I'm very surprised that so many people are talking about the new Arc FB while almost nobody here is talking about the new Light Fighter series from Victor.
I don't know how Arc FB feels or plays like, but yesterday I had a session with the Light Fighter 7300. And it was INCREDIBLE FAST!
It's really really light and really easy to move. If you're smashing from behind and the shuttle is coming back straight to you, you will be ready like never before to smash the shuttle again (and again and again...)
Of course it's obviously that there's not enough weight mass in the racket to make smashes like Lin Dan, but I don't think that's its target.
I'd say it's for:
Tactical play in singles - let's say if you're tired or still ill during a tournament
I'm really wondering how 7400 would play like because it's stated as very head heavy (and as light as the other Light Fighter models).
Oh and yes, the second thing you will notice besides the extremely light weight is the string pattern. The strings are much closer to each other. Unfortunately I didn't check if the head is smaller which would be a good explanation to this tight string pattern.
I have no idea about stringing, but I guess it make it a little bit more difficult to string?
Whatever, it's a GREAT racket. Have a look at it. Especially if you're worrying about easy destroyable Arc FB
I don't wanna stop your purpose, but I just want to say that this short review - I'd rather call it "first impressions" - is pretty subjective. It's my own impression of this racket. And it was really a "first impression". I played ONE session with it.
So, please do not throw any tomato's or so after me if you're not satisfied with the new racket :P I recommend you to test it before purchasing it, because that's what I would do if I'm really going to target this racket.
Surprisingly the light fighter series are cheap everywhere. In Germany and surprisingly in Switzerland as well.
I tested the 7400 and found it surprisingly good - it didn't rock and roll anywhere near as much as I was expecting, and it had a nice punchy feel for the weight. Looks good, too - reminiscent of the MX80. Coped perfectly well with its stated 12 kg maxium tension.
The 7000 was a different matter. Absolutely insane speed on the midcourt, but the lack of head weight left me unable to tell where the head was in relation to my body. A similar issue came up when I tried that Flash Boost Arcsaber.
I think these lightweight rackets really need some decent weight in the head to be of use - there is such a thing as too fast...
P.S. Three Lighterfighters, three different string patterns - very odd (the 7300's looks to be the best, for my money, and I'd never seen it before).
Thanks for sharing, Mark A.
You've said, 7300 has the best value. But if money shouldn't be an issue, would you prefer 7300 or 7400?
If using 7400, do you have to sacrifice a lot of control and swing speed compared to 7300?
Or would you rather choose Arcsaber FB?
My seller haven't them in stock to test, so I may wait some weeks to test them since they seem to be very popular.
Originally Posted by imaz.
Yeah, I can get the 7300 for £70 in the UK plus free re stringing