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My Review: Apacs Superlight vs. Karakal M-Tec 70 Gel Iso

Discussion in 'Racket Recommendation / Comparison' started by angeleyes1c13, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. angeleyes1c13

    angeleyes1c13 Regular Member

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    I own these two rackets because they're undoubtedly the lightest rackets in the world. The Superlight weighs about 72-74 grams while the Karakal weighs about 70. Now here's what I thought about the Superlight: It actually feels lighter than the Karakal. However, when you swing the racket or bend it, you hear this cracking noises. It only feels like it's going to crack, but it's not really going to break. It's actually very high quality and flexible, but the noise is annoying. The paint job is shiny, and it separates you from the majority. I've gotten many comments about it. This racket is head heavy, so it compensates for the power loss for being the lightest racket in world. It costs about $ 70.
    Now for the Karakal: It doesn't feel 70 grams. It supposedly the lightest racket in the world, but it doesn't feel like it. The Superlight, I think, is the lightest, even though it weighs more? Maybe the reason for it being heavier than the Superlight is because it's a lot more solid. There's no noises of any kind whatsoever. I guess the gel technology helps for it to become super durable for a 70 gram racket. The overall quality is excellent. The paint job resembles the skin of a zebra. It's one of the most cool looking rackets out there. And badminton is 80 % looks, as in style and appearance, and 20 % everything else ; ) This racket is not head heavy, but just balanced. It costs about $ 100.
    I believe that these rackets are equal when you compare their pros and cons. If you want the lightest racket in the world, buy the Superlight for $ 30 less. Its only problem is the noise I mentioned, but it's super easy to maneuver. It's lightning fast. If you want an overall better quality with no noise, buy the Karakal. By the way, both of these rackets have isometric heads. I think light rackets are definitely an advantage. If you're a good player, you already have the power and technique. Light rackets only make your reactions super fast to get the defensive shots.
     
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    I own these two rackets because they're undoubtedly the lightest rackets in the world. The Superlight weighs about 72-74 grams while the Karakal weighs about 70. Now here's what I thought about the Superlight: It actually feels lighter than the Karakal. However, when you swing the racket or bend it, you hear this cracking noises. It only feels like it's going to crack, but it's not really going to break. It's actually very high quality and flexible, but the noise is annoying. The paint job is shiny, and it separates you from the majority. I've gotten many comments about it. This racket is head heavy, so it compensates for the power loss for being the lightest racket in world. It costs about $ 70.
    Now for the Karakal: It doesn't feel 70 grams. It supposedly the lightest racket in the world, but it doesn't feel like it. The Superlight, I think, is the lightest, even though it weighs more? Maybe the reason for it being heavier than the Superlight is because it's a lot more solid. There's no noises of any kind whatsoever. I guess the gel technology helps for it to become super durable for a 70 gram racket. The overall quality is excellent. The paint job resembles the skin of a zebra. It's one of the most cool looking rackets out there. And badminton is 80 % looks, as in style and appearance, and 20 % everything else ; ) This racket is not head heavy, but just balanced. It costs about $ 100.
    I believe that these rackets are equal when you compare their pros and cons. If you want the lightest racket in the world, buy the Superlight for $ 30 less. Its only problem is the noise I mentioned, but it's super easy to maneuver. It's lightning fast. If you want an overall better quality with no noise, buy the Karakal. By the way, both of these rackets have isometric heads. I think light rackets are definitely an advantage. If you're a good player, you already have the power and technique. Light rackets only make your reactions super fast to get the defensive shots.
     
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    i got the SL75
    super awesome racket (for smashing) when strung with gosen bioroots 66
     
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    Not a bad review. I believe that both rackets weight about the same (with the Karakal possibly just being a little bit lighter) with a grip and strings. As you may or may not know, Karakal take their weight measurements before the racket is strung or has a grip applied. This, in my opinion, is the most accurate way to do it as different grips and strings weigh different amounts. Anyway, because of the way Karakal measure their rackets' weights, you can expect the racket in playable condition to weigh a little more than advertised.

    I agree with your opinion on the solidity of the M-Tec 70, it was the first thing that struck me when I hit with it for the first time. You'd think a racket that light would just feel flimsy and brittle but it really doesn't. At this point in time, I can't speak for the Apacs racket in question but I hope to try it soon.

    As for using a really light racket, I'm not so sure of the benefits. I currently use the M-Tec 70 but I have added lead added to it to make it more head-heavy and give it a heavier static weight. If you're a beginner or intermediate, chances are you may not have the racket head speed to get much out of these really light rackets. Advanced players would be able to get enough power from these rackets but I found that it stock form, the M-Tec 70 was just too light. If I was playing a tough match and got pushed from the forecourt, at the net to right on the baseline, I'd really have to put a lot of effort in to hitting a clear in order to make it go deep enough. Of course, some lead or athletic tape can sort that problem out but overall, the superlight rackets seem mainly suited to doubles specialists and racket customisation experts.
     
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    Thanks for the comments. Both strings were replaced by Yonex BG-80. I also used the same overgrip. Even though Apacs is listed as 2-4 grams more, and head heavier than Karakal, I still feel that the Superlight is lighter.
     
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    Both strings were replaced by Yonex BG-80. I also used the same overgrip. Even though Apacs is listed as 2-4 grams more, and head heavier than Karakal, I still feel that the Superlight is lighter.
     
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    not every company weights the rackets in the same way...
    anyway the BG80 is very good as well
     
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    Thank you for your review...too bad Superlight has been discontinued.
     
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    I think you need to actually measure their weight in playing form to see which is actually lighter. Find a good digital postage scale (or other) that is accurate to 0.1 grams. I weight all my rackets when I get them, as well as balance point, in order to determine whether they meet spec and how they will play.
     
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    Thanks for the review. The information is good to know and useful.
     
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    In "playing form," the Superlight is still lighter. And in terms of actual weight, I'm not planning on getting a digital postage scale that is accurate to 0.1 grams.
     
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    All company should have a standard on how to weigh rackets. That way, everyone is happy. I mean, if there's no standard, you can only compare the rackets by actually weighing them on a scale. And yeah, Superlight is being replaced by Apacs Tantrum Light Exclusive.
     
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    In "playing form" the superlight may just be head light not actually lighter. You don't really know which unless you weight them. It was a piece of advise... nothing more.
     
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    Yeah I know = ) I doubt it because the Superlight is actually head heavy while the Karakal is not. But when I tried both of them when playing, the Superlight still seems lighter. Not every company weighs their rackets the same way. All company should have a standard on how to weigh rackets. That way, everyone is happy. I mean, if there's no standard, you can only compare the rackets by actually weighing them on a scale. And Karakal weighs their rackets without string and no grip whatsoever.
     
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    That's true but then adding a grip would make the karakal feel head lighter if anything. As a note, I've been weighing a lot of rackets lately and some of them are not within their weight or balance specs.
     
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    ^You are right...but I also notice there is a Lethal Light Special. I wonder if it is improved version of the Superlight too...
     
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    Advantage of a light racket

    I own the Karakal which I bought to help me get over an elbow joint problem. I was advised that using the light weight racket would give me time to recover and now I wouldn't go back. I have added a little head weight to it though which helped get a bit of power back into it, but doing this hasnt slowed it down any. Its very well made and well worth considering if you have an elbow strain.
     
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    dosent black night have a super light line of rackets?
     
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    angeleyes, why are you selling?
     

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