Victor Hypernano X 800 Badminton Racket Review

Victor Hpyernano X800 Badminton Racket

Background

The Victor Hypernano X 800 was introduced in 2015. I first saw this racket whilst stringing during the All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham in March 2015 as there were a number of Korean players using this racket. Since then the racket was launched in Asia and is due for release in Europe this month (March 2016).

The Hypernano range is designed to replace the Meteor range which has been very popular amongst international and club players. The Hypernano is considered an all-around racket i.e. not too head heavy and more even balance.

On to my review

Victor Hypernano 800The Hypernano 800 arrived in the black racket bag with the Hypernano branding. Readers of my reviews will know my thoughts on these type of bags…they’re not the best covers for high-end rackets.

HX800 is a great-looking racket in matt black with multi coloured stripe decals on the head. This is a 3U version (85-89g) G5, small grip. The racket arrived unstrung so I selected my favourite string Ashaway Zymax Fire 66 and restrung to 25lbs as this will eventually become one of my demo rackets. This is an even balance/slight head heavy frame and 4/5 rating for shaft stiffness and feels really good. I’m assuming this is because I like slightly heavier rackets and whilst 4U appear to be the norm these days, I still prefer the weight of a 3U.

It’s hitting time

I must confess that I had no idea how this racket would feel or play. Would it be one of those out of the bag brilliant rackets or give me a lot more to think about?

Overhead performance

My first few hits with Hypernano 800 were really good. This is a fast frame. There is a distinctive feel to this racket that I haven’t felt with other Victor frames and it’s difficult to describe. There’s almost a lightness to the impact, some would describe as hollow but I think it’s more than that. It’s a brighter feel and one I can imagine some players not liking. Having tested so many rackets it didn’t bother me.

My clears were good and I didn’t feel as though I needed to use more effort to hit them. Many were too long which was a surprise. Whilst the frame is slightly head heavy (the shaft says even balance) in some ways I wonder why it swings so light? Perhaps this is a combination of the speed through the air and the construction of the frame? Whilst I can’t put my finger on it for me this is a keeper and a racket I will continue to use.

Drop shots were quick and I always felt in control. There isn’t any drag to speak of and it was nice to hit the slice shots so easily. Using a 3U weight really felt right and gave me a lot of satisfaction. There’s a wonderful solid platform to the strike the shuttle from due to the weight.

Onto the smash. The speed of the frame combined with the slightly weighted head and that 3U overall weight were excellent in delivering a lot of power. My testing pal Mark noticed a bit more punch in his attack which was pleasing. There’s a bit more bend in the shaft too. I can feel it which is unusual for me.

Flat drives and pushes were so easy although I confess I framed a few which is very unusual for me. This is where a felt the bright/hollow feeling in the head most and noticed the head weight a little more too. At least I can still use a shorter swing and feel in control. It could be that I’ve spent too long with 4U frames and the extra weight caught me out a little on the fast exchanges.

Defence

The speed and weight combination of the frame did not cause any issues defending. Good preparation is vital. I enjoyed the additional beef behind the shot and yet loved the speed of the frame to zip through the air and send the shuttle on its way.

Net area

The net area was a little more challenging. I had to focus because I’m now carrying a heavier racket with some weight in the head. That said, the racket performed really well. There can be a tendency with very light rackets to lose the feeling of where the racket is. Hypernano 800 does not have this issue which I consider is a bonus. This forces early preparation and a bit more precision on the shot, and then rewards well.

Summary

Hypernano X 800 is another great badminton racket from Victor. I expect this to be their Marmite racket… some will love it and others will simply not take to the feeling generated from the head. That light, bright, hollow feeling will delight or annoy some which is understandable. I really liked this racket to the point that I use it all of the time. I love the 3U weight and that more solid feeling in the hit, no matter what shot I am playing and I’m delighted to see another 3U racket in the top of the Victor range.

RRP is £190 which is expected for a top of the range model. Online stores have already discounted to around £145 which I think is good value for money. Whilst I am using this racket personally, I do think it will have less appeal compared to the highly successful and thoroughly deserved Jetspeed 10, even though it’s a great looker. On this basis, I have to reflect this in my rating and therefore give it a 4.5 stars. Whilst I recommend this racket, it’s always best to test before you buy.

9 Comments

  1. adentan95 September 5, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Hi Coach Paul,

    I am looking for a Victor racket for doubles right now. Have been using Yonex Armortec 900 Power 3U G5 for quite a long time. Armortec 900 Power gave me a good feeling when I smash and clearing but I feel heavy after playing it for a while. Now I would like to find a racket which can give me speed in both defense and offence. Am looking at Hypernano 800, Bravesword 12 and Jetspeed 10, all at 4U. Can you please advice me and thank you for your time.

    -Aden

    • Paul Stewart September 5, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Hi Aden

      Mmmm tough question. I think, after playing with such a head heavy beauty of a racket you will find each of these rackets easier to swing and defend with. It may be that they will all feel a touch light for you initially in the overhead and you will need to make adjustments. Each one of these rackets is extremely good but I cannot say what will suit you. Depending on where you are in the world, there are other rackets worth looking at. I would recommend you consider Hypernano 800 ltd – power and also Jetspeed 12 which is just released. i am currently using Jetspeed 12 and for me it’s been brilliant.

      If you would prefer to use Yonex then check out Nanoray 900.

      Good luck and please let me know which racket you selected.

      • adentan95 September 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm

        Hi Coach Paul,

        Will consider Jetspeed 12.Thanks for the suggestion! Will let you know which racket I’ve select.

        -Aden

      • adentan95 September 9, 2016 at 6:03 pm

        Hi Coach Paul,

        Just an update, had decided on a BS12 eventually. Had my hand on HX 800(original and both the limited edition racket) and JS10. Was in a dilemma to choose between BS12 and HX800 Control but choose the former since I feel “faster” with it. Unfortunately JS12 was out of stock, but am sastisfy with my buy. Just worried about the durability since it’s my first Victor racket.

        Coach, is it true that higher tension would lessen the durability of the racket? Am thinking of stringing on Yonex BG66 Ultimax @ 25ibs which I think should be quite safe? Thank you for your time to answer my queries!

        -Aden

      • Paul Stewart September 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm

        Aden

        Congratulations on your purchase. You should be fine stringing at 25lbs. I have restrung them much tighter and they have lasted for years. If you look after your racket and ensure you don’t collide with objects other than a shuttle, then the racket should last for some time.

        Good luck

      • adentan95 September 12, 2016 at 5:21 pm

        Hi Coach Paul,

        Thanks for all the advice! Look forward to using my BS12! Hope you can make a review of Jetspeed S12 soon! Thanks a lot!

        -Aden

  2. gradors2i June 18, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Sorry for the late reply, that’s good to know. I really have a thing for the MX90’s solid feel. Thanks for the heads up on the differences. A friend of mine really liked my MX90 and was wondering about this too.

  3. gradors2i April 19, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Hi Coach Paul,

    The Hypernano 800 isn’t anything like or replacing the Meteor X90, is it?

    -Tuan

    • Paul Stewart April 19, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      Hypernano 800 is very different from MX90. The head feels lighter and yet quick whereas MX90 is a touch slower and yet feels more solid. That doesn’t make one racket better than the other…they just have a completely different feel.

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