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    Default Recommendations on "cheap" shuttles

    I'm looking for a shuttle roughly at the same price as Wilson WS-400 club, but more durable and have a consistent flight. I would prefer if you could find something even lesser in price, I really need practice but not poor quality. I want an online or over the phone dealer.

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    I really like the RSL's Tourney 7. I guess the quality's decent. The Silver Feather's slightly better than that though. But since the Tourney has a more decent price, I use this for practice.

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    It's pretty much a mission impossible to get some decent practice grade shuttle under US$10 in US market at the moment. A lot of practice grade shuttles are some how not very consistent in quality (flight and durability). It really various from batch to batch.

    If you really use a lot of shuttles, I will recommend you raise your budget to $12-$14 range. Those shuttles are much more reliable, and even the used up shuttles are good for drills. If you order in bulk orders (25-50+), there's discount as well. Therefore, it's a save in a long run.

    Another way is to order bulk from Asia, but the transaction, communication, shipping and possible duty tax etc might be quite annoying.

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    I think players in USA and Canada like to use shuttles better than RSL No.7 grade. First reason is Philippines has higher humidity than here. which make birds last longer. Second, the price issue. So players here most use better quality birds for practice like LazyBuddy said. They use RSL No.4 or No.3 or equal quality shuttles for practice. vbmenu_register("postmenu_385672", true);

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    If you really look for cheap cheap shuttles, take a bet on: http://www.hiquasports.com/badminton/hqteam24.htm

    I tried 2 tubes back in 2003 time frame, and it's only good for drills. The flight was fine, but durability is no where near great. If you tend to mis hit a lot, then the feather will be chopped off easily. However, with my own experience, it's still a better deal than WS400.

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    The birdies for Genji(www.bestbuyplaza.com) is pretty good.i have used them and i like it better then Yonex birds. and they are i think 15 dollars per a can. but sometimes 1 bird may be badly produced but that doesnt happen alot. like mabye 1 bird in 7 cans? if ur looking for a can of birds under 20 dollars go and buy Genji birds.and if u live in fremont or miilptas u can go to the store and buy them(i live in fremont) and while ur there u should go to CCIC church =)

    i dont know whats a ws-400 cost... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSLCANADA
    I think players in USA and Canada like to use shuttles better than RSL No.7 grade. First reason is Philippines has higher humidity than here. which make birds last longer. Second, the price issue. So players here most use better quality birds for practice like LazyBuddy said. They use RSL No.4 or No.3 or equal quality shuttles for practice. vbmenu_register("postmenu_385672", true);
    I forgot about the benefits of living in a tropical country. But I don't mind living somewhere colder.

    I also forgot to include RSL Officials. I've also tried these Kimoni shuttles here in a tournament. The flight's nice, I'm not sure about the durability since we changed the shuttle a few times; not because it was badly damaged, it was because we can.

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    hmmm... prob u all should try gosen cosmic ultra.. they fly pretty ok... about $7US a tube of 10.. thats right 10!! dunno why they choose to put ten in a tube rather then 12.. but..it is still cheap for a reasonable good birdie

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabxzz
    hmmm... prob u all should try gosen cosmic ultra.. they fly pretty ok... about $7US a tube of 10.. thats right 10!! dunno why they choose to put ten in a tube rather then 12.. but..it is still cheap for a reasonable good birdie
    Sounds like a marketing strategy. Instead of increase the price, they shrink the quatity. So, the price tag is attractive, w/o sacrifice profit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CkcJsm
    The birdies for Genji(www.bestbuyplaza.com) is pretty good.i have used them and i like it better then Yonex birds. and they are i think 15 dollars per a can. but sometimes 1 bird may be badly produced but that doesnt happen alot. like mabye 1 bird in 7 cans? if ur looking for a can of birds under 20 dollars go and buy Genji birds.and if u live in fremont or miilptas u can go to the store and buy them(i live in fremont) and while ur there u should go to CCIC church =)

    i dont know whats a ws-400 cost... lol
    WS400 is around US$7-8 range, while Genji (not sure which grade you refer to) is $15. You are only 200% over his desired budget...

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    Check this out. This girl imports Sosan shuttles from Asia. Decent prices. Good flight.

    http://torch.cs.dal.ca/~xji/shuttlecock.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnanchala
    Check this out. This girl imports Sosan shuttles from Asia. Decent prices. Good flight.

    http://torch.cs.dal.ca/~xji/shuttlecock.htm
    The price indeed to be attractive. Just wonder if they carry speed 77, and how much the shipping going to be, if from Toronto to NYC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyBuddy
    Sounds like a marketing strategy. Instead of increase the price, they shrink the quatity. So, the price tag is attractive, w/o sacrifice profit.
    Hey LB.. I think you are todtally right.. or why else will they disregard normality and put ten into a tube??.. yeah.. can anyone tell me how much sosen shuttles cost in s'pore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyBuddy
    The price indeed to be attractive. Just wonder if they carry speed 77, and how much the shipping going to be, if from Toronto to NYC.
    Email her LB. She can give you a quote. I don't think Toronto to NYC should be that bad shipping wise. I think Sosan shuttles are better than a lot of other popular ones. Including the darn YY Aerosensa 30 our club provides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnanchala
    Email her LB. She can give you a quote. I don't think Toronto to NYC should be that bad shipping wise. I think Sosan shuttles are better than a lot of other popular ones. Including the darn YY Aerosensa 30 our club provides.
    She has 2 sosan listed. I assume you were talking about sosan black?

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    Easy there LB, that was back in 2003. I tried the HQ Team shuttles recently and they are not good. A couple of smashes and they are history. The feathers are now razor thin. So watch out.

    Note: I like Hi-Qua shuttles; in general, they are good to very good. However, the Team shuttles are not good and not representative of Hi-Qua's quality.

    Quote Originally Posted by LazyBuddy
    If you really look for cheap cheap shuttles, take a bet on: http://www.hiquasports.com/badminton/hqteam24.htm

    I tried 2 tubes back in 2003 time frame, and it's only good for drills. The flight was fine, but durability is no where near great. If you tend to mis hit a lot, then the feather will be chopped off easily. However, with my own experience, it's still a better deal than WS400.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    Easy there LB, that was back in 2003. I tried the HQ Team shuttles recently and they are not good. A couple of smashes and they are history. The feathers are now razor thin. So watch out.

    Note: I like Hi-Qua shuttles; in general, they are good to very good. However, the Team shuttles are not good and not representative of Hi-Qua's quality.
    Yeah, the recent trent in shuttle quality is definitely going down. Great shuttles become ok, and ok ones become crap. The original cheap crap become simply un-usable.

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