Cake’s String Reviews (String Saturday)

This reminds me I need to buy more counterweights

You deserve a week off, hope all is well! :pray:

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I had a better idea: clear out the older reviews I never posted. I only found one, and its from January-February, i cant believe i never posted this. also, @PlokopZakop3 here’s your HKMT review

HKMT Arata || B+ (87/100)

Honestly, this string never stopped feeling good. For polyester, it was a bit stretchier or bouncier than normal while also having a surprisingly loose wind that i noticed when i was stringing it up. The thickness felt GREAT, and slacks were very open and moderately fast. I never really noticed the weight of it, so maybe its in some sort of middle ground? Regardless, there was nothing extreme on that part, and nothing extreme for whips too. It was right in the sweet spot, where its reasonably whippy but not too whippy. Everything was perfectly balanced during and after the break-in. It kind of felt like going the speed limit exactly. Never speeding, but always staying on pace.
To continue with the car comparison, it started to slow down both metaphorically and slightly physically with whips and slacks near the 45 minute mark. This change was so minimal, though, that it barely matters, I think the only reason I found it was because I was actively looking for changes. My only issues with it are the roughish feel later on, as well as the tension holding which could 100% be better. It was awkward feeling out how much tension the string had, but if you can excuse that, this string is wonderful. Amazing poly string with a bit of a unique feel to it. I’m reminded of my Vines Phat review where i said that it was basic “good string”. This is probably basic “great string”. I hope I can use this as a reference for what a great polyester string can bring to the table. Stats below!

Durability 30 min (5)
Durability 1 hr (4)
Personal Thickness Feel (5)
Whip Feel Break-In (5)
Whip Feel 1 hr (4.5)
Slack Feel Break-In (4.5) different feel but amazing
Slack Feel 1 hr (4.5)
Tension Hold over 1 hour overall (3.5)
Softness during break-in (3.5)
Overall consistency over 1 hour (4.5)
Total: 43.5 x 2 = 87, 87 = B+ graded based on letter system (A: 100-90, B: 89-80, C: 79-70, D: 69-60, F: 60<

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Would love to see a review of Sochi Phoenix String.

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will do, i’ll tag you when it happens. in the meantime though,

Original Throw Slim || C (76/100)
Original Throw String

The feel of this out of the box felt like good, well-made bulk poly string. Not too rough, not too soft. Amazing feel, and it doesn’t die for a good while. The string’s binds are 100% yoyo dependent, good for a normal to grippy response like snow tires or maybe modern responsive. It had a good feel (completely instinct-based) but it was definetly slippery on my monarch with shore 60 pads. At the beginning, slacks were not as fast as OT normal or fat and didn’t keep shape as well, but that’s just nitpicking an already great performing string and comparing it to better(?) counterparts of the same brand. Whips also had a solid, consistent, fastness to them that people kind of expect from OT, so it’s nice to know the slimness maintained that.
Tension build was pretty fast compared to other bulk poly, and only got worse. This is a good example of below average tension holding. It’s not bad enough for me to think I got a bad batch, but it’s definitely bad enough where I feel it was something the creators of it didn’t put enough thought into. The slacks got less open and solid, and whips got slightly less solid around the hour mark. Lastly, I think a good way to describe this string is “consistently mid”, which im sure ive used before. It’s just a slim string that’s good enough. Sad day, I really wanted this to be the OT Normal I never got. Stats below.

Durability 30 min (4.5)
Durability 1 hr (4)
Personal Thickness Feel (3.5) def thin, but feels good :slight_smile:
Whip Feel Break-In (4.5)
Whip Feel 1 hr (4)
Slack Feel Break-In (4)
Slack Feel 1 hr (2.5)
Tension Hold over 1 hour overall (2)
Softness during break-in (4.5) just right
Overall consistency over 1 hour (4.5) boringly consistent

Total: 38 x 2 = 76, 76 = C graded based on letter system (A: 100-90, B: 89-80, C: 79-70, D: 69-60, F: 60<)

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@theendofcake when you used Kapow did you have an issue of it deteriorating quickly? I just got some and it’s having trouble keeping tension. Tia!

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