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    Default United Kingdom: Ashaway 450 Black

    So, I felt compelled to write about these shuttles.

    They are pretty stellar for the price. From DirectBadminton (online) they're £13.20 a tube.

    Straight out of the tube I wasn't terribly impressed. Some of the stickers weren't centred, the feathers didnít look amazing, and it looked like Iíd gotten what I paid for Ė a fairly cheap feather shuttle.

    On the court? Boy was I wrong.

    The flight speed is a little bit faster than standard rating; I ordered 78s, and while they were definitely flying further than my 78 Yonex shuttles, they werenít flying as far as my 79 Victor shuttles.

    Durability is brilliant; I was expecting a ruined shuttle in less than a game. I was pleasantly surprised to have a shuttle last 4 games, and a second last 3 more game. I canít tell if itís a cream of the crop situation, but these shuttles actually lasted longer than some of my AS40s.

    Flight is pretty consistent; despite my gripes with the quality of feathers from a glance, none have been spinning or travelling erratically.

    The weight of the shuttle reflects the speed. It feels a touch heavier than the Yonex shuttles, but net play is still as youíd expect.

    The cork is possibly the biggest let down of the shuttle; the cork is a bit softer than youíd find in Yonex shuttles. Itís not an enormity of difference, but itís definitely there. Regardless, youíd have to hit these shuttles pretty hard to deform the cork. I noticed one or two dents in the shuttle that lasted 4 games, but no significant Ďunplayableí states (no mushroom shapes). Your mileage may vary here.

    After trying Yonex, Yehlex, Victor, and Ashaway shuttles, I feel like the Yonex are pricey. The Yehlex and Victor arenít quite as durable as Iíd like, but the price reflects that. The Ashaway shuttles feel like an absolute bargain.

    If youíre in the UK and are looking for a feather shuttle on the cheap, Iíd highly recommend them.

    The shuttle that lasted 4 games.
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    This is the worst shuttle from the batch.
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    This is one of the better shuttles from the batch.
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    Nice write up. Do you fancy cutting through the cork and having a look at the internals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Nice write up. Do you fancy cutting through the cork and having a look at the internals?
    I'll do so tomorrow with one of the used ones (all of the tools are in the shed, and it's cold out there). I'm quite curious about why the cork is a bit softer too. It might be a mixed cork like the Victors.

    Either way for a shuttle cheaper than AS20s (and apparently AS10s too) in the UK, this has been good.

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    Nice review.

    Currently testing a tube of Ashaway 500 and initial impressions are positive.
    I'll see if I can chop one in half and post it here as well.

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    I've tried the 500's before in a tournament, and ended up going through 8 shuttles in 2 games. Durability was terrible, quality of shuttles poor (cork seemed terrible) and they felt really light too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LD rules! View Post
    I've tried the 500's before in a tournament, and ended up going through 8 shuttles in 2 games. Durability was terrible, quality of shuttles poor (cork seemed terrible) and they felt really light too.
    I've not tried the 500s, the blacks actually feel a little heavier than average. I don't have any more clean Yonex shuttles to weigh one against. But yes I agree on the cork, it's far from the best cork; I found it very usable, but this might not be the case with people that hit much harder than I can.

    In my opinion, this is an amazing value shuttle. If you're a bit tight on money like I am, saving £7 per tube is fantastic.

    As suspected, it's like the Victor cork. It's not solid, it's got two layers.

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    On the left, Ashaway, on the right, Victor Gold Champion.

    To me it almost looks like the Ashaway has a wider cork than the Victor shuttle. This might explain the weight too.

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    YY AS10, Victor Gold Champion, Ashaway 500

    The Ashaway 500 is two layer with the bottom layer looking like compressed cork, the sort you get on cheaper shuttles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rimano View Post
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    YY AS10, Victor Gold Champion, Ashaway 500

    Both the Victor and Yonex are solid cock (not two layer). The Ashaway 500 is two layer with the bottom layer looking like compressed cork, the sort you get on cheaper shuttles.

    Now I know why the Aerosensa range starts at quite a high price, the feathers on the AS10 are poor compared to the other two shuttles.
    How odd, I can definitely see the difference in the cork on your Ashaway 500s. As you can see from my dissected shuttle, it's not using compressed cork.

    I can't imagine why the 450 would fair better than the 500.

    Maybe when I deplete my 450s I'll order a tube of 500s to see if my experience lines up with what you're saying.

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    Any updates on these?

    Just ordered 4 tubes of 450s. I managed to get them around £5 cheaper than Victor Gold Champion, so if durability is almost the same, I'll be very happy.

    Same initial thoughts as Op, where the shuttles don't look great out of the tube. However, I remember some Victor GC were like that too.

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    I have a tube of Ashway 500s, Yonex AS50s, Li Ning A300s, Yehlex Championship, and Bauhinia shuttles to review. The Li Ning A300s are likely to be my next review. I don't really have an update on these, I've used my tube and they did quite well.

    I would like to add, out of the tube, 2 shuttles were a little bit brittle, and had two feathers snap rather easily. Other than this flight quality and durability was consistent enough for my liking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie-SWUK View Post
    I have a tube of Ashway 500s, Yonex AS50s, Li Ning A300s, Yehlex Championship, and Bauhinia shuttles to review. The Li Ning A300s are likely to be my next review. I don't really have an update on these, I've used my tube and they did quite well.

    I would like to add, out of the tube, 2 shuttles were a little bit brittle, and had two feathers snap rather easily. Other than this flight quality and durability was consistent enough for my liking.
    Did you get a chance to test the Bauhinia shuttle? I've called for 3 Cans to test recently (which is in transit), but any heads-up on your experience will be appreciated. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadSID View Post
    Did you get a chance to test the Bauhinia shuttle? I've called for 3 Cans to test recently (which is in transit), but any heads-up on your experience will be appreciated. Cheers.
    I've been meaning to write up those reviews, but between socialising, work, and training... phew.

    Anyway, I tried the BS900s. Durability is very impressive. The biggest issue I had was speeds were a little off - at the normal Speed 3/78 2/4 tested hit the line, 1/4 just before, 1/4 went a good 7-8" past the line and was therefore a little slow. Had minor cork deformities but nothing unexpected.

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    I've also ordered some BS900 and BS500.

    The Ashaway Blacks wasn't a complete winner, compared to Victor GC. Economically, I would say the Blacks edge it, but then again Victor GC feel and fly a tad better. I've got 3 tubes left of Blacks left to test.

    For reference, moving from RSL#1 (imported) to Carlton GT1 was a no brainer. Similarly moving from GT1 to Victor GC was the same, especially when GT1 got more expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie-SWUK View Post
    I've been meaning to write up those reviews, but between socialising, work, and training... phew.

    Anyway, I tried the BS900s. Durability is very impressive. The biggest issue I had was speeds were a little off - at the normal Speed 3/78 2/4 tested hit the line, 1/4 just before, 1/4 went a good 7-8" past the line and was therefore a little slow. Had minor cork deformities but nothing unexpected.
    Thanks for your quick response. Given the price of BS 900, it does sound like a value for money proposition. What's your current "go-to" shuttle? My play group has recently shifted to playing with feathers, and I'm testing different shuttles that will, hopefully, fly with the group! The key here being 'value for money', which I'm aware is very subjective. I understand Victor Gold Champion may be an option, but its not available in my city. Any suggestion?

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    Guys, of the shuttles you have tried which ones would you say is a good economic choice to replace AS20 and AS30? Cheers

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    A very quick summary and run down, I still /really/ need to write these up.

    Yehlex (Purple and Orange) - Durability is a joke. Every tube I've tried, the shuttles do not last. Waste of money.
    Ashaway 450 - Great value at £13.20 a tube, see above. Bad cork, but overall fine.
    Ashaway 500 - No significant change over the 450s, maybe a bit more consistent. Shuttles actually felt a little slow to me.
    Yonex AS30 - Too expensive, given the durability is relatively poor.
    Yonex AS40 - Too expensive, and while durability is better, they aren't good enough for a premium product in my eyes.
    Yonex AS50 - If you want the premium product buy these. Spend the extra £2 on AS50 over AS40 in my opinion.
    RSL No. 1 - I really dislike these. They feel weird to me. Can't fairly review them.
    BS900 - Other than the inconsistency in speed, very good shuttle, very economic.
    Li Ning A300 - Great shuttle all around, I'd recommend these over the AS30s and 40s; for the most part, feel is the key differentiation between these and AS40s. Other than that they perform similarly, but at a lower price point.
    Victor Gold Champion - I'd put these above the Ashaway 450s, but definitely below the Li Ning shuttles. In my opinion, it's more economic to buy the Li Ning shuttles.

    I would actively buy:
    Ashaway 450 for budget play.
    BS900 for regular play and training.
    Li Ning 300 for regular play and training.
    Yonex AS 50 for premium - events, or when you just want a game with top notch quality.

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    ^^Nice job, very helpful. I'm including Li Ning A300 in my list of shuttles to test. Cheers.

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