Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour Review
Dunlop updates the Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour with the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour and for once I’m not going to criticize Dunlop’s colour scheme.
I am, however, going to continue my criticism of their racket naming.
What is a Revo?
Why is Srixon not enough?
What is a Srixon?
Names and colour schemes aside, I wasn’t a massive fan of the past incarnation of the Srixon Revo CX Tour.
It has all the good characteristics of a classic player’s racket, but it lacked some swingweight (315), and I thought that really let the racket down.
Dunlop have upped the swingweight in the Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour a little bit to 318 though, so hopefully, that should give the racket a little more oomph.
With a 9 PTS head light balance, this racket is super speedy for its middle of the road 315g weight, so it should offer a nice blend of speed and control with its 18 x 20 string pattern.
The new 200 Tour features a slightly redesigned beam and has a little more responsive feel than its predecessor.
The Sonic Core technology that was present in the CX 2.0 Tour has been updated with Infinergy, which makes the frame a little less stiff, probably contributing to that more responsive feel.
I can’t say I was super excited about these changes.
I enjoyed the dampened feel of the old CX 2.0 Tour, so a more responsive feel just moves the Srixon Revo CX away from its classic racket feel.
The one thing I thought the CX 2.0 Tour was severely lacking in was power, so hopefully that might have been fixed in this newest version.
I have to say; the specs of this racket are still quite strange for me. For a Tour style racket, I just don’t see how you can have such a low swingweight.
The headlight balance is all well and good, and it makes for easy manoeuvrability, but surely anyone looking for a Tour style racket already has fast strokes.
Anyway, I thought I would give the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour a fair shot and hoped that it might have taken a few steps forward in this latest version.
I made sure I had the racket strung up a bit looser than I normally would for this playtest at 46lbs, just to make sure I got some decent pop from the racket and could make the most of those fast swings.
Warming up, I felt pretty good with this CX 200 Tour, it is very easy to swing, and I like the feel of the 315g weight.
It didn’t take me too much time to get into the groove, so we set about putting the racket through a few tests to see exactly how it played.
8out of 10
My first feelings were that the CX 200 Tour does make an improvement in the 2.0.
Something that they’ve done has just loosened it up a little bit (the string tension might have helped a bit here), and I did have more access to some power and spin.
When I was hitting backhands on the run, it was particularly noticeable how fast this racket is.
Sometimes when I’m under pressure on this side, I don’t get my hands through the ball quickly, but that was not a problem with the CX 200 Tour.
I still felt that the CX 200 Tour lacked some swingweight, and for the majority of the time, the head light balance was wasted on me.
On the forehand side, in particular, I get a lot of racket head speed naturally; it wouldn’t matter what I was trying to swing.
So, I didn’t get any benefit from the fast nature of the racket, but felt I missed out because of its lack of swingweight.
Still though, the CX 200 Tour was an improvement on the CX 2.0, and I did feel like there was a little bit more plow through with this version.
You can’t fault the racket it for its levels of feel and control, if anything, the 200 improves on the already very good feel of the 2.0.
For me, the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour is a bit like a poor man’s version of the Head Prestige Pro.
The Dunlop is a tiny bit faster than the Prestige, but the Prestige has much better plow through, whilst giving you everything else the CX 200 Tour gives you.
I do generally like Dunlop’s rackets, but I think the CX Tour set up just doesn’t gel with my game.
I like the 18 x 20 string pattern and control, but I’d always take swingweight over swing speed, which is where this racket falls down for me.
Compared to the Prestige, the Srixon Revo 200 might be a little bit more accessible to the average player, but it’s still not an easy racket to play with.
You’ve got to generate a lot the power yourself, and it is certainly a racket for a more advanced player.
I gave the Srixon Revo CX 2.0 a 7.5 out of 10 on the groundstrokes, and I do think the new version is slightly better, so I have given it an 8 out of 10.
For me, however, it has a lot of similarities to the Head Graphene Touch Prestige Pro, but the Prestige is a better racket.
8.5out of 10
Like the Prestige, the Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour is very much an all-round racket and is as competent at the net as it is from the back.
It’s got some pretty good characteristics at the net.
Mainly it’s very easy manoeuvrability, which means you don’t have to worry about getting into position quickly.
The headlight balance makes this racket extremely easy to flick from side to side and I had a lot of fun returning some powerful shots at the net.
The extra little bit of swingweight that Dunlop have added in the 200 Tour keep it a little bit more stable, and it controls the ball very well.
I’d still like to see more swingweight in this racket, but it does a good job at the net as it is.
The Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour is ideal for a big hitting player who likes to come into the net, much like Kevin Anderson, who reps this racket on tour.
You do need to be pretty powerful like Anderson to get a lot out of this racket, because it certainly doesn’t offer easy power, but at the net that’s not so much of an issue.
This was easily the best part of the playtest for me, and I gave the Srixon Revo CX 200 an 8.5 out of 10.
It has great feel, and that is always a good characteristic for volleys.
7out of 10
This is always the area where I struggle with these low power types of rackets.
At my height, I shouldn’t need any help hitting a big serve, but unfortunately, I do need a little bit of help.
While I get great control and feel with rackets like the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 200, I do feel like my serve turns into a little bit of a weakness.
While serve speed certainly isn’t everything, once you drop below a certain speed, you are losing a lot of potential free points.
That seems to be the case when I use rackets like the Head Prestige and the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 200.
Obviously, this is a technical error on my part, but I do look for a racket that can negate that weakness a little bit more.
However, if you are bombing down serves and looking for a little bit more control, then the Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour is a decent racket to look at.
Again, the headlight balance gets the racket moving quickly, helping to generate a lot of energy to put through the ball.
Obviously, I’m going to say I’d like a little more swingweight in there, but it is was it is.
The Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour gets a 7 out of 10 from me on the serve.
It just doesn’t offer enough to appeal to me. If you like something that is going to control huge amounts of power though, then this could be the one.
8out of 10
Overall, the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour is a slight upgrade on the Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour.
It does give you a little bit more swingweight and the changes have made it a little bit more responsive and power friendly.
In terms of people who should look to buy the Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour, I think it would suit a fairly advanced player who hits a very big ball.
If you’ve got any real weakness in your game, then you might struggle to get another power from this racket, so you must be pretty confident in your swings.
I didn’t get on that well with the CX 200 Tour.
The set up doesn’t suit me particularly well, and if I was looking for a racket with this kind of specs, I would be much more interested in the Prestige Pro.
I feel like I’d have to spend a little extra time in the gym to get the most out of this racket, as it does not offer you a whole lot of power.
What you do get though is good feel, and very good control.
If this this racket sounds like your sort of vibe, then I would recommend giving the Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour try, but I’d also advise you have a look at the Prestige.
Overall, the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour gets an 8 out of 10.
It doesn’t suit me, but I’m sure it will do a superb job for some people out there.
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