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apacs Tantrum500 International

Discussion in 'Badminton Rackets / Equipment' started by zero_hour, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. GaryC

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    Hmm just compared it to my N90, N55 and F9 and looks exactly same length, at most maybe 1mm difference. I am playing again tomorrow with friends to work on some drills... I'm sure I'll get some more power out of it haha. Even after this short time playing with it I think it is my #1 doubles racquet.
     
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    cool thanks... i tried my friends slayer 88... rating is 8.5 but i really liked the racket... its really fast.... now need to try this tantrum 500 this also rated abt 8.5
     
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    it maybe the string. the BG80 "power" isnt really power at all. why don't you restring it with a zymax62 and compare?
     
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    I'm thinking that myself, what I'm waiting for is my VS850 to come in and string it up exactly like my F9.
     
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    cool, how do you compare them to your other rackets?

    what is its stiff rating and balance point to you?

    on the post #1
    BCP: 290+5mm sounds as if closer to light head
    Flex: 8.0-8.5 is flexible right?
     
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    Damn! I missed my shipment of VS850. I was looking forward to restringing the T500 tonight.

    Anyway it'll have to wait. So I have a F9 that is said to be medium flex... I find the T500 slightly more flexible than that but it could be caused by the slimmer shaft. My T500 slightly under 290mm but like I said it was pretty easy to adjust the first time I used it. Most of my racquets are all around 300mm bp so it's no wonder i'm a bit faster at the net with the T500.

    I had a chance to use it yesterday for a training session but after the warm-ups and footwork drills (45 min of it!) I could barely move. We had 15min for games and I was awful because I was so tired.

    Oh ya I'm not impressed with BG80P.. maybe I should have strung it up at 26lbs but I was worried about how hard it would feel. BG80 @ 26lbs feels like I'm hitting a brick wall sometimes for me, didn't know BG80P was like a medium feel.
     
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    hahaha, you bought without checking up on the strings? usually if its the same width (0.67mm) you'd wanna keep it at the same tension.

    how slim is the shaft again? i know the new tweet 8k-i is 6.7 mm (vt80 is 6.8mm)

    with the bp slightly under 290mm do you feel it as balanced or light head?
     
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    Hmm from the apacscanada website it says it's 7.0mm for shaft diameter. And yes I think it feels more even balanced.. which explains the better net play.

    Anyways I strung it up with VS850 today... ran to the post office and picked up my package from RKEP.

    Usually I let the string sit for a day or two before I play it but I couldn't wait so the 2 hours would have to do.

    I only took out my N55 and T500 for today's 8-10:30 session. The T500 felt a little bit better in terms of power this time around. I was able to get some very good smashes in but only if I remembered to get my arm up and full extension, I'm pretty lazy and a lot of times and half swing for smashes. I'm going to give it a slight bump in power 7.5-8 / 10. What I like is that it's very forgiving on some off center shots, when you hit it well you get a very good response from it.. when it's not a great shot it feels a little soft. Control was very good and I out played someone that was usually much better at the net than me.. I somehow got a few nice tumbling drops going today.

    When I switched to my N55 you could see the power difference even with the half swing I do... ended up breaking my ZyMax 67 after two games.. grrrr.. it was really starting to feel really good too.
     
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    how does T500 performance compared to VH1800/2000?
    was holding it at a shop yesterday & the sales girl quote the price RM299 + string.
     
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    check low yat forum, guy called arc1414 sells T500 for rm260 (frame only).

    i thinking of buying the tweet 8k he's selling for rm280 but zero_hour said only the tweet 7k has the bravesword frame, i might need to go to shop and test tweet 7k first :D
     
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    agree with you. T500 is a good racket. I strung mine with BG65 and it give me enough power to smash.

     
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    What about comparison with T200?
     
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    Hey guys thanks for the reviews i was hoping someone could do perhaps an indepth review vs the tantrum 200. I am in the UK so its impossible for me to test the rackets - I bought the tantrum 200 based on reviews and its great for me it matches my play perfectly although my smashes arent booming i think because its very stiff.

    Im thinking for my game the tantrum 500 might be a good trade off - if its slightly more flexible I might be able to generate a little more power but still have all the control - As i say its so difficult for me I love apacs rackets but I cant even hold them before buying!
     
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    well there is a review from zero_hour... he is an ex tantrum 200 user... have a read... go a few pages back... even im an ex-tantrum user.. but i switched to the slayer 88 instead of the tantrum 500... i was reccomended by the seller for the slayer 88 since its easier to handle and has the aero frame... so its pretty quick around the net.. n i can generate more power too... the tantrum 200 was too stiff for me... im gonna stick to medium stiff rackets now
     
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    tadah, its at post 34. T500 is definitely thinner in shaft and frame than T200 thats why its faster.

     
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    how about ratnig your C7 and N55 in the control, power & feel out of 10 scale too for our reference :D
     
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    Oh boy hmmm

    N55 - I have been using this one again as my main racquet. It's now using the same string as the T500 and same tension, VS850 @ 24/26lbs. I believe all three are rated medium stiff but the N55 seems the stiffest of the bunch.

    Control: 9/10
    Power: 9/10
    Feel: 9/10

    C7
    Control: 9/10
    Power: 8/10
    Feel: 9/10

     
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    i wish YY and and li-ning had better rating system. at least victor has out of 5 rating system for their rackets in terms of balances and stiffness :s
     
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    Yay!, I'm getting my T500 on Tuesday! :D

    Been trying to find more about it but found only a few small reviews in this forum. I can't wait to try it out. I hope it lives up to its highly rated predecessors, the T200 & T300!

    I am a little concerned about the medium flex shaft. Hopefully I can still generate power smashes and retain control. Currently I use the Ti10 (2nd gen) and Armor Muscle 90 Pro. I'll post my findings once I've had a few good games with it.
     
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    looking forward to it!
     

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