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Babolat RPM Blast, Luxilon ALU Power, Solinco Tour Bite… these polyester tennis strings are popular on the pro tour because of their low-powered response that allows players to swing extremely fast and generate tons of spin. Also, their monofilament construction also offers excellent durability for frequent string breakers.
Let it be known that if you don’t have long, fast, more modern “low to high” strokes, then polyester strings may not be ideal for you. They are very low-powered and stiff which can cause arm problems in players that can’t generate a lot of their own power. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you are able to break softer strings like synthetic gut or multifilament in 20 hours of less, then you’ll most like benefit from the unique properties that polyester strings provide.
With so many polyester tennis string options out there, you don’t have to break the bank to get great performance. Here is a list of some of our TW Staff’s favorite polyester strings that are available under 10€ a set:
Volkl Cyclone (7.90€)
This is one of our staff’s favorite strings across the board for its combination of performance and value. Offering a slightly crisp feel and medium stiffness, Cyclone provides excellent control and loads of spin potential for big hitters at a great value! Available in a variety of colors and gauges, including an ultra thin 19 (1.10mm) gauge!
This is a softer version of Cyclone, making it a bit more user-friendly and powerful. It’s also twisted during construction for a unique feel. Because of its softer feel relative to other polys, this one is perfect for first time polyester users looking to see what they’re all about.
Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 (9.90€)
This is another one of our staff’s favorites with a softer, livelier feel. Another one that’s great for first time polyester users or players with a history of arm problems, this string’s seven sharp edges bite the ball at impact to help you generate tons and tons of spin.
Gosen Polylon (5.50€)
This might be the best bang for your buck at under $5 a set. Offered in a variety of colors and gauges, this string has a stiff and very low-powered response that “old school poly lovers” will enjoy. If you like to swing big and generate all your own power, this one can’t be beat for the price.
Kirschbaum Pro Line X (6.90€)
Unlike SS Spiky above, this co-poly from Kirschbaum DOES have those chemical additives that soften up the feel and make this string a little more comfortable and dampened. Like most other Kirschbaum polys, this has been pre-stretched during production to give it exceptional tension maintenance.
Solinco Outlast (6.90€)
A more budget-friendly option in the Solinco polyester line, Outlast offers excellent control and durability with a softer, more dampened response. This one is ideal for string breakers who swing big and like generating all their own power.
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code (10.50€)
An extremely popular string, Pro Red Code has a loyal following for its dampened feel and exceptional control. It’s the string of choice for our #1 American man John Isner, so it’ll probably work well for you too! We know this stings is priced at 10.50€ / set, but since this is really a great performing string we added it to this blog anyway.
Topspin Cyberflash (6.90€)
Another staff favorite, this one offers a soft and very lively feel that makes for a great choice for first-time poly users. This one has a similar feel/response as Luxilon ALU Power, just a little softer and more powerful.
AdiTuff 180 technology with polymer reinforced upper mesh provides lightweight and breathable comfort along with excellent stability.
adidas now has a new flagship shoe for their speed-oriented adizero line – the Ubersonic! This new premium offering features a super low to the ground ride that feels lightning quick on court and keeps you completely connected to your movement. Rubber was removed and strategically replaced by mesh in specific areas of the outsole to reduce weight and make the shoe ultra light and fast-feeling. Lastly, extra TPU protection wraps the toe area and medial side on the upper to give added protection for aggressive movers.
Our experts playtested the Ubersonic a few weeks ago and we can tell you that they all really enjoyed the shoe! They loved how light and fast they were, and the black and red cosmetic they had been testing looked awesome too. From a fit standpoint, the most noticeable aspect is a pretty high arch, making them perfect for players that like having a lot of support in that area. They are similar in that way to the Barricade (for those of you that are familiar). Other than that the shoe fits pretty true to size with a medium width. Check out our video review to learn more about this fantastic shoe (video only in English)! (more…)
Check out our review of the Barricade 2015 Boost
In Summer 2015, adidas is injecting ENDLESS ENERGY into their tennis footwear by bringing their signature Boost midsole technology to the iconic Barricade line!
Boost has been around for a few years in other adidas performance shoes. Runners as well as basketball, soccer and baseball players have taken a liking to its benefits. First, it provides more energy return than a traditional EVA foam midsole, injecting more energy back up into your foot and making each step and change of direction quicker and more explosive. Second, the cushioning performs much more consistently, both over time and in different weather conditions. The underfoot support will last a lot longer, and no matter whether it’s in the heat of summer or the cold of winter, the cushioning and energy return remains the same. A traditional EVA midsole may get harder in the cold or mushy and less responsive in the heat.
At the start of 2015, adidas released their fastest and most modern feeling Barricade yet with the Barricade 2015. No longer do they weigh a pound and need two weeks to break in. This latest version merges the signature support, stability and durability we’ve come to expect from the Barricade line with a faster, lower to the ground feel and virtually no break-in time required. Furthermore, the release of the Limited Edition Wall Pack Collection has showcased the new look and how well the design takes color. (more…)