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    Default United Kingdom: Ashaway 450 Black

    So, I felt compelled to write about these shuttles.

    They are pretty stellar for the price. From DirectBadminton (online) they're £13.20 a tube.

    Straight out of the tube I wasn't terribly impressed. Some of the stickers weren't centred, the feathers didn’t look amazing, and it looked like I’d gotten what I paid for – a fairly cheap feather shuttle.

    On the court? Boy was I wrong.

    The flight speed is a little bit faster than standard rating; I ordered 78s, and while they were definitely flying further than my 78 Yonex shuttles, they weren’t flying as far as my 79 Victor shuttles.

    Durability is brilliant; I was expecting a ruined shuttle in less than a game. I was pleasantly surprised to have a shuttle last 4 games, and a second last 3 more game. I can’t tell if it’s a cream of the crop situation, but these shuttles actually lasted longer than some of my AS40s.

    Flight is pretty consistent; despite my gripes with the quality of feathers from a glance, none have been spinning or travelling erratically.

    The weight of the shuttle reflects the speed. It feels a touch heavier than the Yonex shuttles, but net play is still as you’d expect.

    The cork is possibly the biggest let down of the shuttle; the cork is a bit softer than you’d find in Yonex shuttles. It’s not an enormity of difference, but it’s definitely there. Regardless, you’d have to hit these shuttles pretty hard to deform the cork. I noticed one or two dents in the shuttle that lasted 4 games, but no significant ‘unplayable’ states (no mushroom shapes). Your mileage may vary here.

    After trying Yonex, Yehlex, Victor, and Ashaway shuttles, I feel like the Yonex are pricey. The Yehlex and Victor aren’t quite as durable as I’d like, but the price reflects that. The Ashaway shuttles feel like an absolute bargain.

    If you’re in the UK and are looking for a feather shuttle on the cheap, I’d highly recommend them.

    The shuttle that lasted 4 games.
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    This is the worst shuttle from the batch.
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    This is one of the better shuttles from the batch.
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    Nice write up. Do you fancy cutting through the cork and having a look at the internals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Nice write up. Do you fancy cutting through the cork and having a look at the internals?
    I'll do so tomorrow with one of the used ones (all of the tools are in the shed, and it's cold out there). I'm quite curious about why the cork is a bit softer too. It might be a mixed cork like the Victors.

    Either way for a shuttle cheaper than AS20s (and apparently AS10s too) in the UK, this has been good.

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    Nice review.

    Currently testing a tube of Ashaway 500 and initial impressions are positive.
    I'll see if I can chop one in half and post it here as well.

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    I've tried the 500's before in a tournament, and ended up going through 8 shuttles in 2 games. Durability was terrible, quality of shuttles poor (cork seemed terrible) and they felt really light too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LD rules! View Post
    I've tried the 500's before in a tournament, and ended up going through 8 shuttles in 2 games. Durability was terrible, quality of shuttles poor (cork seemed terrible) and they felt really light too.
    I've not tried the 500s, the blacks actually feel a little heavier than average. I don't have any more clean Yonex shuttles to weigh one against. But yes I agree on the cork, it's far from the best cork; I found it very usable, but this might not be the case with people that hit much harder than I can.

    In my opinion, this is an amazing value shuttle. If you're a bit tight on money like I am, saving £7 per tube is fantastic.

    As suspected, it's like the Victor cork. It's not solid, it's got two layers.

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    On the left, Ashaway, on the right, Victor Gold Champion.

    To me it almost looks like the Ashaway has a wider cork than the Victor shuttle. This might explain the weight too.

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    YY AS10, Victor Gold Champion, Ashaway 500

    The Ashaway 500 is two layer with the bottom layer looking like compressed cork, the sort you get on cheaper shuttles.
    Last edited by Rimano; 02-27-2015 at 04:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rimano View Post
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    YY AS10, Victor Gold Champion, Ashaway 500

    Both the Victor and Yonex are solid cock (not two layer). The Ashaway 500 is two layer with the bottom layer looking like compressed cork, the sort you get on cheaper shuttles.

    Now I know why the Aerosensa range starts at quite a high price, the feathers on the AS10 are poor compared to the other two shuttles.
    How odd, I can definitely see the difference in the cork on your Ashaway 500s. As you can see from my dissected shuttle, it's not using compressed cork.

    I can't imagine why the 450 would fair better than the 500.

    Maybe when I deplete my 450s I'll order a tube of 500s to see if my experience lines up with what you're saying.

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