Alpha Viper MXT Review
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Viper MXT is Alphas newest premium solid core string. It offers exceptional resiliency while maintaining desired tension. Manufactured in Japan, Viper MXT has a specially designed speckled coating that provides optimum feel and durability by reducing friction between strings..
The two coils tested measured 397. Diameter ranged from 1.29 mm to 1.31 mm. Stringbed stiffness of 78 RDC units was recorded immediately after stringing at 60 pounds in a Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 95 (16 x 18 pattern) on a continuous pull machine. After 24 hours (no playing), stringbed stiffness measured 72 units, representing a 7.70% tension loss. Our control string, Prince Synthetic Gut Original Gold 16, measured 80 RDC units immediately after stringing and 73 RDC units after 24 hours, representing a 8.75% tension loss.
Tested for five weeks by 27 USRSA playtesters with NTRP ratings from 4.0 to 6.0.
Viper MXT 16 is very easy to install. It doesnt recoil like some strings and has minimal silicone coating, making handling and clamping easier. Even without a slick coating, cross strings weave smoothly without any burning or notching. Knots tie easily and cinch up nicely. No problems here.
Viper MXT 16 started out playing firm and crisp but quickly settled into a comfortable and predictable string. It provided sufficient power and very good control. The non-slick surface kept string movement (and notching) to a minimum, even with spin shots, although some discoloration occurred within a few hours of play. Touch shots were about average as was tension maintenance; we recorded 18% tension loss over two weeks of regular play. There were seven reports of breakage after 4, 6, 8, 12 (twice), 15 and 17 hours of play. Fifteen respondents (58%) indicated they would carry the string in their shops. Responses on expected price ranged from (11) $2$4.99, (13) $5$7.99, (2) $8$11.99.
Viper MXT 16 provides a predictable, comfortable response and adequate power, but does not perform with any discernable wow factor to separate it from other synthetic gut strings. A good workhorse but no stallion, its a solid performer for a $6.45 string.
(Reviewed August 1997)
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Results from 27 playtesters
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KEY: Respondents ranked string from a possible low of 1 to a high of 5. Median value is 3. Values represent average overall ratings.