I got in my instinct and i+'s in this morning.
To look at them you'd think they were the 896's.
Ayous outer ply with deep grains but a little smoother and seemingly less
prone to splintering than 896 and some other ayous blades.
Handle's just a smidge thinner than 896
but not much.
Call it medium plus with a slight, gradual flare.
with the 5ply is about like the galaxy 896 but a little quicker on the 1st gear
and maybe not as springy from a distance.
But at the table it performs much better.
It truly is a marvel of stability and control.
As opposed to galaxy 896 which is a marvel in looping only.
If you only loop, you might still want to go the way of the 896.
If you're a true allaround player who uses a gambit of shots, I think
you'll find this one of the best blades you've ever used.
think this is going to be faster than what I was guessing by the descriptions.
I think for most people in the market for wood blades off- this will be
Instinct+ 7-ply is definitely faster than the 5ply.
I'd call it a control side of
offensive, but a little fast for me to put it into offense- category.
say the I+ was pretty close to the Korbel that I had.
I had a Legout blade that was in the ballpark.
I sold a person powerplay allaround that was slower than the instinct.
with the Instinct and Instinct+ blades extensively since they were first offered
have been using the Instinct (5 ply) as my primary blade since (because of the
lightness and control)
usually have an Instinct+ as my backup blade (setup as heavy and fast)
i first got them both, i had trouble controlling the Instinct+, but can now use
them somewhat interchangeably (the 5 ply just feels slower and more stable).
Instinct+ blade is especially suitable for aggressive players who have outgrown
recreational equipment. With the right rubber, it's a great blade for close to
the table offense - and seems to suite people with fast/powerful strokes.
have both the I+ and the BTY Primorac, and yes, they do play similar.
I would give the I+ the edge in control, though.
Good blades, both of them.
I prefer them with more springy rubbers (I use the "leopard"
series ESN sponge rubbers from zeropong) than with very soft sponges, like FX-EL
or Sriver FX.
read in another forum that somebody considered the I+ to play similar to the BTY