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Comments: Wow. One of the best hybrid set-ups I have played with. The perfect blend of spin, feel and
control. They also sound amazing at impact. I strung them at 48 lbs in the mains and 56 lbs in the crosses on a racquet I
was about to give up on, a Head Radical OS 107 (I normally use 95-100 headsize racquets). This was a perfect
combination because the string bed was not too powerful, allowing me to take a full swing. I was also very impressed by
the comfort level this combination produced (as I blew up my arm playing with a full bed of poly last year with my Prince
100LB). I've been searching for poly level spin (without the pain) and while I've tried all kinds of hybrid including poly/gut,
this combo has been the best balance of spin, control and comfort. The price can't be beat either! I've spent more than
$35 on a single string bed trying to get the right combo and this $5.75 combo comes through as the best I've tried.
From: William, 4/16
Comments: These strings are dead! Which is exactly what I was looking for! Strung them at 50/54 lbs in a
200+. They have good spin and control, and a medium firm feel. And power is low, so I can swing away and keep the ball in
But because of the low power you don't get a lot of ball speed! I'm a senior 4.0 player and would try these again!
From: Doug, 1/15
Comments: I think this is the best string I ever wanted. I used Ashway Crossfire for a long time, but this string
more power, nice slice, nice sound and good feel. I strung it at 60 lbs and I love it. I will stick to this string from now on.
job Forten. Please don't ever discontinue this string. I am a state champion and play at the 4.5 level.
From: Armin, 11/14
Comments: I had this in the Pure Drive Plus at around 55 lbs during the early 2000s. That was the only time I
got tennis elbow. A few months later, I was fine using the Pure Drive again with a synthetic string. Something to beware of.
From: BB, 7/14
Comments: Turn your forehand into a howitzer with this string! Thin blend doesn't provide quite as much spin
some fresh poly (e.g. Tour Bite), but it's close. It feels better to than polys, isn't as rough on your elbow, holds tension
makes a loud crack when you hit a shot with pace. Because of the sound and feel, I can't go back to poly. A great string at
price level. 3.5, Volkl PB 10 Mid+ Forten Thin Blend strung at 51 mains/56 crosses.
From: Sam, 4/14
Comments: I loved it! It was simply amazing! Precise control and good pop! However I did string at 32 lbs in
107 sq in head ProKennex. The sad new is it only lasted about 9 days tops. The kevlar broke but the crosses weren't
From: Randy, 2/14
Comments: This string is sick! I feel like I could rip the cover of the ball on my forehand and my kick serve
insane. When it finally broke (approx 6 sets of heavy play) I used a backup racquet that had newly strung Luxilon and the
felt like nylon after using this Forten blend. Sorry Luxilon junkies, this string beats Luxilon hands downs.
From: AC, 6/13
Comments: This is now my favorite string. It has a great combination of control and feel. It seems like the ball
on the strings longer and I'm getting a little extra spin on the ball compared to the Prince Pro Blend that used to be my
string. I play with a Head MicroGel Radical OS and string the crosses and mains at 60 lbs even though it's recommended
the tension on the mains. I have no problems with harshness, but the racquet has something to do with that. I string my
racquets and have experimented with all kinds of strings over the years. I've found that a good string on one racquet may
work as well on another. Some sticks, like the MicroGel, effectively absorb vibration, but sometimes the soft strings can
lack of feel. This Forten string works well in this racquet, even at high tension. Your mileage may vary depending largely on
kind of racquet you use.
From: John, 3/13
Comments: I play 2-3 times a week regularly, and I must say, "awesome string indeed". I've been using this
since 2002, so it's been 10 years. At the beginning, I was having arm problems, however after I got used to it after several
of playing, arm problems were gone. I was thinking about switching to another string brand, but heck, I still found this
the best so far, and I'll probably give a second thought about switching to another brand. Durability is acceptable, it's low
powered (no problem with that cause I'm capable of generating my own), awesome in the spin and control department,
when I'm hitting short-spin up to the net. Overall, no complaints, very good budget string and do not underestimate the
Jedi. Oh, I mean the power of Forten Thin Blend. Cheers
From: Endy, 8/12
Comments: I've been using Thin Blend since 2002. Never any arm problems and I am in my late
50's. Mainly in Head Radical Tours, then Ti Radicals, and now Pro Staff 100. String at
the lower end of the tension range. Great bite, low power, yet good feel for soft shots.
From: Rod, 5/12
Comments: I put these strings in a frame that usually chews up strings in record time. They are
extremely durable, even when the thin mains were worn halfway through they did not break. They do not feel so harsh
to me but immediately caused pains to someone with a sensitive wrist who tried it, and I mean immediately. Even with
the very good Forten Sweet as the cross strings, thin Blend has no power, and no spin. I used it for a while and it
provided excellent control, power is very much lacking but that is okay. My main issue with this string is that it
provided very little spin when the crosses became worn and rough, even in a frame that is very spin friendly. That is the
main reason why I ended up cutting it out. It is the most control oriented feeling string I have ever used, but I really
needed some spin.
From: Anon, 1/12
Comments: I had try this string with my two different racquets in a 95 and 98 square winch head size. I
strung it at 52 lbs in the mains and 56 lbs in the cross in 98 square inch headsize racquet. It was very hard, no power,
and creating arm and elbow problems. So I dropped the tension to 50 lbs in the mains and 54 lbs in the crosses in 95
square inch racquet, just a little soft and still hard. So I will try to drop to 48 main and 52 cross in next string.
From: Billy, 9/11
Comments: I am a 4.5-level player who plays at least 4 hours a week. I use a K-Factor Six.One Tour. I
have used Forten Thin Blend for about eight years. It's a great string if you're looking for control, durability, and ball
spin. In fact, this is one of the most durable strings I've used. One of the original reasons I switched to Forten was to
stop breaking every 2 or so weeks when playing 6+ hours a week. The Thin Blend lasted months compared to
synthetics I was using. Also, when it comes to generating spin, this string gives enormous bite -- so much sometimes
that it hinders power generation. Thin Blend is not so great if you want power or comfort. While I manage to generate
plenty of power on my own, this string makes me try harder to put the necessary "oomph" on the ball -- not something
I really want to do with a 13 oz racquet in the fourth or fifth set. And as far as comfort is concerned, I don't think
Forten takes that into consideration because these strings are like hitting with a 2x4, especially after a fresh stringing
at 58lbs. If anything, I would highly recommend getting these strings strung at the lowest quarter of the recommended
Overall Rating: 7.5
Comfort: N/A (but more seriously, 2)
From: Misha, Berkeley, CA, USA. 5/11
Comments: These are good strings. I have these strings at 50lbs on a 95sq in frame with medium flex,
and I'm sure the tension has dropped into the mid 40's by now. Very low power and there is TONS of control, even at
such low tension. The stringbed still feels quite firm at this tension and as a side effect is surprisingly comfy (It is quite
harsh at high tension). A full bed of cheap 17g Polylon at 52lbs had much more power by comparison. There is so
much control here - I have been able to hit the most wicked drop shots from the baseline off my backhand side against
flat first serves, the shot curves and lands 3-4 feet past the net then spins to the side with a low bounce, no
exaggeration. I even get "Whoa's" from my opponents and they start serving towards my forehand side even though it
is my stronger shot, just to avoid that backhand dropshot. I didn't even think I could pull off shots like that and I am
only able to do it with this string. I am a 4.5 btw, and as of late, generally play doubles with a mix of players in the
4.0-5.0 range. The flipside is that with this string I don't get enough ball speed for singles.
I put these strings in a frame that was breaking strings extremely fast and I have not been able to break them for a long time, even though they are very thin and look like they have worn half way through. The downside of Kevlar vs. Poly is that kelvar is not very spin friendly (possibly because of the texture and lack of elasticity?) while poly provides tons of spin. I recommend that if it is your first time using kevlar to string LOW, like 50lb. Again, there is very little power, tons of control, and a firm feel even at this tension.
From: Anon, SoCal, 12/10
Comments: The Forten Thin Blend is a great combo for control, without creating arm problems. I use it
in a Prince O3 Hybrid (orange) at 55 on the mains and 60 on the crosses. Contrary to common belief, the size of the
mains (18) is not the reason for the increased spin. Studies seem to indicate that string thickness does not influence
spin rates. I believe, rather, that the increased time the ball is in contact with the sting surface provides the extra spin.
The "boardiness" of the surface allows for the extra time. As for power, I find no reduction, even as compared with
natural gut, which I sometimes play.
From: Paul, Palm Springs, CA, USA. 8/10
Comments: Great string for biting the ball - 18 gauge really bites well - way better than 16 gauge or 17
gauge strings. Those who have never tried 18 gauge - give this a shot at least once. But, the mains move a lot during
play, which becomes very annoying. Also, makes me wonder if movement during the point is affecting my shots during
the point. I settled on this string after trying about 6 different companies' strings - but now I'm trying Babolat
Hurricane Pro Tour.
From: Anon. 4/10
Comments: Been playing USTA state level tournaments since the 1980s. Thin blend is a fantastic 18
gauge string. I hit very hard and it is difficult to break. It can take A LOT of abuse from non ATP players and still give
use huge bites at the ball because of its thinness. Buy a pack and try it - you'll be back for sure.
From: Anon. 4/10
Comments: I have this string strung to my Wilson Kobra tour, and it's amazing how the shots feel. Not
only that but for a hybrid string, this is quite durable. I would say if you're going for a good combination of good feel
and hard hitting with affordable re-stringing, this should be your choice. However, the string tends to run a lot at
times, other than that, its a great string to play with no doubt.
From: Shannon, Singapore, 01/10
Comments: I strung these on my PK Redondos at 56lbs. The control on all strokes is amazing. I can hit
hard on my forehand and backhand and not worry about hitting long. The spin that I can get on the strings are also
impressive. Kick serves were really jumping high too. Plus string holds tension well. IMO, it holds tension better than a
full polyester setup.
From: John, Singapore. 3/08
Comments: Forten Thin Blend is the finest packaged Kevlar string out there. I "grew up" playing Kevlar
hybrids, first with Prince Pro-Blend, then onto Ashaway Kevlar 17. Forten Thin Blend provides much more playability
than either of those two brands and sacrifices very little in terms of durability and tension loss. Spin is very accessible
and it responds so well to tension differences. If you are a fan of Kevlar hybrids, Thin Blend is the finest single-pack
I've come across.
From: Arvin, Baltimore, MD, USA. 10/07
Comments: I like this product very much, and it's a superb value at less than six bucks. Recently I've
used a few poly string products, which I really like, but this product stands up very well. I have my Dunlop M-Fil 400
strung at 57/63 and the feel, power, spin are all excellent. Really nothing bad I can say about this setup, so I'll keep
using it on one of my racquets until I don't like it. I used to be a huge fan of Forten Aramid Gear, but I find the thinner
18 gauge of the mains in this set is an overall better choice.
From: Daniel, Beaverton, OR, USA, 08/07
Comments: Not a very good string at all. It maybe a little better without string saver. Anyway, my play
went from good to bad very fast with this string. No power, not bad volleys though since strings are very stiff and very
durable. Otherwise, unless you don't have trouble with power or can't afford a little better string, DO NOT BUY.
From: Andrew, Eustis, FL, USA, 08/07
Comments: I bought 8 sets of this string and I broke 3 in about 3,5 weeks (strung at 55/60 in a Dunlop
500 tour). It's always the main string that brakes so for me it's not durable but it plays great.
From: Marcel, Quebec, Canada, 06/07
Comments: Plays quite soft for kevlar. Never had elbow problems while hitting with this. String has had
about 10 hours of play now. Sufficient power with plenty of spin and control and has the familiar kevlar feel which I
From: Terrence, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 06/07
Comments: I just used the string during my private lesson and it's really great. Previously I used Wilson
NXT and Sensation. I thought NXT was good, but durability was really bad. The Sensation had a bit longer durability,
but the control was bad and I couldn't generate much spin. When I hit today I played very well, I could pull full strokes
and control the depth with topspin. My serve was also very accurate compared to the Sensation. My previous racquet
setup was a Liquidmetal Instinct Tour with NXT or Sensation at 57lbs, the NXT was much better than the Sensation
though. Currently the Forten is strung at 52lbs Kevlar Mains, and 57lbs Syn. Gut crosses. My playing level is approx.
between a 4.0 and a 4.5
From: John, Rochester Hills, MI, USA. 10/06
Comments: Amazing string set up. I was looking for a stiff string bed in my POG 93 and this string is
in all six of my rackets. Great spin control and a great pop. Very durable as well for being such a thin gauge!
From: Don, Boston, MA 04/06
Comments: Very nice and lively, this is the best string I've played with so far and I'm a server/
baseliner. Despite the thin gauge, it lasts surprisingly long. I'm actually amazed at how I haven't broken it yet
and I would go through others in 5 hours of play time. The spin you get from these is amazing.
From: Thanat, Cottonwood AZ 04/06
Comments: Best type of kevlar string I've played with. The hybrid set gives
amazing feel and spin control with durability. Beware that the mains move a lot after the first
week or so. I would not recommend this string for hard hitters with heavy toppers because
the strings wear down in on spot and the string core is exposed and all the feel and
durability goes right out the window.
From: Justin, Hagerstown, MD, USA 03/06
Comments: I string mains at 55, crosses at 61 on my trusty Wilson Tour 95s.
Thin Blend holds tension beautifully and is great for topspin groundies and kick serves. I
love how this string plays but it is very hard on shoulder and elbow if you play a lot. I'm
reluctantly going back to a softer string. Be careful with this and other Kevlar strings. I'm a 4.5
level serve and volley player with kick serve, one-handed backhand and semi-western
From: Paul, Aurora, CO, USA 07/05
Comments: This combination string really is value for money and it's not bad at
all. Stringing my Wilson nCode6 Oversize at 60 pounds, it felt good right from the first time I
used it. One thing though, to benefit more and get more feel, avoid using a dampener or if
you must, use rubber band like Agassi does. Overall a surprisingly comfortable string, it
gave me a blend of power and control when I need them.
From: Hairul, Singapore. 01/05
Comments: I have tried over a dozen different strings over the past 2 years and
feel that the Forten Thin Blend is, hands down, the best value in strings today. Other strings
I've tried are similar in all around performance, but are twice the cost. The Thin Blend has
the best blend of feel, control, spin, durability and power of all the strings I've played with. I
can't say enough about how awesome these strings are. Whether you are on a budget or
just want some outstanding all around strings you've got to give these a try.
I am currently a 4.5 level player and use a Head i.Radical OS racquet. I string both the mains
and crosses at 2lbs above the middle tension recommended.
From: Aaron, Layton, UT, USA. 9/04
Comments: I did not like this string at all. It is hard on the arm and the mains
move way too much. In my opinion, Ashaway Kevlar is much better. It is very durable, but if
comfort is your priority then you should stay away from kevlar.
From: Michael, Miami, FL, USA. 3/04
Comments: Better than Crossfire, which is better than Pro Blend. So I guess, it
makes this hybrid the pick of the bunch. It's crispy, has good feel, offers great bite & is great
at maintaining tension. Harshness, you'll probably notice that it's there, but not to the extent
that it'll hurt you. I opt to hit harder...that'll make it disappear. But you gotta string the mains 2
pounds lower than the crosses. That's when you'll get the best out of it. I'm a NRTP 4.0 level
From: Shae, Tanjung Malim, Perak. Malaysia. 10/03
Comments: Submitted feedback on thin-blend 05/03. Just to add, that you
should string the mains about 6lbs LESS than the cross strings (TW Warning, although this
may work well for Michael having the main strings 6lbs tighter than the crosses may warp
your racquet frame).
If you use a nylon or synthetic gut normally strung at 60lbs, then string the thin blend mains
at 54lbs & crosses at 60lbs. Helps give more power and better playability.
From: Michael, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 7/03
Comments: The feel and bite of these strings are just tremendous. At first I got
worried that using a low gauged string would lessen its life span, but this hybrid proved me
wrong. Within minutes of using it, I was swinging more freely and accurately as my Head Ti
Radical wasn't as forgiving when paired with other strings. This gear is game-improvement
From: Edward, Manila, Philippines. 7/03
Comments: This was my first experience with a hybrid and kevlar string.
Needless to say, I am quite happy with the amount of control I had and the amount of spin
generated. I had some concerns with the possible problems it may cause for tennis elbow,
but no problems so far. I have about 9 hours of playing time on the set with no complaints. I
am impressed with the durability and performance of the string. I am a 3.5 player. The
racquet used is a Wilson 5.9 HH 60# mains and 60# crosses.
From: Alex, Orange County, CA, USA. 6/03
Comments: I have played and coached in several countries over 20 years and
played with a lot of different strings - but thin-blend is the stand-out string for me. Nothing
generates as much spin, control and power. I don't get the 'boardy' feel as I do with other
Kevlar hybrids, yet the durability is outstanding. This is a 'must try' string!
From: Michael, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 5/03
Comments: I use this string on a Volkl Tour 10 mid and have never hit a better
kick serve in my life. Wicked Stuff, give it a try.
From: Chris, Walnut Creek, CA, USA. 3/03
Comments: As someone who breaks strings ALL THE TIME... I've yet to use a
string that has more playability and durability at such a low price. It's almost ridiculous. I play
about 4 times a week at a 5.0 level and these strings are a godsend because I can get a
good 3 weeks out of them. Because of the kevlar the tension loss is nearly insignificant and
the ball bite gives great control. They are a bit stiff, but much better than one would expect.
For a tennis player on a budget and with a good elbow.... you can't go wrong.
From: Clay, Visalia, CA. USA 9/02
Comments: At this price, Forten Kevlar Thin Blend stands alone for
performance, spin control, and durability. I string the crosses at the regular tension and drop
the tension of the mains by 6lbs. I feel it is remarkably playable when the kevlar mains are
strung at this lower tension, while still producing excellent spin and control.
From: Moose, Kennesaw, GA. USA 6/02
Comments: I don't know where I would be without my Thin Blend. I use a Head
Ti Radical Midplus and the combination of these strings and that racquet are unbeatable.
The topspin I generate from these strings are unbelievable. Groundies popping up into my
opponents foreheads, and making them pull them off their chest leaves them vulnerable.
And talk about durable, I've had mine on my racquets for about 5 months. These strings just
don't break. These are definitely my favorite strings of all time.
From: Neil, Ennis, Texas, USA 5/01
Comments: My coach told me to try these strings because I use to break the
others so fast. I love these strings. I don't even know how I could have lived with out them. I
use the Wilson Hyper Sledge Hammer 2.0 and I just bought another one from this fine
From: John, Waipahu, HI, USA 2/01
Comments:For a Kevlar string, Forten Kevlar Thin Blend is the only way to go.
With the mains (18g.) and a soft responsive cross string (17g.), this is the ultimate blend of
string that provides players with power and control. The Kevlar mains will last a long time
(3-4 months.) I recommend stringing the mains two pounds less than the crosses because
the Kevlar mains will hold their tension. I use a Wilson ProStaff 6.0 (85) strung at: mains
56lbs, crosses 58lbs. Not recommended for players with elbow pain because of the
firmness of the Kevlar - it's not a soft material.
From: Mike, San Carlos, CA. USA 4/00
Comments:I think that Forten Kevlar Thin Blend is a great set of string. I was
playing with Wilson NXT and they broke every four hours or so. Then I tried Prince Topspin
which was even worse. I tried Kevlar Thin Blend and I'm in love with it. It will take a lot for me
to ever switch strings.
From: Chad, Greenville, NC. USA 4/00
Comments:I love Forten Kevlar Thin Blend String. It provides me with great feel
and control on the ball, along with extra top-spin. I'm a 6.0 level player with an all around
From: Peter, Bensalem, PA. USA 2/00
Comments:I'm a 4.0 level player who plays about 3 times a week. I use a Wilson Hammer 6.2 '95 standard. Although I've been known to serve and volley, my game is essentially baseline (power) based, with any number of spins/dinks etc. added for variation.
Forten Kevlar Thin Blend is a fine string. A bit difficult to work with (Mains) but worth the effort. The mains seem to come apart if flexed too much or too far. I actually broke a main string while tensioning the knot on one side. (That was my first experience with Kevlar strings; I've not had a problem since.)
I would also recommend tensioning these string in reverse of standard hybrid practice. (Normally, Hybrids are strung with the Mains at a pound or two tighter than the crosses. With the stiffness of the Kevlar mains though, I have had excellent results by tensioning the crosses at two pounds higher than the mains. (60# Mains, 62# Crosses) -- This is not new thinking as Agassi and others using stiff mains in a hybrid have been at it a while.)
On the string itself, it is quite playable with good feel and a nice combination of power
and control. The 18g. mains provide excellent spin control, as commented by my opponents.
I cannot comment on durability as I change strings every two - three weeks regardless. This
is fast becoming my favorite string.
From: Rick, Boston, MA. USA 11/99