Treat yourself to some new tennis strings!

Now that the end of the year is coming, I fully endorse treating yourself for working so hard. My personal recommendation for all tennis addicts like myself is to try some new strings to see if there is something you like. Buy a present in the giv

ing season and give something to yourself: strings. Here are some new videos, highlighting some of the strings that we have here at the Warehouse. If you don’t see anything you like, make sure to check out our String Finder or to ask any of the playtesters any questions about string via the Talk Tennis Forum or our YouTube account.

Ashaway Monogut String

Mantis Comfort Synthetic String

Solinco Barb Wire String

Weiss Cannon Black 5 Edge String

Over and out!

Siobhan

 

Guys can look sharp and stay warm this winter

Baby, It's Cold Outside - Men's Edition

Cold weather is upon us, not to mention holiday shopping, and so ’tis the season to think about what to wear to keep warm and what to get your husband, boyfriend, son, etc. I’ve put together a few of my favorite pieces to suit different occasions and styles for men.

Casual

The hoodie is great for the court and for a laid-back look off the court. It was hard to choose just a few, but these three hoodies ooze style.

adidas Men’s Holiday Originals Hoodie
With the trefoil logo, adidas Originals Hoodie has retro flair, and the colorblocking makes it stand out from the pack. In black and grey, it’s going to make a statement.

Athletic DNA Men’s Fall Hoodie
The Athletic DNA logo itself is a pretty sweet take on the double helix, and in this blue/red color combo, the logo stands out even more. Plus, this is made of a performance fabric but still looks cool off the court.

LI-NING Men’s Fall Hoodie
Li-Ning is a brand out of China that has a growing presence in tennis but is known more widely in basketball circles. I chose this hoodie because the lime green just pops off the black, and because it’s a relatively new brand, you might just be the first guy on your block to rock anything by Li-Ning. It never hurts to be the trend setter.

Athletic

These styles also work for both your on-court and regular wardrobe, but these have a sportier, athletic feel and are a little less casual than a hoodie.

Nike Men’s Winter Fanatic Hoodie
Now technically, this one does have a hood, and some might argue that this belongs in the category above, but the Nike Fanatic Hoodie also has a woven polyester overlay on the chest, which in my mind dresses up your average hoodie. Camo is on trend this year, so this one really hits the mark.

Puma Men’s Holiday Essential Microfleece
Puma’s Essential Fleece is, like other fleece jackets, super comfortable and easy to wear. The full-zip feature means it’s easy to get on and off, and side pockets offer storage. The small Puma logo is embroidered for a clean, sporty finish that’s not in your face.

Nike Men’s Holiday LS Half Zip
The Nike Long Sleeve Half Zip is a tennis specific warm-up piece that offers cross-sport appeal. I like the contrast zipper and the tonal mesh insets. This one looks sharp on the court or with jeans.

Classic

For the guy who loves tennis tradition, nothing but a sweater will do. Sweaters are going to look sharp wherever you go, so in my mind, if you want a sweater, you might as well go lux.

Lacoste Men’s Holiday Cashmere Crew Sweater
For guys who like the crew neck style, we have the Lacoste Cashmere Crew Sweater. This is blended with cotton, but the cashmere adds softness that nothing can match. Details at the shoulders and neck add style.

Fred Perry Men’s Fall V-Neck Sweater
Another iconic tennis brand that cannot be ignored, especially when it comes to sweaters, is Fred Perry. The Fall V-Neck Sweater is a layering essential. This one is a merinio wool-cotton blend for added warmth. I love merino because it adds a lot of warmth without the bulk. Another bonus is that merino is not scratchy like wool can be, and because it’s mixed with cotton here, the sweater is going to be plenty soft.

Those are just my picks for outerwear this season. Check out our entire selection of men’s apparel.

Happy Hitting!
Tiffani, TW


Britt’s Playtester Spotlight- Mark Boone

Hope everyone has recovered from their Thanksgiving break! Mark Boone is my next victim playtester I got to interview. I keep Mark very busy playtesting racquets, shoes, and strings.

Hours Spent Playtesting this week

7 hours
Playtesters you hit with: Troy Lara, Spencer, Sean Hemmer, Mike Marquez
Type of Playtesting (singles, doubles, drills): sets of doubles, singles cross court patterns, singles 11-point service games, singles 10-point tie breakers
Playtesting Court: TW indoor, SLO high outdoor courts

What racquets are you playtesting?

Wlson BLX Steam 99S, upcoming Dunlop racquet

I am working with the new Wilson BLX Steam 99S, and playing quite a bit with an upcoming Dunlop racquet. The Steam 99S is a top notch frame with a very open string pattern. The example we have been swinging has the Luxilon 4G poly in the low 50 pound range of tension. As is; I love it for the most part. I am perhaps a more accomplished table tennis player than tennis player, and this racquet lets me play a more ping pong style. The ball comes off the strings differently than all of my other frames, which tend to be heavier, and with dense patterns. Forget what I have to say about it, the reality came in the form of comments from other players who I often hit with. They all agreed that my ground strokes were more effective; with crazy angled, spin shots/ very ping pong like. The only knock I can give this frame is a subjective one; it was a bit too light on serve, being in the low 11 ounce range. I was effective on the ground/ volley attack, but my serve was attackable.

The upcoming Dunlop racquet has the specifications that are right in my range. It was paired with an yet to be released poly from ISOSPEED called Black Fire, which was in the low 50 pound range of tension as well. I thought it felt like RPM Blast, but smoother around the edges. I use the Head Prestige MP for the most part, and this frame is a seamless transition for me. No frame makes my second serve any better, but this one does complement my entire game.

Editor’s note: Mark just gave you another sneak peek of the new Steams that will pre-sale January 1, 2013. In addition, find out more information on the upcoming Dunlop racquet in the next month.

What shoes are you playtesting?

adidas adizero CC Feather II

Traditionally, me and light shoes are not too compatible. I wear though shoes pretty quickly, so I stick to the sole warranty variety. I consider a shoe that is under 15 ounces to be light, so I believed that I would go through these like a hot knife through butter. Not the case; the new adidas adizero CC Feather II’s are lighter than 15 ounces, and adidas has walked the fine line between the shoe’s upper being too stiff, or flimsy. It has become my favorite light weight tennis shoe, as it delivers the stability that the heavier shoes provide, better than average durability, and top notch comfort, which I thought to be previously impossible to combine.

Editor’s note: The adidas adizero CC Feather II will be available for pre-sale on Dec. 14, 2012.

What strings are you playtesting/hitting with?

ISOSPEED Black Fire 16

Currently, I am not testing any strings, but since the ISOSPEED Black Fire is not yet available, and I played with it for several sessions, I can give somewhat of a review on it. As I mentioned above; the Black Fire in the upcoming Dunlop racquet played great. The Black Fire felt great for several hours of play, easily grabbed a hold of the ball, and maintained its tension, so I definitely will add this string to my list of favorite’s.

Editor’s Note: The ISOSPEED Black Fire 16 will be available on December 21, 2012.

Thanks for reading this week’s installment. Check back next week where I interview Tiffani and she will give you some sneak peaks on more upcoming racquets.

Ad Out,

Brittany