Review of install and customer comments
Before I start, a little back ground; I started installing tips for myself and friends 3 years ago, and we all used triangles or elk masters. Last year I decided to try the layered tips and a shop I stopped in to ask about them had 2 snipers and installed them while I tried out some break cues. Last month I decided it was time to replace one of them because it was getting a little thin. When studying up on installing layered tips after it arrived I read about the ultra skins, thought its worth the price to try.
I just received an order of 12 tips two weeks ago. That week I Installed a vs for a player that wanted " the softest tip you have." The tip was easier to install than the triangle and elk master tips. When it came to shaping with a razor knife, I was surprised at the lack of deflection in the tip, when compared to the sniper tip I'd done the week before on my personal cue. The sniper was the first layered tip I've installed myself, and I ordered it out of familiarity before I'd read about the ultra skins.
The customer came to me with a tip-less shaft after our next league night, causing my heart to sink, before stating he loves the vs tip and this shaft was for his wife's cue, and she wanted a soft. Installation of the soft was a little smoother feel than the vs, and I'm starting to hope more people will ask for the ultra skins.
This week, one of my team mates, (our anchor that is shooting lights out) asked if he could have a pro-soft after we discussed the previous installs. The leather in this tip cut and shaped like a dream for this rookie installer. He hasn't had the opportunity to shoot with it yet, but if it feels as good shooting as it did cutting, his review may lead to me placing a large order soon. ( he's very outgoing about gear, a solid shooter, and a hi review from him could lead to people jumping to try an affordable layered tip)
I believe the biggest reason for the installs getting progressively smoother is the gradual improvement in my abilities, as the tips layers all appear to be of high quality and consistency.
Just the way these tips feel when installing has lead to my decision to cut the sniper off my back-up shaft, even though it would probably last the summer, and try a pro soft myself.
I will post a follow up on my experience, as well as customer feed back when I can run into them and ask what their thoughts are.