Victor new VBS strings

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  1. paulstewart64

    paulstewart64 Regular Member

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    I have now used these strings a lot and they were well received by Victor sponsored players at the Spanish Open. Most of the players tested 66 and loved it! Kirsty Gilmour has 70 and loves that too. Tabling from Holland preferred 63. All of these rackets were restrung around 30lbs.

    we didn't have any issues with string breakage whilst stringing. Of course, we expect players to break strings at their level of play so there is no way we can do any kind of durability testing with them.

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    I tried 68P and 69 and didn't really like either of them.

    On prestretch they both stretched a huge amount, a lot more than I had expected. Both are soft strings and although I thought they would feel like their Yonex counterparts (VBS68P = BG80P, VBS69 = NBG99) they really felt nothing like them. The 68P was more lively of the two and was evident when playing drives as the shuttle actually travelled slightly faster/further compared with the 69 but both to me lacked feel and control. There was a sense of uncertainty with these strings, like I'm not fully in control. A springy feeling from the 68P which I don't like and the 69 just felt a bit dull.

    Sound was ok, not spectacular but as I strung them at 34lb it was always going to sound fairly good.

    Can't comment on the durability as I've not had them long enough.

    I've also strung another racquet with 68C which I have yet to try. This string is supposed to be a hard string but also seemed to stretch a little bit more than VS890/NBG99 when prestretching. Very nice to restring with as the string is very compliant but stiff enough not to tangle easily.

    I've not had the chance to play with this yet but initial feeling from bouncing the shuttle seems like this may be the one I will prefer of the 3 I have tried. I'll give them all a bit more time and will report back with my findings!
     
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    Just tried VBS 68. This string feels harder than BG80 and has more of a bite to it. Can't comment on tension loss yet as I've only tried it right after stringing.
     
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    How was the tension loss, please?
     
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    Could you please tell me where you bought the VBS 68from, please? Can't find any UK sellers :(
     
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    Has anyone tried them? Especially the 66. Ive tried one not shown in the picture: vbs 68 control which plays a lot like bg 80 with better durability. But have recently found to like a softer 66um/lining no1 type string more.
     

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    VBS66 is abit like Ashaway 62F but softer though not as soft as Ashaway 66FP. Pretty decent.

    VBS63 is like Yonex Aerosonic with the slipperyness of Yonex 68TI. Tension loss is like LN1.
     
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    I recently purchased the VBS 69 Nano (reel) from Mybadmintonstore. I was wondering how people liked this string? Currently, I'm using Ashaway 69 Fire for over a year and I really enjoy this string. It's been wonderful, but there is some slight tension drop. The VBS 69 looks promising as it seems to have quite a bit of repulsion and great durability. I generally prefer thicker gauge strings as I tend to break the thinner gauge ones quite easily. i.e. I break BG 80's after a week or two of playing.
     
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    After trying VBS 68 Control at 27lbs & 28 lbs with 2 knot method..

    String most similar to: BG 80. Has similar initial tension loss on the first 3 days, plays very slightly less hard, but has a bit more power. Tension loss after the initial plateau seems better, and it broke in 2-3 months, which seems about the same as BG 80. But they play similar enough that they are interchangeable imo.

    If I had the option to choose one as a main string, I'd take VBS 68C. BG 80 is good but I thought the durability was bad because the tension loosened too quickly after the inital settling, which is the number one thing I look for in a string. It makes me want to cut it after 10-15 hours of playing time, and from there on, it constantly loses tension until it feels horrible. VBS 68C, I'd want to cut after maybe 20-30 hours of playing time, and from there on, it doesn't rapidly lose tension like the 80. It would lose tension, but at a lower rate, although not as slowly as a thick string like BG 65.

    Key difference is that you don't mind playing with VBS 68C until it breaks, because it will still be relatively playable until it naturally snaps because the tension does sort of settle. Meanwhile, BG 80 doesn't make you want to not cut the strings, because it will never settle because it loses tension more rapidly even after a while, until it feels completely unplayable.

    VBS 68C is a good compromise between the 80 and 65. Durability is closer to 80 than the 65, but it is better because the tension loss seems better. But playability is much superior to 65. If you ever wanted a string that played like BG 80 but loses tension less quickly, this is it.
     
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    You've basically summarised my thoughts entirely on this string. Previously I was using VS890 but this string kept on snapping quite spontaneously so I tried the VBS68P which was rubbish and then the VBS68C which I immediately liked. It as was just hard enough but not too hard (unlike BG80) and it retained tension very well. Good all round string. It could do with a bit more feel if I'm being fussy but it's good enough as my go to string now.
     
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