So I got my hands on the blue Victor Bravesword 12, more commonly known as "the racket Lee Yong Dae uses."
Having enjoyed the experience of using the Bravesword 12N in singles play, I was eager to compare the performances of both rackets in doubles games. So I did.
I guess the main different is in the shaft stiffness. The 12N plays a lot harder than the 12, and this gives you a very solid thump when you're in a singles game. In doubles, when you get the change for the long hard swing, the Bravesword 12 actually comes across a little harder.
The BRS12 also comes across slightly better in defense, since it's of a lighter weight. The softer shaft doesn't allow it to lift as well as the stiffer 12N, but the speed more than makes up for it.
If you're someone who likes to drive the shuttle straight across the net, you'll like the 12N more than the 12. The stiff shaft is really good for short whips of the wrist to generate immense amounts of power.
Net play seems to favor the 12 more than the 12N for me. I was able to get a lot more confidence with the blue racket with its lighter weight.
All in all, I would choose the Victor Bravesword 12 for doubles play. The increased attack power and defense speed brought about by the softer shaft and lighter weight is ideal for the nature of badminton doubles.
The Bravesword 12N is more suited for me as a singles racket. The head heaviness of it gives more shot variety when it comes to singles, and allows you to conserve more energy with each swing.
For the review, I will choose the BRS12. One main reason is because I don't own the 12N (haha).