I bought these a while ago and never got to use them due to Covid and stuff, but tested these days and decided to write a review to let you guys know what I think of these hybrid shuttles:
I used these shuttles on Monday, with one of the rookies on my team, mainly to do some defensive drills.
I’m one of the toughest hitters in our club and the juniors are one of the toughest hitters in our club.
We also wanted to see how long these hybrid shuttles would last when compared to similar or even more expensive.
Number of shots played:
We alternated between 12 shuttles (which were already a bit used from some drive and drop drives before).
In terms of the time we trained, I think we played about 500-600 shots in total, 50:50 crushes and defenses (250-300 each).
With nearly every fifth shot from the striker being a full power smash, this will break the full strength 50-60.
So each shuttle would have taken 4-5 full power smashes, 20+ regular smashes/offensives and 20+ lifts and defensive drives.
The durability of these shuttles is very good, and every single one of them has survived this smashing and torture command.
The shuttles didn’t break at all, they just eroded.
As with the feathered shuttles, the hybrids slowed down with wear.
One big thing to keep in mind: Other, cheaper shuttles tend to deform into an oval after a really strong smash (or a bad bug), sometimes even on the first hit. This didn’t happen with these shuttles, they did a great job keeping their shapes round.
So I would rate these excellent in terms of durability.
After the session:
General flight characteristics:
It tends to fly a little “wobbly”.
One thing I also noticed:
These 500 hybrid shuttles appear to accelerate faster immediately after impact, but they also accelerate faster on the way than regular feathered shuttles.
The higher number of drops are really noticeable in the mesh shots and they are generally felt heavy.
I wouldn’t really recommend them for training around the net.
As mentioned earlier, the shuttles have fast acceleration but do not accelerate slightly faster than regular shuttles.
I felt this was a very slight advantage to the Defender, once it’s adjusted to the timing, and makes it a little more difficult to kill the Shuttle as an attacker when relying solely on strength.
We didn’t play a lot of drops, but we felt they needed a bit more effort compared to regular feather shuttles.
Very good overall.
Other bus fares:
13,35 euros per 12
Li Ning A + 60: 16-17 € per 15
Victor Quinn: 17, 75 euros per 12
Decathlon FSC 500: €11.99 per 12
RSL Tourney Classic: €24.50 per 12
I really love these shuttles. The price is more than fair, the durability is excellent.
Especially for training purposes, these shuttle buses will do a great job, except for the training net shots, due to the heavier and more modest feel.
The texture is closer to feathers than plastic shuttles, the durability is closer to plastic shuttles than feathers.
In my opinion, this is a great shuttle for training, and also for juniors or beginners, who regularly hit the frame and therefore will spend a lot on regular feathers.
Especially for ~13€, this is a great budget option, as cheap shuttles like Li Ning A+60, Decathlon FSC 500 or more expensive Victor Queen tend to break feathers or warp sooner (making them largely unusable), before the Forza Hybrid 500 starts to slow down noticeably.