Gosen Roots Aermet
by David Chiu ( April 2001 )
Gosen is probably one of the oldest badminton string manufacturer
in world. Gosen brand badminton string is very well known in Asia
more than Yonex. Legendary badminton players such as Susi Susanti
and Alan Budi Kusuma used Gosen badminton strings on their racquet.
In contrary to the Asian market, here in the United States, Yonex
is the king of badminton racquet and string. This, however, might
change very soon. With the explosion of new badminton brands entering
the U.S. market, Yonex will have a tough time selling their products
due to the high price and limited market distribution. Gosen will
probably take the badminton string market in 2-3 years because of
their experience in manufacturing high performance racquet string
if they are aggressive enough.
Gosen has large selections of badminton strings. Many of them are
excellent strings. In the U.S., Gosen only distributes 9 of them.
In this review, we will look at Gosen latest top-of-the-line badminton
string, the Roots Aermet (BS-310).
Below are statements from Gosen claims about Aermet:
Aermet is a super alloy having twice the strength and tenacity of
Titanium. It is a material applied on fighter plane such as the
"Eagle" and Formula One (F-1) type racing cars. Aermet
is super allow which provides amazing high resilience.
With all the claims mentioned above, our team was very curious
if these claims were true. We tested the strings on Yang-Yang
Tactic 9000 (3U-G2), our standard testing racquet which is also
our best selling racquet, and Yang-Yang Excel 2800 (2U-G2), a new
prototype racquet designed for offensive players. The strings are
strung at 22 lbs based on the 2 strings method using Alpha Axis
Pro stringing machine. Braid is installed on the second cross string
from the top for each racquet to prevent our testers from breaking
the string too early.
After we played with the strings for couple of hours in drills and
games, we believe that Gosen is not far behind from its claims about
Aermet. We got a lot of power from this string. The Roots Aermet
BS-310 is a lot more resilience than any of Yonex Titanium strings.
The resilience is very close to Yonex
BG-85. This is very surprising since the string rated at 21
gauge or 0.70mm which is the thickness of Yonex
BG-65 and BG-70-Pro.
We were hoping (or you can called it dreaming) that it will be as
resilience as the Gosen
Tec-Gut-Tour, an excellent string with high resiliency and lots
of power. As for sound for those who want it really bad, the string
makes a loud pop sound when we hit the shuttlecock. (We use Tronex
Gold feather shuttlecocks graded for international tournament
match to make sure that the tests are valid.). The sound gives a
good feeling of power. However, we did not get that soft feeling
that Yonex BG-85 offers when we do a drop shot. This is a trade-off
because the Gosen Aermet offers better controls and durability than
Yonex BG-85. It's like a competition of materials between Yonex
Vectran, material for manufacturing the Yonex
BG-80 and BG-85, and Gosen Aermet, material for manufacturing
the Gosen Roots Aermet BS-310.
The Roots Aermet gives player a lot of power and excellent precise
control due to its resilient nature of the Aermet material. The
feeling of power and control is far better than the Yonex
BG-68Ti. Likewise, we believe the Aermet is more durable than
the Yonex BG-68Ti, BG-80, or the BG-85 because of the thickness
and the strength of Aermet. However, we cannot confirm this because
none of the testers broke any of their string on the their racquets.
It takes time to get used to drop using Roots Aermet because it's
hard to feel the impact of the shuttlecock. The Roots Aermet does
not have the soft feeling that Yonex BG-85 has. This is probably
also due to the resilient nature of Aermet which makes the Roots
Aermet very powerful and precise on control.
Gosen offers a breakthrough with Roots Aermet. We were surprised
by the performance of the Roots Aermet. We thought this string will
be another string full of hype like the Yonex BG-65Ti and BG-68Ti.
We were wrong. Gosen claims were correct. It's good to have another
excellent performance string in the market. As you all might have
guess, we give the Roots 5 out of 5 © rating.
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