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    Default Carlton Vapour ST

    Carlton Vapour Trail ST Badminton Racket
    PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

    Vapour Trail - engineering to combine both power and control specifications.

    Combines medium levels of power, control and manoeuvrability - ideal for good club players.

    BI-AXIAL DYNAMICS
    A new frame which delivers increased efficiency through a head cross sectional frame profile leading to increased swing speed.


    OPTIMETRIC HEADSHAPE
    By combining a larger sweet spot size and increased air speed and control within the same head shape, the new Optimetric head geometry delivers both power, airspeed and control in one frame.


    JAPANESE HM CARBON CONSTRUCTION
    Sourced from Japan, Japanese Hi Modulus Carbon is the highest specification carbon available on the market, ensuring your Carlton frame will outperform all other construction materials for frame response and stability.


    PRO V12 GROMMETS
    Positioned at 3 and 9 o'clock positions, these specialised grommets have been softened to allow greater string movement thereby increasing power across the hitting zone.

    :Probably my best adive is that if you are not to sure about which rackets to get for a range of them you should (If you can) is go to a local sports shop which do sells these and to get a feel and know the weight but the description above should fit most of the others you have said because some of the rackets you have mentioned are farely recent..

    Have a look at the Carlton Vapour Trail S-Lite Badminton Racket

    A light weight racket for great manoeuvrability. At http://www.ukrackets.com/shop/sectio...minton-rackets

    Thanks Rod

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    guys, where can i buy this racket on the net for international shipping?

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    Carlton Vapour Trail ST Badminton Racket can be bought at amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/CARLTON-VAPO.../dp/B002FACREU

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    Default ashaway viper xt 900

    I think ashaway has released same viper series. Any one have this racket with u?

    http://www.ashaway.co.uk/index.php?c...pid=164&brand=


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    i think it is made the same factory.

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    Ashaway:
    Viper Weave technology integrates a Meta-Composite into a Viper Skin Weave with Ultra High Modulus Graphite and Nano Carbon. This produces an X-Treme Tension Frame with low torque and virtually no lateral movement on impact, even with miss hits.

    The X-Treme Tension Frame makes the Viper rackets capable of taking higher string tensions than the market standard, higher string tensions give greater control and less string movement, this further increases shot accuracy.

    The Viper XT900 has a stiff shaft for increased power for players with quick arm speed. Also added on the XT900 is an 88 hole stringing pattern which gives more stability to the string bed and an integrated Aramid compound into the Viper Skin Weave which adds further strength.

    Weight : 85gm
    Balance : 295 mm (Towards Head)
    Flexibility : Med/Stiff

    Frame : Ultra Hi Modulus Graphite with Reinforced with Viper Weave and integrated Aramid

    Recommended Stringing Tension - Main - 22lbs to 26 lbs
    - Cross - 22lbs to 26 lbs
    String: MicroPower
    Good for Power & Control
    Suitable for Attacking Play

    Carlton:
    Bio-axial Dynamics - Analysis of the overhead badminton swing highlights 2 distinct aerodynamic directions evident during the swing phase. The new Bio-Axial Dynamics frame develops more efficient aerodynamics. Over 80% of players stated the new Bi-Axial frame profile delivers increased swing speed.
    Pro V12 Grommets - Positioned at 3 and 9 o clock postions, these specialised grommets have been softened to allow greater string movement thereby increasing power across the hitting zone.
    Stabilisor Topcap - By introducing 4 convex channels into the top cap, stiffness of the top cap is increased allowing for greater shot accuracy and control.
    Optimetric Headshape - By combining the larger sweet spot size and the increased air speed and control within the same head shape, the new Optimetric head geometry delivers both power, airspeed and control in one frame.
    Japanese HM Carbon - Sourced for Japan, Japanese Hi Modulus Carbon is the highest specification carbon available on the market ensuring your Carbon frame will outperform all other construction materials for frame response and stability.
    Direct Fibre Transfer - Utilising a carbon inner core and PU outer costing, a direct carbon link is estabilished between shaft and handle enhancing power transfer and sensory feedback resulting from shuttle impact.
    Ultra-Lite Cap - Using a matrix structure, Carlton has re-engineered the end cap to reduce its weight by 28% contributing to overall enhanced playability.
    Xtreme Tension Frame - Precision engineering and the utilisation of the finest construction materials ensures your Carlton frame can accommodate 11% higher string tensions compared with competitior frames.
    Hand Crafted

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    Okay, I've had some proper court time now on my restrung VT Tour, strung 24/23lbs with Ashaway PG65.

    I really dig this racket now, and just think that it's a good all-round solid headlight-to-medium balanced racket. It did take some adjusting too after using a bunch of head-heavy rackets because it just swings so fast through the air that I was actually getting to the shuttle too early!

    I reckon if you want something a bit different and you can handle the blinginess of the mirror finish - and you like the spec - you could do much worse than the VT Tour. It's biggest weakness if you can call it that is that it has no real strengths. This IMHO makes it a good all-round racket that's just as home playing a power game of singles as it is dicing around the court and mixing it up in doubles. Power is more than adequate and it's quick for those reflexy shots, defending at the net and deceptive drops.

    Now for the meaningless numbers -

    Feel: 8/10
    Control: 8.5/10
    Power: 8/10
    Defense: 8.5/10
    Maneuverability: 9/10

    OVERALL: 8.5/10

    Oh yeah, there is one thing to look out for. I don't know if it's the optimetric head or what the deal is, but if you catch a shuttle at the very top of the racket (ie: above the 'tradtional' sweetspot), the thing feels like butter and the shuttle just flies off the stringbed. This is sort of 'normal' with most rackets, but it's more pronounced on the VT Tour.Not an issue if you can actually hit properly, but I can't so there ya go.
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    I tired one of my colleagues' VT Tour, it feels a bit strange to me. On that same day, I also played with the YY AT700, my Fireblade Elite, Powerblade Lite and Ti-10 gII.

    The VT Tour feels even lighter than my good old battered Powerblade Lite. I was planning to get it, but I actually feel a bit disappointed with it. I am not sure if the VT Elite's head heaviness would be better. I just have this hollow feel when I hit the shuttle.

    Saying that, the racket is very flashy and stock string comes in a reasonably stiff tension. If anyone is still tempted to get one, I would suggest that you wait till the price drops a little bit later on. For 100quids, I would go for the Cab35 or the ArcZ Slash.

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    Yeah it is a light racket, but it's not pingy or hollow. The AT700 and Ti10 are very, very different rackets and feel like swinging a brick compared to the VT Tour.

    The stock strings just don't work either. Could you actually feel when you hit the painted on logo compared to any other part of the racket? It was weird. I was going to sell off my VT until I got it restrung, and now it's totally transformed.

    The Cab35 and ZS do look great, but if you don't want to tow the YY line, the VT Tour is a viable weapon I reckon.

    Not that that's gunna stop me giving the ZS a go eventually

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    By the way, Aerotus = me.......

    I don't know why I have logged into this very old account.....

    I would stick with my Fireblade at the moment. It seems to be that, at least the VT Tour, is not my cup of tea. I would hope that somebody here will get the VT Elite soon so that I can compare. I am an old timer, so heavy rackets do not deter me a lot. I have been looking for a 2U Arc10 for a long time, but failed. Probably now I have the excuse of getting a 2U Cab35. But if money allows, I would give the VT Elite a try.

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    Yeah I wanted to get the Elite initially, but was scared off by the head heaviness. Ironically my next racket was a AT900T, which I could wield just fine, so turns out I wouldn've been just fine with the Elite!

    Man the Cab35 is a handsome looking racket. Where's it being sold at the moment?

    The VT Elite you can get at Wisdens of Hastings in the UK.

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    If you think the tour is light, try the vt superlite! That is possibly the only racket I've ever found that is too head light, took a long time to stop me swinging thin air. (About 3 weeks, playing 3 times a week for 2 hours.) Defence is ridiculous though.

    I agree they don't play like any existing rackets, which is good, no point in having a new racket that's identical as an existing one, unless you were aiming for that.

    The stock strings are no good whatsoever, loose and that paint just ruins everything.

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    Carlton Rackets are sweet. Top notch and a great status symbol as you travel along the pacific rim where people always only seem to have Yonnex

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    Anyone have a comparison experience with Arc7 to Z Slash?

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    I've only had two hours on the ZS so I can't compare as yet, but the Carlton VT Tour is still my current go-to racket (Ashaway PG65 @ 24lbs ). It just does nothing badly.
    Last edited by Easy Tiger; 09-30-2009 at 05:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    Anyone have a comparison experience with Arc7 to Z Slash?
    opps ignore that. Some how I clicked on the wrong thread and typed the question in there.

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    This looks so beautiful!

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