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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob mm View Post
    Do you guys wanna see a UPK with a broken shaft?
    As long as you provide an explanation :P. I'm sorry that you broke it already though. Do you plan on getting another ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob mm View Post
    Do you guys wanna see a UPK with a broken shaft?
    Broken shaft or handle? And how did it break?

    Please contact Panda and we'll try to get it replaced under warranty, thanks.

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    Update: some prototype Trinity Pro Kevlars are coming for testing. We'll see how that goes.

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    Today at everything was going fine, it (UPK) played as normal. I went down to hit a big smash, at impact I heard a loud cracking noise, and I looked down I stood there with only the handle in my hand. The frame had flown and hit the wall, so the racket cracked at tree spots. It was strung at 31LBS if that matters. This must definitely be a manufactor fault

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    Broken shaft

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    I wonder what kind of characteristics the trinity pro kevlar will have. I've never played with a trinity, not since the first gen of trinity 2 came out.

    Dinkalot, do you plan any stiffness changes for the TPK over the Trinity Pro like the UPK has over the UP?

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    The TPro plays similar to a 1st Generation Yonex Ti10 except the profile's a bit thinner. The added kevlar weave to the TPK (Trinity Pro Kevlar) will make it stronger and should be more stable and add an even more solid feel.

    As for shaft stiffness, the sweet spot seems to be around the Precision Pro to Revelation stiffness. Around 7.8-8.0 ideally and that will be the target (7.7-8.1)


    Quote Originally Posted by bobbinbette View Post
    I wonder what kind of characteristics the trinity pro kevlar will have. I've never played with a trinity, not since the first gen of trinity 2 came out.

    Dinkalot, do you plan any stiffness changes for the TPK over the Trinity Pro like the UPK has over the UP?

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    Oh my god, TPK, this is like a dream come true!

    I suppose it's a bit early to ask for a time frame?

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    2 weeks of testing...if good, 1.5 months for production...if available, ~late May 2014.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teebs View Post
    Oh my god, TPK, this is like a dream come true!

    I suppose it's a bit early to ask for a time frame?

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    I've been mulling this over, and have a couple of Noob questions for Dinkalot...

    What exactly is the difference between the Kevlar and the woven technology? How does the user experience this difference, if there is any? And what is the difference in terms of consistency of the racquet performance over time?

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    Dink is not a materials expert but in general, for badminton purposes, the main difference is the state of being: woven graphite is just that, graphite fibers that are woven into sheets and then rolled/shaped. Kevlar reinforcement on a racket is added to the outer side of the frame. Again, for badminton purposes, kevlar fibers are woven as well.

    So, woven graphite is the core material itself (stronger and better than normal graphite) while kevlar reinforcement is added to promote additional stability and strength to the racket frame.

    As for performance/feel/experience: it's different for everyone. We only add/modify material if we find it benefits the racket. On paper it always does but in real world testing not necessarily.
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    Default Panda Power Ultra Pro Kevlar (UPK) Racket Review

    Specs
    Weight: 85.5g
    Balance Point: 290mm
    String: Ashaway ZM70 Red @ 32lbs & Ashaway ZM62 @ 30lbs


    The racket overall is very stable, solid, and powerful. The shaft is relatively stiffer compared to most rackets. The frame is also very strong and holds tension well.

    I have never felt a racket more stable and solid than this one. This racket feels solid when hitting with it and the feedback it gives is amazing.

    Clears: Hitting with the UPK gives a really nice solid feel and it generates power with no problem

    Smashes: Same as clears and can hit bombs. Very powerful racket!

    Drops: The UPK gives great feel and touch when doing drops shots from both the net and backcourt.

    Drive/Defense: The UPK may feel slightly slower to maneuver compared to narrow frame/faster rackets that are more aerodynamic, but not too much of a significant difference for me. It plays very well defending and driving.


    Conclusion:
    The UPK’s performance is outstanding. The racket frame is also very strong and stable.I will give this racket a 10/10 rating.

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    Wow what on earth happened man? O.O

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ch1k0 View Post
    Wow what on earth happened man? O.O
    Today at everything was going fine, it (UPK) played as normal. I went down to hit a big smash, at impact I heard a loud cracking noise, and I looked down I stood there with only the handle in my hand. The frame had flown and hit the wall, so the racket cracked at tree spots. It was strung at 31LBS if that matters. This must definitely be a manufactor fault.

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    Finally paid for the UPK I was demoing from Noah. Woot, awesome racquet!
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    Another happy Revelation owner here. What's this about removeable weights in the handle? Is there a how-to for this or do I have to butcher an old racquet to practice getting the cap off? I want to see how these handle being a bit head heavier without adding overall weight with lead tape.

    Is the shaft on the revelation progressive? It's a lovely balance of easy power vs responsive enough. So far it seems most similar to the MX60 out of the rackets I've tried. I still can't get my head around how much heavier the swing weight fells compared to static. DO like!

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