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Thread: Victor uk
03-15-2012, 11:52 AM #1
Does anyone know where in the UK I could get a demo racket of the Bravesword LYD and 12??
Iv tried going through the offical Victor web site and e-mailing but with no luck.
I will be buying one of them but its so hard to know which one to get as I have never used had a Bravesword or Victor rackets before.
03-15-2012, 05:15 PM #2
I dont know of any uk based outlet that will give demo rackets.
First I have ever seen offer this is tennistown.de (german). I dont know if they offer demo rackets to all of EU, and you only get 3 days iirc.
03-15-2012, 07:08 PM #3
I've never heard of demo racket days for victor being held anywhere in the UK unfortunately. I know that quite a number of yonex sellers do provide such services. Maurice robinson sports i believe do offer demos for a wide range of brands.
03-15-2012, 09:35 PM #4
I know from a friend that PWP are giving demo rackets.
03-15-2012, 09:36 PM #5
Sorry, just realised they dont sell Victor...
03-16-2012, 08:10 AM #6
I know of a retailer who has demo racquets of virtually all Yonex range and they are now building their Victor range. By the way, they are based near Manchester so you wouldn't have far to travel.
Given a couple of weeks they will have quite a few Victor racquets as demos but may not have LYD as there are none in Europe except for those retailers who pre-ordered.
They will have Meteor 70, and many of the new racquets.Where do you think I get the racquets to demo and review that are on my blog?
03-16-2012, 04:54 PM #7
Thats good to hear, might i know the name of the retailer? Virtually no one i know from the 4 venues i play in, (in central manchester) actually know of any regular demo days let alone victor demo's. I would really appreciate having the opportunity to try out rackets first before actually buying them. However i've been quite lucky in buying rackets (a VT-70 and a MX80) which i feel i've made good buys.
On a side note, really wanted to join your coaching weekeds. Its just a tad bit too far and expensive for me and my mates. Would have really appreciate your high level training.
03-17-2012, 04:42 PM #8
BWS Sports near Bury, Manchester have demo racquets. I have taken Meteor 70 today and will be getting Meteor 60 next week so that i can review it.
They don't have a website but will happily lend out demo racquets. They used to do a lot of club visits and sponsor tournaments but not so much these days.
They also have some Victor clothing and footwear, albeit limited at the moment.
03-17-2012, 05:03 PM #9
03-17-2012, 06:01 PM #10
I thought Meteor 80 was a good racquet.
As you probably know i use VT80 and therefore I felt it was a little hollow compared to my main racquet and therefore lacked a bit of punch for me.
Overall it was a nice performer but I felt it lacked a bit on the power side. It had good touch, but was not solid enough to crunch the shuttle.
Surprisingly Meteor 80 only lasted 1 season so I feel my comments were justified otherwise why withdraw such a good looking racquet so soon? Let's hope Meteor 70 is better although can't wait to get my hands on Meteor 60 too
Hope this helps a little.
03-17-2012, 06:12 PM #11
Thanks for the response. In your hand, how does the mx70 feel in terms on stiffness and head heaviness. I'm a vt80 user and love them so I'm intrigued to see if victor can produce something that can generate the same power.
03-17-2012, 08:10 PM #12
03-17-2012, 08:34 PM #13
03-18-2012, 09:40 AM #14
Please don't be fooled into thinking that my sponsorship is anything to do with my comments. I genuinely felt something was amiss with Meteor 80 and that's the only way I could describe it for me. The construction is obviously good as it's a Victor racquet but I couldn't find another adjective to make my point in terms of how it felt to me. And guys, we all know we feel a racquet differently to each other so I don't expect you will feel the same way. Just as I don't expect anyone else to like VT80 - it's a personal thing.
Now Meteor 70 feels very different. It has a great feel and initial thoughts are that it's going to be a fast racquet and powerful.
Maybe you guys know something I don't but why do you think Meteor 80 has been withdrawn only a year after launch in Europe? I still think it's a really good racquet and would certainly get a 4 star rating.
By the way guys, if you've read my reviews then you'll know a number of Victor racquets received 5 star reviews. I think this proves my unbiased approach. I also just tested 10 APACS racquets and may of them scored highly.
I now have Meteor 70, Meteor 60, Flumetec and around 4 other Victor racquets to test and review over the next few weeks in addition to other brands so I think I'm going to be pretty busy.
03-18-2012, 09:50 AM #15
I have to back this up as Paul has done some great reviews of Victor rackets and if I'm not mistaken even gave the BS10 a 5 star rating. Rackets are very personal which is why if possible try then first.
03-18-2012, 09:58 AM #16
BS10 is one of my favourite racquets I've ever had the pleasure of using. I also loved CAstilus 400 and Strut XT40.
Funny but these were the three best-selling racquets for Victor UK over the last 2 years. Co-incidence? I don't know but I am aware my reviews were sent to all retailers and as a result they sold more.
As a Yonex sponsored coach, do you think I got anything for this? No, but I gave my opinion and believe credit was due to these racquets for being that good.
When I test the other racquets I'll be just as honest. I'd love them to rate as highly.
03-18-2012, 10:03 AM #17
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