Victor Meteor MX90 Badminton Racquet Review

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Background

Victor fans would have heard and expected the launch of the Victor Meteor MX90 over a year ago and some would argue that Meteor JJS signature was the original Meteor 90. I have no idea how much truth there is in this story but thankfully Meteor 90 is now available or coming soon.

Of course there will be comparisons with JJS and in this review I’ll do my best to guide you. However, I must confess that I have really struggled to comprehend the differences between these two racquets despite the use of other materials and slight change in specification, namely the MX90 has a thinner shaft. I wasn’t the only person to struggle identifying clear differences between the two racquets so at least I know it’s not just me.

There’s one other point. MX90 delivered to me was a sample and at the time, the only sample in Europe. Sadly I had to return it to Germany so did not have the opportunity for measurements etc for the more technically minded.

On to my review…

MX JJS arrived in a high quality black full length racquet cover together with new MX80N. I assume there will be a cover with this racquet but it will probably be the now standard grey and black.

As usual, all top-end Victor racquets arrive unstrung. As this is sample it was strung at 24 lbs although maximum tension is stated at 28lbs. Markings suggest this is a 3U (85-89g)– G5 grip size together with 4-5 for head weight and 4-5 shaft flexibility, which means MX90 has a medium stiff  shaft and is pretty head heavy. I’m getting used to these smaller G5 grips now and like them but I have no idea whether Victor Europe will stock this racquet in G4 or G5.

Having tested and reviewed JJS recently, MX90 was very familiar in terms of feel. It‘s a very simple design predominantly white with black and gold decals. The shaft is slightly slimmer than JJS.

It’s hitting time…

Overhead Performance

Having recently tested Thruster 6000, I half expected to go on court and be disappointed.  However I should have had more faith in Meteor series. Even with a lower string tension MX90 performed beautifully. Whilst there’s a slightly different feel to JJS, there’s no doubt this racquet is as powerful if not moreso.

The frame felt fast, moved through the air well and delivered the same crisp and powerful clears I witnessed from JJS. You notice there is weight in the head but it’s a same overall solid feel rather than a tip of the head, leading the racquet kind of weight. So we get the best in terms of  precision and power in a combination that is so JJS. The medium stiff shaft helps deliver all that is required with perfect timing.

There’s no sense of drag or timing issues here. The shot stays true and even off centre shots remained on target.

Drop shots were again nice and crisp and sharp which is how I like them. There’s enough in the head to really throw in a slice without it feeling as though you’re pulling your arm or placing too much strain on your wrist.

Onto the smash. I hit a number of really good smashes which so reminded me of JJS. Maybe the thinner shaft provides a bit more flex to go into the shot but MX90 was certainly as good as JJS if not better at delivering a great direct smash without fuss. I felt this racquet had more to offer but needed a better tension to really show what it could do.  Perhaps this is partially a quirk with Victor strings as they always tend to perform better at higher tensions.

Fast, flat exchanges worked very well and MX90 demonstrated time and again it will release power with a squeeze but it’s just as good at softly taking the pace off the shuttle and pitching the shuttle close to the net.

Defence

Defensively I enjoyed MX90. It’s possibly a touch faster than TK6000 and has a different feel too. I can’t say it performed any better or worse than JJS, it just felt very familiar and made defending relatively easy. Occasionally I walked in on a number of smashes and the frame was quick to respond and get into the right place to return the shuttle. For a 4/5 head weight I’m delighted with that.

Net Area

Around the net MX90 plays really well too. It’s fast and solid and always seemed to be there without me thinking about it. It won’t match the speed of a Bravesword but I don’t need it to be any faster. The connection with the shuttle was always good and I really can’t fault it. Again, tighter string tension will only make this racquet play better.

Again the racquet felt solid and responsive when serving or returning serve. There’s lots of touch and control which is what I like to have in any racquet. A little finger power and it’s easy to punch the shuttle into the corners or down the centre at opponents.

Summary

I stated at the outset that I would try to compare this racquet with Meteor JJS and it is has proved extremely difficult. Like the JJS I find MX90 very powerful, very fast and a sheer delight to use. When testing another racquet last Monday, I quickly realised that I was really missing Meteor 90 which is the sign of a good racquet. I was also missing TK6000 too!

Meteor 90 is due to be launched in Europe around February 2014 and therefore I am guessing RRP will be similar to JJS although I’ll add on another £10 for good measure at around £180 which is pretty good for a top of the range racquet. Online retailers will no doubt discount to around £120-£130 which is extremely good and at these prices well worth a test. To be honest I highly recommend you test the racquet anyway as I said in my JJS review even if the specifications are different to your personal preferences.

Meteor 90 will not live in the shadow of the soon-to-be-missed Meteor JJS which has now been removed from Victors Asia catalogue and will not feature in Victor Europe’s catalogue in 2014. MX90 is simply a great racquet and fully deserves to take a place on the 5 star team, which seems to be growing quickly at the moment. If I was asked to use this racquet by Victor I’d be delighted because I really liked it and would happily play with it. It’s a good solid performer around the court, stiff enough for most players and not too heavy for others. Whilst it won’t suit everyone I’m sure it will find a place in many player’s bags and prove to be real winner.

Keep watching www.victor-sport.co.uk for information on where you can test Meteor 90 in 2014 and other Victor badminton racquets.

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12 Comments… add one

Falcao December 5, 2013, 1:36 am

Hi Paul.
I have been waiting for this review :)
I am looking for a new racket and for the first time I want to try Victor and tempted with BS range consider it’s a fast racket. However I am afraid cannot get the power from it i.e. power smash execution.

I play double most of the time. My playing style is control and set the game and mostly drive and flat rally.

I have been using VT80 and Arc11 (strung 28×30). I really feel the head heaviness of VT80 and I feel it’s too demanding but it’s a great racket for control. For Arc11, I feel the stiffness. I am not really technical about racket specs.

After reading your review now I am torn between MX90, MXJJS and TK6000. Looking for your opinion on choosing the new Victor racket.

Thanks

Paul Stewart December 8, 2013, 12:05 pm

TK6000 is not as head heavy as VT80 but more flexible so this seems closest to what you’re looking for. MXJJS is discontinued and I suspect you may struggle to find them in the shops. MX90 is released in some countries and waiting release in others.

Paul

Falcao December 9, 2013, 2:40 am

Thank you Paul. I will let you know which one I choose soon :)

BobWebster December 5, 2013, 8:45 pm

Anything similar in feel to the JJS has got to be a good thing. I’m glad I got mine before they were discontinued. Any news on the TK6000′s yet? I’m still waiting nearly a month on! :-(

Paul Stewart December 8, 2013, 11:58 am

Bob

Stocks are just arriving. Ben will get his so I’m sure he will post to you ASAP. The new stocks arriving are ALL sold so Victor will not have any in stock again until February when they will receive huge deliveries of all the new rackets.

Bob, in all honesty I think Victor has been amazed at the incredible response to this racket which has resulted in a complete sell out.

I know Victor are doing all they can but they cannot speed up the ships I’m afraid.

I have a number on order too from demo sessions I have completed and I’m as frustrated that the players are waiting for their TK6000′s too.

Regards

Paul

Mark Appleton December 8, 2013, 1:12 am

It was almost impossible to nail down the difference between this and the JJS, so it’s an excellent replacement for an excellent racket. Gun to my head, I think it swings very slightly faster and has very slightly better feel, but there’d be percentage points in it.

They could have been a bit braver with the colours, though – Victor needs rackets that can be picked out from Row Z now that Yonex have gone mental with their paint jobs.

Just hope we get a G5 in UK (hint hint).

yuki onitsura December 9, 2013, 12:10 pm

I’m not sure ‘mental’ even comes close to describing the paint job on the Z-Speed. That thing is Arkham Asylum level crazy (and I love it!).

horseflyuk March 3, 2014, 2:27 pm

Hi Paul,

Any news on UK stock of the MX90???

Thank you

Jon

Paul Stewart March 9, 2014, 9:01 pm

Jon

MX90 is due into Europe first week in April so hopefully it will be available in UK around 14th April. It’s worth checking with stockists at the time.

Paul

bjfai5bj March 7, 2014, 1:37 am

Hi Paul
Thanks of your advice,I have make my choice to choose MX90 in between TK6000,JJS
,This is really a very good racket.

SuperVal March 8, 2014, 5:37 am

Hi everyone.
I’m a female badminton player currently using the Voltrics 05 Tour racket. I play singles most of the time and can execute seemingly powerful and steep smashes with my Voltrics 05 Tour. Dropshots, Services and Net play was not a problem too.
Thing is, I am unable to hit high and deep lobs consistently with that racket. Lifts were also the same. Half of the time my lifts and lobs end up 3/4 court or even half court. I find that I hit the frame loads too.
Wondering if I should get the MX90 or the VT80 or the VTZF2.
I really enjoy head heavy rackets and I hope you can throw me some racket recommendations to help improve my strokes and smashes.

Regards,
Valerie

Paul Stewart March 9, 2014, 8:59 pm

Hi Valerie

This is unusual, although I assume you don’t have these issues with other rackets?

I cannot speak for ZF2 yet although I now have one to test and review. With the long list of rackets I have at the moment it will be some time before I can commit to trsting this racket. MX90 is a fabulous racket although as you can apprecaite I have no idea which racket will suit your game. Only you can make that judgement.

Paul