
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Pacific Poly Force 17100
Titan Natural Gut 16100
MSV Hepta-TWIST 1.20100
Tennisoutlet No. 1 1.20100
Signum Pro Tornado 1.17100

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Date 2010-01-04
String Oehms Co-Poly Gen III Red 1.17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson Pro Staff 85 (St Vincent) (MS, 16/18)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2 hrs.)
Played indoors on clay with Isospeed Pulse balls. I liked the red Oehms from the start, a real spin machine with direct feel, simply a pleasure to hit with. The string provides gread power without being springy. Compared to the Oehms Black Pearl, comfort is not as good, but the Black Pearl (which is not boring at all) seems boring compared to the Gen III Red. Thus I prefer it over the Black Pearl. Tension stability is great, however the string breaks on me after 2 hours. At this gauge durability should not be critical anyway.
I used the string both as a full job and in a hybrid with Pro's Pro Red Devil 1.19, which provides increased comfort.
I highly recommend this string and you cannot go wrong at this price. Great value!
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Direct comparison with Oehms Black Pearl 1.18: I have played both strings in parallel and the Gen III Red is a bit stiffer and more crispy, but less comfortable.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable, lively, explosive, stiff, crispy
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Date 2010-01-04
String Isospeed Professional 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
62/62 lbs Wilson Pro Staff 85 (St Vincent) (MS, 16/18)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (6-8 hrs.)
Played indoors on clay with Isospeed Pulse balls. The Isospeed Professional should be strung 4-6 lbs higher than other strings, then it will hold its tension better. I exclusively used it in the crosses in combination with various polys, so I cannot comment on spin potential. Biggest advantage of this string are its comfort and touch. The string is very soft and elastic - cannot get any closer to natural gut! Unfortunately the tension drops after 3-4 hours of play, then the string does not feel as lively as before. As soon as the coating wears off, the string will break within a few minutes.
This is my favorite cross string besides the Gamma Live Wire Professional 17. As with most high quality multifilaments, the price is rather high.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Compared to Gamma Live Wire Professional
Similar string(s): Gamma Live Wire Professional
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, resilient, elastic, stretchy, unique
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Date 2009-12-30
String Oehms Black Pearl 1.18
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson Pro Staff 85 (St Vincent) (MS, 16/18)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2 hrs.)
Played indoors on clay with Isospeed Pulse balls. The Black Pearl is a great value string. Considering the thin gauge, it should be clear that spin and power are inversely related to the durability. I hit with heavy topspin and really like the spin potential of this string. Power is good without sacrificing too much control. Tension stability is on a high level, and competitors' strings that cost a multitude can really see this as a reference. Comfort is quite good for a poly. I had 100m of this string and must say that I only used it in hybrids together with Oehms Gen III Red 1.17, Isospeed Professional 1.20 and natural gut.
Two thumbs up for Oehms!
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
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At the same time I had the Gamma Zo Magic 1.27 on my other frame and was disappointed by its sluggish feel and low power compared to the Black Pearl.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable, lively, crispy
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Date 2009-12-15
String Babolat Revenge 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson Pro Staff 85 (St Vincent) (MS, 16/18)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
From what a Babolat representative told me I expected this string to play similar to the Luxilon Alu Power, and this was the case indeed. I played it indoors on clay with Isospeed Pulse balls. First as a full job at 26/26 kg, where it snapped after one hour of play, showing significant notching, and hurting my arm a lot, but with great playing characteristics - great spin, power, and control, but you need to provide your own power for sure.
Totally different picture in a hybrid with Isospeed Professional Classic (strung at 30 kg). The Revenge broke after 5 hours but tension loss and loss of control was quite evident. No arm problems using the hybrid.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Very similar to the Alu Power. Stiff, explosive, crisp, spin friendly, and with great control. Both strings lack comfort and tension stability. As a full job, the Revenge breaks even quicker than the Luxilon, but I still prefer it due to the lower price.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives lively, explosive, stiff, crispy
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Date 2009-12-14
String Gamma Zo Magic 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson Pro Staff 85 (St Vincent) (MS, 16/18)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.  (1 hrs.)
Played indoors on clay with Dunlop Max TP balls. The string is rather stiff. Comfort was good but I didn't like the dampened feel on impact. I could not detect a big tension loss. Unfortunately the string broke in the center after 1 hour of play which I consider quite poor for this gauge. Normally I use thinner strings which last as long and provide better spin potential than the Gamma and also cost less. Power and control are okay but nothing special.
Unfortunately this string could not convince me, although I'm a fan of the Gamma Live Wire Professional (as a cross string).
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 stiff, dull
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Date 2009-09-06
String Pro's Pro Blackout 1.24
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
60/60 lbs Wilson Pro Staff 85 (St Vincent) (MS, 16/18)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (1 hrs.)
Played outdoors on clay at around 20°C with Wilson Tour balls. Used it in the mains with Tecnifibre Pro RedCode crosses.
The Blackout provides good power and control and is not springy like many other current soft-polys. Feel is direct and crisp and stiff. I like this kind of feel because I get good feedback from it. In order to avoid a board-like feel with my stiff frame, I combined it with a slightly softer cross string.
Unfortunately the string broke in the center after just 1 hour, it had significant notches at that time. Within the time of play, I did not notice any tension loss and did not feel any pain in the arm either.
If it lasted longer, this would be first choice for hard hitters.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Similar characteristics compared to Signum Pro Tornado, but the spin potential of the Tornado is one level better.
Similar string(s): Signum Pro Tornado
StringAdjectives explosive, stiff, crispy
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Date 2009-09-01
String Prince Tour 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
57/57 lbs Wilson Pro Staff 85 (St Vincent) (MS, 16/18)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (4.5 hrs.)
I'm quite happy with the Tour, it belongs to the group of rather stiff polys which I prefer, so I was curious about the comfort and turned out to have absolutely no problems with that. Great spin for the gauge, but what I like most are control and tension stability. I felt comfortable with this string from the start and had great precision in my shots. Power is nice and balanced. For some people, 4.5 hours of durability might not seem much, but for me this is okay. However the strings had significant notches. Conclusion: great string overall.
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, elastic, stiff, crispy, precise
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Date 2009-06-19
String Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Fluoro 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/53 lbs Wilson Pro Staff 85 (St Vincent) (MS, 16/18)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Played outdoors on clay with Babolat Team balls in a hybrid with Gamma Live Wire XP crosses.
The Fluoro plays very nice, crisp, not too stiff. Very good control and touch, no arm problems. Spin potential is about the same as with the Alu Power and a bit less than with Big Banger Ace. Power is perfect and very easy to adjust, very well balanced. At the time when the cross string broke (after around 10 hours) the tension loss felt quite small and there was no significant effect on control.
As with all Luxilon strings, the price is quite high, but there is nothing else to complain about.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Similar to the Big Banger Ace, just a tad less spin potential due to the gauge.
Similar string(s): Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power, Luxilon Big Banger Ace
StringAdjectives comfortable, crispy, precise
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Date 2009-06-12
String Head FXP 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
60/60 lbs Wilson Pro Staff 85 (St Vincent) (MS, 16/18)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (8 hrs.) n.a.
Played outdoors on clay during summer.
Used in the crosses in combination with Luxilon Big Banger TiMo mains.
The Head FXP is quite a unique string. It is often referred to as a "multifilament", but it is very different from classic multifilaments like Wilson NXT, Tecnifibre X-One, or Gamma Live Wire.
For me it's hard to adapt to this string, but I don't know why. Maybe it's the power or the increased elasticity. Nevertheless I do like it a lot because it provides great feel and control, and power seems to be better than with the other multifilaments mentioned above.
Towards the end of its life, the FXP tends to lose control a bit.
At my first attempt, I had strung the FXP a but too tight, and I liked it much better when strung softer.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Wilson NXT
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
A bit stiffer compared to other multifilaments, but still soft, not as stretchy. It's a bit cheaper than the top-class multifilaments.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable, flexible, lively, crispy, unique
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Date 2009-06-09
String Wilson [K] Gut Pro 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
60/60 lbs Wilson Pro Staff 85 (St Vincent) (MS, 16/18)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (10 hrs.)
Played outdoors on clay in a hybrid with Luxilon Big Banger Ace mains. It lasted around 9 hours, which is great if you consider the aggressive main string.
The K-Gut Pro provides great comfort, nice soft feel, great control, and almost as much power as the Tecnifibre X-One Biphase. IMHO the best - but also most expensive - multifilament on the market. I like it better than Isospeed Professional, and I did not find a significant tension loss in contrast to other testers.
The string did not fray as quickly as the Wilson NXT, but once it started fraying, control decreaed and it broke quickly (within 10 minutes).
For me, only natural gut is better than the K-Gut Pro!
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Wilson NXT
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
I like it better than Gamma Live Wire, Wilson NXT (Tour), and Isospeed Professional - but it's also more expensive on the other hand.
Similar string(s): Gamma LiveWire, Wilson NXT (Tour), Isospeed Professional
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, resilient, elastic, precise, dull
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