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Published: 02 Feb 2007 - 06:34 by hamburglar

Updated: 14 May 2009 - 08:14

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I'm trying out the red powernick 18 after being a long-time tecnifibre305 user. I find the powernick to be quite good, maybe not as elastic or forgiving as the 305. Since it's supposed to hold its tension so well, my question is, does this string break when it nears the end of its liftime, or do you just restring after a set time? It's easy to tell with the tecnifibre as it frays for some time before it breaks---which for me takes about 6 months of play. I'm wondering what will happen after 6 months with the powernick. thanks for any replies.

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From rippa rit - 14 May 2009 - 08:14

The Relevant Content tab (in the lefthand column) has a lot about strings and string tension and there is a specific Powernick 18 post also.

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From yaehbhi - 13 May 2009 - 23:21

Hi Guys, what would be the recommended tension of Powernick 18 on Head Metallix 150?

My style of play is generally hard hitting and length without much dropping....any suggestions?


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From tinman - 09 Dec 2008 - 02:49

For a guy that has spent hours scouring this site for opinions on squash strings this seems to be a good seed for the powernick 18.  I finally purchased some powernick 18 and just had it restrung, then found this article!  Nothing less than reassuring.  Thanks posters, I look forward to trying this popular and highly regarded string.  It looks great in my racquet and I'm looking forward to finding the feel of it.

Thanks for the help everybody!


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From weiran - 08 Dec 2008 - 23:53

Personally, my Powernick 18 strung racquet still looks like (and feels like) it was strung last week after 4 months of play. While my racquet strung in 305, which gets less use, is now starting to fray already.

I've always found Powernick 18 to be superdurable for myself, especially considering its gauge. I've recently started to try to chop the ball a bit when I drive, to get it to stick to the side walls more, but I haven't yet seen any more signs of wear from my strings.

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From Adz - 08 Dec 2008 - 23:20

If you want to have a string that plays like the powernick 18 red, but lasts a bit longer then try using the powernick 17 (turqouise coloured).

Basically these two strings are the same make up. They have a "jacket" covering the main core of the string, and I've seen players who have worn this jacket completely through and still the string doesn't break.

Both are incredibly durable strings, but it all comes down to what type of player you are. If you cut the ball then you will always suffer with multifilament strings as they will always eventually wear through. The difference between the Ashaway and the Tecnifibre is quite great here. Someone who hits the ball flat (no cut) will still fray the tecnifibre, but they will have little wear on the ashaway.


From a durability point of view, I'll go out on a limb and say that I have never come across anything that lasts as long as the ashaway powernick 18 for that guage DEPENDING ON THE PLAYER!


So, going back to the original questions......

The Ashaway will stretch, then break if you're a flat hitter, or fray then break if you cut the ball.


I've used this string with loads of players who cut the ball and it appears to last longer than the 1.2mm 305 and the 225, but I haven't tried them on the 1.3mm 305.


At the end of the day it will always come down to finding the best string for the player, and the job of the stringer is to try to do that and advise on the best options.





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From dpiedra - 07 Dec 2008 - 13:28   -   Updated: 07 Dec 2008 - 13:30

I have tried Powernick, but it has frayed within a week or two of playing. I have had much better success with the Supernick Titanium (silver) ... has lasted anywhere from 6 - 12 months! and I play 4-6 times per


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From ferris69 - 03 Feb 2007 - 03:01

I've tried out the Powernick - Red. Thought it was quite good but not a patch on the 225 Tecnifibre. It will last longer though and just breaks rather than frays as the chap said earlier.

I'm looking to forward to the new Tecnifibre Red that Lincou was trialing

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From missing_record1 - 02 Feb 2007 - 07:03

It is fairly durable compared to the technifibre but it will break. Instead of fraying, the red outer skin will peel away where the strings cross, and the break will happen there. I never replace it before it breaks, although I play often enough that I break a string at least once a month (3 - 5 times a week). It is good string, not great in my opinion. Technifibre 225 is still my favorite.

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