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        Posted 1 Week Ago
        5.00 Super attacking blade

        The Xiom ZX3 blade is the flagship blade of the Xiom Feel Series. This is also the most expensive blade among the 8 newly released blades in the Feel series. I had the opportunity to play with this blade for several weeks at the same time testing this. The ZX3 has a very high quality craftsmanship. Although it doesn't say on the blade surface that this is kiso hinoki, I have confirmed that this is kiso hinoki as what the HX Pro and HX blades are also made from. This is a very fast blade. This is the 2nd fastest blade in the Feel series with the HX Pro being the fastest one. Some people would say that the ZX2 is the fastest because it is thicker than the ZX3 but I feel a small difference in extra speed and kick on the ball with the ZX3 compared to the ZX2. Both blades are OFF+ and stiff but the ZX3 is slightly softer than the ZX2 that it makes looping. The ZX3 is about 88-89 grams and feels slightly head heaavy. Most of the Feel blades produce are on the medium heavy or heavy side of weight. Xiom says that they intended this because the new Xiom Omega 7 Pro and Euro Versions are lighter than current ESN and Tenergy rubbers so to combine with the Feel blades will make the racket not too heavy. Anyway, the ZX3 loops great despite being a very fast blade. It is not as fast as a Schlager Carbon but a few levels slower. The blade is very bouncy but it keeps a good control. Also, despite being stiff, there is a mixed feel of softness upon impact of the ball. The ZX3 attacks really good near until far the table but even near the table the blade is very controllable. It is both a looper's blade and an aggressive loop driver/smasher blade because it can just do any attacking stroke with great precision and ease.
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        Posted 3 Weeks Ago
        4.00 Controlled looping Carbon Blade

        The HX version is a thinner version of the HX Pro with the same Kiso Hinoki outer plies. The blade has slightly wider wing part compared to older models like the Omega or Vega Series blades. The handles of the 2 blades are thicker by a millimeter. Usually, when I measured the older blades they have, the handle thickness is just 25mm+. With the HX Pro it is 26mm+ and the HX version almost at 26mm. The wing or neck part of the blade needs to be sanded slightly but this is not a big problem. The only concern that I have is that the metal logo at the sides of the handle easily tarnish because of sweat from the hands. I would suggest probably sealing or varnishing the logo to prevent this from happening.
        The HX version is a toned down version of the HX Pro and it has control written all over it. The HX version is thinner and definitely slower than the HX Pro but still plenty fast. I would compare the speed of the HX version as slightly faster than the Stradivarius but slower than the Ignito. For other brands, the HX version is as fast as or slightly faster than the Timo Boll ALC with a more solid feel. The HX version can be everybody’s carbon blade because it is that just good of an offensive carbon blade. The one who used it aside from me even commented that it has the same control of a Timo Boll Alc but has a slightly different feel because of the different composite materials used. The HX version is good for spinning mostly near and mid-distance from the table. Near the table, it is good to loop with because of the control and not fearing the ball overshooting the table but the HX version is best at middle distance. If you want to play far from the table, you would probably need a faster rubber like the Omega V Pro. The one I used for the test for both blades and other Feel blades is the Xiom Omega Euro DF.
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        Posted 3 Weeks Ago
        4.00 Great Fast attacking blade

        The HX Pro is purely a balde with pure brute force. I Do not knwo why this is labelled as OFF only but suppsoedly this is OFF+ with a stiff feeling. I tested this blade using a Xiom Vega Europe DF rubber and also with some Chinese rubbers.
        The Hx Pro blade is the thickest blade in the Xiom Feel Series. It is about 7.1mm thick but it is not the heaviest blade but the Feel SX blade. The Feel series blades are being marketed by Xiom as their next generation blades. Their previous blades like the Omega or Vega series are not as numerous compared to the Feel series which has 8 blades to choose from! The outer plies of the HX Pro is said to be a high quality Kiso Hinoki that is 200 years old+. Xiom says that they are trying to get higher qualities of their products in the market compared to their past products and also can even compete with Butterfly. Both blades have a slightly wider wing part compared to older models like the Omega or Vega Series blades. The handles of the HX Pro it is 26mm The wing or neck part of the blade needs to be sanded slightly but this is not a big problem.
        The HX Pro attacks so well with very strong shots. The blade is a little unforgiving that is why you have to fully execute your strokes properly. If you have half cooked strokes or poorly executed strokes, the HX Pro may not be the blade for your. This blade is really made for advanced types of players and is very good far from the table even with just medium speed rubbers. The blade can be played good in a short game like blocks or flicking but drops shots need sdjustment because the blade is very bouncy. Overall, this is a powerful blade to use but needs a good set of skills. In terms of looping, the HX Pro can still loop good but it is more specialized in power looping. Near the table it seems to be fitted for loop driving and taking the ball at the peak of the bounce or off the bounce. The HX pro is good in overpowering the opponent’s underspin return but it is even better doing counter looping or counter spins mid-distance from the table or far from the table. The HX Pro’s speed puts it really at mid-distance to far from the table if you attack the ball with spin.



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        Posted 3 Weeks Ago
        3.00 Great midrange looping blade

        The ZX1 has burnt or heat treated limba outer plies. The Xiom website has pictures of the ZX1 having hinoki outer pleis but in reality it has limba outer. I think this was just an error posting in Xiom's part. The ZX1 is a lightweight offensive blade with good control. It is about 85-87 grams in weight and weight distribution is towards the head. Mine is almost head heavy with Xiom Omega V pro and Euro rubbers. The ZX1 is the slowest among the ZX blades. It has a loser feel to the old innerforce alc blade or the carbonado 145. The ZX1 is a flexy blade that looping is its big advantage. It is not as fast as the ZX2 or 3 but it can be compensated by using faster rubbers. Although, a lot of people would prefer the ZX2 and ZX3 blades due to their extra pwoer and speed, the ZX1 is enough for most people with average skills.
        The ZX1 feels more woody than being a composite blade. This is a good thing because this is for people who want a faster blade than just an all wood blade but does not want a sacrifice of the wood feel, the ZX1 is an excellent blade for them. The ZX1 has a medium arc when looping. I have tried both the Xiom Omega V Europe and a Chinese rubber on the blade. Both rubbers can loop really great when using the ZX1.
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        Posted 4 Weeks Ago
        5.00 Affordable Composite Blade

        Xiom Feel AX
        -84 grams, medium stiff


        This has Koto outer plies wirth Carbon Aramid layers. This is my favorite blade among the feel series blades (my personal preference among all Feel blades but ZX3 and ZX2 are awesome too). This is cheapfor a composite blade among the Feel blades and if I am not mistaken this is in the range of the Xiom Quad V1 or Clipper CR which is about 60USD. It is made in China but the quality is not inferior, although the Japan-made blades like the HX and ZX blades (with the exception of ZX1) have a better quality finish. Nevertheless, what made me fall in love with this blade is that it is blade with complete package. Yes, it is not as fast as a Viscaria because I would rate it as OFF and not an OFF+ blade but the speed is more than enough. I am biased about the feel but among the composite Feel blades, the AX is the one that has best feel. It has little to no vibration. It has a thin 7 ply construction and it provides enough flex to loop the ball slowly and with great spin or loop drive the ball. In short, the AX is dynamic blade where you it can give you the spin you wanted in a blade or be a powerful attacking blade but maintains a good amount of control. I really like the Xiom Vega Euro blade even until today. They possess almost the same speed and control but the AX has more flex and the surface of the top plies are not as hard. The AX does not feel too hard but does not feel soft that it decreases your power. Also, a good bonus is the weight. The Blade ranges about 84-87 grams. My blade is 84 grams and I paired it with a Xiom Omega VII Pro and Euro rubbers, the set up is light. Even with the Globe 999 national and Omega V euro rubbers before, the set up does not feel heavy and not even head heavy compared to other blades I had in the past. This is the dark horse among the new Feel blades because a lot of people who have tried the 8 blades during my testing period really like the blade because of how it plays. When this arrived at a store, the AX sold only for a few days before running out of stock. I think it is safe to say that the AX is the blade that was really unexpected and surprisingly good despite the cheaper price. This blade made me shift to a controlled composite blade due to me wanting a less physically demanding set up.
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        Posted 4 Weeks Ago
        3.00 Heavy Composite Blade

        Xiom Feel SX

        Anegre are the top plies of the Xiom Feel SX blade. Anigre is an African hardwood used by several blades in the market like Yasaka an some Butterfly blades. The Janka hardness of Anigre is substantially harder at around 700+ compared to the Janka value of Limba which is around 400+. This gives the SX a bit heavier weight due to having a denser and harder wood. The SX has a weight range of 95-99 grams according to Xiom and I got mine at 95 grams. The blades construction is superb and the Anegre’s surface seems to be semi smooth and not as smooth as Hinoki top plies of other Feel blades.

        The Feel SX Blade is a heavy blade for a lot of people and I caution people before buying it. Xiom said that the SX was intended to be heavy and for me the 95 gram weight is not that I can handle easily if I use it with both inverted rubbers. With a long pimpled rubber then this set up is good. The blade is a solid attacking blade. It feels woody on impact. Although it is a basically a carbon-zephylium blade, it retains some feel. There are times that the SX can almost be as fast as the HX PRO but they kinda feel different on impact. The SX feels like a classic, hard 7 ply all wood from those old Chinese blades while the HX Pro feels like any modern hard-hitting blade.
        If the SX had been lighter and thinner, maybe it would be more playable to a lot of folks. You have to really like heavy blades or you have a strong arm to play this set up fully. Xiom says their newer rubbers like Omega 7 Pro and Euro are lighter and can be paired with the SX in order to reduce the weight. My Xiom Omega VII pro rubber is 45 grams cut to 150x157 and the Xiom Omega VII euro is 43 grams cut to the same blade. So if I were to use the blade’s weight at 95 grams plus the 2 rubbers the total set-up weight it about 183 grams which is still on the heavy side. So I would recommend this maybe to attacking long pip players. One inverted on the forehand and one pips out rubber with thin or no sponge at all. I tried the Feel SX with a 755 Long Pips and it worked perfectly fine. It can attack and block well with the LP on the bh side.It can chop block near the table but it cannot chop defensively even outside the table due to its raw power.
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        Posted 10-26-2017
        4.00 Good but slow looping blade

        This is the best slow looping blade of Nexy. Blade feels like slower than Off- sometimes but it is indeed in the Off- class. It feels like a Stiga Offensive classic but feels a tad harder though at the same speed. It has the flex and softness that slow but spinny loopers need. The control is that of an all+ blade coupled with good feel. No bad vibrations felt whatsoever. I got the 83 gram Peter Pan when it first came out. The handle is is very comfortable to the hand and it is very easy to use for players with different levels. Even advanced players will love this blade because control and feel are top notch but it needs an off+ rubber. Even the Karis H would do good with the Peter Pan.
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        Posted 10-26-2017
        4.00 Good alternative looping blade

        Got mine for 80 grams. Head size is 157 x 150mm. It is indeed lighter than the original Aria but not slower. This is slower than the Tibhar Stratus Powerwood but has more flex and control. This is an Off- to Off 5 ply all wood blade with Limba outer plies. It is a good all around blade for either offensive oriented players or blockers and spinny loopers. Control is very good even when paired with an Evolution MX-P or any other off+ rubbers. The DHS HUrricane 3 was awesome on this blade and also the Globe 999 National rubber, booth boosted. If it is paired with MX-P, this can be as good as far from the table but optimal power is at mid-distance.
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        Posted 10-18-2017
        5.00 Highly Underrated composite blade!

        A medium-fast blade that is light at about 83-86 grams. I think this is the blade that stands out after Stradivarius among Xiom blades. It is highly underrated and the blade itself has a better feel even when you compared to viscaria and timo boll alc blades. It is slightly slower than viscaria and feels a tad softer but it is already fast at OFF speed (not off+). What sets it apart is that it feels like an all wood blade and has its softness but it has the stability of a composite blade and the speed. What puzzles me is that this blade has gone unnoticed by most EJ's. The blade can definitely be used by players of different styles except defensive choppers. Other than that, the blade is amazing and can be matched with any Chinese, Japanese and Euro rubbers.
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        Posted 09-18-2017
        4.00 Very good Soft Japanese rubber

        The Karis M is a medium soft Japanese rubber. It is slightly softer than the M+ version. The Karis M is a linear rubber with above average spin. It is made from the factory that makes Stiga rubbers in Japan as well as ITC and Nittaku Soulspin. The topsheet is grippy and produces a good amount of spin but less comapred to European rubbers such as Tibhar MX-P or MX-S. It is fast and bouncy like 42.5 degree ESN rubbers. It is better at receiving serves because the topsheet is not as sensitive to spin. Ideally, I like this better as a backhand rubber due to its ability to do bunch blocks, blocking as well as backhand looping. It can defend well by blocking due to its soft sponge but at the same time gives a fast return when blocking. It needs a specific type of contact with the ball and that is to dig dipper into the sponge in order to have better spin and power.
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        Posted 09-15-2017
        5.00 Amazing Violin Clone

        This is an amazing clone for the Nittaku Violin. It has the same construction. It is a bit heavier compared to the original Violin but feels more solid when hitting the ball. My E-4 was about 90 grams in weight. The blade is medium stiff but has some flex to loop the ball easily. A tad lower in speed than the Tibhar Stratus power wood with better looping capabilities. The feel or feedback when hitting the ball is its asset. The feel is so nice without no unwanted vibrations. The handle is smooth and very ergonomic. Both the E-3 and E-4 are the best blades among the E-series but the E-4 stands out above the rest.
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        Posted 08-29-2017
        4.00 Target Pro Turbo

        • Low throw
        The new 40+ version of the Target National seems to be frustrating. Just like the Euro Target version the new 40+ Target seems to have a very low throw that the ball hits the net always no matter how much effort you place on the ball contact. I never had any problems with the old Target National rubber and it is the one I am recommending players to use instead of the new 40+ versions because I never it is easier to use and it doesn't hit the net. It is as heavy as the other Target National versions at 69grams approx.
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        Posted 08-29-2017
        4.00 Solid rubber from Sanwei

        Lighter version of the T-88 rubbers at 61 grams uncut. The topsheet is not your typical Chinese rubber which is shiny. The Taiji has a matted topsheet for both black and grey. The new, bright, pink sponge has bigger pores compared to the last version of T-88 which was a yellow sponge. The rubber is slow at all+ speed but very spinny.

        The topsheet is slightly tacky even with the black version. Spin is high despite being slightly tacky and produces a medium to high arc.

        Speed is only a bit faster than the T-88 light rubber. If compared to other rubbers, the speed of the Taiji is a little bit faster than LKT XP Pro or a little bit slower than Ritc 729 Higher. This is a beginner to intermediate level rubber. Take a bit of effort to spin and needs a proper technique to play with. It can chop defensively and push with high amount of spin.

        It is not as spin sensitive like the PF-4 nor feels as hard as Hurricane 3.
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        Posted 08-29-2017
        4.00 Good blade
        • Bouncy
        • Fast + Control

        The Nexy Rubicon is an amazing blade. Weighing at 84 grams, the blade feels light and not head heavy. The one is used for half an hour was with a Nexy Karis Hard on the forehand and a Stiga Airoc Astro on the backhand. The blade has a very good finish. In fact, it has the most comfortable flared handle among all the Nexy blades I have tested so far. The neck, the size and the smoothness all contributes to the comfort when gripping the handle. The surface is medium hard and the overall stiffness is medium stiff with some flex. The blade is fast, more or less teh level of a Startus power wood but the control is much better. When I tried the Karis H in the forehand, the set up seems very bouncy so for people who want soem control I would suggest not to use any medium hard or hard ESN rubbers. Probably a 38-39 degree dhs rubber would be perfect because it isn't not too bouncy. I would choose medium rubbers for this like Rakza 7 or Joola Rhyzm-P
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        Posted 08-26-2017
        3.00 Good backhand rubber

        A semi-light rubber at 64-65 grams uncut. Spin seems to be in the level of xiom vega europe but the speed of the R42 is much faster. it is very bouncy and easy to use especially in the backhand. It is easy to receive spinny serves and also spinny loops because it is not spin sensitive and also it is good for blocking. I might prefer this over the Xiom Vega Europe for the backhand because it has a more bouncy sponge and it seems durable enough. Think of it as almost the sme with Xiom Vega Europe but with a faster speed. Arc when spinning is medium to low.
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        Posted 08-23-2017
        5.00 Excellent attacking all-wood blade

        The Eternity blade is a hardened Infinity VPS blade that has a more solid feel and faster speed. The speed of the Eternity is more or less equal to the Stratus Powerwood. The outer plies look like burned or colored limba. The blade is medium stiff with some flex that is still good for looping or simply smashing. It is a blade that attackers and all-around style players can enjoy. The weight seem to vary. Mine was 92-93 grams at legend flared while the other ones I knew who bought the blade have 87-88 grams. The Eternity has only one drawback-you need to seal the blade surface before you glue a rubber on just to protect the outer plies from splintering. The Eternity is a little more expensive than regular Stiga blades but it is a good attacking blade with good control.
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        Posted 07-30-2017
        4.00 High Speed, High Throw Blade

        Weight: 92-93 grams
        Speed: Off+
        Hardness: very stiff

        The 245 is a high throw blade. Like the 45 and 145 predecessors, the 245 has also has a high throw. The 245 is a very stiff blade and also insanely fast. Only the weight is the drawback. It is like an innerforce blade on steroids. It is very bouncy and fast that you only need short strokes to produce fast attacks and returns. TYhis is not for a beginner and I would only recommend this for advanced and expert level players. Despite the speed and stiffness, the 245 has some control when it comes to attacking and also has some feel. It still has more feel compared to TAMCA 500 blades.

        What are the differences between the 2 blades? There are quite a few differences that I have observed actually. The 290 has a lower throw or arc while the 245 has a high throw with the rubbers I have used for testing. The 245 easily clears the net when you are looping the ball and the height I have observed over the net would probably be 4-7 inches depending on your angle but you will not have any problems hitting the net. You need to adjust a little bit with the 245 because of the high arc and a long throw. First few minutes I had to adjust but not much of a problem. The 290 however is a bit unique. At first, you would be a bit nervous if your shots because you would think they would hit the net and you would miss your shots but no. The low throw and long arc of the 290 seem to be good in the long run. Yes, it has a low throw but it is consistent at about 1-2 inches above the net BUT you seldom miss with it. It is pretty consistent about its accuracy and height. When you loop with the 245 it is easier because the ball has some clearance when you loop it. The high throw of the 245 is more forgiving than the 290 but the 290’s consistency on its low height can be hard to block against with. The low but long trajectory of the 290 produces a very sharp flight pathway for the ball and it is faster too. The 290 is faster than the carbonado 245. People would mistake the ball going over the table with the 245 as the 245 being the faster of the 2 but it is actually the opposite. It is the 290 that is faster only that it has a lower throw and the 245 due to the height and long trajectory of the ball, makes you miss your placement sometimes.
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        Posted 07-29-2017
        4.00 Superb off+ carbon blade

        Wt: 93 grams (master flared)
        Hardness: Very Stiff
        Composition: Limba+ textreme carbon + ayous
        Speed: OFF+


        The Stiga Carbonado 290 was designed for players who wanted a faster Stiga blade because Stiga has not had any off+ blades for a few years now except with the Intensity Carbon. The previous Carbonado 190 was only considered as OFF and not a true OFF+ blade. The Carbonado 90 was even slower like an OFF- blade even with a thin textreme carbon layer on it. At first inspection, the Carbonado 290 has the new metal logos on it – both at the side of the handle and the one that replaces the sticker that has been on the blade since the 70’s. The quality finish is very good. Stiga has been increasing the quality of their blades especially the newer ones. The 290 has a smooth finish on the limba top surface has some sort of a very thin varnish but I strongly recommend people to seal the blade before gluing any rubber in it.

        On a bounce test against the blade having no rubber, the sound was a high pitched sound indicating it to be a stiff and fast blade. I tested the blade with a DHS Hurricane 3, Stiga Mantra H, S and M versions. The level of speed the Carbonado 290 has is in par with a Jun Mizutani ZLC blade. It is a true OFF+ blade and it is way faster than its predecessor the Carbonado 190. You can say it feels like a very stiff Innerforce blade and it is on steroids but it still has great feel hitting the ball.

        Looping wise, the Carbonado 290 is above average but it is more suited for loop drives. The throw is very low and it is low that at first time using it I was afraid that my shots would hit the net because the throw was that low. Fortunately, even if the height of the ball while passing over the net was just about an inch or two it was pretty consistent especially with the Mantra H and M versions. The loop drives are long and sharp. It is safe to say despite the Carbonado 290’s very fast speed, it offers a fair amount of good control. At least in my part, I really like the low throw with the Mantra H.

        Overall, this is a few steps above the usual Stiga blade. The 190 and 145 blades were not fast enough for some people before and this is Stiga’s answer to those clamor. The Carbonado 290 is currently the fastest modern blade Stiga has although the old Titanium blade that was produced more than 10 years ago was also fast but I could not remember which is faster between the two blades. The blade is good in almost all aspects of the game except for chopping with long pimples. Due to its speed, it is the only thing it will not be good at. Short strokes like flick or drop shots are good and easy to control despite the speed. Blocking is also one of its strengths. The Carbonado 290 is awesome to block with. With the Mantra H glued on it, blocking even very strong loop drives are a bit easy and it is so far the most stable and linear blade I have used. It can easily do what you want it to do except chopping. Only drawback for this balde is that it is on the heavier side where you might need to get the master flared version to have a lighter blade,
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        Posted 07-19-2017
        4.00 High Spin Hard Rubber

        The spinniest Rasanter rubber having also the hardest sponge.The feel of the rubber is closer to the Joola Maxxx 500 and Gewo Hype Pro 50. Produces high amount of spin and it seems suited more for players who use Chinese rubbers. The speed is medium fast like that of an EL=S or EL-P. It is spinnier than the Andro Rasant Power Grip but still a notch shorter than MX-P or MX-S. Still, it is a good forehand and backhand rubber but specifically opted for a certain style like a looping style. Rubber is easier to control than the V or R47 versions. Sometimes, it feels like a faster Chinese rubber with no tack.
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        Posted 07-17-2017
        4.00 Good offensive rubber

        This is the 2nd fastest Rasanter rubber. This is slightly spinnier than the V47 version and has a higher arc. The topsheet grips the ball fairly good enough. This has a lesser spin compared to MX-P but better control. This is still very spinny. Also, the MX-P is still faster than this rubber but with a small difference. This is a good offensive rubber and I would prefer this over the V47 because of the amount of spin. The speed difference between the V47 and this is just a few notches so better to choose the version with more spin. This is definitely for advanced players. Almost similar to the Joola Rhyzm but a tad softer and Blue Fire M1.
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        Posted 07-14-2017
        3.00 Good Medium-soft all-around rubber

        The R42 is almost similar to the Joola Rhyzm 425 except that it feels softer. Sponge is medium soft and you can feel the ball sink into the sponge everytime you have a hit with it. It produces above average spin and a medium arc when looping the ball. The R42 is fast and bouncy and compared to the Xiom Vega Europe, it is marginally faster and also spinnier. Control is above average even for beginner and intermediate levels but I would recommend this more for an intermediate level player. Good smashing and hitting properties especially with counters and blocks near and far from the table.
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        Posted 07-13-2017
        3.00 Soft, more on control

        The softest Rasanter among the 6 variants and also the slowest. It is slower than the Rasant Beat and also has less spin. The Rasant Beat was softer but it offered more spin and grip on the ball and it was more bouncy. Even at max thickness this rubber can be controlled by intermediate level players. Good for smashing because of the control but spin is just above average. I would only recommend this as a backhand rubber because it blocks really well and it is easy to hablde spinny serves and loops when blocking.
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        Posted 06-27-2017
        5.00 Good High Quality Ball

        The new Stiga 3 Star Perform ball is a great improvement over the the optimum 40+ before. This is already as good as Sanwei 40+ ABS polyballs. The consistency in bounce and roundness is very good and almost feels like a celluloid ball. Not sure about the price though. Probably made by Minkow Factory but not sure.

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        Posted 06-27-2017
        4.00 Good DHS H3 Alternative

        -slightly faster than commercial Hurricane 3 but with a notch or 2 less spin. It is a good alternative to commercial Hurricane 3 because it has a more consistent quality. The red one is tackier than the black one making the red one spinnier but slower. This has a blue sponge and is quite heavy. Medium arc when looping, excellent close to the table attacking style and also for an all around style.
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        Posted 06-20-2017
        4.00 Good Chinese rubber

        A good Chinese rubber with a bouncy sponge. It is similar to the Tin Arc rubbers. The Rubber is made by DHS. It is medium fast and is very spinny on slow loops. High amount of control and excellent for close to the table type of play. Pushes and blocks well too.
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        Posted 06-20-2017
        5.00 Arctic is awesome

        A better 5 ply looping blade that Infinity VPS. It is composed of a new "Arctic wood" outer ply with inner spruce and ayous layers. Loops very well and is forgiving on difficult shots. Faster than VPS but still has a lot of flex. Slower than Tibhar SPW but faster than a Primorac Off= blade. A perfect balance of speed and control and very user-friendly. Ideal for all levels of playing from beginner to advanced levels. It is also not choosy with rubbers you glue on it. It is also a light blade for its kind. My legend flared version was only 85 grams.
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        Posted 06-01-2017
        4.00 Good, above average rubber

        more suited as a backhand rubber rather than a forehand rubber. this is more suited for players who are still developing their game and also for all around type of play where every stroke counts a a point earning stroke liek push chops and flicks. advanced players can use this more as a backhand rubber and just stick to Tenergy 05. Spin is much less compared to Tenergy 05 or MX-P.
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        Posted 02-14-2017
        5.00 Favorite from the 3 Mantra versions
        • Fast
        • Very grippy
        • Impressive

        STIGA Mantra Rubber: H
        Weight: 65 grams uncut
        Speed: OFF+
        Spin: Very High

        After waiting patiently the new Mantra rubbers are here. I finally got hold of each version S, M and H. To stop the rumors flying about that the Mantra rubber series was recalled due to a low durability. It was due to a factory enhancement with the rubber which I know but do not have the liberty to discuss.





        I paired the Mantra H, alongside the Genesis Rubber on a DHS Hurricane 3 for the Carbonado 290 and 245 and the Celero Blade. Out of all 3 versions soft, medium and hard I preferred the hard. The medium version is 47 degrees in hardness. Between all 3 versions the pimple structure between the Soft, Medium and Hard are the exact same the only difference being the hardness of sponge.

        The topsheet on the Mantra rubber is a huge update from the Airoc and a great improvement. The Japanese company that produced the rubber has surprised me with is new topsheet. It has a very grippy surface and it does not come with the plastic like texture.

        Speed: The Mantra rubbers are fast with the hard version being the fastest. It has similar speeds to the Tibhar Evolution MX-P if not even faster! The Japanese rubbers never had a problem with speed it was that they needed more spin. The M is also fast but on similar speeds to a EL-S. The S is slow and soft, slower than a FX-P.

        Spin: The Mantra rubbers are very grippy. This is the first time the Japanese company have produced such a topsheet for Stiga. The Airoc was spinny but not on the levels of the new Mantra rubbers. In comparison to other rubbers the topsheet feels closest to Haifu Shark 3 and Whale 3. They are grippy without the tackiness. The hard version has almost the same amount of spin as the Evolution MX-P but a sharper and longer trajectory. When used with the Carbonado 290 the throw was low but accurate enough to clear the net. The medium version is also very spinny. Both M and H versions of the Mantra are spinny enough that they could pass as ESN rubbers, its this trajectory that makes them different from ESN rubbers. The M produces a medium arc whereas the S has a medium to high arc. You need to hit through the sponge more with the S to produce more spin. The Genesis rubbers are initially more spinny but when you compress more on the sponge and when you do very strong attacks, that is where the Mantra H and M rubbers shine and you can feel the combination of the speed and spin.

        Which version do I prefer of the Mantra series? I was really biased with the H version but lately I also like the M version a lot. Let me explain why.

        The Mantra H is the most stable rubber of the 3 in terms of attacking and blocking. The H version was placed on a Carbonado 290 which is a very fast attacking blade, a OFF+. I didnt have any problem with blocking the ball. It produced a low return when blocking

        Mantra H version is one of the most stable rubber I have tried in terms of attacking and blocking. Take note that the H version was placed on a Carbonado 290 and the said blade is an off+ very fast attacking blade. I had no problem blocking with it. It produced a low return when blocking just an inch higher than the net which is sometimes hard for opponents to attack back. Both the M and H are really easy to block with. The M is a tamed version of the H and is easier to control. The H versions very low throw often upset my opponents with its unique attacking properties. The players who tried it were using the Donic P-Series and MX-P series. The guys using the Donic P-series all said the Mantra H was a more vicious and better rubber in attacking. The guys using the MX-P were very impressed by its good spin capabilities and sharp low arc.

        The M version is the tamed version of the Mantra H. It can do everything the M version can but on a more tamed attack and easier to control. The 3 rubbers are never spin sensitive but they spin great with serves and pushes aside from loops. The S version, I would recommend it really for a backhand rubber or for developing players mostly. The H and M versions are really the rubbers to buy.
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        Posted 02-14-2017
        4.00 Review on the stiga mantra M
        • Fast
        • Very grippy

        STIGA Mantra: M
        Weight: 63 grams uncut
        Speed: OFF
        Spin: Very High

        After waiting patiently the new Mantra rubbers are here. I finally got hold of each version S, M and H. To stop the rumors flying about that the Mantra rubber series was recalled due to a low durability. It was due to a factory enhancement with the rubber which I know but do not have the liberty to discuss.







        I paired the Mantra M, alongside the Genesis Rubber on a DHS Hurricane 3 for the Carbonado 290 and 245 and the Celero Blade. Out of all 3 versions soft, medium and hard I preferred the hard. The medium version is 45 degrees in hardness. Between all 3 versions the pimple structure between the Soft, Medium and Hard are the exact same the only difference being the hardness of sponge.

        The topsheet on the Mantra rubber is a huge update from the Airoc and a great improvement. The Japanese company that produced the rubber has surprised me with is new topsheet. It has a very grippy surface and it does not come with the plastic like texture.

        Speed: The Mantra rubbers are fast with the hard version being the fastest. It has similar speeds to the Tibhar Evolution MX-P if not even faster! The Japanese rubbers never had a problem with speed in the past it was that they needed more spin. The M is also fast but on similar speeds to a EL-S. The S is slow and soft, slower than a FX-P.

        Spin: The Mantra rubbers are very grippy. This is the first time the Japanese company have produced such a topsheet for Stiga. The Airoc was spinny but not on the levels of the new Mantra rubbers. In comparison to other rubbers the topsheet feels closest to Haifu Shark 3 and Whale 3. They are grippy without the tackiness. The hard version has almost the same amount of spin as the Evolution MX-P but a sharper and longer trajectory. When used with the Carbonado 290 the throw was low but accurate enough to clear the net. The medium version is also very spinny. Both M and H versions of the Mantra are spinny enough that they could pass as ESN rubbers, its this trajectory that makes them different from ESN rubbers. The M produces a medium arc whereas the S has a medium to high arc. You need to hit through the sponge more with the S to produce more spin. The Genesis rubbers are initially more spinny but when you compress more on the sponge and when you do very strong attacks, that is where the Mantra H and M rubbers shine and you can feel the combination of the speed and spin.

        Which version do I prefer of the Mantra series? I was really biased with the H version but lately I also like the M version a lot. Let me explain why.

        The Mantra H is the most stable rubber of the 3 in terms of attacking and blocking. The H version was placed on a Carbonado 290 which is a very fast attacking blade, a OFF+. I didnt have any problem with blocking the ball. It produced a low return when blocking


        Mantra H version is one of the most stable rubber I have tried in terms of attacking and blocking. Take note that the H version was placed on a Carbonado 290 and the said blade is an off+ very fast attacking blade. I had no problem blocking with it. It produced a low return when blocking just an inch higher than the net which is sometimes hard for opponents to attack back. Both the M and H are really easy to block with. The M is a tamed version of the H and is easier to control. The H versions very low throw often upset my opponents with its unique attacking properties. The players who tried it were using the Donic P-Series and MX-P series. The guys using the Donic P-series all said the Mantra H was a more vicious and better rubber in attacking. The guys using the MX-P were very impressed by its good spin capabilities and sharp low arc.

        The M version is the tamed version of the Mantra H. It can do everything the M version can but on a more tamed attack and easier to control. The 3 rubbers are never spin sensitive but they spin great with serves and pushes aside from loops. The S version, I would recommend it really for a backhand rubber or for developing players mostly. The H and M versions are really the rubbers to buy.
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        Posted 02-14-2017
        4.00 Review on the stiga mantra s

        Mantra S
        Weight: 62 grams uncut
        Speed: Off-
        Spin: High

        After eagerly waiting several months for the new Mantra rubbers, I finally got hold of all 3 versions. Also to stop all the rumors that the Mantra rubber series needed to be recalled due to low durability is in correct. It was due to factory enhancement with the rubber which I know but do not have the liberty to discuss.









        I paired the Mantra S, alongside the Genesis Rubber on a DHS Hurricane 3 for the Carbonado 290 and 245 and the Celero Blade. Out of all 3 versions soft, medium and hard I preferred the hard. The soft version is 42 degrees in hardness. Between all 3 versions the pimple structure between the Soft, Medium and Hard are the exact same the only difference being the hardness of sponge.

        A Japanese company developed the Mantra and it is surprisingly different to what I expected especially with The topsheet. The new topsheet on this rubber is very grippy and not like the Airoc series whereby it has that plastic like texture. Lots of people have been asking what are so good about the Mantra's, is it just a marketing gimmick, I have asked myself the same questions. I also asked myself when I tried to place myself on other people’s shoes especially the doubtful ones and I do not blame them for being doubtful.

        Between the 3 Mantra rubbers I found the soft version to be the slowest, slower than a Tibhar Evolution FX-P. The Medium version is faster and similar speeds to a EL-S. The Hard version was the fastest one, it matches similar speeds if not faster than a Tibhar Evolution MX-P. The Japanese rubbers didnt really have much problems with speed in the past it was that they needed more spin.

        In terms of speed all 3 versions are very grippy, this is the first time that the Japanese company produced such a topsheet for STIGA. The Airoc series was spinny but not on the level of the Mantra rubbers.

        The soft version reviewed here requires more hit through the sponge to produce spin. This rubber is for players who compress the sponge a lot when driving or top spinning.

        The M version has a medium arc while the S version has a medium to high arc. The S version needs to be hit through the sponge to produce more spin. This rubber is designed for people who compress the sponge a lot when driving or looping. The Genesis rubbers are initially more spinny but when you compress more on the sponge and when you do very strong attacks, that is where the Mantra H and M rubbers shine and you can feel the combination of the speed and spin.

        I have also posted a review on the Medium and Hard versions which I preferred more.
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