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yogi_bear
05-22-2017, 09:48 AM
Yasaka Valmo Review
Weight: 65 grams uncut
Speed: OFF+
Sponge hardness: Medium (approx. 45 degrees)
Total Hardness: Medium Soft

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The Valmo has a Japanese topsheet combined with a possible ESN sponge. The topsheet at first glance could be mistaken as an ESN topsheet because of its texture and look. The color and appearance look almost similar with ESN rubbers like Rakza X and Joola Rhyzm-P. The topsheet has a very grippy but non tacky characteristic. The sponge is porous but it has smaller pores compared to that of the Rakza X or Rakza 7. If I reme,ber it right, the sponge looks like an Aurus sponge. The sponge is medium but overall hardness seems like medium soft for me. The Valmo is firm but it has this softness that the ball can dig dipper into the sponge when hitting with.
The Valmo was glued to the Adidas Strikewood 7 with a Stiga water-based glue. At my initial bounce test on the rubber, the Valmo has a high bounce. When I made my forehand to forehand and backhand drills with it, the Valmo’s speed is very evident. The Valmo is very fast especially when you hit through the sponge. I would say it is as fast as the Karis M but feels softer by a few notches and faster than the Tenergy 05. It is also lighter than Tenergy 05 by a small margin. If compared to other brands aside from the 2 mentioned above, speed is like or in the level of Stiga Mantra M, faster than an Acuda S2 but Slower than the Acuda S1.
The spin is also another good factor for this rubber. Despite having a non-esn topsheet, the Valmo is very spinny. It is spinnier than the Acuda S2 and equal with the Stiga Mantra M but much easier to produce spin. The very grippy topsheet combined with the esn sponge somehow enables you to grip the ball properly resulting to high amount of spin. I thought it was not spinny but I was very wrong. The trend nowadays with Daiki Japan-made rubbers is that it could compete already with esn rubbers because the topsheet is already very grippy even with polyballs. When I was looping with the Valmo, the arc was medium to high.
The Valmo is a good, high spin/speed rubber. You can use it both in the forehand and backhand. It is very easy to use despite its high speed and I did not experience any instance of the ball hitting the net. The ball went over the table because of the long trajectory but never experienced hitting the net. The Valma is suited for near and medium range distance from the table. If you pair it with a carbon blade then this can go toe to toe against ESN rubbers far from the table. It also can produce good spins on serves, flicks and pushes. The rubber has a great overall feel especially when you hit through the sponge. The rubber is loud and even with blocking, the rubber sounds loud which is very pleasant to hear.

Jaffar Lone
05-23-2017, 06:49 AM
Seems to me that this rubber could be a choice for the backhand side. From what you have described, it appears to have excellent absorption which is ideal for a backhand sponge. Thank you Yogi!

yogi_bear
05-24-2017, 12:43 AM
Yes, i am using it as a backhand rubber also. It isa good all around attacking rubber that you can use it also as a fh rubber if you want a rubber that has good control but not slow and also attacks good. Mxp is still better in attacking compare to it but this is already a very good rubber foR both fh and bh.

Jirrex
05-25-2017, 11:40 PM
Yasaka Valmo Review
Weight: 65 grams uncut
Speed: OFF+
Sponge hardness: Medium (approx. 45 degrees)
Total Hardness: Medium Soft

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The Valmo has a Japanese topsheet combined with a possible ESN sponge. The topsheet at first glance could be mistaken as an ESN topsheet because of its texture and look. The color and appearance look almost similar with ESN rubbers like Rakza X and Joola Rhyzm-P. The topsheet has a very grippy but non tacky characteristic. The sponge is porous but it has smaller pores compared to that of the Rakza X or Rakza 7. If I reme,ber it right, the sponge looks like an Aurus sponge. The sponge is medium but overall hardness seems like medium soft for me. The Valmo is firm but it has this softness that the ball can dig dipper into the sponge when hitting with.
The Valmo was glued to the Adidas Strikewood 7 with a Stiga water-based glue. At my initial bounce test on the rubber, the Valmo has a high bounce. When I made my forehand to forehand and backhand drills with it, the Valmo’s speed is very evident. The Valmo is very fast especially when you hit through the sponge. I would say it is as fast as the Karis M but feels softer by a few notches and faster than the Tenergy 05. It is also lighter than Tenergy 05 by a small margin. If compared to other brands aside from the 2 mentioned above, speed is like or in the level of Stiga Mantra M, faster than an Acuda S2 but Slower than the Acuda S1.
The spin is also another good factor for this rubber. Despite having a non-esn topsheet, the Valmo is very spinny. It is spinnier than the Acuda S2 and equal with the Stiga Mantra M but much easier to produce spin. The very grippy topsheet combined with the esn sponge somehow enables you to grip the ball properly resulting to high amount of spin. I thought it was not spinny but I was very wrong. The trend nowadays with Daiki Japan-made rubbers is that it could compete already with esn rubbers because the topsheet is already very grippy even with polyballs. When I was looping with the Valmo, the arc was medium to high.
The Valmo is a good, high spin/speed rubber. You can use it both in the forehand and backhand. It is very easy to use despite its high speed and I did not experience any instance of the ball hitting the net. The ball went over the table because of the long trajectory but never experienced hitting the net. The Valma is suited for near and medium range distance from the table. If you pair it with a carbon blade then this can go toe to toe against ESN rubbers far from the table. It also can produce good spins on serves, flicks and pushes. The rubber has a great overall feel especially when you hit through the sponge. The rubber is loud and even with blocking, the rubber sounds loud which is very pleasant to hear.

Did you ever play with Rakza 7 soft? If so, how does it compare to Valmo?
I was thinking about what my next backhand rubber is going to be, I am considering another Rakza 7 Soft sheet or Tibhar FX-P, but maybe this Valmo is an interesting option as well. The choice for the forehand rubber has already been made, it's the Nexy Karis M sheet that I've won from NL's forum contest.

yogi_bear
05-26-2017, 02:42 AM
rakza 7 soft is much softer. i think the rakza 7 soft is around 40-42 degrees hardness. spin wise, the valmo is as spinny as the rakza 7 but it is less sensitive to spin. it is also faster than the Rakza 7 soft. I jhave experienced bottoming out with the r7 soft when i hit it with a greater force and if i hit through the sponge too much. The Valmo is a good all around attacking rubber and it pushes, serves and blocks really good too.

P1ngP0ng3r
05-26-2017, 08:01 PM
Thanks for the review Yogi!