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    Default Yonex Armortec 250

    Did i make a good choice?
    I'm not the best player in the world. I started out with a very low end Yonex, the Yonex Muscle Power 7, to be specific.
    I bought an Armortec 150 during the summer because it was recommended, it was strung with BG 70 (Unknown tension.)

    Today i went to my local racket pro shop for the first time, and man, it was awesome. They had a ton of racket price drops, and i wanted to buy a new one.

    Limited it down to 3 budget rackets.
    1) Yonex Armortec 250 Limited Edition
    2) Yonex Nanospeed 500
    3) Wilson nCode n4.

    I asked the clerk which he would recommend, and he recommended wither the Armortec 250 or the Nanospeed 500.
    I chose the Armortec because i was happy with my Armortec 150, and it looked awesome and eye catching.

    I bought it for $79, do you think i made a good purchase?

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    Well, the AT 250 LE is an eyecatcher, and yes you get it for a good price, but overall you could get more racket from an other brand.

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    i have an armortec 250 red colour, which is supposingly the same as the LE ,with string, the balance point is about 335-340mm, but goes down to 305 after i put on a towel grip.it really needs good technique for you to unleash its full potential,but maneuverability is a pain when its 320mm for me when i had PU on,i just couldnt return drives that well if the opponent is fast.

    this racquet is definitely good for singles, and better for doubles if you're an experienced player,it allows you to put on a thicker grip and has more head-heaviness.I read somewhere that armortec 700 has about 315mm balance and armortec 250 LE to have about 317mm balance...

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    Im in Canada as well,but where im at at250s are only 50 something

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    i have both the at250 and the nano800, not the nano500, and they give me a totally different feel. the AT is head heavy 3U, so to me, it's really heavy, where as the Nano is really even balanced if not a bit head light. but that's just how it felt to my arm, it might be different to others. the AT is way too heavy for me to play doubles because i'm weak and have slow reaction times, i am more comfy with the Nano. i truly believe that a good racket is a racket you play well in, and it's completely subject at times

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    The red verstion of AT 250 was $55 at sportchek, I got one there. AT 250 is very head heavy, mine had a BP of 330mm stock. It is a very powerful racket if you are strong enough to use it. It is durable too, had many crashes with it and it survived. Get it restrung if you can and try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iori View Post
    The red verstion of AT 250 was $55 at sportchek, I got one there. AT 250 is very head heavy, mine had a BP of 330mm stock. It is a very powerful racket if you are strong enough to use it. It is durable too, had many crashes with it and it survived. Get it restrung if you can and try it out.
    agree with this, mine is 340mm without any grips and bg66 on. powerful crazy racquet with good technique, strongly recommend this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iori View Post
    The red verstion of AT 250 was $55 at sportchek, I got one there. AT 250 is very head heavy, mine had a BP of 330mm stock. It is a very powerful racket if you are strong enough to use it. It is durable too, had many crashes with it and it survived. Get it restrung if you can and try it out.
    Quote Originally Posted by melvin93 View Post
    agree with this, mine is 340mm without any grips and bg66 on. powerful crazy racquet with good technique, strongly recommend this
    Somehow I find those numbers hard to believe . Maybe you are measuring from the wrong end? Then again the result would be equally extreme (675-330/340mm) the other way around
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    nope, from
    the butt cap with a measuring tape (used by tailors)

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin93 View Post
    nope, from
    the butt cap with a measuring tape (used by tailors)
    At least yours was measured without any grip right(?) ... AT800D strung no grip I now measure at 325mm, AT700 unstrung no grip ~315mm. But this is an old style chart, of course NS9000X is not the most headheavy one like it would be in this position on the new style chart. Maybe 2008 chart is new style already ...

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    Perhaps should add: all 3UG3 version

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    these are all OLD versions bro, do check out the new red and limited edition ones, and yes WITH stock grip and strung with bg66 = 330mm

    with towel grip, it drops to 310mm for me, and PU is about there , overgrips help me hit 320mm

    The new ones came out in 2008 for beijing olympics limited edition, no idea about the red 1, but its definitely 2008 or later , without grip, and with bg66, i have a balance point of 340mm

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    "Old versions"? AT250 is discontinued already, the LTD was probably the last version. The 3rd chart is for 2008, AT250 is not even in the 2009 catalogue anymore ...
    I wonder how you all balance the rackets?? On a broomstick? You should remember the letter where the BP is and measure
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    The "tools" (~1mm edge of my ruler):





    The result:


    Marked it at the N of "titanium" and measured bp at ~325mm. AT700 1st gen stock strung and original grip in plastic: 305mm, marked at letter M of "high modulus"

    In regards to the original question: it should be quite different from your AT150 so depends on what you consider a good buy? A good price or a good fit?

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    But in the real world it's only a few cm's so you can be off very quickly when measuring and I was just reading a review on AT70,50 and 30 on paulstewart's website that said thankfully 70 & 50 aren't as headheavy as the 30 whilst on the chart they both are clearly supposed to be more headheavy .

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    yes bro demolidor, i believe we are NOT that stupid to measure a balance point lol, either by finger or by pencil (i use a pencil)

    so u could only hope for me to error at most 2 -3 mm , but i pick the midpoint of the balancing point on the pencil

    and yes i do use the letters such as the armoRTec and after the grip i use the 250.
    honestly just give it a try in the shop and measure it yourself, we are not lying to you.Armortec 250 is older than AT70 and AT50

    i really do think i should post up pictures, but personally i find it stupid to argue about this, if you do not believe an existing product review, its your choice, but all im saying is that you should go to a shop and give it a proper measurement wiht stock grip and string, or just with string and no grip, it should hit about 340mm
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    Bro Melvin you wouldn't believe some questions that have been asked before about measuring BP (including having measured from the top) so I had to check . BBE Shop lists AT700 old with BP 298 +/-3mm which happens to be the range all 4 I have here fall in. AT700 new they have at 302mm +/-3 (stock grip, unstrung) and AT700LTD they have at 304mm +/-3. Since it's never mentioned in any Yonex catalogue I assume they have measured themselves. The AT700 in this chart is "AT700 new" and should also be the red AT250 but from your measurements I have moved it to a new position since 330mm stock makes it at least 320mm unstrung .
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