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    Quote Originally Posted by Optiblue View Post
    What are you talking about, they have 3UG5 in Canada. I'm sure TADs just didn't order any no? Try yumo.ca I'm sure Melissa can order it for you if it's not in stock.
    Just contacted (email) yumo.ca. Yonex VT80 3UG5 (CD coded) not available locally now. Looks like I'll have to go online after all if I want G5. Or maybe yumo can order it for me (but I'd probably pay a bit more too).

    They also told me Arcsaber9FL is not available locally and in Asia as well. I guess Yonex discontinued production? Hmm...might have to settle for Arc9FL 3UG4 for my wife or just wait until something else is geared for females. Maybe a pinkish NanoRay?
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    has CD ever imported G5 rackets? back in a few years CD has always been stubborn to stick to G3 only.

    G5 was and is still quite popular in Asia. i know Mr. Keen has all 4 combinations of 3U/4U and G4/G5 of the VT80 Limited in stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    has CD ever imported G5 rackets? back in a few years CD has always been stubborn to stick to G3 only.

    G5 was and is still quite popular in Asia. i know Mr. Keen has all 4 combinations of 3U/4U and G4/G5 of the VT80 Limited in stock.
    I can only state what I observed since April 2011. At Tad's, Abbies, Rackets and Runners, and just recently Yumo Pro Shop (all local shops in Vancouver) and online (ie. Maxsports, MJStrings, etc). I've never seen a Yonex VT80 3UG5 available for purchase locally in Canada. But there are some indications that some did exist (as noted by Optiblue).

    Who is Mr. Keen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanucksDynasty View Post
    I can only state what I observed since April 2011. At Tad's, Abbies, Rackets and Runners, and just recently Yumo Pro Shop (all local shops in Vancouver) and online (ie. Maxsports, MJStrings, etc). I've never seen a Yonex VT80 3UG5 available for purchase locally in Canada. But there are some indications that some did exist (as noted by Optiblue).

    Who is Mr. Keen?
    Mr. Keen is a well known and very large distributor of Yonex products in Hong Kong.

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    Here in The Netherlands, the distributors decides which sizes will be imported. I think it's also the case in the UK since the folder has a limited range compared to the Japanese site That's the reason why I bought rackets from Asia. I need G4 and till recent, Europe always used G3 (assuming bigger hands). Today, I think they use a larger grip for the heavy rackets and a smaller grip for the lighter versions. As for the VT80, its only available in 3U-G3 and 4U-G4.

    And I have good news about my broken VT80. It has been replaced with a special ordered 3U-G4. At first, I thought they would import one from Asia, but the code on the racket is really for the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg). It took 3 months, so I think it has been ordered and made especially for this request.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanucksDynasty View Post
    Just contacted (email) yumo.ca. Yonex VT80 3UG5 (CD coded) not available locally now. Looks like I'll have to go online after all if I want G5. Or maybe yumo can order it for me (but I'd probably pay a bit more too).

    They also told me Arcsaber9FL is not available locally and in Asia as well. I guess Yonex discontinued production? Hmm...might have to settle for Arc9FL 3UG4 for my wife or just wait until something else is geared for females. Maybe a pinkish NanoRay?
    Ah shoot, I guess I must have seen a 3UG4 and thought it was a G5 as I was looking through them at the store! Sorry about that! If I remember correctly, when the AT900P first came out in Canada, the G5's were also delayed to launch. Hopefully they'll come out sooner than later as it's also my preferred grip size~

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    Was playing some doubles match last night and my VT80 just got really flexy after the 1st game... It felt very flexy last night to the point I stopped using it for 5 - 6 games just hoping that the flexiness goes away...

    It didn't but I managed to play with it still because I needed it for that match... Needed a faster racquet because one of my opponent is quite fast...

    I told my friend and he was bending both my VT80 and AT900PLC... And both were noticeably flexier than his Lethal 70... Don't know what's going on but I think I'm going to keep an ice pack in my bag

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    Had some kinda the same experience. It just needed two heavy smashes and the shaft-flex increased. It almost felt like medium flex :-(

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    YES!!! That's almost exactly how it happens... I unleash a really hard smash... then the racquet felt different immediately after!!!

    I might look into a N90 or something at this rate... Grrrrr....

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    Wo0ZY and sFrog: are your rackets 3U or 4U ?

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    3u Australia coded

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    4U GR Code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanucksDynasty View Post
    I can only state what I observed since April 2011. At Tad's, Abbies, Rackets and Runners, and just recently Yumo Pro Shop (all local shops in Vancouver) and online (ie. Maxsports, MJStrings, etc). I've never seen a Yonex VT80 3UG5 available for purchase locally in Canada. But there are some indications that some did exist (as noted by Optiblue).

    Who is Mr. Keen?
    Not sure where you live in Canada but I went to the RA centre and the only VT80 they had was a 3UG5 version. It's the only vt80 that I've ever seen with my own eyes.

    Also, there were a few ARC9FL rackets

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    Quote Originally Posted by yumyumtaco View Post
    Not sure where you live in Canada but I went to the RA centre and the only VT80 they had was a 3UG5 version. It's the only vt80 that I've ever seen with my own eyes. Also, there were a few ARC9FL rackets
    I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I'll check around some more since it seems they are getting new stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yumyumtaco View Post
    Not sure where you live in Canada but I went to the RA centre and the only VT80 they had was a 3UG5 version. It's the only vt80 that I've ever seen with my own eyes.

    Also, there were a few ARC9FL rackets
    Maybe I'm not going crazy afterall! Perhaps the first wave had 3UG5's but due to unpopularity, they canned them in the current waves? Still doesn't help the fact that you can't get them right now

    Quote Originally Posted by CanucksDynasty View Post
    I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I'll check around some more since it seems they are getting new stock.
    Heeh, if you're dead serious about a 3UG5 and don't want to order online, I wouldn't mind trading you my TW coded for your 3UG4 as long as yours is in excellent condition. The VT80 isn't quite the same as my At700's and requires slight timing adjustment in which I rather not be bothered with.

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    Thanks for the offer Optiblue. But I'll just buy it from RKEP. Got an email from he saying he should be getting a new batch of VT80s soon.Played 1hr singles tonight and 1hr doubles with a special guest (BC forum member) + friend. Details tomorrow when I can use a computer. Let's just say it was a humbling experience.

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    So I played 1hr singles last night with my friend with his Arc10 (which his strings broke after 3 games). He brought his cousin along again...he wants to get back into badminton after a 3yr absence. So it was all good. I won all the singles games I played. My friend had sprain his hand during the week and the pain was lingering...so his play wasn't all that great. Played with Yonex AS30 bought at $28. Better than the Victor Tourney but not as good as the AS40. The feathers lasted 1 game only. Pretty good flight characteristics but at this point, I would pay a bit extra and get the AS40.

    Onto the 1hr doubles I mentioned. Fellow BC member Distanc3 asked to play with me last night. My friend and I are pretty easy going...so it was a go once timing was sorted out. The first game was between Distanc3+friend vs me+friend. The score was 15-3 for Distanc3. Suffice to say...there was a gap in skill level. Distanc3+friend are really good. So much so that me and my friend nicknamed Distanc3..."The Hammer". His smash were like a cannon that made mine look like a pea shooter.

    Obviously we switched partners to make the games more fairer and at least competitive. We managed to play 4 more games with a 2-2 split. It was a great night that as my friend said..."Eventhough we're not as good...I never had so much fun than last night".

    Competitive mens doubles is a vast difference than the casual mens/mixed doubles I play on the weekend. Last night...I wasn't in the right position, hitting bad shots, etc. The pace is also very quick than I'm used to. And Distanc3 serves were so close to the tape that the only return I could do was a lift. Their level of play really opened up my eyes. So much so that I'm comtemplating taking lessons at my old age. And possibly try to join a group to learn the correct way of playing doubles and up my skill level.

    Thanks Distanc3 for a fun night.

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