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    Default Carlton Vapour Trail Elite

    Just checking,
    Is there TWO Carlton Vapour Trail Elite?
    Such as 2011 in silver/black and 2013 in gold,white and black?

    Seems the same weight, etc! 2013 are much improving or just tiny bit different?

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    i kinda wanna know too before i buy my first Elite!!!

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    Just got told in the shop today as the Is there TWO Carlton Vapour Trail Elite are different,
    Such as 2011 in silver/black, weight 95g
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    2013 in gold,white and black, weight 90g


    See link... http://www.directbadminton.co.uk/Sea...0Trail%20Elite

    Hope that help!


    Quote Originally Posted by gundamzaku View Post
    i kinda wanna know too before i buy my first Elite!!!

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    thank you for the info!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnycorcoran View Post
    Just got told in the shop today as the Is there TWO Carlton Vapour Trail Elite are different,
    Such as 2011 in silver/black, weight 95g
    and
    2013 in gold,white and black, weight 90g


    See link... http://www.directbadminton.co.uk/Sea...0Trail%20Elite

    Hope that help!

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    There are 3 different types. The 2010 version which was metallic orange I think, the 2011 version which is metallic black/silver and the 2013 version which is black and yellow with some white accents.

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    There was an original debate between the 2010 and 2011 model. Those who had tried both said the 2010 model was much stiffer and a better feeling racket. I just can't understand why they would give something the same name if it is a completely different racket.

    Has anyone bought the newest version yet? I'm keen to find out if it's the same as the 2010 model.

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    There are also so many different models down the line. Carlton seems to be revamping their entire range. It is very confusing as in the old system, there were only the iso head range, Powerblade>Fireblade>VapourTrail, then the oval range which was always called Air-something, plus the beginners' range. Then it was nice when they distinguish the balance point by lite>tour>elite respectively. Now it is a complete mess. I have no idea what to choose from, I also have no idea what the levels those rackets are. Many prices are overlapping and it confuses your choices.

    Top of the range is still Kinesis, then the strange Razor, Vapour Trail still exists apparently, then the Air, which is strange as well as they have both iso and oval rackets, finally the cheaper ranges Ignite and isoblade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colekwok View Post
    There are also so many different models down the line. Carlton seems to be revamping their entire range. It is very confusing as in the old system, there were only the iso head range, Powerblade>Fireblade>VapourTrail, then the oval range which was always called Air-something, plus the beginners' range. Then it was nice when they distinguish the balance point by lite>tour>elite respectively. Now it is a complete mess. I have no idea what to choose from, I also have no idea what the levels those rackets are. Many prices are overlapping and it confuses your choices.

    Top of the range is still Kinesis, then the strange Razor, Vapour Trail still exists apparently, then the Air, which is strange as well as they have both iso and oval rackets, finally the cheaper ranges Ignite and isoblade.
    Also the gold original Elite (89gr. "frame weight") is older than 2010 (2009), so I guess they revamp it every two years ...

    The Vapour TRrail series is the optometric (semi-iso) is it not? Not some low range iso model ... The current Air range is indeed more confusing. But the website should be clear enough going from high to low
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    Carlton is now on its third revamp of the Vapour Trail Elite and each new version is slightly different from its predecessor. The 2011 version - which is the one I own - was several grams heavier than the original. According to both 'direct badminton and 'sport direct' the 2013 model now weights around 90 grams, approximately 5g lighter than its predecessor. The suggested retail price for the 2013 model is around 30 cheaper as well. Other changes are the inclusion of vectran into the frame (again, according to sports direct). I have two VTEs and they are by far the most demanding rackets I have ever owned. Having said that, they are excellent performers.

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