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B. Nolte
Verified Tester Verified Tester 62 ratings Residence: Germany male 1967-09-04
male team player upper league
hard strokes with heavy spin, offensive baseline game
Current racquet Babolat Aero Pro Drive + (MP, 16/19)
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Date 2014-05-02
String Topspin Ferox Roundstring 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
50/47 lbs Babolat Aero Pro Drive + (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (10 hrs.)
Almost no stretch during stringing, rather stiff and wire-like.
Power is rather average, control and precision are above average.
The string lacks feel and significantly lacks comfort. Spin is very good.
Almost no string movement. Tension stability is above average.
Durability is good, but the string feels rather dead after approx. 8 hours of play.

Played outdoors on clay at 10-20°C in varying conditions.

Conclusion: Affordable string for players looking for spin and control.
Satisfied? not satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, wire-like, crispy
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Date 2014-05-02
String Topspin Culex Squarestring 1.27
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
50/47 lbs Babolat Aero Pro Drive + (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (10 hrs.)
Almost no stretch during stringing, rather stiff and wire-like.
Power is surprisingly good, very good precision. Feel is rather board-like and the string lacks comfort. Spin is excellent. Very little string movement.
Tension stability is very good - the string maintains its characteristics for more than 10 hours.
Durability is very good - little notches after 6-8 hours of play.

Played outdoors on clay curt at 10-20°C in varying conditions.

Conclusion: Interesting string for players looking for brute spin.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, rough
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Date 2014-05-02
String Topspin Sensus Rotation 1.31
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
50/47 lbs Babolat Aero Pro Drive + (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (>12 hrs.)
Almost does not stretch, feels very stiff. Low-powered and amazing control. The string lacks feedback and feel as well as comfort.
Best feature of this string is spin.
Almost no string movement.
Tension stability is in between good and very good.
Durability is superb - even after 10 hours of play almost no notches.

Played outdoors on clay at 10-20°C in varying conditions.

Conclusion: Very durable string with a focus on spin. Unfortunately it lacks elasticity and feel.
Satisfied? not satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, wire-like, dull
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Date 2013-11-24
String Blindtest String19A 1.24  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Babolat Aero Pro Drive + (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (12 hrs.)
Played indoors and outdoors in temperatures of 26-29°C.

The string excels in the spin department. It maintained its profile throughout the test, providing very good control via topspin. This string is one of the stiffer strings that I've tried.
Satisfied? not satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, wire-like, crispy
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Date 2013-11-24
String Blindtest String19B 1.30  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Babolat Aero Pro Drive + (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (>15 hrs.)
Played indoors and outdoors in temperatures of 26-29°C.

The string provides great stability and control. I felt very confident at the net. Very solid and consistent from the baseline. Did not convince me on drop shots and angle shots.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Babolat RPM Blast
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): Head RIP Control
StringAdjectives soft, elastic, solid, precise
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Date 2013-05-04
String Tecnifibre Razor Code 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
49/46 lbs Babolat Aero Pro Drive + (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Great string. Excellent durability and little string movement. This soft string provides good control and very good comfort. Feel is average. Power did not convince me - there are more powerful polys on the market if you are looking for power.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
I was surprised about the resistance to notching even after a longer period of play. The strings stay in place very well.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, elastic
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Date 2013-02-17
String Gamma Moto 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Babolat Aero Pro Drive + (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (16 hrs.)
Typical co-polyester string, stiff and rough. Feels rather thick. No issues during stringing.
Power was surprisingly good. Good control via spin - flat strokes were often too long. Feel is rather average. Comfort is poor, maybe the thinner gauge is better in this category. This 7-sided string provides better grip than non-textured strings. The extra spin was maintained throughout the test.
The string provides very good durability and tension stability. There was only slight notching in the sweetspot, and no significant tension loss within 5-6 hours of play.
Played indoors on carpet with Dunlop Tournament balls.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
Babolat RPM Blast
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The string is significantly thicker than my favorites, Luxilon Alu Power and Babolat RPM Blast.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives solid, rough
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Date 2013-02-17
String Gamma iO 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Babolat Aero Pro Drive + (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (14 hrs.)
Surprisingly high power. Rather stiff string, so comfort is not good, but on the other hand it provides good precision and a surprisingly good feel. I also found the bright orange color a nice change compared to the black and grey strings that I normally use.
Spin was rather average for a co-poly string.
Tension was maintained well for 6 hours, then after it lost 6-7 lbs it felt a bit springy.
The durability is good, it still hasn't broken after 14 hours, but the notches are so deep that they negatively affect playability.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Babolat RPM Blast
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
This string is significantly thicker than my favorites, Luxilon Alu Power and Babolat RPM Blast.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, crispy, precise
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Date 2013-02-17
String Gamma Poly-Z 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Babolat Aero Pro Drive + (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (8 hrs.)
Power was average. Precision and control are the highlights of this string. It does provide good feel and feedback on flat strokes and spin strokes, but it does not reach up to my reference strings, Luxilon Alu Power and Babolat RPM Blast.
Comfort is rather average.
The string notches a bit quicker than similar Gamma strings. Significant signs of wear after 8 hours of play, and the string does not feel lively any more.
Played indoors on carpet with Dunlop Tournament balls.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Babolat RPM Blast
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The highlights are feel and control. Since it is thinner than Gamma iO 16 and Moto 16, it is more similar to my favorites, Babolat RPM Blast and Luxilon Alu Power.
Similar string(s): Babolat RPM Blast
StringAdjectives flexible, precise
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Date 2011-09-22
String Solinco Tour Bite 16L
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Babolat Pure Drive Roddick GT+ (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (6 hrs.)
Strung in one piece.
The string feels a bit stiff on impact but it is surprisingly comfortable. Good power and control, average topspin. No string movement even after long rallies. After 4 hours I noticed some notching in the crosses. That's when the string starts feeling stiff.
The 1.25 mm version provides better control and durability compared to the 1.15 mm version. On the other hand, the thinner gauge provides better power and feel. For my taste, the thinner version lacked some stability and solid feel compared to my reference string, Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The Alu Power seems more solid and stable to me. Also it provides better power, while the Solinco provides slightly better comfort.
The string feels very similar to the MSV Focus-Hex 1.23, with a bit better comfort.
Similar string(s): MSV Focus-Hex 1.23
StringAdjectives crispy
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