Technifibre Ice Code Review and Play Test
String: Technifibre Ice Code (17 1.25 mm)
Construction: Co-Polymer Monofilament
Racket Used: Babolat Aero Pro Drive
Tension: 59 lbs (about 27 kg)
Cost: $12 a set
Ice Code – What You Need to Know
Technifibre has been pumping a lot of strings and rackets in the last couple years seemingly coinciding with their ATP sponsorship/partnership. Ice Code was released in 2019 and it’s gotten the tennis cognoscenti buzzing. Look no further than the tennis warehouse official reviews as an example. I think this is going to be a big string especially amongst the group I list below but for me personally it’s not a “must try” string because it doesn’t really do anything that special. The longevity of the string (how long it plays well for) is pretty incredible but if you’re like me and can restring whenever that’s not as important. I think the power is slightly above average but everything else is just fine. Spin potential, arm friendliness, touch, etc are all just fine. I don’t like the really stiff response Ice Code provides but I know a lot of people prefer that feel and if you do and want a little extra power from your Poly I’d say go for it. Ice Code is high quality and value for money but it’s not a string that I would use again because it just doesn’t suite my style of play better than a lot of other strings on the market. However. it just might be what you’re looking for depending on your current setup and what you want more or less of.
Ice Code – What I Loved
The longevity and consistency of this string is what I loved the most. You really do get a consistent result with Ice Code for longer than any Polyester I’ve used to date. That’s what makes this string ”special” in my eyes… if only the feel were different. This is going to be a popular string with many players and recommended a ton at pro shops for this reason. That’s why it’s a value sting and while you can leave a generic Polyester in your racket until it breaks it’s usually over stayed its welcome for some time.
Ice Code – What I Hated
I didn’t really hate anything but certain things annoyed me. I think the obvious one that I noticed a lot was on my slice backhand. There were a lot of slice backhands that went long for me even when I felt like I hit it perfect. Similarly those desperation reach the racket out to stay in the point type shots also had a tendency to go long for me with this string (better explained in video). The stiffer feel is not for me but it’s not a knock on the string just something that I don’t prefer.
$12 is about the mean for high performance polys but what makes Ice Code stand out is the increased longevity of the string. I’ve had it in my racket for at least a couple months and granted I don’t play my hardest that often but it’s still performing fine and I’ll likely wait for it to break unless I notice a major drop. Therefore, it actually is a really good value when there are a lot strings where you’ll pay more for less so to speak.
Who this string IS for
I think players in that 4.0-5.0 range who just want a little more power out of their poly setup (Assuming they are currently using strings that are more controlled oriented) will gravitate towards this string. That sounds so generic but there are a lot of players in that exact circumstance. To me it sits in between Alu and RPM Blast in power department and will therefore be something a lot of players will like and gravitate towards. That being said you also need to be a fan of the stiffer response polyesters if you’re gonna stick with this string.
Who this string is NOT for
If you love or need that pop crisp response off the string bed this is a string to avoid even if you fit the playing demographic listed above. I think players above a 5.0 who really swing will find the string has too much power for their game and players below a 4.0 won’t like the feel and/or the string may not have enough power. I think if you’re a doubles player really relying on serves and volleys the feel of this string just won’t do it for you either when you can do some kind of high performance hybrid to better suit that style.
Ice Code is quality and overall a good string but for me it’s not a “must try” because I can’t say it does anything spectacularly well. The longevity of the string coupled with the uptick in power for a polyester in this class are the strengths. Spin potential is average and feel (for me) is below average. It’s a firm response that some will appreciate and will couple well with rackets that have that buttery plush feel. I think it’s a string for a 4.0-5.0 player that is currently using a stiffer Poly like RPM blast but wants a tad more power. The added benefit is that you can also leave it in for a lot longer without horrible side effects or a sudden drop off in playability. I wouldn’t classify this string as an entry level poly because the feel is just too stiff and muted. But overall I understand why a lot of playtesters are all in on this string and it’s certainly not a string to avoid if you fit the target demographic.
In the future I need to do a tour de force of all Technifibre’s polyesters and higher end multifilament’s. I remember playing with red code years ago and enjoying the experience. Since then their catalogue of offerings has seemingly tripled, thanks in large part to their licensing agreement with the ATP, but they do always seem to put out quality products.