Review: Carlton Powerblade - 2004

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  1. MinZen

    MinZen Regular Member

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    hi there :),

    nobody seems to notice that carlton released new rackets (powerblade and new rasmussen)? perhaps most of us just looking for yonex rackets??
    i got two newest carlton rackets on ebay

    POWERBLADE Tour just for 50 euro :D
    POWERBLADE Superlight just for 45 euro :D

    ================= THE FACTS =================

    - The Powerblades are iso-formed. Carlton seems to hear to their customers because they hadn't any iso-formed rackets in recent years.

    - They are looking soooo cooool :cool:
    TOUR is painted in rusty-orange, looks powerful
    SUPERLIGHT in deep-red, looks offensive

    - Flexibility: Both midflex

    - Strings: Carlton Strings about 10 kg. // maximum=13kg (~29 lbs)

    - Balance Point:
    TOUR ca. 29,0 balanced
    SUPERLIGHT ca. 29,5 balanced, a little bit more head heavy

    - Both are very light 84-86g, the SUPERLIGHT is more lighter. but because of the headheavyness, the superlight seems to be more heavy.

    ========== END OF FACTS ============

    I will review later, now I have to go to the gym :D
     
  2. coops241180

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    whaddya mean we haven't noticed!

    http://www.badmintonforum.com/vb/showthread.php?t=15261&highlight=powerblade

    :p

    altho they're pretty good prices..

    the bit about the superliight being head heavy seems a bit odd - the lite and superlite's in the previous ranges have always been head-light, in comparison to the tour and the titanium's..

    oh well - i'll just have to hang on till i find a decent one that wil ship to the UK :(

    i look forward to you review

    Neil
     
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    noticed???

    Seems like Carlton haven't noticed it themselves :)

    www.carltonsports.com is dead as a duck.. as it has been for a long time..

    :mad:
     
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    hello,

    i think my description was a little bit misunderstanding :eek:
    some correction:
    the superlight is not headheavy, but it is more headheavy than the tour.
    it's just a little bit, but you can feel it and you can measure it (balance-point). i think it can be said, that both rackets are balanced.
    and the flexiblitity is not midflex - sorry for my bad english - it is between stiff and flexible. perhaps the right term is midstiff ??? i don't know :confused:


    i tested them 3-4 times for many hours now and i like the superlight a little bit more than the tour.
    the tour has a really cool metal sound :cool: if i make clears or smashes. the superlight has another metall sound. too pity, the tour is not as powerful as the superlight (perhaps because of the headlightness of the tour ???).
    you have to use more efforts to clear the shuttle to the back.
    with the tour your reaction is a little bit faster, it's more a defensive racket i think. but with the superlight it's also easy to retour smashes !!!

    the retours can be executed very controlled, i'm very surprised. until now i had tested 4 other rackets and these carlton rackets are the best in control.
    a sportsfriend from berlin (who also got the carltons) told me to use BG65-strings and the control and power will be even more better !!!! if it is so, it will be amazing !!!! i'm looking forward to test this :D .

    can the specifications of the superlight be compared with an armortec 800 DE ??? they are nearly the same.

    Anyway ... i can really recommend the two rackets, especially if you can get them for 50,- euro :D !!!! i think the tour is more suited for double games. the superlight for both kind of games :cool:

    i have seen on photos that the powerblade superlight and the rasmussen superlight are used by the top double-players from england (robertson-clark, worldranking 11 and robertson-emms, worldranking 4) and by peter rasmussen. just for info ...
     
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    I can smell AT800 OF and AT700 here... :D

    Any pics?
     
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    The Carlton/Dunlop website is still under construction...
    Sign :cool:
     
  7. MinZen

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    here are some pics.
    i like the painting more then yonex AT-series and most of the MP-series :)
     

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    whoa...
    they look so much like the mp100/99.... :eek:
    i wonder if they're comparable as well?!! :rolleyes:

    vc
     
  9. LazyBuddy

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    The Carlton rackets look like some Winex models, with the "big ISO" head. Yonex rackets look more like having the "small ISO" head.

    The word big vs small is refering to how "flat" the top of the head. ;)
     
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    I think the racquets Robinson/Emm are using look like the ones in the picture.
     
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    peter rasmussen and his carlton rasmussen racket :)
     

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    shoes

    As far as I can tell they are using Hi-tec shoes..

    http://www.carltonsports.com is still down.. This sucks big time...
    If they can't even have the courtesy to post info on their products on the web.. what expectations can I have of they being able to produce good quality badminton technology???

    Cheers,
    Twobeer

     
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    They're Hi-Tec 'Elite 500:3 Mens' I believe. Very comfy shoes to play in.
     
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    MinZen, could you let me know where you got the powerblade rackets so cheap? It costs me a leg here in the UK. It would be ideal if someone sells rackets to the UK. Many thanks in advance!

    Cheers

    Nick
     
  16. MinZen

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    www.comido.de

    but they sell them over ebay, it's much cheaper there !!!!!
    they export to the uk, too.

    have a lot of fun with the racket :D
     
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    Thanks a lot MinZen, I will ask my friend, who is going to visit me this new year, to bring a racket from Germany if there is not too much trouble.

    Hopefully I will test Powerblade superlite or tour next year and I am sure they will be great. I am a big Carlton fan. Yonex is just too expensive.

    Many thanks!!!:)
     
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    Is power blade tour durable? Especially the head....... Can it hold up to 29-30lbs?
     

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