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        Posted 05-06-2018
        4.00 good attacking all wood blade

        The Omega Pro is an all wood blade with hard outer plies. It has rosewood outer veneers. Although description on the stats it has hard ebony wood veneers but the other description is it is rosewood. The Omega series boasts of having jointless veneers - meaning unlike other brands which have non-continuous layers of wood, the Omega Pro has continuous plies. The blade feels hard on the surface but when you hit with it it doesn't feel too stiff. Unlike, the rosewood blades of other brands that feel stiff and heavy, the Omega Pro has somewhat of of a semi soft feel on impact. The one I had was with a ST handle and weighed 86 grams only so the blade is light. Other rosewood blades in the market with 7 plies usually have a heavier weight which ranges from 90-93 grams. Thickness of the blade is about 6-6.2mm. The wing part near the neck of the blades needs to be sanded. Good thing the Omega Series has a built in sanding device that is included in the blade box. You have to sand the wing part because it is a bit sharp but this is not a major issue.
        The blade is not too fast. If I compare it to other 7 ply rosewood blades, I would rate it as OFF but I sometimes feel that it is an off- blade. It does not feel too bouncy but the when you loop with it it seems to be good enough to spin and has a good "dwell time". When I was looping the ball, I felt that the ball was easy to spin like brushing the ball with a limba outer 7 ply blade. In fact, it feels like just a semi stiff 5 ply blade when you are looping with it. When you smash with it, the hard outer plies is a good combination because you are able to give the ball the needed power and rebound when hitting the ball. The control is superb wherein it blocks well. This is mainly suited near the table and to some extent medium distance from the table. Soft and medium hardness rubbers are the best rubbers suited for the Omega Pro. I have used the Omega V Pro, Vega Asia DF, Vega Asia and Omega VII Pro with this blade and all works really well but to maximize the power I suggest to use the Omega VII Pro all the way since some players would find this blade slow to their taste. The blade has good control wherein beginners can even use this blade with slower and thinner sponge rubber versions of Musa 3 or Vega Europe at 2.0mm thickness.
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        Posted 05-06-2018
        5.00 Excellent but low cost rubber

        This is an amazing rubber. It may be 1 or 2 generations older than the Xiom Omega VII rubbers but this one still can compete with newer rubbers. This rubber is almost good in everything because:

        1. Vega Asia DF was released a few years ago but it still packs a punch when doing topspins and hard smashes. This rubber is very fast. It is as fast as Rasanter 45 rubbers although harder rubbers like Omega V or Vii pro can be faster on stronger shots due to having a property where you can compress the sponge more without hitting the wood or "bottoming out". Softer rubbers seem to bottom out but the Vega Asia DF seem to have no bottoming out effect observed. This is an excellent attacking rubber for both backhand and forehand since it is a good alternative for newer attacking rubbers that are much expensive. It has enough power near and far from the table.

        2. Very spinny even for polyballs. The DF or Dynamic Friction formula for the Vega Asia DF produces very good amount of spin despite being overshadowed by its cousins. Most people find the Vega Pro version spinnier but I found out that the Pro version is inclined more for people who are very good in brushing the ball in order to spin. The Vega DF is very spinny and easier to spin despite having not so developed skills or techniques. The Vega DF has an improvement over the old Vega Asia version in which it is a few notches spinnier but nothing more. The old Vega Asia is as fast as the DF version but the difference in spin can be felt by a lot of players I have asked to use the rubber also. I had the non df and df versions at hand at the same time on the same blade for comparison.

        3.I think you can buy Vega Asia DF as low as 33-34USD. If you cannot affod the Omega V or VII rubbers, then this is a good alternative rubber. It may not be as fast as the newer ones but it offers more than what it is priced. Like the Musa 3, the Vega Asia DF is a low cost but high performance rubber.

        4. I find the Vega Asia DF as a very good backhand rubber. It blocks better and has more control than Tenergy 64 though a tad less spinny. It is easier to block very strong attacks with the Vega DF in both forehand and backhand. You cannot chop with it defensively since this is an attacking rubber but all other strokes are fine with Vega Asia DF.
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        Posted 03-26-2018
        5.00 A good MX-P alternative

        Victas V>15 Extra rubber

        Weight: 66-68 grams uncut

        Speed: OFF+

        Spin: Very High

        Sponge Hardness: Medium Hard (47.5 degrees)

        Victas has been producing rubbers with the likes of Extra 01 and Limber in the past and has produced good success in offering alternatives to mainstream and established brands of table tennis products. The V>15 Extra is a German made rubber for this Japanese company.

        Victas V15> Extra offers itself as an alternative to a very saturated market of either Japanese rubbers like Tenergy or various brands like Tibhar and Donic which coincidentally are also made by ESN, the company that produces "tensor" rubbers. I tested this using a Nexy Kim Jung Hoon blade which is a 7 ply, white ash top plies off+ blade. The V>15 Extra is an amazingly fast rubber. Even at 47.5 degrees, the V>15 Extra feels not too hard when you press the sponge and topsheet together. The topsheet feels soft against its medium hard sponge when you compress it. The topsheet is reminiscent of the Joola Rhyzm-P topsheet in which they have the same color which is light red but have different design, structure and probably composition. The V>15 Extra offers very high amount of spin. The spin is more than a lot compared to several German-made rubbers in the market. It can be a substitute to Tibhar MX-P rubber wherein it shares the same speed but offers more speed and more control. Basically the amount of spin is equal to the MX-P but Victas V>15 Extra packs a lot more power with the combination of speed and spin. Although both rubbers are very good, the V>15 Extra offers more control and is also more forgiving on shots and these characteristics makes the V>15 Extra attractive to a lot of players. The topsheet is also very durable as what people around the net have made feedbacks on this rubber. The arc or throw is medium to medium high when looping and when you loop with the V>15 Extra, heavy underspin is easier to lift. Blocking is also very good where in the inherent amount of control this rubber has. Smashing is also

        a very good area where this rubber excels because the ball can sink partially into the sponge producing a good amount of speed and power when smashing high balls.

        I would recommend this to advanced level players who require power, speed and spin but do not want to lose control. If they are looking for a durable rubber because they are on a budget, then this rubber will last longer than they expect it to be. Even with just the Joola Flame series all wood blades, this rubber can already produce power and speed equivalent to using a carbon blade. Overall, this is an amazing rubber and worth its price.

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        Posted 03-05-2018
        4.00 New ZL carbon blade from Tibhar

        Tibhar Kinetic Speed
        Thickness: 5.9mm
        Plies: 7 (limba outer plies - CZ composite -? - kiri or koto?)
        Weight 84-85 grams
        Speed: OFF

        The Tibhar Kinetic Speed blade gave me a mixed feeling of holding a blade that feels like ZJK ALC Blue Dragon blade and the ZJK ZLC blade. The shape of the handle vaguely resembles the ZJK ZLC blade but they just do not play the same way. THE KS is a finely crafted blade with good quality and good looks. The handle feels very comfortable and I prefer the KS' handle over the Cedric Nuytinck's shape. The KS handle is similar to the shape of ZJK ZLC compared to the Cedric's handle which has an almost oblong shape. The blade head shape is also like that of the Cedric Nuytinck which has a semi-egg shaped design. The KS is faster than the Nuytinck but the Drinkhall power carbon is still faster. The speed of the KS will not exceed the speed of Viscaria or Timo Boll ALC. The blade has plenty of speed but still not too fast that it is not on the level of Samsonov Carbon.

        The Kinetic Speed has good feel despite having a more stiff construction. The Viscaria feels a tad harder and more crisp while the KS maintains a semi soft feel on impact. Despite having a composite make-up, the Kinetic Speed does not feel too hard and feels a little bit woody. The feel really reminded me of the ZJK ALC and also being a light blade it felt like it only that the KS feels a bit more solid. It has a typical feel of composite blades. It does not feel like it is close to that of the Viscaria's feel but it does not feel hard but not too soft at the same time. The Kinetic Speed is a very predictable blade which offers a player exactly what he applies on the blade. It has good gears. You can have it slow if you wanted it slow and you can have it fast if you apply more power. It is slightly faster than the Nuytinck but almost the same control because the speed difference is not that big. It is well suited for powershots like loop drives, smashes and counter loops middle distance and up to far distance from the table depending on the rubber used. Some players would find it very bouncy near the table and would prefer to use it mid-distance but skilled players have no problem using near the table. The power slightly decreases at far distance from the table. The MX-P would be excellent in the Kinetic force because despite being a fast blade you will still be able to control MX-P on this one. Actually, I think you will not have any problems looping with MX-P on this blade. While the Cedric Nuytinck can be used by intermediate players due to its high level of control despite being a carbon blade, I would recommend the Kinetic Force for more advanced players.

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        Posted 03-05-2018
        4.00 Excellent control carbon blade

        Tibhar Cedric Nuytinck
        Speed: OFF
        Plies: 7 (limba outer-ZC composite -?-kiri?)
        Thickness: 5.8mm

        Finally this blade that I have been waiting for so long to test arrived. I was intrigued with this blade because Samsonov used this blade. The blade's handle was shown to be wrapped with handle grip covering the entire length but the single black or blue stripe at the middle of the handle gave us a clue that this was the blade he was using. I think he covered it only to protect the identity of the blade as this blade was designed and advertised for another player with the same name. I think Vladi uses the VS Unlimited blade nowadays but he spend significant time using this blade in tournaments. The blade is encased in a big and better looking box unlike other Tibhar blades with their small boxes this one has a better packaging. The blade itself has a high quality finish like the Unlimited Blade series before. The blade surface seem to have a very thin layer of sealing or the blade is just smooth. The head shape seem to be semi-egg shaped. it is not as profound as those Waldner egg shaped blades. The blade weighs about 87 grams and the weight tilts towards the head but it never felt head heavy when I used the Aurus Prime and Select rubbers at maxed thickness. The neck and wing part need only a little bit of sanding. If only they have pre-sanded the neck part of the blade, this would have been perfect. The handle is very comfortable but the Unlimited series seem to be my personal choice for their handles and they feel bigger to the hands.

        When I bounced the ball onto the bare blade, the ball bounced on a medium height. It is surprising that Tibhar did not release any OFF+ blades in their latest set of blades. They would usually make 2-3 blades with one being very fast, one medium speed and the other is a typical all around blade. I would probably attribute this to the fact that the new generation tensor rubbers nowadays when even paired with off- blades only can already compensate to the blade's lack very fast of speed. In short, blade's power can be increased by using fast rubbers like Aurus Prime or MX-P. I did not have a chance to test this with an MX-P. The Cedric blade has enough speed but it is not too fast. In fact it is slower than the CCA Unlimited before and the past blades such as Paul Drinkhall Carbon and Samsonov Carbon blade (the one with the blue handle). If I compare it to other brands, the Cedric Nuytinck blade is closer to the Carbonado 145 in terms of speed and maybe feel except that the Carbonado feel more stiff.

        What I like about the Cedric blade is that it is a high performance blade despite being not too fast at all. The blade excels close to the table and mid distance from the table. It has enough power that will let the player feel it is not a slow blade. However when it is paired with an MXP- or Aurus Prime it is good even at far distance from the table. The blade feels medium soft. It has this flex that you need when you loop the ball and looping with it is very easy. The Cedric blade has very good control and seems to be as good as the Samsonov Stratus carbon in terms of handling however I like the Cedric better because it feels a bit softer if my memory does not betray me. This would be one of the best control carbon blades in the market if paired with the right rubber. I suggest to pair this more with MX-S if you are a pure looper and with Aurus Prime or MX-P if you hit more or need more power in your shots. It is just easy to handle that even an intermediate level of player can use this probably with slower rubbers like a 2.0 MX-S or 2.0 EL-P. The blade also provides good control in blocking and when you want to use long pips in the back either for pure blocking or attacking long pips style, the blade is good enough to use. I would assume it would also pair well with Chinese rubbers because of the limba outer plies and the woody feeling due to the very thin carbon layers.
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        Posted 02-18-2018
        4.00 Excellent 7 ply all wood blade

        The Xiom Zeta Offensive all wood blade is koto 7 ply blade from Xiom. The ZOC is about 87 grams in weight and about 6.2mm thick. It feels harder than the Xiom Solo which has an identical composition. The Xiom Solo despite being a 7 ply blade, the feel and flex is a that of a 5 ply blade and the speed is only at OFF- and not a true OFF blade. The ZOC feels a tad harder than a Clipper CR with more speed and power. The blade is an attacking blade but offers very good control slightly lower than that of the Solo. The blade feels like having a semi-hard feel with some flex. When paired with a a powerful rubber like Omega 7 Pro, it is excellent away from the table while maintaining control. This is also a cheap blade priced at about 50USD.
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        Posted 02-18-2018
        4.00 Best Mid-range priced rubber

        Musa 3

        The Musa 3 is a very under rated rubber in the market today. Much attention has been given on newer and faster ESN rubbers, the Musa 3 seem to be not given much attention by players. There are ESN rubbers that were released by TT companies with rubbers like Roxxon, GTT rubbers that are in the mid-ranged cost of 30-35usd but they have older generation topsheets with newer sponges glued to them. The Musa 3 looks different that the topsheet is unlike rubbers before it and that it is not a slow rubber with less spin but rather it is surprisingly fast and bouncy. Upon checking, the Musa 3 is a medium soft rubber. You can feel the softness when you are pressing lightly against the topsheet but not as soft as a Vega Elite. It is closer to the softness of Vega Europe. The Musa 3 is very fast and bouncy that people who have tried it seem to think that it is faster than the Acuda S2 or Bluefire M2 but slower than MXP or Rhyzm 48. It feels like a classic Japanese rubber that is spin-elastic. You can say it is like an improved classic rubber like Mark V but the spin and speed are marginally higher. The spin is very good and it has a high amount of spin. If the likes of the Omega V pro or Euro and even the Omega VII Pro have very high or extreme level of spin, the Musa 3 has high amount of spin. I would put it as having the same level of spin with Acuda S2 or Bluefire M2 but feels softer. The arc is medium to medium high arc when looping. The ball digs deep into the sponge and topsheet when looping producing a very good amount of spin. The power is good up to middle distance from the table. I feel the power diminish at about 6 feet away from the table. It is better as a close to the table rubber that is very good for quick attacks, blocking, flicking and drop shots. The Musa 3 is an all around rubber that can basically do any type of shot being an offensive rubber. If the Vega Series like Europe, Asia, Japan and Pro versions were o be phased out in the market, the Musa 3 can actually replace all of them because it is as good as those rubbers mentioned. I would suggest this to players are budget conscious that want to have the best value their limited budget can buy. Even higher level players can actually use this effectively as a backhand rubber. This was tested with the Zeta Offensive Carbon blade. Uncut Weight is 64-65 grams
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        Posted 02-18-2018
        4.00 Best-selling SP in Japan

        The Vega SPO is already in the market for a long time when I tested it. Tony of Tony's Table Tennis informed me that the Vega SPO is a best -selling short pimpled rubber in Japan but seem no to have caught the attention of people outside Japan. It has a medium soft sponge. The sponge feels like a Vega Europe but when combined with the topsheet, the Vega SPO feels like a medium hardness pips out rubber. The pip structure is arranged in a diagonal manner and they feel grippy. The pimple structure feel they have some softness like the Royal and when you compare it to the TSP Super Spin Pips, the Super Spin Pips seems a bit harder. It is closer to the feel of Stiga Royal. The Vega SPO has a similar black carbo sponge similar to that of the Omega series rubbers especially the Omega V sponge in particular. If you compare it to the Xiom Zava short pips before, the Vega SPO has a more firm feel while the Zava has like a medium soft feel. The ball sinks deeper into the sponge with the Zava compared to the Vega SPO.
        The pip structure is very grippy but not tacky like the Stiga Radical. When doing push-chops, you can push-chop with it with heavy amount of spin and it feels it has more spin than TSP Super Spin Pips and RICT 802-40. Backhand topspin opening against underspin seem to be very good both in the forehand and backhand. A friend of mine who is not a short pips user tried the Vega SPO as his forehand rubber because he is usually inclined to slap and contact the ball deeply against the sponge. He being a beginner in using short pips as a forehand rubber, was able to easily use the SPO as a forehand rubber because he could easily slap the incoming balls with underspin. I can say that this shows that the SPO is not hard to use. I like it as a backhand rubber because it is easier to use than the RITC 802-40 and Stiga Radical because of the RITC 802-40's lesser grip and the Stiga Radical's unpredictability. The SPO's effect is more predictable when to expect heavy pin or no spin from it. It could attack really well because the pips can grab the ball better compared to common short pip rubbers that has lesser grip. A good knuckle effect is also observed with punch blocking and the ball sometimes float low and slows down when you are blocking against it sometimes disrupting your timing. ​​The speed is fast at 2.0mm and much more at max sponge thickness. There is a big gap with the their speed. If you compare the speed, Royal and SPO seem to have equal speed but I am not sure enough comparing the speed with the Raystorm.
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        Posted 02-18-2018
        5.00 Controlled looping carbon blade

        Testing was done with Xiom Omega VII Pro, Vega Intro, Vega SPO and Musa 3 rubbers. The ZOC+ blade weighs 84 grams but the range of weight is85-87 grams. The blade has a medium stiff feel. It feels stiffer than the Feel AX blade and a tad faster but it almost has the same feel. I am not sure if the top ply is made of Walnut or colored Limba. Central ply looks like Kiri. The ZOC+ feels light, balanced but never hollow. Even if it is labelled as OFF+, it should be rated it as OFF only because it is not faster than Viscaria. I say it is as fast as Viscaria. On a bare blade doing ball- bouncing, the height of the ball bouncing against the bare blade is medium high and a little bit higher than Feel AX or almost the same bounce as Viscaria or Xiom Stradivarius. The Zeta Offensive Carbon+ is a "can-do all" all-around offensive blade. I still love the Feel Ax, I switched to the ZOC+ immediately because the control never really decreased in my part but I felt an increased in speed by a few notches indicating that the ZOC is a faster blade than the Feel AX. The ball feedback with the ZOC+ is excellent to feel in the hand and it does not feel too hard nor too soft. The blade has enough hardness to give you the power and speed but it has a softness innate to the blade when you are hitting with it so it has a combination of balanced softness and hardness. The Zeta series blades have actually one of the best handles in the line of blades for Xiom. The handle is just right including the wing part. If I compare it with the Feel Series blades, the wing part of the AX and other blades are wider and you need to sand them. The Omega series have also good handles but they feel too slender at times and with the Zeta blade handles, they feel just right.
        The Zeta Offensive Carbon+ is an excellent attacking blade with balance on looping and driving. Looping the ball is as easy as looping with the Feel AX but it feels much faster. The blade feels bouncy but not too fast. It has more than enough speed that you need for powerful shot but it has control like that of an off- blade. Smashing is very good but the best qualities of the ZOC+ is looping, blocking and inside the table strokes like flicks and drops are all easy to execute with it. The ZOC+ has been my main blade with much preference compared to the Feel AX, both have the good flex in looping but the Zeta Offensive + blade is just a step better. In terms of power ZOC+ is limited to the middle distance from the table and farther from the table it loses some amount of power on your shots unless you place a very fast rubber with it like Omega VII Pro. The Zeta Offensive + can be used by players that are in the intermediate level when it is paired with the Vega Intro 2.0mm or Vega Elite 2.0mm rubbers in which control is really abundant. Advanced and even elite players will greatly love the Zeta Offensive Carbon + because it is dynamic, fast, controllable and excellent in every shot. It is about 60-65usd so the price for its performance is really good.
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        Posted 02-12-2018
        4.00 Great Beginner's Rubber

        - this is a very under rated beginenr's rubber although the characteristics of this rubber is even good enough for advanced and intermediate level of players. Speed is OFF-, it is slightly faster than the Yasaka Mark V but it has the classic feel of Japanese rubbers in older times. The Vega Intro is a user friendly rubber to develop strokes. The rubber is not too fast but it offers high level of control. The topsheet is very grippy and is spinnier than Mark V or Sriver EL. Beginners can use the 2.0 version of the Intro and intermediate players can use the max version with no difficulty.
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        Posted 02-12-2018
        4.00 OFF+ medium soft rubber

        - 66 grams uncut
        - medium to medium soft
        - off+
        The Rhyzer 43 is a toned down version of the Rhyzer 48. It is labeled as 43 degrees but the total hardness with the sponge seems to be medium and sometimes even harder than the usual 45 degree rubbers that I have tried like the Joola s Maxxx 450, Rakza 7 or Adidas P7. With the Rhyzer 43, at tleast you could feel the softer topsheet compared to the Rhyzer 48 rubber which has an overall hard feeling. What I like about the Rhyzer 43 is that it easier to use than the 48 version. In my case, I choose to place it in a slower blade like the Xiom Feel Ax because when I placed it with the Rhyzer 48 in the Pro Spin Power blade, the Rhyzer 43 still goes off the table easily. So I placed it with in a slower blade which is the Feel AX and then the magical moment happened. The rubber is very good and the speed is more than enough even with a slower blade. The Rhyzer 43 is still very fast and the speed is equal to that of the MX-P. If people are looking for a substitute of the Adidas P7 then this rubber will suffice. It has the control and feel of the P7 but the speed and spin is marginally bigger. The topsheet is very grippy like the 48 version but the softer sponge allowas the ball to sink into the sponge easier. The rubber is very bouncy that it is easy to slap and drive low flying balls. At least the Rhyzer 43 is a little bit controllable compared to the 48 degree version. Nevertheless, the 48 and 43 Rhyzers are excellent both as forehand and backhand rubbers.I am currently using the Rhyzer 43 as my forehand rubber in one of my rackets because the 48 is not just for my level.
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        Posted 02-12-2018
        4.00 Superfast ESN Rubber

        The JoolaRhyzer 48 is hands down the fastest ESN rubber in the market right now. I have tested it bought with a not-so-known Pro Spin Power blade which is an off+ balsa-carbon blade and the Xiom Feel Ax which is a softer Viscaria blade. People have asked me to compare this with the Xiom Omega VII Pro and there is quite a big difference and in my opinion they are in a different class. I think the upcoming Omega VII Tour should be the equivalent of the Rhyzer 48 and not the Pro version because they feel really different and the VII Pro is marginally softer and lighter. The Rhyzer 48 being 68-69 grams uncut and the Omega VII Pro being 65-66 grams uncut. The Rhyzer 48 is medium hard. It feels a lot firmer than Omega VII Pro. Even the topsheet of the Rhyzer 48 is not as soft as the VII Pro.
        The Rhyzer 48 is a beast waiting to be tamed. I think it is not for the untrained. The speed is ridiculously fast. I would boldly rate it as faster than the MX-P rubber. I have used the MX-P on a similar blade with balsa-carbon composition but the at least the MX-P is controllable. The Rhyzer on a very fast carbon blade just goes off the table with a long and high trajectory. I would think maybe because of the trend today of not using blades that are too fast, the Rhyzer is enough to use that you will not lack the speed or power that you need in your shots even if you will just use it on an all+ blade. It should be paired with an all wood blade or if you choose to have a composite blade then the speed of the blade should not exceed that of the Viscaria or Timo Boll ALC blade. Its speed should rival Bryce Speed or even faster by a few notches. The good side is, if you have the training or the skill, the Rhyzer48 is a powerful rubber to use. If I compare it to the the Rhyzm 48 before, the Rhyzm 48 is a mild version with lesser amount of spin. When you are in the receiving end of the Rhyzer 48, you could feel how heavy and spinny the balls are when somebody is using it against you. The very long trajectory of the Rhyzer 48 ensures you that even at 4 meters away from the table, yours shots will not fall short. Also, at close to the table distance, very short swings will handle the ball more than enough to attack it with good amount of speed.
        If in terms of spin , the potential level of Rhyzer 48 is much higher than any other rubber in the market with the exception of maybe Tenergy 05 but the level of spin between the 2 seem to be very minute. The ESN rubbers, over the years, have been inching closer to Tenergy in terms of spin. Speed is not a problem for ESn rubber as a lot of ESN rubbers are faster than Tenergy 05 but it is the rubbers grip towards the ball that ESN rubbers are trying to catch up to and I think with Rhyzer, the topsheet’s grip can compete with T05 and give it a run for its money. If you compare it to Xiom Omega VII Pro, the O7P is easier to produce spin probably because the sponge is softer and the rubber is easier to use but the Rhyzer if used correctly can have a higher level of spin. I would wait for the Omega VII Tour to fully compare rubbers in terms of spin and speed.
        The Rhyzer is an excellent offensive rubber that does not need an off+ blade to be used. In fact, it needs a slower blade to be fully utilized by players like me who are not pros or not on elite level of playing style. In my opinion, this will be the hot selling rubber early 2018 unless newer and better rubbers will come out later this year.
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        Posted 01-21-2018
        4.00 High Performance rubber

        I got to review this for megaspin.net and xiomtt.com. The Omega VII Euro is the younger brother of the Omega VII Pro having a lesser amount of speed and slightly lesser amount of spin. Just like the previous series, the euro version is always the more controllable one except for the Omega V Euro which seems to be harder than the V Pro version. Anyway, as tradition of Xiom for tis Euro rubber version, the Omega VII Euro is fast attacking rubber with high level of spin. Strange thing though that the Omega VII Euro seem to feel a bit more firm than the 7 Pro version and this is probably because of the topsheet hardness. You can say that the 7 Euro is a very good all around attacking rubber that can do everything well from attacking to blocking and also short strokes inside the table. The Omega 7 Euro is a do all rubber that is not too fast with very good control and high level of spin. If the Omega 7 pro is designed for higher level of players, the Euro 7 version is the best for intermediate and advanced players. Even beginners using a 2.0 sponge can use it well because it is very easy to control and use. The topsheet has the same topsheet with the 7 Pro but has a lower spin potential than the 7 Pro. The Omega V Euro seems to be harder in its sponge and seem to be tackier or grippier but at the same time it is also spin sensitive. The Omega 7 Euro however is not as spin sensitive. I find the V euro sometimes spinnier than the VII Euro spinnier when you are doing brushing contact with the ball on loops. This rubber is good for both backhand and forehand as this is already very spinny and controllable for most players and their levels. It is best paired with medium hard or stiff blades.
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        Posted 01-21-2018
        5.00 Easy to use offensive rubber

        I got this from megaspin.net and xiomtt korea. The Omega VII Pro is the newest Xiom rubber that was just released this January. I have this rubber late December 2017 and I was able to fully test this for a few weeks. This is indeed a different ESN rubber because it doesn't feel like the previous Rasanters. The texture of the topsheet is different with the Rasanters being smoother compared to the topsheet of the Omega VII rubbers. The topsheet is soft and the Pro version feels like it is softer than 45 degrees overall if you take into account the soft topsheet and the sponge. The sponge is a black porous sp[onge like the usual carbo sponge that Xiom has but it looks different from the older rubbers. The topsheet is very grippy, it seems to be a little tacky compared to the plain grippy topsheet of the Rasanters. The O7P is one of the easiest rubber to use. I think aside from the weight which is 45 grams cut to a 150x157mm blade head, the rubber is very easy to use which is its main selling point. Even people who have tried the O7P say that the rubber is so forgiving that even with poorly executed shots, the ball goes in and gives you a huge room for mistakes but still be able to return the ball with ease. I would say even intermediate level players can use the O7P with ease and confidence. The Omega 7 Pro is a very fast rubber. It is a purely offensive rubber that can attack near and far from the table while leaving room for errors. It is very forgiving that even if you slap very low flying balls, you would still be able to land the ball on the other side. It is faster than the MX-P and slightly faster than the Rasanter R47. The speed of the O7P is more or less equal to that of the Tenergy 64 speed but with a higher angle. The spin is quite surprising because the Omega 7 Pro is not only very easy to produce spin, it is very easy to produce very heavy spin. The very grippy topsheet when combined with the topsheet softness lets the ball sink deeper into the sponge allowing the player to have more grip with the ball. The level of spin for the O7P is very high, in fact it can be spinnier than the MX-P but it is easier to use. The O7P loops well either by thin brushing contact with the ball or sinking the ball deeper and use more sponge compression to produce spin and speed in stronger shots but the Omega 7 Pro favors the sponge compression more because it is just the way it was designed to do with the polyballs. It is a trend with polyballs that people need to compress the sponge more when spinning the ball to produce heavier spin and the O7P is geared towards this approach. The O7P is also an excellent attacking and blocking rubber in the backhand where in those backhand shots like flicks and slaps near the net are very accurate and easy to do. It also blocks very well despite having a sort of tacky topsheet. It absorbs the impact easily on very strong shots making blocking very easy while maintaining control over the ball. So far, the Omega 7 Pro is the easiest high speed/spin rubber in the market right.

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        Posted 01-08-2018
        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 12-25-2017
        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 12-25-2017
        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 12-24-2017
        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 12-21-2017
        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 12-21-2017
        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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