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    Quote Originally Posted by colekwok View Post
    Thinking about whether I should get the Elite or the Tour.

    I already have the Firebalde Elite, so I may actually want to try the Tour since I play more and more doubles these days.
    This is what I was thinking too since the VT Elite is, in my opinion, a little on the heavy side at 89g. I think lighter rackets are better for faster swing speed albeit that it might differ most to the FB Elite in terms of the Tour's flexibility.

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    Ah cool, my rackets are here. Looks like they'll be delivered Monday. Sweeeeet.

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    Okay Carlton lovers, my racquets just arrived! Here's my initial reactions. I won't get to play with them til Wednesday, so these are just visual and first impressions.

    Opimetric
    Don't be fooled, 'Optimetric' is NOT something inbetween Oval and ISO. It's simply a short-head ISO. What it looks like they've done is moved the sweetspot up the racket, which is pretty clever because it means you'll have more swing leverage and a more usable stringbed, because let's face it, who ever hits the shuttle down near the T-Joint? So what that means to me in theory is that the head area is smaller than ISO, but I think it will have the same amount of usable area. We'll see when I have a hit.

    Stock Strings
    Strung at about 20-22lbs I reckon. Strings are thin and heavily textured. They'll probably have good feel and adequate power but I'll change them out pretty soon for my stadard BG80 at 24lbs.

    Graphics.
    If you're shy, this is not the racquet for you. Previous photos were a bit deceptive - this thing is 90% mirror finish silver. In some photos the inner surface of the head looks black, but it's not. The graphics generally are okay. The mostly get lost in reflections anyway so they're not too offensive. Generally I would've liked to have seen more contrast, but overall it looks quality like a top shelf racquet should. Having the inside surface of the head black would make the VAPOUR TRAIL graphics punch which is what they should be doing yet aren't.
    It also has all the specs neatly on the shaft which is good.

    Build Quality - B+
    It's not too bad. The problem with really shiny things is that they pick up every single minute anomaly so if you look really close there are ripples in the finish, but the only way there wouldn't be is if the thing has hand sanded and polished which of course it isn't. All-in-all there's no mistaking it for a top echelon racquet, but it's hiding behind the shine a bit which stops me from giving it top billing.


    Pictures and a first impression hit this Wednesday! :thumbsup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Tiger View Post
    Okay Carlton lovers, my racquets just arrived! Here's my initial reactions. I won't get to play with them til Wednesday, so these are just visual and first impressions.
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    Pictures and a first impression hit this Wednesday! :thumbsup:
    Thanks for the initial review Easy Tiger. Will wait for the pictures and the final review.

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    Good stuff Easy Tiger. I'm looking forward to your review of the racket as I'm considering buying a pair too.

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    FYI I ended up getting them from Wisdens of Hastings, which is a sports shop in the UK. They're on ebay.co.uk and their service is excellent. From the UK to Australia in 5 working days!

    The price isn't the cheapest out there, but seriously, they're the only place that can actually sell to overseas customers. Newitts and Central are utter rubbish.

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    Hi guys, my Vapour Trail Elite Just Arrived !!!

    It looks AMAZING !!!
    I cant wait to testi it out tonight !
    I will give a review about it tommorrow
    I am a county player, so i will try and give an honest (semi-professional) review.

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    can i know where can i buy this racket in malaysia? vapour trail?
    looks nice and gorgeous though.

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    Okay, had a chance to put in two hours on the VT Elite. To sum up, it's a nice feeling and fast racket! Fast to the point that initially I was striking the top of the frame regularly because my timing was out being now used to my Armortec 900T, which feels a little like a battleaxe compared to the VT!

    It's a very well balanced racket being very light in the hand and very maneuverable. I'd say it was headlight- in feel. I adapted to playing with it pretty quickly as it seems to have a similar balance and speed to my Head M8kT.

    One thing that baffles me though is the stock strings, which at about 22lbs (if that) would be good for beginners, but the ink that Carlton uses for their stencil literally glues the strings together and leaves for a very mixed feeling racket. You can actually tell when you hit the ink (or should I say paint) and it's very disconcerting. Just a tad ironic considering the Carlton marketing spiel on the V12 Grommets is all about the strings being able to move. My fault really for not dumping the stock strings straight away and replacing them with my regulars.

    Anyway, difficult to say what I think until I replace the strings. It's really a very well balanced, light and fast racket that would probably suit doubles players and those with more finesse than power because I didn't find it particularly powerful although new strings could transform it.

    From an 'establishment' perspective, being even to headlight it's probably more like a Nanospeed or ArcSaber in feel, so if you like those sort of speedy, light in feel rackets (although I didn't find the 9900 as fast as they say it is) then I'd say the VT Tour is well worth looking at.

    I'll refrain from saying any more until I've had it restrung, but at this stage "highly promising" would be the keyword.

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    Hi Easy Tiger,

    I am currently using "Carlton Powerblade Titanium"....Its kinda heavy-head thus stiff but the feeling is somewhat better than T1-10....

    Can you comment about this racquet?
    Last edited by ct_23; 07-17-2009 at 04:48 AM.

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    Sorry, I haven't played with a Powerblade Titanium. The VT Tour is even to slightly headlight and has medium flexibility, so I'm guessing it would feel nothing like the Powerblade. If you're keen to try a VT I'd maybe look at the Elite?

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    Okay, played with it some more and I'm not sure head-light rackets suit my style. Been playing with my AT900T and I just seem to fit with that racket. Still trying to decide whether I should persist with the VT Tour or not....

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    no offense guys but have you seen the carlton airblade 33 specs....hahahaha...
    weight : 78 grams
    maximum

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    no offense guys but have you seen the carlton airblade 33 specs....hahahaha...
    weight : 78 grams
    maximum tension : 28lbs
    balance : 285-290 mm
    Last edited by ralph_14; 07-23-2009 at 10:57 PM. Reason: *i personally think that this is better than any of the posted new rackets by carlton...

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    And you've played with the new rackets from Carlton?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Tiger View Post
    And you've played with the new rackets from Carlton?
    nope...not yet...but...uhmm...i based my judgement from the specs that u gave...wahahaha...but if ever u tried the airblade 33..please correct me if i'm wrong...'cause i still think that the specs of airblade 33 is better than the new ones...i'll be waiting for your reply..thanks!!

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    78g rackets are for girls.

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