Tecnifibre, best known for their terrific multi-filament strings, introduced Triax in the middle of last year and billed it as a combination string designed to offer a little bit of everything.
This fusion string weaves polyester and polyamide (regular multifilament) fibres together to create a unique string. The Fusion strings are injected with polyurethane resin to reduce shock and protect the fibres from wear.
The result is supposedly the best properties of polys (control, spin, durability) combined with the best of multifilaments (power, comfort, arm protection) all melded into one string.
So how does Triax perform? Can it really capture players who exclusively use polyester and those who prefer multifilaments? Let's take a look in this full Tecnifibre Triax review.
Tecnifibre Triax Specification
The first multifilament with co-polyester fibers, it offers the player a unique playing feel combining firmness, control, and comfort while keeping long durability. Tecnifibre on Triax
String Used For This Review
- Multifilament Poly Fusion 16 gauge / 1.33mm
Racquet Setup For Testing
- Strung at 26kg(~58 lbs) as a two-piece.
- Frame: Wilson Pro Staff 97. No customisation, standard 305g unstrung.
- Previous strings on the frame: Natural Gut + Luxilon Alu Power Rough
How It Looks
With most brands bringing out strings in all manner of funky colours like Solinco's Hyper G, it's fair to say that Triax is positively bland when it comes to aesthetics.
However, that's not a negative in my eyes, and I prefer the more neutral coloured strings. The colour is classed as natural, and it looks pretty similar to natural gut.
When strung in a classic frame like the Pro Staff and the Wilson stencil, I think it contrasts against the black hoop.
The string feels like a typical multifilament string with no rough edges or shaped sides to produce spin. It feels fairly slick and easy to string with, thanks to the coating designed to reduce abrasion. Kinking is also not a problem.
How Technifibre Triax Plays
Overall, I played with Tecnifibre Triax for about 50 hours of play (2 string jobs) on outdoor artificial grass and indoor hard courts. Here are my thoughts.
After my first hit with the Triax, I was instantly a fan. To me, it felt like a natural gut, and if someone had told me “Hey, try this new natural gut” I don't think I'd have really questioned them without looking at the string closer.
Of course, it feels a bit crisper. And slightly stiffer, but after my first few hits, I felt like it offered good control, plenty of feedback and didn't need adjusting back into place between points.
Feel and Groundstrokes
Triax gives a crisp yet comfortable feel from the baseline, and it plays like a gut/poly hybrid setup, offering plenty of feel and control.
Based on that I'd say it does deliver as advertised, a hybrid string job is regarded as the best of both worlds (power + control), and Triax mirrors that kind of setup, without needing to buy two different reels of string or buy a pre-packaged hybrid.
Depending on how you play from the baseline, Triax will work well for flatter hitters, feel based players or those who hit with some spin but don't impart Nadal like RPM's.
The comfort is also excellent, way above any polyester string I have ever tried. For those who like soft polys, then one comparison would be like a comfier version of Luxilon Element.
Control and Spin
With some poly like characteristics, I found control higher than most nylon strings and I liked both the sound and feel at impact, which was predictable.
Players geared for topspin will find more than they would in a nylon setup, but nowhere near as much as they'd generate from a spin orientated polyester.
If your game is like that of a Casper Ruud type modern player who hits with huge RPM's on every shot, then you'll break Triax quickly and likely yearn for more spin. But for a player with a more conservative grip who uses spin as just one option, you will get what you need.
I found Triax almost gut like, so it pocketed the ball nicely and delivered plenty of power on full swings. Again, like a gut/poly hybrid, there's something in there that tames the power, and I was able to take full cuts at the ball and still keep my shots inside the lines.
Even after several sessions, string snapback was reliable, with no real notching or fraying. Eventually, I saw some light fraying, and I think this would be exacerbated if Triax was paired with rougher string in the crosses or mains, but it is long-lasting as a full bed.
Tension maintenance is also a plus point, and Triax will be a good string for players who don' want to restring often as I think you could leave this stuff in for a few months with no problem.
How To Get the Most of Tecnifibre Triax
If you are currently using a hybrid setup with a poly and softer string like a gut or multifilament, then I'd recommend testing a full bed of Triax.
This string feels right at home in a racquet like the Pro Staff 97, and it is one I will continue to use as I get plenty of durability, feel and control. As someone who isn't a huge spin player, this string suits my game well, so if you are similar, give it a try.
It's also a good bet for seasoned polyester users looking for something a bit more comfortable while still imparting a good amount of spin.
For parents, Triax will also be a good string before moving your child onto full polyester strings, which seem to be happening far too soon these days.
Triax delivers a string bed that is firm, responsive and durable yet still comfortable and arm-friendly, so it does deliver on its claims.
Based on using this for 2 months, it's currently my favourite multifilament string on the market and will be my string of choice in the future for the next few months.
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- Arm friendly
- Good durability
- Offers gut like properties with being impacted by weather
- Carries a hefty price tag
- Not ideal for heavy topspin/string breakers
Have you tried Tecnifibre Triax? Let me know in the comments.