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Published: 01 Apr 2009 - 00:12 by zam

Updated: 01 Apr 2009 - 21:53

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Dear Squash Geniuses!

Sports Direct are selling Dunlop Aerogel Tour + rackets for £47.99 (apparently regular price of £119.99).

Here is the big question. What is the difference (if any) between the Aerogel Tour and the Aerogel Tour +?  A seller at Lilywhite's in London said the Tour + is 50% Aerogel and the Tour is 100% Aerogel.

My main worry is that the Tour Model breaks a lot and it may be that the Tour + is even more likely to break. Dunlop cannot tell me as it's web site just has a snail mail address.

Any thoughts?

All the best,




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From zam - 01 Apr 2009 - 21:50   -   Updated: 01 Apr 2009 - 21:53

Oops, a Software compatibility problem as follows:  "Tour  " in the last email should be reading "Tour Plus". The numerical for "Plus" does not appear when it is typed.








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From bosartek - 01 Apr 2009 - 15:04   -   Updated: 01 Apr 2009 - 15:13


I have never heard of the "Tour plus" before, but I am not familiar with the UK market. Here are my thoughts...


Given the reduced price, the "plus" is obviously not a new racquet, and Dunlop has since discontinued the Tour model. According to the website (assuming this is a UK release), the  "plus" racquet has a larger head, a different string pattern and different weight/balance than the regular Tour. In fact, it looks more like an aerogel version of the Blackmax 520 (which it may well be):


Regardless, I can tell you that there is no such thing as "100% aerogel." The aerogel racquets are a mixture of aerogel and m-fil (3D/4D) materials and, even then, only in certain parts of the head and throat (all modern squash racquets are primarily carbon graphite with various additives). At most, an aerogel racquet is composed of maybe 15% actual aerogel material. Unless the "plus" is supposed to have only half as much aerogel material (which wouldn't be much at all!), the salesperson is not giving you reliable information. Whatever the "plus" model is, it is clearly different from the Tour. The next time I speak with my Dunlop representative, I will ask him about it.

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