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Xiom
Price
40
Type
Inverted
Sponge
 ESN Tensors
Speed
   8.0
Spin
   9.0
Control
   8.0
Manufacturer stats
Speed
   8.1
Spin
   8.6
Control
   8.2
Durability
   8.6
User stats
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The Vega series is focussed on spin. The two new technologies built into the rubber HYPER ELASTO and CARBO SPONGE make this Tensor rubber give a built in tension effect.
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    Posted 10-06-2017
    ControlledSpin's Avatar ControlledSpin Reviews(20)
    5.00 Good All-around and easy to use tensor
    • Easy to use
    • Good control
    • Spin/Speed
    I really like this rubber. It does just about everything well and is easy to use. It's the first tensor I used after transitioning from Mark V as a developing player. Good speed and spin with great control and consistency. Excellent for blocking, flat hits, serve return and pushes. Pretty good for looping and serves. The high throw angle makes lifting backspin fairly easy. Can be used effectively on either FH or BH. Not the fastest or spinniest but a good choice for an all around tensor that is highly consistent with good control.

    User stats

    • Speed
         8.8
    • Spin
         8.8
    • Control
         8.8
    • Durability
         8.8
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    Posted 06-23-2017
    anchorschmidt's Avatar anchorschmidt Reviews(7)
    5.00 Best Forehand rubber I've usd
    • spinny
    • reliable,quality
    • cost
    • low catapult
    • requires effort
    Best forehand rubber I've ever used. I really like using this with softer blades as it allows me to activate the sponge more easily for softer strokes and the hardness of the rubber gives me the power if I want to hit a winner.

    Firstly, it's extremely reliable. I've never been surprised by anything that this rubber does. Sometimes with other rubbers, the ball leaves the rubber in a way that leaves me scratching my head.

    Pros:

    1. Throw angle is very high so you can open up against backspin pretty easily if you have the technique.
    2. Serves with good spin and catapult is quite low in the short game.
    3. Lots of gears. The sponge allows you to open slow and spinny (my bread and butter) or do a hard opening.
    4. Very precise for counter topspins if you have the technique


    Cons:

    1. You need power to activate the sponge. So it could be tricky on the backhand side and tricky overall if you are not positioned properly and have to play a shot under pressure
    2. High throw angle makes blocking tricky on the backhand side as you really need to close the angle. I have no problems with blocking on the forehand side though.

    User stats

    • Speed
         8
    • Spin
         9.5
    • Control
         8.3
    • Durability
         9.7
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    Posted 06-22-2017
    Maxiking237's Avatar Maxiking237 Reviews(1)
    5.00 Best substitution for Tenergy
    • catchy surface
    • hard sponge
    • speed and spin
    Tried this rubber as a Tenergy substitution since many players I know used this already and when I played the rubber for the first time it was a insane feeling. Alot of grip on the surface and a hard sponge allows me to play really good in short-short game, because you have alot of feeling for it and the third ball attack is aswell strong. By the way in germany it costs only 27 euro´s, which is really cheap!

    User stats

    • Speed
         8.5
    • Spin
         8.5
    • Control
         8
    • Durability
         7.5
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    Posted 05-19-2017
    4.00 Lively but not too edgy, speedy but not uncontrollable
    • Blocks well
    • Flat hits trusty
    • Good window
    • Service control
    When resuming play, I started out with the classics I grew up on (Sriver, Mark V, Friendship) then was tossed a sheet of Tenergy 05. My level rose quickly, and I discovered two things: a new depth in spin-based attacks close, near and far from the table - and fragilities in service reception, pushes, counters, passive blocks and smashes.

    So I took a step back, and got pointed to Vega Pro. The good thing is: it's not T05, but it has some of the properties I liked about it. It's definitely tamer, but that feeling of chewing up the ball when swinging is just there. Direct hits feel crisp and direct, which I like, rather than somewhat muffled like in many other rubbers, especially the softer-sponged ones.

    It is a bit heavier than most rubbers. Easy to adapt to for me, but then again, those that insist upon very lightweight rubbers should look elsewhere.

    All playing properties, in the end, are trade-offs. The tradeoffs in Vega Pro do work for me in many aspects of the game. My active blocks may be a bit better with Mantra H or Tenergy 80, opening up a heavy backspin ball may be a bit more lethal with Tenergy 05, pushes and serves are probably better with Rasant Grip; but in the balance, this works for me.

    Added to that, it's relatively cheap and I found it to be more durable than most. It's outlasting my T05 and Rasant Grip sheets, and still feels reliable.

    User stats

    • Speed
         8.8
    • Spin
         9
    • Control
         9.2
    • Durability
         9.6
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    Posted 02-24-2017
    Zaid323918's Avatar Zaid323918 Reviews(17)
    5.00 Top notch rubber
    • Serves
    • Loops
    • mid-distance
    • touch play
    • chopping
    I was using this rubber previously on a lot of blades and it was a little too hard for me to control but i loved it still. After I improved my game I went back to it and put it on BTY Timo Boll Spark and it's great. Throw angle is a little higher than I would have liked on the forehand but loops on both sides are great but better on BH. Remember that this rubber is hardish and not very forgiving so timing and brushing the ball well is crucial. If you get it right the rewards are high. This rubbers durability is also really good if you maintain it. If you want to fix the rubber's hardness a little, put a tiny bit of sunflower, baby, etc. oil on it and it'll soften up a little. Also, make sure you remember to change your racket angle when opening up. Too low, and you'll hit the top of the net. Too high and you'll barely miss the edge of the table. To sum up though, if you want a relatively cheap rubber, buy this.

    User stats

    • Speed
         8.3
    • Spin
         9.1
    • Control
         7.9
    • Durability
         9.7
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    Posted 07-30-2016
    4.00 Underrated
    • Very stable play
    • Spinny
    • High throw angle
    • Not tuneable
    • could be faster
    • No bounce
    Well I played this rubber for over one and half years now. Mainly on Butterfly Alc blades (Boll Alc, viscaria, maze, if Alc) and on the Korbel eu Version. Im going to try Evolution el-s soon but for now Vega pro is my rubber of choice. I pay 28 Euros per sheet otherwise i would still Play tenergy.

    Overall my passive Game is a strong key of winning when i Play against opponents on my Level. For me the Vega pro is just Great here. I can punch block, spin block or chop at will. Passive five Stars plus


    However i play when i play against weakerw oponents where i have to play active my first ball lacks speed and often length. Due to the hardness and the lack of catapult you have to play the ball with allot of arm and/or wrist accelerstion. This is not for eveyone. So i would prefere a bit more speed and bounce. Still a great rubber if you but power behind your shots.

    User stats

    • Speed
         6.3
    • Spin
         8.2
    • Control
         8.6
    • Durability
         7.2
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    Posted 02-14-2016
    5.00 Spin machine for the masses
    • High Spin
    • High Control
    • price
    Given that the Vega Pro is a hard sponge rubber (47.5), this isn't a rubber for everyone to start with.
    It requires some amount of acceleration (wrist, forearm) to generate spin and speed.

    Why do I still think it is for masses? Because I believe it is good enough for everyone to learn to generate this type of spin with the rubber. Even if you struggle in the beginning coming from more "lively" rubbers, you get used to it quickly. I worked my way to the Vega Pro coming from Vega Europe to Vega Japan and finally Vega Pro, but should have skipped the Vega Japan and directly go for the Pro. I was hesitant because of the reviews, but think that the step isn't really that hard, because the speed of the Pro is nothing to fear.

    Although it is an ESN Tensor rubber it still has it uniqueness in not having a very dominant catapult effect as many other rubbers coming from the same ESN generation (e.g. Donic Acuda, Thibar Aurus ....). This make the Vega Pro the most controlled ESN rubber I have played (and I played many ...).
    The Vega Pro plays very "linear", so if you don't put much energy into your strokes, you will be able to play slow and short. With energy you generate a lot of spin, speed and length without overshooting.

    There is not really any area of play that the Vega Pro has a real flaw. Short game is great due to the hard sponge. Blocks are easy as well, even with thicker sponges (I currently upgraded to MAX and never felt more confident in my spin blocks). As mentioned in one of the reviews, the Vega Pro is better played closed to the table or requires an OFF+ wood to be effective from mid distance. I currently play it on a XIOM Vega Tour which is perfect combination for both - close to table and mid distance.

    Last thing to mention is price/performance. Being half the price of a BTY Tenergy and 2/3 of the more prominent ESN rubbers, the performance is exceptional. I played the Tibhar Evolution MX-P as well and coulnd't find that it gives me any better package for the additional bucks.
    The rubber last longer than the Tibhar, Donic or Andro rubbers I played and doesn't require any "upgrades" even after 4 month of play (70-80h total).

    User stats

    • Speed
         7
    • Spin
         9
    • Control
         8
    • Durability
         9.7
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    Posted 11-12-2015
    iHatePONGPING's Avatar iHatePONGPING Reviews(4)
    5.00 Perfect for the close-range aggressive player
    • Control
    • Affordability
    • Durability
    • Speed
    I bought two of this for my FH and BH after I was using DHS Hurricane 3.

    What I like about the Xiom Vega Pro is that it is far from being as tacky and so it picks a lot less dust. After using it for almost two months now playing about six hours a week it still is very good. I like how a less tacky sheet means less sensitivity to the opponent's serving spin, especially compared to DHS Hurricane 3. I can also do a lot more fast blocking with this rubber. It is particularly suitable for players who like me stay close to the table and either play an aggressive game or counter-attack with well-aimed fast blocks. The throw angle is high enough for a comfortable close to mid-range game where you dominate your opponent. I can literally smash through every loop of the opponent with the Vega Pro.

    Perhaps where it lacks a tiny bit is in speed, but then I suppose that can be fixed with a thicker version. I picked the 1.8mm one because I wanted my setup to be as light as possible since I had some shoulder pain, but now that it's gone I will be going with 2mm or max.


    User stats

    • Speed
         7.2
    • Spin
         7.8
    • Control
         9
    • Durability
         8.8
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    Posted 09-10-2015
    Samuel Preuss's Avatar Samuel Preuss Reviews(4)
    5.00 Perfect for topspin and smash!
    • Great topspin
    • Good for smashes
    • Like Tenergy
    The Xiom Vega pro is a little bit harder than my backhand rubber which is the Joola max 450. So it is perfect to attack with topspin and smash. Xiom Vega Pro is for aggressive players. For many players Xiom Vega Pro is an option for players who like Tenergy. But it is a little bit slower and doesn't have so much catapt effect. Xiom Vega Europe is a good rubber in this price area, but others are better, but in most cases they are more expensive.

    User stats

    • Speed
         9
    • Spin
         8.8
    • Control
         8.8
    • Durability
         8.5
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    Posted 05-07-2015
    yurybarquero's Avatar yurybarquero Reviews(2)
    5.00 Excellent for attacker focused on spin
    • Spin
    • Control
    • Feeling
    Most people complain that it is not a tenergy. I am actually happen it is not a tenergy.
    I love its softer sponge. Along with the blade it gives a better feeling and control.
    Eventhough I come from using Hurricane 3 which is a hard rubber its tackiness and some booster were all I needed.
    But with this rubber I saved all the hassle and even though it requires good technique, it is not as demanding as the H3.

    This rubber was designed for spin but don´t let that fool you, you will be able to blast the ball with proper technique.
    Since I am not a Ma Long, I rather start with more spinny shots to keep attacking and find my winning ball.
    I try to do this at least with good blockers. Against other player I can just power loop or a spinny loop can end the point.

    For blocking this rubber is a lot more easier to control than the Hurricane 3. This rubber has helped me improve my blocking skills which I have tried to improve.
    I am mostly an attacking player. Therefore I find more pressure when I am not the first one to attack. This is why I have been working on my blocking skills to stay closer to the table instead of trying to start a counterloop rally.

    You can push the ball easily and when reading the spin properly you can add a lot of backspin as well.

    To help the durability of the rubber, I use a wide edge tape.

    It is definitely a good rubber and for the price is just perfect.

    User stats

    • Speed
         8.5
    • Spin
         8.9
    • Control
         9
    • Durability
         8.7
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    Posted 04-19-2015
    megaexception's Avatar megaexception Reviews(3)
    5.00 pretty good control rubber
    • control
    • overal quality
    • not tenergy :(
    I am user of Xiom Vega Pro 2.0 on both sides of my racket.
    I am pretty satisfied with rubber, it is more than enough for my play level.

    1. Speed.
    Freshly unpacked, rubber has pretty good speed.
    After few months of playing, speed noticeably decreased (I think effect of "factory busting" ended).
    Still, rubber has enough power and is playable. For me it was for better - you can work on your technique, and rubber doesn't allow you to get a powerful topspin without your own good performance.

    2. Spin.
    For 2.0mm, spin is adequate. With MAX sponge thickness, there should be more spin.
    Comparing to other rubbers i've played with, sponge is quiet hard, and you must put more efforts to get good spin, especially on serves.

    3. Control.
    Rubber is controllable, especially after few months of playing. Again, I use 2.0mm version, with MAX control is lower, and will require better technique.

    4. Durability.
    Rubber tends to crumble if you've catched an edge of table. But not as much as some stiga rubbers.
    Rubber is losing "factory busting" effect in few months.
    But rubber has grip, spin and power to played for a very long time.

    In my opinion, rubber is good for learning technique.
    Rubber is good for it's price.
    But it is not tenergy :(

    User stats

    • Speed
         7
    • Spin
         7.5
    • Control
         7.5
    • Durability
         8
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    Posted 03-31-2015
    ajtatosmano2's Avatar ajtatosmano2 Reviews(3)
    5.00 Backhand rubber
    • Spin
    • Feeling, control
    • Power
    Serve: serves are spinnies, but sometimes hard to control.
    Flicks: very easy to flick. You can choose between short spinny and long fast flicks. It's one of the best parts of the rubber.
    Push: not the best, sometimes the ball fly off the table.
    Block: incredible simple.
    Drive: good, easy to counter the opponent's fast loops.
    Loop: with open racket angle you can loop the heaviest backspins with forehand. The backhand loop is good and easy to place, but sometimes I feel a lack of power.
    Chop: it's absolutely not a chopping rubber.
    Now it's my backhand rubber and I'm satiesfied. Mine is 2.0. I can recommand it for players, who have a more active forehand and doesn't like the feel of the Tenergy. Vega Pro have a softer feel and I think a lot more control. It's subjective but I like it. My only problem is, that it hasn't the great power of Tenergy. The Xiom is a very good and reliable company. There is any idea for a rubber like Vega Pro, only morer powerful?

    User stats

    • Speed
         7.9
    • Spin
         9.2
    • Control
         9.5
    • Durability
         8.9
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    Posted 02-28-2015
    TENERGY13's Avatar TENERGY13 Reviews(7)
    5.00 Mostly good
    • Quite fast
    • Excellent spin
    • Control
    Vega pro is a very spinny rubber with excellent speed, the control aspect of the rubber isn't amazing though (quite hard to control).

    User stats

    • Speed
         9.2
    • Spin
         9.6
    • Control
         8
    • Durability
         7.9
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    Posted 12-17-2014
    leeandrew's Avatar leeandrew Reviews(3)
    3.00 Attacking rubber
    • Fast
    • great with serve
    • Unforgiving
    This rubber requires impeccable timing for you to be in complete control of it as it is very unforgiving. very quick and spiny rubber but is no good for the passive or all-round player. you need to be a solid topspin attacker for this rubber to work for you. one very good thing with this rubber is that it is very good with serving and is very easy to generate spin with them. as well as this it does have a prolonged life and does last a long time without dropping off. what i did find is that the edges are very brittle.

    User stats

    • Speed
         9
    • Spin
         7.7
    • Control
         5.6
    • Durability
         8.6
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    Posted 12-12-2014
    4.00 Spinny and Fast, but sometimes Uncontrollable
    • Spinny and Fast
    • Durable
    • Not for blocking
    I've tried this rubber on both backhand and forehand. It's well suited for close to mid-range looping with enough speed and spin. Basic backspin pushes and flicks are fine as well. The only problem here is the control; sometimes it's hard to find the correct angle and arc, topspins flying over or into the net. Same with blocking.

    User stats

    • Speed
         7.5
    • Spin
         8
    • Control
         6.8
    • Durability
         7.8
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