Cake’s String Reviews (String Saturday)

I thought the restock was in 2 and a half/3 hours from when you posted? I nearly had a heart attack and had to double check since the forums rounded time lol.

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yeah that’s the point, i posted it early to help people decide what to buy before the restock went live :stuck_out_tongue:

edit: boosting for saturday ! :3

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hello, quick week update:

i’ve been considering converting some string reviews to video format to help spread the word to non-forum people, what do you all think? formatting would probably go about the same as text reviews but with a bit more detail and some background footage of me doing (in my opinion, subpar) tricks. i also have no idea how to edit videos, so i’d have to figure that out too. i might rip from older reviews too, but add new or updated information while still including the grading system. reviews might also not be every saturday to split the workload evenly, they’d be more sporadic

i might be in over my head, but i thought about mentioning it regardless. video reviews based on text reviews would be only on strings i have repeats of to preserve accuracy and get the right footage. i’m open to all suggestions, thanks for reading :))

here’s a poll to decide next review too, because why not

  • takeshi v3
  • hkmt arata
  • sochi fat
  • kitty polo
  • secret option ooooooo
0 voters
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I’m not sure if you’re looking for opinions on video reviews, but I think they can be much more useful for people to understand what exactly you’re doing to test the string. Also would explicitly show how a string is behaving for certain types of tricks. Plus, it’s not like you can just go to a store and test string so it would be nice to see how a specific, named string performs in as close to “in-person” as one can get for a niche hobby

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that’s a good point, i just wanted to know what the general consensus would be and if it would help anyone in a way that text can’t. it takes a lot of work out of me so i want to make sure other people will find use in it

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If you need an editing software (and have access to a computer), then you should probably use Davinci Resolve. Takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s super professional and free!

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I would definitely love to watch your reviews on video. For the editing use Davinci Resolve, the free version is already a professional tool, it takes a bit to getting used to but it’s the best you can find for free. If you prefer to do everything with your smartphone then use InShot, it has a free version but the paid version (10$ year) has a quite powerful set of colorgrading tools and other nice features. Again, InShot has the best value for the price among mobile video editing apps.

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secret option ooo

Zipline EP .20/20 Keiran Cooper / Paul Harness || B (85/100)


Starting off, this string felt very textured, but not plasticy. Whips were VERY good, but i’m sure there’s a critique somewhere that someone better than me could find, so bear that in mind with this (and everything, to be fair). Slacks felt a bit dense or heavy, but it was still able to be fast if you put the technique in it. Nothing was bad by any means whatsoever, which is kind of a given with Zipline for the most part. The thickness felt like classical fat string (ex. Kitty Fat), but not modern OT Fat kind of style which makes up for slightly sloppy binds by just being so thick.

This is the long part. At about the 40 minute mark, i kind of realized that the tension holding is an issue. I would check the tension and it would have only one or two twists, but when i did tricks the tension would move down into the tiny string segments and mess up tricks like hooks, which kind of need you to either have no tension or amazing consistency. This kind of seems to happen when you pinch or put too much pressure on a string segment and slide it down the string, but it’s not a deal breaker by any means since you can always compensate with loosening the string more (or changing technique but i like blaming equipment :stuck_out_tongue: (joke)). In that sense, it DOES have good tension holding, it’s just hidden well.

The string was surprising durable and didn’t fray or lose color as fast as other white strings i’ve used, which is great coming from a boutique company like Zipline. At the hour, it still had the bounce level that the 30-minute measurement had (to my best estimate), along with some more baby frays. Whips still felt solid and reliable, and slacks were relatively the same but had some of that tension endgame starting to build. It also felt sticky, which may be just me. Wash your hands periodically with this just in case, since it started to FEEL yucky. Great poly(ish) string that ages super slow, check it out! Stats below.

Durability 30 min (4.5) lost a smidge of stretch
Durability 1 hr (5)
Personal Thickness Feel (3.5) slippy? but i deal
Whip Feel Break-In (5)
Whip Feel 1 hr (5)
Slack Feel Break-In (4.5)
Slack Feel 1 hr (4)
Tension Hold over 1 hour overall (3.5)
Softness during break-in (3.5)
Overall consistency over 1 hour (4)
Total: 42 x 2 = 85, 85 = B graded based on letter system (A: 100-90, B: 89-80, C: 79-70, D: 69-60, F: 60<)

I honestly feel like this was one of my fairest reviews yet, mainly because i got it all done in one day and the memory is fresh in my head. Or i’m getting better. Or both. That’s it!

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I would like to believe your reviews are getting better and better cus you are growing too. Thanks for the content as always.

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hard call, but no review today. preparing for huge exam, happy saturday :clinking_glasses:

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Good luck you’re going to crush the exam!!!

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Good luck we will be sad but manage.

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here we go

Sochi Fat || C+ (79/100)
Sōchí String

It’s very slightly fat. Maybe it used to be fatter, but compared to what i’ve used, this is about average good 1A string thickness, maybe even some slip. During and after bit after the break in, whips and slack felt super nice to land and super consistsent, i’m very happy with this. It’s fast and light, but not too fast where you can lose control. It’s a bit thick, but not heavy by any means. Over time, the string actually didn’t fray and lose elasticity all that much! Whips became a bit harder to land to a point where sloppy technique can’t get you far, and slacks lost potential due to the tension constantly building up. It wasn’t extreme by any means, but it was noticeable. The tension holding was kind of bad, but better than some other fat strings which kind of snap at you when it gets enough tension or frays. I think this is a really solid string, it gets my approval :3 stats below.

Durability 30 min (4.5) very surprised, just a few frays
Durability 1 hr (4.5)
Personal Thickness Feel (4)
Whip Feel Break-In (4)
Whip Feel 1 hr (3) no being sloppy
Slack Feel Break-In (4)
Slack Feel 1 hr (3.5) gud
Tension Hold over 1 hour overall (3) averagely inconvenient
Softness during break-in (4.5)
Overall consistency over 1 hour (4.5) same thing happens = gud
Total: 39.5 x 2 = 79, 79 = C+ graded based on letter system (A: 100-90, B: 89-80, C: 79-70, D: 69-60, F: 60<)

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This generally aligns with my experience with Sochi, so I’m happy to hear I’m not the only person who feels this way. Confirmation bias FTW Thank you for the review