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    Hello Carlton fans,

    First I apologize for my long post. Second, Im going trough process of choosing my first propper badminton racquet. And somehow after little bit research I decided that I will buy Carlton racquet, just like the brand. But I kind of need advice.

    Im man, 180cm tall, I workout in the gym regularly, play florball and ride a bike. I played badminton in past, but now Im starting to play more often and with better oponents. Im looking for universal racquet that will let me grow as a player. Im not exactly skilled or have good technique so I need racquet that will forgive me some mistakes, but on the other hand will be acurate and will not hold me back in strong smashes.

    Few recent matches I trided to focus on finding out what my playstyle is and I would describe it as unexperienced. Generaly I play all shuttles to back lane as clears but I have very strong urge(need) to play (when Im able) hard, fast shuttles to force my opponent run around/across the court until he makes a mistake or let me execute powerful smash.

    With the information, I provided, please can you tell wich of carlton racquets will be most suitable for me? I already looked trought your range and I like Vapour Trail Tour, altrough Im little bit concernded that it has little bit bigger grip than standart size, but it didnt felt wrong as I tried it my local shop, just new and unusual to me as my old racquet has middle sized grip. Plus do you think that little bigger grip could help me execute better and stronger smashes?

    Well thats about all, thank you very much for your help, I cant wait to play badminton with my new racket that I believe will be better in quality nad more suitable that my present one. Thank you very much, and have nice day .

    ps Kinesis, is propably over my budget :/

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    Best to start with a mid-spec racket first - not too head heavy, not too stiff. Looking at the directsports.com website, for a beginner I like the look of the Air Blade. The Vapor Trail Tour is a pretty solid racket and I'm a big fan but I'm not a beginner, so it wouldn't be my first recommendation.

    Yes, Carlton handles are very fat, so I usually end up shaving them down. It's all personal preference though so you might like it, but my handles these days are getting thinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maklike Tier View Post

    Yes, Carlton handles are very fat, so I usually end up shaving them down. It's all personal preference though so you might like it, but my handles these days are getting thinner.
    Good to know, so its not unusual (bad thing) to shave little bit of handle carefully with sandpaper etc?

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    Nah it's fine, it's just a lump of wood in 99% of rackets.
    I just get a really sharp knife and holding it 90 degrees to the handle, shave each facet in turn. You may need some way to test if you've taken enough off - I use Karakal PU Super which is easy to mock up (just keep the backing tape on).

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    On direct badminton, the kinesis x70 is the same price as the 2013 vapour trail tour.

    Have a look at sports direct and look for the vapour extreme range. There's an vapour extreme excel with same specs as vtt , but different head shape and half the price

    Since you're in Europe, delivery might not be too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rimano View Post
    On direct badminton, the kinesis x70 is the same price as the 2013 vapour trail tour.
    My local dealer sell Vapour Tour Trail 2013 model for about 55 pounds, and cheapest Kinesis in my country (Czech republic) is sold for about 80 pounds but from questionable shops, the trusty ones sell it about 90-100 pounds. Since I had limited my budget to 60 pounds, the Kinesis although it is probably better but definitely is out of my reach.

    Im only undecided between Vapour Tour Trail or Air-Lite Cyclone. I want stability, decent power and little bit forgiveness from my raquet and since VTT is I think superior model I think Im going to reach for VTT but then, Air-Lite Cyclone is lighter and probably easier to maneuver, so in the beginnings as a little bit inexperienced player maybe I could use light racquet.

    Duh, I think going to have solid headache from this :-D

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    I don't know whether I'm a Carlton fan or not.In those years about two to three decades ago when I was still a kid,if I wanted one Carlton racquet,I had to steel it.It was a dream to have one Carlton racquet in the bag,just like a new playstation or Xbox for kids these days.One day during a tournament,I saw two sitting on the bench with many Carbon8,15,18,20.I took one Carlton racquet and restrung it,changed the grips.After the tournament,I practiced with it,I fell in love with Carlton racquets.Every individual racquets from Carlton is unique.Nothing I can bitch about it.They make dream racquets,they've never made poor racquets.I now buy them without giving it a second thoughts.I love trying all the good ones,regardless the stiffness and weights.I ask people around and do research for other racquets before I place my order.I bought kinesis,VTE,Razor v1.1.They're Carlton.What more can I ask!!!I lend Carlton racquets to kids only,I want them to use good racquets.I want them to try Carlton racquets,wish one day I will see the sparks in one of these kids eyes like It was in my eyes when I first tried it.

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    Hi, I have used most of Carltons recent rackets so hopefully I can give you an insight into them. The air lite range are very good if you like light rackets that are very manoeuvrable but don't produce as much power. The vapour extreme range are good value for money but the frames are quite chunky so don't cut through the air too well. I would go for the Vapour Trail range if I were you.
    It would be worth looking on

    http://www.sportsdirect.com/badminto...ts?dsearch=cat

    Carlton are owned by Sports direct in UK so they offer better prices than others and offer worldwide postage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seraphin View Post
    My local dealer sell Vapour Tour Trail 2013 model for about 55 pounds, and cheapest Kinesis in my country (Czech republic) is sold for about 80 pounds but from questionable shops, the trusty ones sell it about 90-100 pounds. Since I had limited my budget to 60 pounds, the Kinesis although it is probably better but definitely is out of my reach.

    Im only undecided between Vapour Tour Trail or Air-Lite Cyclone. I want stability, decent power and little bit forgiveness from my raquet and since VTT is I think superior model I think Im going to reach for VTT but then, Air-Lite Cyclone is lighter and probably easier to maneuver, so in the beginnings as a little bit inexperienced player maybe I could use light racquet.

    Duh, I think going to have solid headache from this :-D
    i was actually about to buy an airlite cyclone or airlite storm from my local badminton store but they had sold out of them till this friday.

    in terms of usaging i agree with others stating that vapour trail tour will be a more difficult racket to adapt to for a beginner. but if you really want the vapour trail series, there are more rackets to choose from if you check the carlton website. find a model that is around 80-84g, medium flex shaft. i would recommend the vapour trail vanquish, because comparing it to the VT Tour, the vanquish is a bit more forgiving and a bit lighter.

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    The airlite cyclone looks really nice! I had some and was going to get them restrung in plain black string because the Carlton symbol ruins the wonderful looks but that's just my preference. All the airlite rackets are light and good value for money but just lack slightly in power compared to the heavier rackets.

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    Here is a photo of the air lite cyclone (red) and the air lite tornado (pink)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave1011 View Post
    Here is a photo of the air lite cyclone (red) and the air lite tornado (pink)
    upon looking at photos posted on my local badminton store website, i wasn't impressed at first, then i searched for pics on google and was a bit impressed by how detail the paintjobs are in the air series of carlton rackets. at first i thought it would be as bad as the ignite series, but as it turned out, it was better. upon inspection in person at the store, i realized the paint jobs are nicer than the ignite series, but not as awesome as the vapour trail series. just my thoughts

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    Yes they are good looking rackets compared to some of the lower range rackets. I liked the graphics of the old vapour trail series but I don't like the new range as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave1011 View Post
    Yes they are good looking rackets compared to some of the lower range rackets. I liked the graphics of the old vapour trail series but I don't like the new range as much.
    in the US i seldom see people use carlton rackets and there's only one store who carries them, so as far as vapour trail series we only got the old series, i haven't even seen the new VT Tour graphics, i only have the old shiny silver one

    as far as carlton rackets, i've never had any problems with their quality, highend or lowend rackets. the reason could be that i don't hit hard enough or i baby my racket so if there's a shot down the middle in a doubles game i tend not to retrieve it unless i'm playing with a normal cheap racket.

    the feel of the ignite series is a bit more dampened than i would hope, but other than that, they all have their unique design.

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    Here is an example of the current vt series, its a vte I had a while ago
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    Here is the previous vte which I prefer Name:  image.jpg
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    i liked the older gold version even more, it looked amazing with the black string

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    Hey guys! I got a few questions. One directed at the older users of Carlton rackets and the other at the more current users of Carlton rackets I guess?

    Growing up, I never got a real badminton racket until I begged my mom every single day and she caved in. I always bought my rackets from Canadian Tire and I picked up the most expensive one, which was the PowerBlade Superlite for $50? 2 weeks later it broke. I was so sad that day and refused to play badminton for a good week and a half before being persuaded to be a Yonex racket (mp 23) despite my mom telling me she would go back to Canadian Tire to pick up another PowerBlade Superlite.

    Fast forward 10 years and I've decided to get them again. Unfortunately, they do not sell them anymore and well, not that cheap anyways. However, I found the PowerBlade Tour from a store that was selling them relatively cheap. If possible, do any of you long term Carlton racket members, recall what the PowerBlade Tour is like? And give some insight on it? It would great if someone can also give me a comparison between the VTT and the PowerBlade Tour.

    Secondly, is there a difference between the different year models of the VTT? Color scheme wise, weight and feel? I grew really fond of the one of them, don''t remember which year, but it was super shiny and it felt really nice. I regret selling it and now I want to buy them back :P But I am uncertain of which model to obtain.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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