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nikmik
registered registered 8 ratings Residence: Germany male 1988-08-08
male tournament player international level
hard strokes with heavy spin, defensive baseline game
Current racquet Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro (MP, 16/19)
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Date 2013-12-08
String Dyreex Black Edge 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2 hrs.)
The Dyreex Black Edge feels quite stiff initially and due to the lower power and increased spin compared to the Alu Power, I had problems with the depth of my shots.
After 20 minutes I got used to the string and was able to hit some effective inside out forehands. The string also supported my kick serve.
Due to lack of touch I had trouble hitting precise volleys and drop shots. Maybe it is more suitable in a hybrid.
The string broke after 2 hours of play on a forehand stroke. This is normal for me for a 1.25 mm string.
The Black Edge is a very good string, however I think that the MSV Focus Hex is similar and comes at a lower price.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
IMO the Alu Power remains the reference among the poly strings. No other poly provides such good power and control at the same time, provided that you hit exactly in the sweetspot.
Similar string(s): MSV Focus-Hex
StringAdjectives stiff, crispy, rough
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Date 2013-01-13
String Tyger Rebound 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2 hrs.)
Neither a bad nor an outstanding string. It provides good spin potential but lacks power. The Tyger RoughPoly was more powerful, but also provided better control.
I'd recommend this string only for recreational players looking for an affordable poly since this string does not have any significant weaknesses.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Neither a control string nor a power string, somewhere in between. It's not bad but feels rather dull. Much less power compared to the Alu Power.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives solid, dull
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Date 2012-12-02
String Tyger RoughPoly 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (0.25 hrs.) n.a.
The string felt very thin and relatively soft during stringing.
DT 31 after stringing.

Played indoors on clay court with new Head ATP balls.
I had very good feel and depth control, as well as good power for a textured poly. It is not exactly rough though, it has a star-shaped profile.

After 10 minutes the mains started to move, similar to the Kirschbaum Super Smash. After 15 minutes the string broke. Tecnifibre Pro RedCode and Kirschbaum Super Smash don't last any longer on me in that gauge.

Recommendable only in a dense string pattern, or if your game is based on hitting flat.
Satisfied? n/a
Compared to:
MSV Focus-HEX 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Similar to the Polystar in terms of touch. The Polystar provides better power and durability though. Both strings are in a similar price range.
Similar string(s): Polystar Turbo
StringAdjectives soft, precise, rough
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Date 2012-11-17
String Blindtest String18 1.30  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (4 hrs.) n.a.
Strung in two pieces on an electric machine. Easy to string. The cross strings were singing a bit when pulling them through.
Initial DT after stringing was 35.

Played indoors on clay with new Head ATP balls.

The string did not require a break-in period. I found good depth from the start and was able to control my forehand with plenty of spin. I'm using less spin on the backhand, but didn't have any depth issues on that side either initially.
Volleys and slices felt very soft, and I lacked some control there, so I thought I should have strung 2-4 lbs higher.
Serve went well and I was able to create kick easily.
Then I played a match and had good depth and control in the beginning. I could hardly believe that I was hitting with a 1.30 mm poly, it created more power than my standard string Yonex Poly Tour 125. After 1.5 hours of play I started experiencing problems since the string became more and more spongy.
DT was at 31 after 1.5 hours of play.
I continued using the string for coaching until it snapped after 2 more hours in the center of the stringbed.

Conclusion: I was happy with this string overall and would like to try it in 1.25 mm which should improve control but might decrease durability. If you are looking for a powerful textured poly, this one is for you. I'd recommend it especially for 14-16 year old players and for those who do not have a fast swing. The string really shines when you hit with lots of spin on the forehand.

For me the Yonex Poly Tour is still better for my game. I suspect that this blindtest string was the Head Sonic Edge, it had similar touch.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
MSV Focus-HEX 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Compared the the Blindtest String18, the Focus-Hex feels more crisp. The Blindtest String18 provides better power and spin, but less precision.
Similar string(s): MSV Focus-Hex Soft
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, spongy
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Date 2012-11-12
String Pro's Pro Lethal Spin 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Played indoors on carpet with Babolat Team balls.
Initially I had problems generating depth because the string is rather low-powered. After 15 minutes, however, I had adapted to the string and enjoyed the great control. I had excellent spin on my forehand topspin, it seemed like the ball stayed a tad longer in the stringbed. Serves, especially kick serves, as well as slice worked perfectly.
Overall a great string, which just lacks some power compared to the Yonex Poly Tour or Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power. Nevertheless a good value.
One comment about durability: In my first test the string lasted only 2 hours, which is relatively good for a 1.25 textured string considering my playing style and racquet. I strung it again but this time in combination with Pro's Pro Cyber Power crosses, which increased durability and also power.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
MSV Focus-HEX 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, crispy, precise, rough
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Date 2012-08-31
String Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
54/52 lbs Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Played at 25°C with Wilson Tour Clay balls. The string played great with nice feel on every hit. Maybe I should have strung 2 lbs softer to increase power and spin. You don't need to string high in order to have control with this string.
I will test the Spin version of this string and probably never use Alu Power again.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The only thing I was missing with this string was the typical sound of the Alu Power. This is one of the best strings on the market. Only the neon yellow color needs a bit getting used to.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable, crispy, precise, rough
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Date 2012-06-10
String Babolat RPM Blast 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (3 hrs.)
Played at 25°C with Wilson Tour Clay balls.
Initially I had big problems generating my normal spin on forehand and backhand, despite the string's texture. Same issue on the kick serve. I always had the impression that I lacked 15-20 km/h on my strokes compared to the Alu Power. The only thing where I felt good control was on the volleys.
Unfortunately the string did not suit my game. Perhaps you need arms like Nadal in order to generate power with this string. But it's definitely not a string for the normal clay court player.
Satisfied? not satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
In contrast to the Alu Power I lacked power with the RPM Blast. Feel was dull and depth control is not easy. On extreme topspin strokes I had the impression that the trajectory was not as high as with other polyester strings. This is not an easy string to hit with, only recommendable for hard hitters.
Similar string(s): Polyfibre Black Venom
StringAdjectives soft, spongy, dull, sluggish
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Date 2010-06-16
String Tecnifibre Pro RedCode 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
55/53 lbs Babolat Pure Drive (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2-3 hrs.)
Great string, and good price compared to the Alu Power. Still I would rather recommend it for dense string patterns, otherwise it will break quickly. Or you try the 1.30 mm gauge, which will however affect the spin potential and control. Nevertheless great string. It's not as soft as a Signum Pro or Topspin Cyber Flash.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Not as good as the Alu Power, especially in terms of spin potential and durability. I don't expect this string to last more than 5 hours, but a maximum of 2 hours is quite poor from my point of view.
Similar string(s): Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power
StringAdjectives explosive, stiff, crispy, precise, rough
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