Yonex Exbolt 65 Badminton String Review: A step up from the Exbolt 63
Updated: Oct 4, 2022
Yonex is finally launching their latest badminton string product for 2022, the Yonex Exbolt 65! It is scheduled for launch at the same time as the new Yonex Arcsaber 7 Pro on 19th August 2022 so make sure you guys subscribe to my YouTube Channel for the latest review of the Arcsaber 7 Pro, which I will be posting soon!
The first-ever string review I did over a year ago on my YouTube channel was its older sibling, the Yonex Exbolt 63, so I'm really excited to be reviewing the new Yonex Exbolt 65. I remember distinctly from that review that the sound and repulsion from the Exbolt 63 were absolutely outstanding, although it wasn't forgiving if you mistime or miss-hit your shots. As you would've probably worked out from the number "65" in its name, the new Exbolt 65 has a thickness of 0.65mm, slightly thicker than the 0.63mm Exbolt 63. But apart from thickness, what else has changed? Let's find out!
Yonex UK was very kind to send me a sample pack of the Exbolt 65 for testing (thank you, Yonex!). As soon as I opened the pack of strings, I was very surprised at how smooth it was. My favourite string is the Yonex Aerobite which has a very rough and grippy surface, and so far, I haven't found any other string that beats the Aerobite in terms of grip. The Exbolt 65 has a really smooth string surface, pretty similar to the Exbolt 63, but I would say the Exbolt 65 is a touch smoother. If you think the BG66 Ultimax is already a very smooth string, the Exbolt 65 is a lot smoother. In fact, the BG66 Ultimax has more texture than the Exbolt 65 when you feel your fingers through them. If you are not a fan of smooth strings, then the Exbolt 65 is not for you.
In terms of stringing, the Exbolt 65 was a dream to string because of its smooth texture. Weaving on the crosses was super easy and no fuss at all. The Exbolt 65 was also very easy to pull through the holes, although the string did kink a little when I pulled it across blocked holes, nothing major nonetheless. I just took my time to unwind them when they do and they turned out fine.