I’ve been trying out the new eight-sided string from RS Tennis – the RS Paris and here are is my review for this new polyester string from Robin Soderling Tennis.
Fiirst of all I want to say that I’ve been enjoying RS Lyon as a cheaper but still solid alternative to Luxilon Alu Power over the years and that’s why it was exciting to be able to test this new string in the RS Tennis product line-up.
The string has a dark grey colour to it that looks nice in my orange-silver HEAD Liquidmetal Radical Tours. It is definitely similar to the touch to the Luxilon Alu Power Rough that is used as an hybrid string by Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray!
I played this string at first in my go-to-tension at 23 kg, but it’s close to being to too power and unless you pre-stretch the string you will experience the tension to drop rather quickly. If you on the other hand pre-stretch and string it a little higher, something like 24-25 kg, it plays much better.
This of course depends on what you’re looking for in a string. The RS Paris Octagon is a rather powerful poly that gives you good, but not crazy spin. I’m usually interested in a bit more control from my string setup, but it does take a little while to get used to the textured string grabbing the ball and I did think it was a bit unpredictable during my first few sessions, but now that I’ve gotten used to it I enjoy it much more and feel like I’m in better command of the ball than my initial thoughts.
RS Paris Octagon is like Luxilon Alu Power Rough a firm string for players will full swings. It offers good spin, solid control and a nice feel when the string grabs the ball. Durability was one of the weaknesses with RS Lyon, but I feel that the RS Paris Octagon is on par with most other textured strings when it comes to durability. If durability and tension maintenance is what you’re looking for, Solinco Hyper-G and Kirschbaum Max Power are better alternatives in my book.
Below are two short videos with some highlights from sessions with RS Paris Octagon. One is a short video review and the other one is from set play.
To summarize this brief review I want to say that I think RS Paris Octagon is a nice textured string with good bite, spin and power. It can feel a bit unpredictable so I would recommend it stringing it higher than you normally would if you’re used to control-focused strings. If you’re a control junkie, I would go with other strings, but if you like more powerful polys – RS Paris Octagon is a great option!
What do you think of RS tennis strings? Have you tried the new RS Paris Octagon? Please comment below!
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