Adipower Pro - min-review. Panda Revelation, 30x31.
Stringing - very pliant, easy to work with. Reminded me of BG66, but a bit more slippery.
Power - 8.5/10. Smashes have good sting, and clears and lifts require almost no effort. Hit the roof a couple of times, actually. Easy power, especially with sharp "tap" shots. Lost a bit of pace with off-centre shots, though.
Control - 8/10. "Closed-face" shots - pushes, serves, drops - always go close to the tape, especially smash blocks... I had more than a few of these die on the tape. However, sliced netters tended to "slide" a bit, losing distance if I was behind the front service line.
Feel - 9/10. Solid punch on power shots off the middle, and nice communication with softer shots.
Sound - 9.5/10. Glorious - loud, brief and metallic. Best sound since 68Ti.
Tension-holding - can't comment yet, but seemed OK.
Good start, Adidas.
So Adidas is using their racket names for one of their strings?
Unless I missed it you made specific comment to tension holding in the first string you tested.
I've recently set up a frequency testing program to measure this properly, but not in time for the first string. It ended up at 1250 Hz, whatever that's worth, and going by sound alone, I doubt it lost more than 10% over the fortnight.
I've measured the new one at various intervals, and will do so for the others (but now I'm tempted to try everything again to get some hard numbers for all strings!).
Power - 6.5/10. Not especially powerful. I got the odd good smash and drive, but it felt like more work than the APP, especially with a short swing.
Control - 7/10. Less precise than the APP, but seemed to grip better with slicing.
Feel - 6.5/10. Not as "sudden", and loses touch on soft shots.
Sound - 6/10. Nothing to write home about.
Tension-holding - readings as follows:
No quantitative comparison (yet), but seemed average to my ears.
Conclusion... to be honest, it's a bit of a "nothing" string - it will hit hard if you make it, but it doesn't give anything away. Control - the "selling point" - isn't anything special and the feel is only OK, as is the sound.
(Winston said I've started the five-course Adidas "meal" with dessert: the APP. Look slike he might be right)
Up @Adipower Pro? I'm expecting those strings next week and I would really appreciate a versus with the bg 66 UM as I said few weeks ago.
I'm pretty curious about how many lbs/kilos the string can hold at high tensions. The bg 66 Um can snap anytime when you string it above 26 lbs , I would be glad to see the adipower pro holding at least 28/30 without any problem. cough cough
I have put adidas strings into one of my racquets. Quite deliberately, I don't know exactly which one it is. A type of 'blind' testing. I think the tension feels a bit low for me at 25lbs. I need to do another restring at a higher tension and test the difference.
Adidas Power Hybrid mini-review. Panda Revelation, 30x31.
Stringing - a strange experience. As
has already implied, the mains are very slippery - like old Nanogy - but the crosses are reasonably rough. Cue easy, but LOUD, weaving.
Power - 7/10. With full swings, it hit pretty hard - had no trouble reaching the baseline when I wanted to. However, shots off a short swing needed a bit more "push-through". Likes smashing and driving.
Control - 7/10. The roughness comes in handy, and it slices well from the rear-court and on "cut" drives. It also blocks smashes pretty accurately. It's a tiny bit bouncy close to the net, though.
Feel - 7.5, 6/10. Why two ratings? When hit hard, there is a pleasant - and surprising - crispness for such a thick string. However, the situation reverses as I approach the net, where it becomes a bit "dead". I could barely feel net spinners, for example.
Sound - 7/10. Thick string = lots of bass.
Tension-holding - readings as follows:
Held on very well until I started playing it, then took a bit of a dive. I suspect this has to do with the roughness - surfaces with high friction tend to stay in place and then "judder" when moved against each other, and the friction from the crosses may have held the tension until the shots started beating it out. Have to keep an eye on this if I ever do BG80 and 85 in future.
Conclusion... I'm not sure what the hybridization is bringing to the party, but overall I found it fairly good. I would have liked some more feel with softer shots, but a thick string (or strings, in this case) was always going to fall down here. The colour combination will probably sucker a fair few into buying it, I should add.