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Comments: I would mostly agree with the comments made about this 18 gauge string with one exception. I am
now on my second set in the past month. I find that around 20 hours of play the string begins a downhill slide in reference
to its playability. The 18 gauge just begins to go "dead" in fairly short order following 20 or more hours of play. Maybe that's
normal but it calls for more frequent stringing than I expected.
From: Bob, 11/16
Comments: I have tried many strings these days and I can now say that RPM Blast is indeed my string of
choice. I'm a baseline player and heavy-spin hitter. Now the problem is RPM Blast. I have tried 16 and 17 gauge before and
it was nice. The spin potential in both gauges is amazing. It all changed once I tried the 18 gauge (at 57 lbs in a Babolat
Pure Drive Play). It has better feel, that's for sure. It's much more lively than the other gauges. So far, I'm measuring its
durability, which of course it's the 18 gauge's only downfall. TW, could you please place a review on the 18 gauge RPM
From: Leonardo, 6/15
Comments: I have tried the 16 and the 18. I have yet to try the 17 but I find the 16 works best in a hybrid with
but I wouldn't put the gut in the mains with RPM, it will shred. But a hybrid with RPM 16 in mains and gut in crosses is an
awesome set up. The 18 gauge, however, is amazing in a full bed. It's a little softer, and the spin and power are great. If
RPM Blast you need to try the 18G.
From: Jay, 4/15
Comments: I had to come back to this string because it is so good. The first time I tried it I got tennis elbow. I
decided to give it another go 4 years later. I'm trying the 18 gauge at 58 lbs on my Pure Drive. It's great. I love it, but I'm
to feel pain in my arm again. I really don't want to give up these strings. Any suggestions?
From: James, 3/14
Comments: Love this in my APD in the mains and a multi/syn gut in the crosses. A little easier on the elbow
arm in a thinner version. The crosses always pop before these. Great alternative to a 16g version and the spin is ridiculous.
From: B, 11/13
Comments: There is tremendous spin, the ability to create extreme angles, and pop in this string in the right
but it demands high racquet head speed and a solid foundation behind each shot to keep the errors down. I wanted more
explosiveness behind my shots and strung it with 16/17g without increasing racquet weight and this fit the bill perfectly for
Pretty good playability, even as the tension drops and eventually snaps from notching, but much longer lasting than any
Fresh off the stringer the feel and ball control is unreal.
From: Al, 9/13
Comments: This is the best string I have ever used. I use the Aero Pro, and with a new set strung at 56 lbs my
service ace percentage goes up dramatically. The only issue is I get about two matches out of it before I need to restring to
optimum pop on the ball.
From: Mike, 4/13
Comments: Strung this 18g up in the whole bed of my Pure Storm Ltd. It's been awesome. You get the
a full poly bed, and the playability of the thin gauge.
From: James, 9/12
Comments: I've experimented with many strings in the past 18 months. I have had arm
issues several times this year. This is the best string on the market. Now, I've only played one match with it. I'm a 3.5. I
but don't return that hard. I was skeptical of 18 gauge breaking. Not the case so far. I have Wilson BLX Juice 100. 18 g
mains and Gamma Playability 16 g on crosses. Crisp shots, comfortable and power is high. I think I've finally found what
looking for. I ill never go back to 16 g again on mains.
From: Mark, 8/12
Comments: I've tried many different strings in the past 12 months, and I keep coming back to RPM Blast. It's
the best string I have hit with. Great feel, superb power and spin and durability. I don't think I will be changing to any other
for a while! Strung the 18g @ 57lbs in a Babolat Aero Pro Team.
From: Mike, 7/12
Comments: Have only used this as part of a hybrid job: RPM 18 on the crosses at
48 pounds and VS gut 17 on the mains at 52 pounds. Very very nice combination.
My all-time favorite. Tried same setup once with RPM 17 and it was not nearly as
nice. I was surprised at the difference. The polyester lasts a long time; many
times longer than the gut of course.
From: Ed, 5/12
Comments: This is a great string. I just got it for my Babolat AeroPro Drive GT. This is the best string
with lots of pop and nice topspin. I strung mine at 57 lbs and after 30 hours it still has not broken. A very thin string
that is expensive but worth it. I found it way better than Babolat Pro Hurricane.
From: George, 10/11
Comments: Comfortable and great pocketing for a poly. Also for an 18 gauge it is quite durable. I broke
my mains after about 20 hours, and it was actually a bit of a mis-hit that broke it. Impressive control, precision and
feel. I've played with Tecnifibre Black 17, Luxilon ALU Power 16, hybrids with both of those poly's. Babolat RPM 18 has
the best feel, spin, control and pop. Truly is the total package if you have a fairly developed stroke and not too prone to
arm troubles. The 18 gauge does help if you are borderline with arm problems when using poly's. I had elbow and
shoulder issues with other string configurations mentioned and have had shoulder surgery, but after a couple of
months with this so far no issues. I can't play multi's or synthetic gut, as I break either in about 4-6 hours of play.
From: Lee, 8/11
Comments: Great string! It performs better with lower tensions, such as 52-54 lbs.
From: Fernando, 8/11
Comments: Babolat RPM Blast is a great string just not in the 18 gauge version. I really enjoy hitting with
RPM Blast so I thought I'd try out the 18 gauge version. Bad idea. I'm really not a player who breaks strings very often
but I broke these after around 4.5 hours of play time (it usually takes a full 15+ hours for me to break most strings). I
actually strung this in the mains at 55 lbs with Wilson NXT Tour 18 in the crosses also at 55 lbs. Naturally I though the
NXT would break since it has a reputation of short life span but that wasn't the case. This was actually an excellent
combination for a player that is seeking a nice blend of power, feel, and control. However, it would be very wise to try
the 16 or 17 gauge of RPM Blast as I'm sure they will last much longer. Best string combination I have ever tried was
Luxilon Alu Power 16L mains with Babolat Natural Gut 16 in the crosses (natural gut is just too expensive). For those
who are wondering I strung this on my Babolat Pure Drive Roddick GT+, which I would strongly recommend to take out
for a demo!!!
From: Austin. 6/11
NTRP Rating: 3.5-4.0
Comments: I strung it at 52lbs on a Volkl PB 10 Mid. Love the strings. There's great feel,
control and power. I can hit out with lots of power, but balls still drop
in. I hit some nice dipping passing shots, too. It has less ball pocketing and not as comfortable
as Klip Screamer, but the enhanced control more than makes up for it.
From: Jan, Arlington, VA, USA. 4/11
NTRP Rating: 4.5