Hi, i played all 3 positions in badminton but my main strengths are in doubles and singles, i played badminton for serveral years now maybe 5 but not sure.so i just recently purchased both the arc z-slash and the arc i-slash. both of the rackets are a beauty. im not sure if it is me but it seems to me the i slash uses the color scheme of the z-slash taufik edition but with the layout similar to the z slash but not completely identical. anyways, here are some observations i made before testing out the rackets for myself.
Observation: im terms of weight of the racket i found no difference,but the i-slash is less head heavy than the z-slash . the i slash is definitely more flexible, as it is labeled by yonex. as you already kno the i-slash is based off the design of the z-slash but are they the same? sadly not. the technology in the z slash is more advanced but not by a huge gap, so you can still feel good about buying this racket. continuing on how they are not the same. (sorry i didnt provide the measurements because i forgot them and too lazy to re-measure, but i do remember the difference.) measuring and comparing the two side by side, the z-slash has a slightly longer shaft approx (1mm to 1.5mm) the frame of the i-slash is thicker than that of the z-slash by also approx. 1mm to 2mm. it is more noticeable that the i-slash's frame is thicker at the T-joint. 1mm to 2mm maybe a small number but it does make a difference!! now on to testing itself.
playing w/rackets: lets start with the z-slash or the beast. the racket truly lives up to its name. i still havent tamed the "beast". consistency, it takes time to get use to. i have gotten use to the timing but not completely. from time to time i do have terrible miss hits(i mean that "how did you miss that easy set up/kill?"), not to mention at the net. since the racket cuts through air (and believe me it does) timing is crucial.The z-slash is not as hard to get use to as they say, but to actually be any good with it is not so easy. in terms of power, it is superb far better than any other racket i have seen n used, correct me if i am wrong. control, the racket itself has Great control but the only problem is actually contacting the shuttle to your strings because of the small fram but still i believe it has more to do with the user and less to do with the racket.( in other words Dont blame the racket because you cant master it or cant contact the shuttle correctly). now onto the i-slash.
the i-slash, the newest member to the arcs family. the i-slash is a much more forgiving racket as oppose to the z-slash. the racket is more user friendly than the z-slash as well. now lets see how it works and how it compares to the z-slash since thats the question everyone has been asking or wondering about. as for the cutting through the air, the i-slash has a similar feel to it, though its not completely like its older brother the z-slash. this is mainly due to the frame size and stiffness to of the shaft. in fact the frame itself reminds me of that of the ns9900. as part of being user friendly the i-slash offers a much better feel than the z-slash in terms of control and ease of play (lazy play). saved the best question for last, the power of the i-slash. can the i slash compare to the power of the z-slash? Answer is absolutely not. why? that is because of frame thickness as it does not cut through the air like the z-slash and it is a medium flex racket which doesnt provide the power of that to the z-slash. is the power still decent or can i get any power out of it? answer to that is yes, the frame and design is similar to the z-slash so you do get some power out of it. will it be enough? thats up to the user: i found it good enough to improve my game.
i got my z-slash for 170 u.s dollars from a good friend who sold it because he stopped playing badminton, and i got the islash for 140 u.s dollars at a badminton shop near my home.
Would i recommend this racket(i-slash) to other players? most definitely, the racket is great may not be like the z-slash but still a good racket, as for price i think it quite reasonable plus it comes with stunning graphics, reminiscent to the z-slash th edition. adding to all that, it is easy to use "user friendly". it doesnt work right off the bat though, like all rackets you need to get a few swings in and adjust but still easier to use than z-slash.
for those who want to see my specs for both rackets z-slash:
Grip size: g4
@fiqaxis it can handle 27lb, yonex just warranty it at 24lbs.
i strongly recommend that intermediate players use the string tension between 22 to 24lbs. based on experience i found these string tensions to be very comfortable to use and easier to adjust to. but its your choice to do w/e string tension you want. (if you cant tell if you are intermediate, i'll just categorize them as people who have 1 to 3 years experience *no offence to anyone*)
hope this review helped.
ps. i did not weigh each racket because i found that it is irrelevant because not all players have the same strength and feel for rackets. some people may find the i-slash too light, others it may find it just right, so i based it on how it felt for me since i consider myself a balanced player (not all technique and not all power). but even if you weight then im sure the difference isnt big.