Racquet sports company Prince (Atlanta, GA, US) has launched a new collection of racquets that feature the TeXtreme carbon fiber material.
"By adding TeXtreme to the frame of the racquet, we are able to provide superior torsional stability which results in increased power and control. The optimal structure of the TeXtreme carbon fiber material gives mechanical benefits without losing the material characteristics of the fiber for optimal performance," said Tyler Herring, vice president of product & marketing for Prince Global Sports.
Prince wanted to utilize a material that was thinner, lighter and more durable than traditional woven fibers. The new collection features the addition of TeXtreme Spread Tow fabrics that are created with a thinner structure and straighter carbon fibers to create a composite material that is 20% lighter in weight with improved stiffness. After applying this material in the shaft and lower hoop with a 45˚ orientation, racquet twisting is reduced by 25% without increased weight.
TeXtreme is a registered trademark owned by Oxeon AB. TeXtreme is based on using Spread Tows instead of yarns to achieve materials that are used to produce ultra lightweight and high-performance products.
"Prince has always prided itself on having visible technology," says Mike Ballardie, CEO of Prince Global Sports. "When we apply TeXtreme to the frames, it is clearly visible from the shaft up to the bottom of the hoop."
The new Prince TeXtreme collection includes four different frames: Tour 95, Tour 100T, Warrior 107 and Warrior 107T.