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    Default Best replacement for BG80?

    So i currently string my rackets with BG 80 at a decently high tension (29x31lbs), my problem is i am breaking my strings so often it is costing me a huge amount of time and money. I train 16-20 hours a week and usually play 2 tournaments a month so i understand it is inevitable that i am going to break strings, but i am breaking 1-2 strings a week!

    my question is, what is a string that has good repulsion (similar to BG80) that can handle high tension and has durability greater than BG 80? or does such a string even exist?

    any suggestions would help.

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    You could try the BG65Ti.

    Or the BG85, I have heard this is good but it's not available in the UK so I personally have not tried it.

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    That's pretty high tension and that's how long they'll last unfortunately. Have you considered changing to a stiffer racket so that you can use lower tensions to compensate?

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    BG85 is awesome but durability is REALLY REALLY BAD!

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    How about the new, red version of Ashaway Zymax 67 or 70?

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    yeah, make sure you choose the red one or new packaging. i bought a yellow zymax 67 and it didnt even last my warm up :s

    the red zymax62 lasts a 2 month+ and is my current go to string, its better than 67 in terms of feel but 67 is closer (and better) to BG80 in terms of feel, repulsion and durability

    or you could try li-ning accupower 101N.

    good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoOZY View Post
    BG85 is awesome but durability is REALLY REALLY BAD!
    Yes

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    You can try BG65 or BG65ti. More durable, but repulsion n feel not as good as BG80

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoOZY View Post
    BG85 is awesome but durability is REALLY REALLY BAD!
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    if you like the feel of bg85, then you should try victor vs850. most excellent feel

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightin9ale View Post
    How about the new, red version of Ashaway Zymax 67 or 70?
    Quote Originally Posted by moomoo View Post
    yeah, make sure you choose the red one or new packaging. i bought a yellow zymax 67 and it didnt even last my warm up :s

    the red zymax62 lasts a 2 month+ and is my current go to string, its better than 67 in terms of feel but 67 is closer (and better) to BG80 in terms of feel, repulsion and durability

    or you could try li-ning accupower 101N.

    good luck!
    yep, zm67 new version would probably come close to the feel of bg80, but still will lack that harsh feel that some people like about that string. however, zm67 is very durable and probably the best at tension retention

    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye96 View Post
    You can try BG65 or BG65ti. More durable, but repulsion n feel not as good as BG80
    no, bg65 is too soft feel. zm67 new version will be closer to bg80 feel and yet more durable than bg65

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    with our cold dry canadian winters and such high tension, I'm surprised you're not breaking 1-2 strings per match.
    Live with the fact that strings will break quickly at high tension... the real question you should be asking is why aren't you strings breaking much quicker?

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    I've played with the BG80 for a really looooooong time. And same as you I've played soooo many hours, my strings broke really fast. same problem as yours.

    Then I tried Victor VS-850 and I love it! It's really close to the BG80 (Korea national played only with BG80 and now VS-850).
    It's way cheaper than the BG80 and IMO it lasts even longer...
    (I play @ 28lbs)

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    BG80 Power? Available in US now...

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    thank you everyone for the feedback, it really helped
    i just ordered some packets of zymax 67 and victor vs850, i've been a little reluctant to try vs850 as my previous coach (kim dong moon) told me he didn't like the feel of the string.
    hopefully one of these strings will become my go to.

    thanks again to everyone for their input!,

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzc888 View Post
    thank you everyone for the feedback, it really helped
    i just ordered some packets of zymax 67 and victor vs850, i've been a little reluctant to try vs850 as my previous coach (kim dong moon) told me he didn't like the feel of the string.
    hopefully one of these strings will become my go to.

    thanks again to everyone for their input!,

    Matt
    Ofcourse you gotta get used to the strings. Took me 2 practice sessions (=~6h) but I mean it's worth the money. I save a lot

    btw: you're one lucky bastard to be trained by KDM ;P

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    Awesome! Keep us updated on this thread as to how you find them.

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    Im not sure if anyone is interested anymore. But I've tried some different strings and this is what i have found. (All strung at 30-32, except for zymax 62 and compared to BG-80)

    Zymax 67- i strung 2 rackets with this string and used them till i broke them. First impression was how soft it felt for a .67 gauge string, i was unimpressed in both repulsion and hitting sound. Also found it even less durable than BG-80.
    Overall- OVERRATED in every aspect

    Zymax 62 (strung at 25-27)- Only strung two rackets. After my first rally i was blown away, the hitting sound was super high and it had a very crisp feeling. I thought this string was perfect until my second rally when it broke on smash defence. I broke my second set of zymax 62 about 3 rallies later.
    overall- repulsion, hitting sound, and 'crispness' all very good if not excellent... durability is absolutely horrible

    VS 850-
    i strung 4 rackets with it and was quite impressed, it felt very similar to bg-80. however I found myself not only breaking strings on miss hits, but after a couple practises the strings were slightly frayed and broke in the center.
    overall- not a bad choice, but durablity is a slight issue

    BG 85-
    I was using this string up until last week, and was very impressed. At first i had worries about its durability as it is a .67 gauge string, but i found its durability to be about the same as BG 80 . All around i found it to be a slightly improved BG80, it had even more 'bite'.
    overall- great string, it was even more crisp than BG80. hitting sound was also good. I highly recommend this string

    BG 66 Ultimax-
    after playing with 85 for about 3 weeks, I was sure I found my new go to string. That was until a friend gave me a few packets of Ultimax to try. Because of how thin this string is durability was a concern and it did turn out to be slightly less durable to bg 80 (contrary to what Yonex will tell you). This was countered by every other aspect of the string. hitting sound- excellent, repulsion- excellent, every shot felt super crisp and i found myself hitting harder.
    overall- awesome string in every sense other than a slight drop in durability. This is my new string!


    I went on a search for a new string because I felt I was breaking too many. Though i don't believe i found a string with the same bite as BG80 while increasing durability, BG 66 Ultimax has really gave me more confidence in my game. I can really see why so many pros use this string.

    I hope this brief review of these strings will provide helpful for anyone

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