Today we have two pretty good and popular rackets with similar comparisons in terms of specs and technology. Both rackets has the “DUAL FRAME OPTIMUM SYSTEM”. For today’s comparison review, we have APACS Blend Pro Series and the famous YONEX Duora 10.
One of the main the differences between these rackets is the price tag on the rackets. Hopefully this would help you decide on your preferred choice of racket.
DUAL FRAME OPTIMUM SYSTEM
A little introduction on the “Dual Frame Optimum System”. The dual frame technology is a combination of the box frame and Aero Frame design. The “Box Frame” gives you more of solid feel and better concentration on power. Whereas, the “Aero Frame” gives you more swing speed and low wind resistance.
APACS BLEND PRO
APACS is the first company that innovated the“DUAL OPTIMUM FRAME SYSTEM” technology with their BLEND Series in 2011. The BLEND PRO was launched in 2012, it is one of their high end models which cater for professional players and intermediate players. I would APACS got the upper in terms of technology.
YONEX DUORA 10
YONEX launched the Duora 10 model in early of 2015. Duora 10 received much hype from the public, after promoting the racket as the company’s latest technology. Moreover, they have then World Number 1 Lee Chong Wei, appearing in advertisements and using the racket.
Weight & Balance
Apacs: Overall weight is pretty decent. On paper the Blend Pro is slightly lighter than the Duora 10. But it feels almost the same weight. I think it’s because of the head heavy balance for better control of your shots and power.
Yonex: Overall weight is slightly heavier than Blend Pro. And the feel is around the same weight with Blend Pro. It’s because Duora 10 has an even balanced weight feature.
Apacs: The frame body is slightly thinner than Duora 10. In my point of view, I think it’s a faster swing racket. The Aero frame pattern goes all to the T-JOINT which makes it better wind resistance. Moreover, together with the head heavy balance. It is a superb combination. Another point, is Apacs rackets are always known for taking high tensions. The maximum tension stated on the racket is 38lbs! But you are not going to string that high amount of tension. However, your racket will have a long lifetime based on my experience on Yonex and Apacs rackets.
Yonex: Duora 10 frame is a few millimeter thicker than the Apacs Blend Pro. After swinging the racket a few times. It does not feel as fast as the Blend Pro. Aero side of the frame does not cover the T-JOINT like the Apacs Blend Pro. Based on my past experience with Yonex rackets. Their frame doesn’t last as long for the price tags on their rackets. Especially if you are stringing it a high tension of maybe 30 pounds. The recommended tension is only the maximum of 27 lbs.
Apacs: Most Apacs rackets comes with a slightly smaller grip sizes like G1 and G2. Smaller grip size is very ideal for better control. I wear Large size gloves and the G2 fits my hands fine.
Yonex: Duora 10 has 2 grip sizes, the G4 and G5. The G5 seems to be too big and thick for my hands.
APACS Blend Pro’s shaft is slightly smaller than YONEX Duora 10. Which makes it a lower wind resistance or air dragged racket. Both rackets around high medium. However, YONEX claims Duora 10 is a stiff racket.
The Duora 10 retails at around USD 200. Where as the Blend Pro retails at around 120USD. Which is quite a big difference.
The Blend Pro got my full approval with their affordable price and I would say higher tech design. Their slimmer profile, played quite a difference in the quickness. Moreover, it has better durability.