NanoSpeed 8000 Review

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  1. valkyier

    valkyier Regular Member

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    2 days ago, I tried out AT800 OFF but it felt nothing compared to my fake MP99. The maneuverability lost out completely. It was much stiffer and too head heavy which also means that net plays lost completely. However the smashes were great. Does NS8k feel the same :confused:
     
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    Sorry, Slacker.

    I don't have a chance to watch the Sudirman Cup so I didn't notice what racquet Lin Dan is using.

    Why I said he is using the NS8000 is because I believe he is using this new super weapon to thrash Wong Chong Han during the German Open. (What a nice thrash :D:D:D:D:D)

     
  3. Gollum

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    Then stop reading Badminton Forum, and go try some rackets!

    Different people have different opinions. But none of their opinions matter - only your opinion is important.

    There is no right answer. These are all top quality rackets, but there is no "best" one. "Best" depends on how it feels to you.
     
  4. valkyier

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    Im not trying to be offensive in anyway, but u made it sound so simple...where am I gonna get racquets to try ? A NS8k is hardly seen. And some shops even used it as displays only. U gotta order to get it. Its not that cheap. I was already very lucky to have a feel of AT800 OFF. And its the only person out of the 30 playing who has it. :mad: Also, which shop lets u try racquets for free...what if u scratched it ?
     
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    Man, he was just stating the best possible answer. Next on, how is he supposed to know which SHOP in PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA lets you demo racquets?? If you really want it you should try to negotiate to get it, place some money down deposit or something and then take the racquet for a spin.

    If the shops don't allow you, then you just gotta keep finding people who use it. Remember it ain't about the racquet, it's about the technique.

    The thing is like this, you asked a question Gollum gave you the truth. Gollum here looks out for your best interests also as most members here do for other members. He didn't want you to go and buy a racquet and then regret spending the cash for it. In australia the NS8k is around 250 AUD or around $300 odd singapore dollars or RM600. You may have the money but is it worth it to spend unnecessarily?

    Think bout it this way man.

    Btw about "What if you scracthed it?" That's your problem, you should be skilled enough to know where to hit the shuttle and to avoid scooping and hitting the ground if you want to keep the racquet in mint condition and to avoid playing doubles when demoing the racquet.
     
  6. Gollum

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    I know it's not easy, but you will benefit greatly from finding a racket shop that lets you try out rackets.

    If your difficulty is restricted to the availability of new rackets, like the Ns8000, then you can just wait a little.

    Of course, it's completely up to you. From my experience, however, reading reviews is a nearly useless method of choosing a racket. At best, reading other people's opinions can narrow down your selection a little.

    Ask about the shop's trial policy before you borrow their rackets. The shop I use explicitly allows scratches, and even string breakage. So long as I don't break the frame, I don't pay anything.

    It sounds to me like you've never made inquiries about trying out rackets. If you put some effort into the process, you may be rewarded :)
     
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    Yeah...sorry for my bad attitude earlier. I'll do just that. Thanks Gollum:)
     
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    Hey no problem, didn't bother me. Good luck, I hope you find a racket that suits you :)
     
  9. deveraux

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    Just got my NS8k today (3UG3) and tried it out for an hour. I normally use an AT800DE originally strung @ 23lbs using BG65. The NS8k is strung @ 24lbs using BG65Ti. Considering that I've been using the AT800DE for about two months, I'm sure the tension has now dropped to at least 22 lbs.

    Control
    Exellent. Definitely better than the AT800DE which surprised me since I thought I hit the jackpot when I bought the AT800DE. Granted, that could be due to the degradation in tension. The feel from the racket when it makes contact with the birdie also feels good -- I'm not sure how to describe it.

    Smashes
    Since I only used this racket fora bout an hour or so, I had timing issues with my smashes. Even so, my smashes were still slightly better than when I was using the AT800DE. Since I had timing issues, I believe that my smashes still have room to improve once I get used to this racket. However, I noticed that smash power using this racket really comes from wrist work and not as much from arm swing, which is different from the AT800DE. Since using the wrist is the "proper" way to smash, I will take more time to improve that aspect of my game. I can't comment on its power relative to the MP100 and Ti-10 since I tried those rackets out too long ago and can't really remember much about them.

    Smash Retrieval
    Due to the maneuverability of the racket, I seem to be retrieving smashes better but I haven't been able to fully test this out yet as I played singles while trying this racket out. Maneuverability of the NS8k is definitely better than the AT800DE.

    NS7k vs NS8k
    I had a try of the NS7k a couple of weeks ago since my doubles partner bought it over easter. I must say that I didn't think that much of it when I first tried it. It was faster than my AT800DE, yes, but I felt that I sacrificed too much smash power with the NS7k and the gain in maneuverability did not warrant that loss. However, since the NS8k seemed to maintain, if not surpass the power of the AT800DE, I believe I have once again hit the jackpot, at least until Yonex releases another hit.

    These are my initial thoughts of the racket. I will be having another badminton session this coming wednesday and that should be a better test for this racket. I will post back with any changes in my line of thought after this wednesday.
     
  10. cooler

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    the reason why u say that is your fake mp99 is likely 5U to 4U racket and of course it feel more maneuverable than a 3U ns8000. Most fakes feel flexy and limpy, and ns8000 is a stiff racket, a world different.
     
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    I'm not gonna start anything but state my opinion on this..


    Gollum won't know which shop in wherever lets you try out the latest racquets at a cost or free of charge. But we all know there is not many stores that actually let you do so. The valk guy obviously doesn't have much connection with people that has high end yonex racquets. That's probably why it's hard for him to even feel the AT800....

    I mean, I haven't even touch AT800. And it doesn't look like a random person will let you use their precious racquet for no reason either ..

    Can't blame the guy for reading reviews.. It's the least he can do:D
     
  12. McKenny

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    What will be the best tension fo NS8k... Is it important to have 2lbs higher on the cross?
     
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    Tension is personal preference. It is not necessary to have it 2lbs higher on the cross but it is generally reccomended. It's all up to you mainly. If you really want my opinion, try BG66 on 24 - 25lbs tension. In brunei that'll be tension 70 at mufakat.
     
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    I actually plan to get BG66 but there's no black colour avail in the shop so I chose BG-65Ti.. hahha... I don't trust the stringer here so I just choose any shop.. I think there's one in bandar, whom the guy is an indonesian instructor, but too lazy to drive there..
     
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    I have the NS8K, Strung with 66 at 23/25.. I think that the best tension i have used in awhile... very powerful.
     
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    String of which brand?

    Thanks.
     
  17. valkyier

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    Nope...my fake MP99 feels the same weight as a genuine 3U version but it delivers less power when I smash. Either way, I just don't like the touch of AT800 OFF...it feels too head heavy although its 3U...
     
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    I gotta say this...in australia, where badminton is really a low profile sport, you don't get to meet people who can really play well and holds a high end recquet to improve his plays. They usually go for a normal racquet with some (never-heard-of) brand and start whacking the shuttle like anything- swinging the whole arm without even using their wrist and hope that the shuttle would fly far and accurate which is quite...pathetic...although there are a group of good players who can really play but the racquets sold in Australia is so expensive that they find it hard to invest in. When I went to a shop yesterday, I asked them if they have a MP99. The man who serviced me looked at me weirdly :mad:(I don't think he knows that a MP99 exists) and said he'll check the price out. After about 3 minutes wait, he came back, slightly embarrassed and said it was around AUD$230:eek:. With this money, I can go back to S'pore and get a Nano Speed 8000 which means that I even skipped the Amortec series which is suppossed to be more expensive than the muscle power series. It is just too hard to get a shop which is selling high-end badminton accessories in Perth.

    BTW, I spent about 3 hours walking in the city and went to almost everysports shop available. Yet...no results...
     
  19. Brave_Turtle

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    Hey Hey all^^

    I tried NS8K for the first time today. I had the chance to swing it several time in the store but today was the first time ever that I tried it. The NS8K is not mine because I never buy a racquet before using it and this racquet is so expensive! So here's what I think of it^^

    Spec: NS8K (3U,G4) SP version
    Strung with Bg65ti at around 22 lbs.

    First impression:

    I love the shaft color and the overall color scheme even tough its not as flashy as MP99. The shaft is long and very Thin! It reminds me of a Slim-10 or a Ti-10. It also look and feel abit like a Ti-10 when you hold it the first time. However those 2 racquet a completely different....

    In action:

    So I go there and hit some bird. I was really shock to realize how light it was for a 3U. The control was very good. I had a bit of trouble finding the right timing in the beginning as the swing is faster than my other racquets. When I hit the bird, I tend to use more my wrist because it is very light.

    I find this racquet very good for drops and net shot. However, it really lacks of power and the feel is not as solid as other high end racquet. This racquet really shine while doing fast drive because it has a fast swing and provide really good defense. While using this racquet I was very confident while doing a backhand because of its maneuvarability and its light weight once again.

    Conclusion:

    I think it's a good racquet overall. A NS8k is like a mixture of MP88, MP99 and a Ti-10 but doesn't do anything better than any of mentionned racquet does best. The NS8k main advantage is its swing speed. If you can manage to take advantage of this speed you can certainly generate more power than I could. To be honest, I was a bit disapointed because I was thinking it would be the racquet that would replace my Ti-10. But there again, its only my first day trying it!

    Would I buy this racquet right now? No

    Would I buy this racquet when price go lower? Most probably not because the racquet doesn't suit me.

    Guess I gotta wait for another new model :(
     
  20. li_ka_shing168

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    Hi everyone. guess what, the ns8k brave turtle tried today was mine and here is what i have to say about it. I am extremely dissapointed of its performance, even if its my first time using it, after 3 hours of intense playing, i can be sure that even if i get use to it i won't love it, it really sucks. As turtle mentioned before. It is one of the best racket for fast swing. I was very deceptive and tricky using it and you can swing as fast as you want everwhere without problems. I could defend braely everthing with it and pick up everyshot sharp drop too, but when it comes to clears and other shot that we hit over the head, it is impossible to play with this, it is too head light, i had no power hitting the shuttle and no power can be generated.:crying: I really want to cry now, I wasted 260$ cad on this crap. I am going to find the baby(mp99) I throw in the basement because of that 8k. And i am going to sell this dawn racket. For people interested in buying a ns8k, i will create a post very soon, so get on your mark people that wants it. Last thing i have to say, if you have a mp 99, stick with it. you will fin out that this is and will be the real baby to play with;)
     

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