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djokster
registered registered 22 ratings Residence: USA male  
male tournament player national level
hard strokes with heavy spin, allround game
Current racquet Head YouTek Prestige Mid (MS, 18/20)
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Date 2013-09-29
String Tier One Durafluxx 1.23
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
55/55 lbs Head YouTek Prestige Mid (MS, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Overall, I liked this string. I played on outdoor hard courts with temperatures around mid 70°F to 80°F. The string definitely had bite on the ball and tension maintenance was excellent. There was a bit of break in time (about an hour of light hitting). Overall feel is great, and I had no arm pain from lengthy hitting sessions with the setup. It was easy to generate spin with the strings. Some of the playing characteristics seemed to be dulling away towards the end of my time testing the string. Unfortunately, it broke on a mishit on the upper part of the stringbed. Overall, I enjoyed playing with this string and would consider purchasing it.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Solinco Tour Bite
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Durafluxx seemed pretty similar to Solinco Tour Bite for me. It had similar control, but I'd say spin potential was a bit higher and power was better.
Similar string(s): Solinco Tour Bite
StringAdjectives soft, elastic, lively, explosive, springy
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Date 2013-03-05
String Tier One Tour Status 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
55/55 lbs Head YouTek Prestige Mid (MS, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
I played all on indoor hard courts for 2 weeks, about 15 hours total. The tension loss was evident towards the last few sessions, but I think this is an acceptable amount of time out of a string for me as I hit a hard, heavy ball.

I liked this string on serves especially. I had more confidence to go for my targets in the service box with greater power. Groundstrokes overall were very solid right of the stringing machine. Not much break in required.

I look forward to using this string on a clay court as I feel its characteristics would suit my clay court strategies. I may end up purchasing a few sets of this string for future use as they are offered at a good price and the characteristics of the string were quite impressive to me.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Tecnifibre Black Code 1.24
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Having used Black Code in my racquet recently, I think this comparison is quite relevant. They play pretty similarly. I haven't been able to test the absolute durability of the Tier One string, but it seems to be holding tension a bit better than the Black Code was. Spin generation is much better in my opinion as I feel that the Tier One string is more textured.

I have Luxilon 4G in another one of my racquets and actually prefer the Tier One to the Luxilon in this case in terms of all around comfort, power, and spin.
Similar string(s): Tecnifibre Black Code
StringAdjectives comfortable, lively, solid, crispy, precise
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Date 2013-01-22
String Luxilon 4G 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
58/58 lbs Head YouTek Prestige Mid (MS, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
I didn't like the string initially, but after about an hour of break in time, it felt quite a bit better. I liked the explosiveness of the ball off the string bed. Nice pop sound was made also with every strike of the ball.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Babolat RPM Blast
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, flexible, elastic, explosive, solid, sluggish
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Date 2013-01-22
String Alien Black Diamond 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
58/58 lbs Head YouTek Prestige Mid (MS, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Satisfied? not satisfied
Compared to:
Babolat RPM Blast
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives lively, springy, crispy
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Date 2010-10-10
String WeissCANNON Turbotwist 1.18
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
58/58 lbs Babolat Pure Storm Limited GT (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
I tested this string on indoor hard court at 55 lbs. Great spin potential. Also quite comfortable. The only downside was the thin gauge, which caused the string to break for me after 3 best-of-three set matches and about 8 hours of training. Will have to try this string in a larger gauge.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Babolat Pro Hurricane 1.25
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable, precise, rough
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Date 2010-03-01
String Topspin Cyber Red 1.24
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
58/58 lbs Babolat Pure Storm Limited GT (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
This string was easy to put on with virtually no recoil memory.

The string was quite stiff when I first started playing with it. I was getting less depth on balls and had to hit with more effort to get balls deep. But after a couple of hours, the strings settled in and the power and depth showed up in my strokes.

Control is exceptional with this string. Easy to guide balls. Spin potential was average. Strings had virtually no movement as well.

Overall, I am pleased by this string. The only thing I had a problem with was the initial stiffness. I did have a bit of arm pain (bicepial) after each hitting session. Otherwise, good string for big hitters.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
Babolat Ballistic Polymono 1.25
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, crispy, sluggish, innovative
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Date 2010-02-07
String Topspin Cyber Whirl Octagonal 1.27
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
58/58 lbs Babolat Pure Storm Limited GT (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
This string was easy to string up (no recoil experienced).

Pros: Really high amounts of spin. Worked really well for me on my kick serve. I also like it up at net. The string had a great amount of control with groundstrokes.

Cons: Really stiff string. I had a bit of pain in my arm after playing with it. I will use this string at a lower tension next time. Also, the string took a while to "break-in". I could tell it lost a bit of initial tension during the first couple of hours of play.

I probably won't use this string at such a high tension again. Second set will definitely be strung lower (~54-55 lbs)

I played with this string for a week. I am going to cut it out now and move onto trying out some Topspin Cyber Red.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
Prince Synthetic Gut DF etc.
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, crispy, precise, innovative
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Date 2010-01-06
String MSV Focus - HEX® 1.27
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
60/60 lbs Babolat Pure Storm Limited GT (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
MSV Focus-HEX 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): Pro Supex Blue Gear
StringAdjectives comfortable, elastic, lively, explosive, crispy, precise, innovative, unique
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Date 2010-01-06
String Babolat Duralast 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
60/60 lbs Babolat Pure Storm Limited GT (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Satisfied? not satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Original
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, dull, sluggish, boring, outdated
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Date 2010-01-06
String Head IntelliTour 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
62/62 lbs Babolat Pure Storm Limited GT (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Satisfied? not satisfied
Compared to:
Wilson NXT
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, flexible, elastic, spongy, dull, outdated
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