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Thread: My AT900T review
01-11-2008, 04:50 AM #1
My AT900T review
Firstly I want to note that i'm not anywhere near proffessional level, just enjoy the sport and really addicted haha!The things I say may not be what you think personally and may have a different opinion but this is just a little review that I hope may help some other people, even though this racket has already been out for so long!
The spec of my racket:
Model: Armortec 900 Technique SP (4UG4)
Strings: BG 68Ti (25 lbs)
Grip: Yonex wet grip (Plastic was not removed)
Why I chose this racket:
Well firstly.. the paint work is so attractive to me haha!! There are a lot of minor details which really makes the racket what it is (I'm so scared I'd chip the paint work im constantly checking the racket haha!). Secondly, I personally prefer playing technique shots than powerful smashes.
My string choice:
I chose BG 68Ti because its a powerful string, looking through the string ranges, the price seems acceptable and delivers what I personally need or what the racket lacks. It gives good replusion and good hitting sound which compensates for the rackets lack of power so it balances it out alittle more (personally theory ^^) but that also means losing the durability. The stringer told me that at the rate im playing at, the string should snap within 2 weeks, quite a painful fact to me and my wallet haha. Then why I chose stringing the racket at 25lbs, it's because I wanted to see what it feels like to string a racket at higher tension since I've tried stringing my older rackets with lower tensions ranging from 18 - 23lbs.
Racket During Play:
The armortec 900 technique really surprised my expectations, it is so easy to control, it flows very well with my body and also goes where ever I want it to so quickly. I've used the whole range of Carbonex series, Nanospeed 9000S, Head Metallic (75grams in weight, very light racket), Armortec 900 Power and other random rackets but none of them bonded with me like this one. I would personally say that this racket is very user friendly indeed!
When I play with this racket, I can get to the birdie much faster than any other racket I've used in the past, the swing is much easily, flow is much smoother. Receiving smashes is almost a major advantage now due to all these factors, before I was only able to return the birdie past the net like a drop shot but now I can do whatever I feel like with minimal effort, placing, changing directions, everything.
How about smashing? Well, i'm not personally a smasher, my smash is very average or below average but for some reason, my smash has improved. I can now jump smash more powerfully than I had been doing before, I believe this improvement is from the rackets easy control, timing the smash has become so much more easier. This may seem weird to a lot of people on this forum but it's what I feel. Stringing the racket with BG 68Ti did help with the power making my smash much more of a threat. Now I really enjoy jump smashing! ^^
The AT900T is a great racket in my opinion, but you really need to bond with it like any racket, I believe that theres a racket which will suit you best and you will have to take time to find it. Luckily I have found mine and it's has bonded with me so well, I think my heart will shatter if the strings broke nevermind the racket haha! The only downside to the racket, is the price, in many countries and websites you can't really get a price below 100 GBP. For me, I bought it from Hong Kong for 1180 HKD and since GBP is so strong, the racket only cost around 80 GBP when I bought it from a yonex retailer. Your liking to a racket does make a difference to your play, if you love your racket you will bond with it better giving you better performance, very psychological haha!
Like most people on this forum say, the racket is probably one of the last things you will buy because it only gives you slight improvement on your skills.
I hope my little experience with this racket will help people choose the right racket!
feel free to ask me any questions, I'll do the best to help you!!
01-11-2008, 05:20 AM #2
01-11-2008, 05:56 AM #3
Good review..n nice combinations with the 68ti.How's the feeling?
01-11-2008, 07:37 AM #4
01-11-2008, 05:03 PM #5
AT900T is a great racket and will be for a long time! ^^
01-11-2008, 05:07 PM #6
It feels really amazing, when you hit the birdie the sound is very focussed, the power transfers very easily in my opinion, with little effort I can do a good smash, might not be fast but it is good enough to win a point.
The best thing is, the AT900T has a bigger sweet spot than the Nanospeed 9000S (just a tad bigger) making me more accurate when hitting shots, theres less mishitting and less metal contact haha! ^^
01-11-2008, 05:09 PM #7
01-11-2008, 09:21 PM #8
01-12-2008, 12:24 AM #9
01-12-2008, 02:36 AM #10
there's quite a bit of differnce between NBG95 and NBG98, try it when you get the chance and you'll see what i'm talking about.
01-13-2008, 12:13 AM #11
i used to use bg68ti but it can't handle high tensions very well, have a look at bg 80. the reason i say this is if you look at the back of the string pack, the bg80 scores 5 bars out of 5 in for hard hitting, 4 out of 5 for control whilst for bg68ti it is 0 bars out of 5 for hard hitting and 5 out of 5 for control.
The control is not much different between the two strings but the durability and repulsion is better on the bg80, plus it seems more durable too.
01-13-2008, 03:45 AM #12
tried a NGB98 (Japan) strung at 25# on a AT900T.
compared to the BG80 strung at 25# for Cab 30MS, MP21, and Armortec 300 that I played with today, the NGB 98 on the AT900T is fresh, more alive and crisp sound. The repulsion is livelier than that of BG80. The shock absorption of the NGB98 on AT900T is better that then BG80 on the Armortex 300.
But for the price, BG80 is a very close alternative.
If cost is not an issue, then NGB98 is a must-try.
01-13-2008, 04:36 AM #13
We will certainly get more datapoints when you get the AT900T on BG80 (may take a long time given that the NBG is supposed to be extremely durable :P) or the Cab30 on NBG98 (sounds likely :P). I'd love to try the NBG98 on my Cab30 but it is quite expensive to use that for string tension experiments. I'm using BG66 at 25# on my Cab30 and loving it to death.
01-13-2008, 03:52 PM #14
hahaha don't worry! once I have snapped the BG 68Ti I will move onto BG 80 then NBG98 ^^
my BG 68Ti is holding out pretty well ^___^
hopefully it will last sometime!!
01-13-2008, 04:11 PM #15
Nice review. I've also just acquired the AT-900T recently (3U), also strung with BG-68Ti, and have fallen in love with it. It's heavier than what I'm used to so my arm was a little sore initially, but now that I'm used to it, I don't think I will go back to my other AT racquets. The control is great, and the power I'm getting now is something I haven't been getting with my previous racquets in the AT range (all 4u).
Great racquet and suits my game perfectly! Two thumbs up for me.
01-14-2008, 02:50 AM #16
Cab30ms still beats the AT900T in terms of sweetness when you hit it right.
AT900T feels similar stiffness as Cab30ms.
AT900T feels more mobile with net play and feels lighter (smoother, more aerodynamic) to move around the net than Cab30ms
01-14-2008, 03:00 AM #17
I think what you mean to say is that the NGB98 has more of a metallic ping sound and does sort of sound ear piercing at times.
Aww, so you didn't go with Arc7?!?!?
Last edited by Matt; 01-14-2008 at 03:04 AM.
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