View Full Version : Yasaka Rigan

05-23-2018, 07:04 PM
Has anyone played with this new rubber, or even seen it?

I have check the main sales sites and no one even lists it.

I think it is supposed to be a tensioned or high performance/pop modern technology (what Yasaka calls Hybrid Energy or Power Sponge), combined with classic rubber top sheet. I am thinking Mark V with Rakza sponge underneath, but I could be completely off.

I am interested in trying it if I can find a sheet.

05-24-2018, 01:37 PM

We recently started to send some out to stores so keep your eyes open ;)

We just released some information about Rigan on our facebook page ( Yasaka Table Tennis ).

You also got the chance to win one sheet of Rigan as well.

Best regards

Olle @ Wood House Ab/Yasaka Europe

08-13-2018, 12:05 AM
I see this rubber at TT11 now.

08-13-2018, 03:56 AM
This is a soft rubber. Soft but bouncy and has above average spin for a German rubber. It is good mainly as a backhand rubber. Beginners or intermediate players can use this in their forehand with no problem.

08-17-2018, 08:27 PM
I finally bought some and so will give a brief review here.

I like the quality of the rubber and felt it was very controllable. It is listed by Yasaka as having built in effect (their way of saying tensioned or tensor rubber), and I think it is a lot like a tensioned Mark V and for that reason a good step up from Mark V for intermediate players. I say this not so much because I believe Mark V is only for beginners, as I played it almost exclusively back in the 1970's and so did all the advanced and world class players (that or Sriver). These were players who were much more capable than the beginners of today and would of course beat many of the intermediate of even advanced players today - even with that old equipment.

Still there is a lot more choices available today so if we relegate Mark V to the beginner pile; Rigan fits right in at the next step. But so too does a rubber like Mark V HPS, which is also listed by Yasaka as having a built in effect. Another rubber in this category would be Valmo. Both of these are faster than Rigan and Valmo is clearly spinnier, and harder to control - with Mark V HPS maybe less so. So I guess I would say that Rigan stands out because it offers more but not at the sake of control.

I played with it on the backhand side of a Ma Lin Carbon bat with Rakza X soft on the forehand. It replaced the Mark V that was on there and so I am confident of Rigan offering more - but it is not shockingly obvious. My Valmo and Mk V HPS are on opposite sides of a Sweden Classic and even on that much slower bat both seem a good deal faster than the Rigan on the Carbon (but importantly they do not seem as responsive as the Rakza on that bat (which is to be expected I think).

So in summary I would describe Rigan as a tensioned Mark V that doesn't lose its control just for the sake of speed and spin, but yet does have gains in both.

I hope that helps anyone who is considering it.