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Counterfeit Shuttles?
September 14, 2010
6:53 am
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It's common knowledge that you never buy a racket off eBay.  Would you say that it is equally dangerous to purchase high end (Aerosensa 40) shuttles off eBay?  It just donned on me that I've heard of fake gear, fake rackets, but not necessarily fake shuttles.  What's your take?

 

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September 17, 2010
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I would be suspicious personally. I have played with many a “cheap” brand of shuttles (as the foreign university students bring them here every so often) and they are absolute rubbish. It would be worth while perhaps buying some “real” AS40s AND some of the ones from ebay, and comparing them – e.g. durability, colour, flight etc?

 

Also worth pointing out, that central sports currently sell AS50s for £17.50 a tube. This is a bargain in my opinion, given they will last twice as long (at least) as any £12 tube. I may be purchasing some soon…

 

Be wary of cheap products…

 

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March 24, 2011
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Just maybe I broke the spell tonight. I believe it was Matt who shared us he had a really bad period, playing lousy ? Anyway, I was in such a zone too. All my singles were done in 2 sets, and not even tight ones. Tonight I had to play somebody who was about my age, but phisically better than me. He had a really good, hugging the ceiling, and falling on the base line, so I knew I couldn't take any risk on his serve. So I forced him into error.

And finally I made it a 3-setter. At last. Though I lost the match, it was exciting and I really enjoyed playing singles again (so much, I simply had to share this with the community).

But why am I posting this here ? Here it comes: we played with AS20. In the lower regions of our competition, you meet all kinds of shuttle flavors, from AS5, AS15 (but out of production now), Viktor, RSL, Karakal, Break, … (not to choose from, the inviting club provides the shuttles). These AS20 are BY FAR the best shuttles I have ever played with (nope, I've never hit a AS30/40/50). So if Paul states he doesn't give in on shuttle quality, I had difficulty to beleve there was so much difference between AS15 and all the more expensive AS series. Now I understand, and I cannot blame him.

We changed the shuttle after every game, although this wasn't really necesary. They must have been made of super gooses ! They simply didn't break.

All the best, ED

March 25, 2011
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Since the start of this thread I've played a few tube of the AS shuttles.  The AS40's being my favorite.  You're right, though a little more pricey, each shuttle is the same and markedly more durable than most. 

 

A popular brand around here is Aeroplane (Green or Black).  Aside from the Yonex AS stuff, I haven't played a more consistent shuttle.  If you rate the durability of the Yonex as 'very good', then I would rate the durabiity of the Aeroplane as 'good'.

 

I don't think Paul ranked the Aeroplanes very highly, but my experience with them has been good, they're the right speed, and I can get a decent amount of play out of them. 

 

Cheers on making it to that 3rd set!

March 25, 2011
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Good work ed! I am glad to see more people enjoying their singlse AND some excellent shuttles too 🙂

March 25, 2011
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I’ve tested Aeroplane Black. They were very good except their speed 78 was way too slow and that’s the fastest they have in UK.

Generally I use AS40 speed 4 which some say is equivalent to speed 79. All I care about is that, when I test these shuttles, they are perfect in flight and speed for the halls I coach in.

At Lilleshall I’ll be taking 30 dozen Aerosensa 40 shuttles – 25 dozen speed 4 and 5 dozen speed 3 as the shuttles tend to fly a bit quick early morning.

Good to read about other singles successes on the forum. It’s a great game – I’m a bit too old to be playing singles, although still manage a game once in a while with county juniors. I’m still winning at their level but my lack of fitness is really beginning to tell.

Paul

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