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Thread: Yonex vs Carlton????
07-01-2011, 05:18 AM #1
Yonex vs Carlton????
Just wondered if anyone has had any hands on experience with the Carlton Air Rage Tour?
I currently play with a Yonex Amortec900T and after a bit of time i have got used to it (moving from Arcsaber 7).
But after losing a fair few rackets from clashes and bumps i only have 2 rackets left (my 900t and an orginal Ti10) i need to get a new one and i cant decide if to just get another 900T or try this Air Rage Tour. The Carlton is cheaper but is it any less good?
I am a fairly good player with a decent smash and defense and touch but drives arent my strong point
07-01-2011, 12:49 PM #2
Can't say I've tried it, but on paper at least, they're different in pretty much every way possible...
Weight: 3U vs 4U
Balance: Even vs Head-heavy
Flex: Medium vs Stiff
Length: 670mm vs 675mm
Might be better, might be worse - depends what you want from a racket.
07-01-2011, 03:44 PM #3
vapour trail elite would be better matched to 900t imo
07-01-2011, 07:16 PM #4
you should probably get another armotec 900 Technique
so you won't have to keep getting used to the rackets.
07-02-2011, 01:07 AM #5
This is an album from the Canadian Rock band "Rush" called "Vapor Trails"
But anyway, I would try to stay away from "Carlton." there not really top of the line equipment. I have broken a friends Carlton racket just testing a shuttle. The shaft shot right out of the cone. I always had funny arguments with a friend about FZ vs Carlton.
07-02-2011, 06:43 AM #6
You are joking right? If you'd said that they copied the "Fireblade" name from Honda, then maybe, but I seriously doubt they copied the "Vapour Trail" name from an album by some '70s rock band.
Besides, it's a good name for a racket (evocative of speed through the air, maneuverability, etc) - better than the meaningless and lame-sounding crap Yonex come up with (Voltric! Z-Slash!).
Also, you should be aware that Carlton rackets are not the same everywhere. In Europe, Carlton position themselves as quite a premium brand, while in Asia they mainly sell different, cheaper models (eg. Powerflo series).
07-02-2011, 11:42 AM #7
07-02-2011, 03:01 PM #8
07-02-2011, 08:43 PM #9
I have the Air rage tour.... such an easy racket to use. Its very forgiving so i pick it up when im not playing my best and also it is super quick around the net and for defence, and i mean SUPER quick! It also packs quite a punch
07-03-2011, 12:46 AM #10
There is ONE player on the world circuit sponsored by Carlton. Dicky Palyama from the Netherlands. There is also a player sponsored by Dunlop. Last time I checked, Dunlop makes tires. You can't go by "who is sponsored by who." Carlton is a cheap brand for people not serious about playing the sport. it's for players that play for fun. Just like Head and Wilson badminton equipment.
07-03-2011, 04:28 AM #11
To some extend I think the Air Rage series wont be too far behind at all, and at least can match the likes of YY Victor LN etc etc.
So the short answer to "The Carlton is cheaper but is it any less good?" is NO. But that said, its not for me to say that Air Rage Tour is better than AT900T, it really comes down to each of us.
07-03-2011, 06:54 AM #12
The comment about Dunlop is beyond idiotic. I'm not saying they're good - I never tried them, but I suppose you think Dunlop tennis rackets must be bad too, even though they're used by top players like Andy Murray? And that Yamaha motorbikes are bad, just because they also make keyboards?
Unless you've actually used one of Carlton's high-end models (preferably one with the right sort of weight/balance to suit your game) for a reasonable length of time - not just borrowed a mates cheap racket he lent to you because he knew you'd only break it - I suggest you stop spreading this misinformation.
07-03-2011, 09:33 AM #13
07-03-2011, 07:44 PM #14
Yamaha Doesn't count because they make everything. But again, there is a reason why only one player in the world circuit is sponsored by these companies. if Carlton or Dunlop went to any other player offering them a sponsorship, they would refuse. Do you think Roger would except a sponsorship from Dunlop? Do you think Lin Dan or Peter Gade would except a Carlton sponsorship? Other then Dicky who is sponsored by Carlton? who? and when you find his name, how high is he in world rankings?
07-03-2011, 07:51 PM #15
Errm Nathan Robertson (#10), Eric Pang (#38), Yao Jie (#18), Wong Choong Hann (#32). Robertson & Emms when they won all their medals with Carlton. No player would refuse a sponsorship if the money was better than the next ... they generally aren't in that luxurious a position.
Olga Konon I should add (#31 atm), don't think she is elligible to represent Germany at the Olympics so wouldn't expect a rush for a qualification spot and with Schenk up that high a hard task anyway ...
I think Carlton have a lot of catching up to do and they are mainly focusing on UK and Benelux first in terms of sponsorships.
And Viktor Axelsen became world junior champion two years early playing HEAD. Obviously Yonex have offered him a better deal now .
Last edited by demolidor; 07-03-2011 at 08:06 PM.
07-03-2011, 08:06 PM #16
Wong Choong Hann is the player with dunlop. Eric pang is lower then Dicky and is also fro the Netherlands. Yao Jie again Netherlands. It seems the national team is sponsored by Carlton which means they don't have a choice but to use it.
07-03-2011, 08:07 PM #17
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