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    The rackets only just came out, so price is still the same and probably will be for a while. These prices are the cheapest anyone has found (I think). Welcome to the forum.

    I'm hoping Kwun is having so much fun playing with them, as they're amazing that he's forgotten all about this thread

    My vapour trail superlite should arrive soon, was posted yesterday from Newitts. Then I shall play with it extensively and post a mini review. The joy of having finished uni finals! I have 3 weeks of uninterrupted badminton time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sevex View Post
    My vapour trail superlite should arrive soon, was posted yesterday from Newitts. Then I shall play with it extensively and post a mini review. The joy of having finished uni finals! I have 3 weeks of uninterrupted badminton time.
    alrite then...really look forward to yr reviewing

    Actually just wud like to get a new one (that can topple the hegemony of YY in my mind...fyuuh pls help!!)

    Let's say once CVT Elite compared to YY NS9900...wht wud u all say ?
    Yr input hugely contributes

    ps: FYI, im a double player n am strongly eager in offensive playmode


    Thx

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    The VT Elite is head heavy and stiff, so it's probably closer to the ArmourTecs in theory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Tiger View Post
    The VT Elite is head heavy and stiff, so it's probably closer to the ArmourTecs in theory.
    that's what im sorry about, the stiffness...since my typical is offnsv, id rather hesitate to pick the stiff one...1 thing i know that flexibilty enhances the power of smash, rite?...albeit it's heavier on head/frame.
    what about NS9900 ?? any of u hv had a try on it? (i cant read Japanese when taking deeper look at its YY Jpn website)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdoel10 View Post
    that's what im sorry about, the stiffness...since my typical is offnsv, id rather hesitate to pick the stiff one...1 thing i know that flexibilty enhances the power of smash, rite?
    No, lots of flexibilty increases the power of a weak smash, and decreases the power from a harder smash..
    (just as loose strings makes weak or off-center smashes harder, and strong sweetspot-smashes slower)
    Quote Originally Posted by bdoel10 View Post
    ...albeit it's heavier on head/frame.
    what about NS9900 ?? any of u hv had a try on it? (i cant read Japanese when taking deeper look at its YY Jpn website)
    NS9900 is stiff...
    /Twobeer

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    can i buy it anywhere else, i don't have a credit card just paypal. I can't buy it in holland. does somebody have a solution?

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    www.speedysport.be has them. If you stand on your roof, you should be able to see their shop

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    thanks easytiger

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    My vapour trail superlite arrived in the post this morning so here is a quick initial impression.

    The first thing I noticed was the length of the handle, it's very long! 25mm longer than my airblade superlite and 20mm longer than SOTX woven 7. I would measure it but have lost all my rulers... Over 150mm though. It feels solid. More so than a wooden handle although this may be caused by the thinner grip.

    As a result of the very long handle the racket shaft is short. This is made to look shorter by the long top cap.

    As for "optimetric" head shape, it seems quite a lot like an oval to me... Albeit one that is ever so slightly wider at the top and the sides. This is not a complaint, there aren't enough ovals on the market today and I personally prefer them.

    The paint job is fine, I'm not one to judge this though, I prefer function over looks in a racket, quite orange with plenty of words over the frame. If anything it looks a bit "busy" with the racket specs written on the shaft and marketing spiel written all over the place.

    One minor point of irritation was the plastic cover on the handle. On it were the words, to optimise performance restring only with Carlton xelerate x67 string and use Carlton aerogear grips (that's roughly the words used). While the xelerate strings may have been developed on these rackets (?) that doesn't mean others won't work. Same for grips.

    For a carlton string they actually look ok, a bit loosely strung though (no surprise there, it's factory strung, I was curious about the new Carlton strings). The ink used for the carlton logo is far to thick however and as with previous Carltons will probably affect playability. Why not use Yonex style light spray on paint rather than wall emulsion!

    Pro v-12 grommetes simply means clear slightly rubberised grommets at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions (6 on each side). Will see how they affect things later.

    I am playing later today so will post initial playing impressions either this evening or tomorrow.

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    Which is why nobody uses factory strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Tiger View Post
    Which is why nobody uses factory strings.
    Hey! I used factory strings before!

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    *cough*loser*cough*




    Quote Originally Posted by Gemcat View Post
    Hey! I used factory strings before!

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    Default Amazing attractive !

    Dear KWUN,

    How lovely are they? Where I can buy it? Do you know where the Carlton made from?

    Thanks for your prompt reply.

    TULIP

    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    I got pics of these two really gorgeous looking rackets. These are brand new Carltons that are being released this year.

    Carlton Vapour Trail Tour
    Carlton Vapour Trail Elite

    Special Features

    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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    Does optimetric head seems smaller than isometric to you??

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    what so special about isometric ??

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    Optimetric seems to be about the same maximum width as isometric but then tapers to a slightly narrower frame at the tip of the rackets. Isometric increases the size of the sweet spot supposedly. This means off centre shots still have power. I personally can't feel much difference, maybe because when I miss the shuttle it comes off the frame... All of nothing!

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    hmmm interested. how much in american dollars. which you recommend? I would overall balanced racquet great for smashes and defense also. thanks

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