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01-03-2013, 01:26 PM #443
01-04-2013, 01:19 AM #444
I think kwun or one of the moderators should change the name of this thread to "RKEP Rackets" since Eric's range has been expanded beyond the PRO6000 and 9000.
01-05-2013, 05:32 PM #445
Short review: XP70 (85g bp295mm) with bg66um 26lb after 4 hrs doubles
First of all I must say that Eric is one of the best stringers I've encountered. His one piece job tensions are always right on the nose when I check with a frequency app. Tension retention is great that even with strings like vs850 that are infamous for tension loss, there's only a drop of 50hz after 2-3 months, which amounts to only 1 lb drop. If shipping were cheaper, I would ship rackets for him to string!
Now to the racket.
Swings noticeably faster than MX series, almost as fast as BS series. Not surprisingly then, frame cross section is like a mix of MX and BS series.
Head wt feels very light when dry swinging, possibly because of its speed, but once I started to hit birds, it's got a substantial heft to it. Very interesting.
Great in defensive shots, blocks and drives. Tad more flexible shaft than MX70, which gives it a good whip for power.
Smashes are penetrative and clears are deep, despite being a racket that is lighter and with lower swing wt than what I usually play with (P Pro 87g bp295mm).
Over the next few weeks, I'll have to restring it with my usual zm62 to compare more directly with my current rackets.
Last edited by visor; 01-05-2013 at 05:45 PM.
01-05-2013, 06:14 PM #446
Oh... almost forgot to compare with the Pro 9000.
Exact same specs.
XP70 is better in all aspects. Faster, more maneuverable, better defence, more powerful.
So all in all, a very good racket. I'll have to get a heavier one to try in the future...
01-05-2013, 06:17 PM #447
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01-05-2013, 06:34 PM #450
Last edited by visor; 01-05-2013 at 06:36 PM.
01-05-2013, 06:36 PM #451
Stiffness is usually not included. Specs in this case indicate that they're the same where he had a choice (i.e. weight&BP)
01-05-2013, 07:32 PM #452
"Head wt feels very light when dry swinging, possibly because of its speed, but once I started to hit birds, it's got a substantial heft to it. Very interesting."
I am really curious how this works. Why is the reason a racquet would have the same spec (or ligher) but would have different swing feel (heavier in this case). I really hope this is not proprietary and eric and share what he did to have such effect.
Side note: I have a racquet of 295mm at 4U and it felt so heavy and sluggish on the game that I cant use it anymore. I am refering to fleet woven 1000 II compared to woven 1000.
01-05-2013, 07:46 PM #453
but once birds are struck, the solid heft on contact is reassuring and removes any previous doubts about its power despite it feeling light in the hand... the slightly flexy shaft definitely helps in easily accesible power
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01-06-2013, 10:06 AM #454
Visor, what did your rackets weight and balancepoint end out being after string and regrip?
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01-06-2013, 03:19 PM #455
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01-06-2013, 03:43 PM #456
01-06-2013, 10:53 PM #457
Any comparison between the XP-80 to the MX60? O:
01-08-2013, 04:39 PM #458
I just tried my XP-70 yesterday. It is a 83g,295bp,Zm65-24/26lbs with RKEP Power master grip. Before I am using the Pro9000, 83g,300bp,Zm62-25/27lbs with power master grip. Visor is right. The XP70 is definitely better in all aspects. Faster, more maneuverable, better defence and more powerful than Pro9000. Yesterday my friend fed the shuttles for me to smash. The power, sound and feeling is great. But yesterday one thing I didn't feel good is the timing. During the game sometimes I didn't hit the sweet spot, a little bit off, probably this Xp70 is faster than my Pro9000. I will have another game on this Thursday, I think this time will be ok.
01-12-2013, 06:36 AM #459
Here are my thoughts on the RKEP XP80 (specs are 83g + 295mm + ZM65 @ 24lbs)
Rackets I have used (and enjoyed to some extent): RKEP Pro6000, Fischer Infiniti Hades, Fischer Black Granite Tour, Yonex VT80, Victor MX60
This is the racket's main strength. It's fast. Both in defence and attack. Despite being 295mm (and maybe 91-93g wet weight), the racket just feels swift. The RKEP Pro6000 was no slouch but the XP80 is amazingly fast. A fast racket is a must for me to be able to intercept and finish off points from the front of the court and the XP80 fits nicely. It is also quick enough for consistent counter attacks, where you turn defence into attack at the right moment.
Being the most flexible racket in the RKEP XP range, the XP80 won't necessarily be the most powerful. I have not tried the other 2 rackets in the XP range but from my experience with rackets from other brands, the XP80 does pack a punch. With the right technique and timing, it CAN kill off points and with ease. It doesn't have the head weight of a Yonex VT80 but then the VT80 is a slower racket.
Feel + control
When first picked up, the racket can feel a bit too light in the head. Initial swings would give the impression that the racket lacks any solid feel. This can be the case for some players (depending on what rackets they have used or what rackets they prefer). For me anyway, net shots are fairly easy to play with the XP80. The feel is there and the same can be said about the accuracy of the racket. I think this will only improve as I play more games with the racket.
I think the XP80 is an easy racket to use and it would suit a wide variety of players (all the way from beginners to intermediate. More advanced players may prefer the XP70 or XP60 which have stiffer shafts). The good thing about the XP range from RKEP is that the 3 rackets offer different levels of stiffness. If you find one that suits you and at the specs that you prefer, then you can be sure that you will enjoy the racket. It does have it drawbacks (e.g. lack of feel at the start, timing needs getting used to etc) but with enough time with it, I am optimistic that it will turn out to be a great buy.
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