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TableTennisDaily
08-27-2014, 02:44 PM
TableTennisDaily had the fantastic opportunity to review STIGA's latest Airoc Medium Rubber.

@Dan used the STIGA Emerald blade and @Tom used the STIGA Hybrid Wood blade in the review which looked at the STIGA Airoc Medium rubbers on both sides of their blades. The review looks at various techniques and a range of shots used in today's modern game of table tennis and also which types of players this rubber is suited to.

Thanks to STIGA, (https://www.facebook.com/stigatabletennis) Daniel Ives, Tom Maynard, and Kingfisher Table Tennis Club in the making of this review.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Swoq0w2lDPw

We hope you enjoyed this review, let us know what you think by posting below guys. STIGA players Jean Michel Saive and Truls Moregardh (Winner of euro mini champs - Best 12 year old in Europe) are now using the Airoc medium rubber. Jens Lundquist is looking to change from his Calibra LT to the Airoc rubber.

Check out more TableTennisDaily Equipment Reviews here. (http://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/forumdisplay.php?289-TTD-Equipment-Reviews)

calvincandie
08-27-2014, 03:00 PM
WOW! I need to get my hands on that rubber as soon as humanly possible!

Camarão®
08-27-2014, 03:11 PM
The rubber looks inconsistent to me

TTHopeful
08-27-2014, 03:20 PM
Fantastic as always Dan and Tom! Looks like it has more spin than Tour.

yogi_bear
08-27-2014, 03:24 PM
the rubber is consistent. you need to adjust on the low to medium throw. also, as what Dan stated, Airoc M works best when hitting the ball peak or off the bounce timing.

Anyway, I will be posting below my review for the Airoc as what me and Dan agreed upon. We almost have the same findings on the rubber.

yogi_bear
08-27-2014, 03:28 PM
Stiga Airoc M


Weight: approx. 68 grams uncut (max)
Hardness: Medium
Speed: Off
Test Blades: Stiga Emerald VPS, Stiga Ebenholz 5






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It took me a few days to review this rubber and carefully considered the negative feedbacks from people who have tried this rubber. I would rather be objective on the Airoc M's individual strengths and weaknesses instead of just dismissing it as a bad rubber. I cannot blame other people but it is also unfair to just judge the rubber which I have found some redeeming qualities.


The Airoc M was made due to people asking Stiga to make better rubbers than the Calibra Tour Series. The clamor was for an increased spin when Stiga's newer rubber comes out. I have not yet tested the Airoc M with the new polyball because I am still waiting for Stiga to send me some samples together with the Airoc S rubbers.


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Out of the box, as what I have mentioned before, the Airoc smelled like and looked like it was tuned. The rubber has a reversed dome. It comes with a new light blue sponge which is porous and could be mistaken as an ESN made rubber. The "Made in Japan" label on the topsheet confirms that it is not.


http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u218/yogi_bear77/P8220028_zps771456b0.jpg (http://s169.photobucket.com/user/yogi_bear77/media/P8220028_zps771456b0.jpg.html)




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Above and bottom pictures are the close up views of the new porous japanese sponge for the Airoc M.


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Pictures above are the sample rubbers of the Calibra Tour and Airoc M. I took photos of the 2 rubbers together and let people see the differences in topsheet. The Tour topsheet has a mat black look while the Airoc topsheet is a bit shiny and has a different grainy look.


I glued and tested the Airoc M both on the Ebenholz 5 and Emerald VPS together with the Calibra LT Spin for a base comparison. Here are the following things I have observed and I will try to be objective on each attribute of the rubber under testing:


Speed


I rate the Airoc M as fast but nowhere near the level of T64 in terms of speed and bounce. If compared to Stiga's own rubbers the Calibra LT and LT+ are both faster than the Airoc M. The Airoc M however is faster than the Calibra LT Sound and LT Spin versions. I noticed the bounciness and lively attributes of the Airoc M the moment I hit it with both Ebenholz 5 and Emerald VPS blades. When you hit with it using drives, the newly developed sponge which looked like a tensor sponge at first has a very good reaction against the ball when you hit through the sponge.


Feel


The Airoc M doesn't feel like a true medium hardness rubber. It felt like a medium soft rubber when hitting hard. I would say the approximate sponge hardness equivalent to a euro rubber is about 45 degrees. The rubber has a loud sound when hitting through the sponge. It sounded different from the calibra series rubbers which have a dull sound with the exception of the calibra lt sound rubber.


Control


Despite the fast speed of the Airoc M, the control is obviously good for a fast rubber. It was good
enough to control strong smashes near and far from the table. The balance of speed, control and good feel contributes to making the rubber very easy to use even for intermediate players. The control is unlike that of the faster calibra rubbers like LT+ and LT versions which require a little more skill and touch. I can safely say that the Airoc M is a good blocking rubber both forehand and backhand with my preference to the backhand because I love its good feel and control. It's like a toned down T64 in terms of speed and spin but with a softer feel and better control. The topsheet is not sensitive to incoming spin making it very good for receiving serves.


Spin


This is where most people are most interested before this rubber came out because they wanted something spinnier than the tour series. I asked for a calibra spin rubber side by side with the Airoc M because I felt the Calibra LT Spin is the spinniest modern Stiga rubber. To say that the Airoc M lacks spin is a bit unfair. I would rather judge the Airoc's performance on specific spin-based strokes. Let me establish the fact that the Calibra LT Spin is still spinnier than the Airoc M. I rate the Tour Series as having Average Spin, the Airoc M as having Above Average Spin and Calibra LT Spin as High Spin capability. There is a vast improvement in terms of spin for the Airoc M compared to the Tour Series. The Airoc is spinnier maybe by about 20-25% just to crudely put into numbers. I think many people will like the Airoc M if they do loop drives at peak of the bounce or off the bounce attacks above the table. If you hit more through the sponge when spinning then there is good spin. When you loop on a delayed contact timing or when the ball starts to go down then you would notice that the amount of spin is not as high compared to the first 2 timing contacts. In order to produce good spin you really need to use and hit through the sponge rather than just brushing it with less contact. This is for the forehand loops and spin drives. On the backhand, I found that the Airoc M redeems itself. It is a very good backhand rubber. I let my students block my backhand loops in different timings they say it is much spinnier compared to when I was using it in my forehand. The 2 first early contact timing against the ball still has the same results for the backhand with the late contact on the ball having lesser spin. So I realized that the AIroc is better for speed attacks with more emphasis on speed than spin. That is where the Airoc M shines. I do not think it suits a spinny looping game though.


So I conclude that the Airoc M is a very good rubber. It may differ from people's expectations because of having used to fast and spinny euro rubbers but this rubber is not bad at all. I really need to test this on the polyball together with the Airoc S when it arrives because Stiga says this was designed for the polyball. ​

P1ngP0ng3r
08-27-2014, 03:31 PM
Thanks for again a great review.

It seems that this rubber is very reactive to incoming spin or it lacks control. I noticed more errors made by both of you compared to previous reviews.
Is the hardness of the topsheet comparable to for example BF M1 or M2?

calvincandie
08-27-2014, 03:38 PM
Thanks for again a great review.

It seems that this rubber is very reactive to incoming spin or it lacks control. I noticed more errors made by both of you compared to previous reviews.
Is the hardness of the topsheet comparable to for example BF M1 or M2?

Or perhaps it's because the rubber has more spin than they are use to from other rubbers?

P1ngP0ng3r
08-27-2014, 03:58 PM
@calvincandie, that would surprise me as they also play/played/reviewed Tenergy rubbers (which have a lot of spin as well as we all know).

KM1976
08-27-2014, 05:32 PM
Awesome review by TTD and yogi_bear! One request to you guys is also to explain that what kind of blades are best suited for the rubbers you review.
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TurboZ
08-27-2014, 05:37 PM
As the rubber is designed with poly ball in mind and there is no mention of ball used in the review so I guess it is still old celluloid. Results may be different using the new ball.

I have it as RPB on Intensity carbon. Somehow I found it having a higher throw than JP01 Turbo on FH, which suits the lower bounce new ball pretty well. Could it be that the blade + rubber combination cause the medium low throw in the review?


And great shot at 6:33 Dan, Wow!

Amayzde
08-27-2014, 06:18 PM
Have you guys used the poly ball in the reveiws since the poly ball review or are you still using the celluliod ball on these reviews?

krro
08-27-2014, 06:58 PM
I felt the rubber to be very inconsistent when playing match game when you need more variations in your game. Very often the ball "dies" on the rubber and hit the net. And also to soft if you hit very hard.

P1ngP0ng3r
08-27-2014, 07:07 PM
I prefer soft rubbers and will probably put airoc S on my emerald (rasant grip is still an option as well)

Binas
08-27-2014, 08:05 PM
Is the serve goes spinny with this rubber?

Mr. RicharD
08-27-2014, 08:32 PM
Any chance you guys could see how this rubber plays with the new poly ball seamed? Just curious if this is a "new" generation rubber for poly ball or if it's still designed for the celluloid?

yogi_bear
08-28-2014, 04:07 AM
i still have the polyballs coming with the airoc S so i will play with the Airoc M when they arrive

Kaiwen
08-28-2014, 10:39 AM
miss the french or english subtitles (more easier if i can read english sub) LooooooL but very good review!!! thanks :D

ZJK-Fan
08-28-2014, 11:40 AM
Good Review Dan, did you use to poly ball ?

Spitfire
08-28-2014, 06:26 PM
Hi Guy's,

The Celluloid ball was used :)

(Just Asked Dan)

DDF2
08-28-2014, 07:30 PM
In the catalouge I have from Contra (a German table tennis shop) the Airoc S has actually been given higher rating on speed than Airoc M. o_o

fais
08-28-2014, 07:43 PM
Tacky surface, hard sponge blue in color. So whenever Stiga's poster boy XX plays with the TG3 blue sponge, Stiga can tell people he uses Stiga rubbers on his backhand AND forehand :-P

Dan
08-28-2014, 10:46 PM
Thanks for your review @yogi_bear very nice in-depth indeed. We have similar findings.


Thanks for again a great review.

It seems that this rubber is very reactive to incoming spin or it lacks control. I noticed more errors made by both of you compared to previous reviews.
Is the hardness of the topsheet comparable to for example BF M1 or M2?

That's okay :)

It was reactive, just need the right timing on the ball. I think we were both impressed with how much spin we could produce. I found the topsheet fairly similar to the M2, however this Airoc surface is very unique. I can't think of anything quite like it. It has a shiny look but with good grip. I think it's quite hard, very good quality rubber and sponge.


Awesome review by TTD and yogi_bear! One request to you guys is also to explain that what kind of blades are best suited for the rubbers you review.
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Thank you!

Yeah in the future we will look to do this more, in the review we just tried to focus on the rubber at hand so users didn't get to confused. But yes I will mention and compare some blades in the near future within the reviews :)


As the rubber is designed with poly ball in mind and there is no mention of ball used in the review so I guess it is still old celluloid. Results may be different using the new ball.

I have it as RPB on Intensity carbon. Somehow I found it having a higher throw than JP01 Turbo on FH, which suits the lower bounce new ball pretty well. Could it be that the blade + rubber combination cause the medium low throw in the review?


And great shot at 6:33 Dan, Wow!

Yeah that is a good point. I actually felt I had slightly more arc with Tom's blade he was using the Hybrid Wood NCT. So yes I think different blades would alter this. Perhaps blades that are slightly less stiff would help produce more arc.

Haha my back shot! :D I practice that to much now, it's becoming one of my normal shots haha!


Is the serve goes spinny with this rubber?

Yes the rubber is good in the short game, the ball grips well producing good spin on serves and pushes. It has quite a soft feel on the serve you can feel the ball well.


Have you guys used the poly ball in the reveiws since the poly ball review or are you still using the celluliod ball on these reviews?


Any chance you guys could see how this rubber plays with the new poly ball seamed? Just curious if this is a "new" generation rubber for poly ball or if it's still designed for the celluloid?


Good Review Dan, did you use to poly ball ?

Hey guys, I should have mentioned I completely forgot. We had to use the celluloid ball as we have no poly balls at the moment. When we review the Airoc Soft version we will use poly balls.

Gezim
08-29-2014, 09:13 AM
Hi guys.

Yesterday i have played for 2 hours with Airoc M rubbers. They are "sitting" in Rosewood VII and we used Poly Balls from Tibhar. I haven't played with too many rubbers and also did not had chance to test so many rubbers, but i have owned before Calibra LT and Tour M. I can say that this rubber is fastest from rubbers before, it has good control (although it is fast rubber) and has very good spin.

Tried to play with both types of balls, and i can say that with this rubbers using poly balls you feel the game little bit more. Maybe it is just our impression (mine and my friends).

I am not going to talk about other rubbers but anyway I did not notice any difference comparing to tenergy 05 (from my friends blade). I think that these rubbers are not identical but they are quite similar. Maybe i am little bit subjective since i love STIGA products :o.

Anyway, I had this rubbers a week ago, but yesterday was my first day playing with them. Lets see what will be on next days.

Regards from Prishtina (Kosovo)

Ndragon
09-15-2014, 06:10 PM
Dan how long till you make the video review of the Airoc S?

Dan
09-15-2014, 06:30 PM
Dan how long till you make the video review of the Airoc S?

Hey @NDragon,

Around 1 week :) We reviewed the rubber today, we found it very good!

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Ndragon
09-15-2014, 06:46 PM
Hey @NDragon,

Around 1 week :) We reviewed the rubber today, we found it very good!

http://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=6448&stc=1

Couldn't give a brief comparison with the M quick could ya? :rolleyes:

yogi_bear
09-16-2014, 01:34 AM
i'll post mine after dan posts his vid

Guybrush123
09-17-2014, 12:16 AM
The rubber looks inconsistent to me

Yeah. Think so too. And Stiga-rubbers almost always lacks in spin. Maybe not this, but coming from P7 i doubt it. Tried the Calibra Tour, but nothing for me. Stigas blades is the best, but the rubbers is not so good in my opinion. Except maybe Calibra Spin, Magna TX and Magna TC.

Dan
09-17-2014, 09:56 PM
Couldn't give a brief comparison with the M quick could ya? :rolleyes:

Sure, I found the soft rubber to good arc on lower balls so I felt more confident in attacking shots. Good spin could be generated to, on opening up shots. Away from the table in rallies like topspin to topspin it is brilliant, I think the softer sponge gave greater control than the Medium version of the Airoc series.

The review will be out soon @NDragon :) Stay tuned.

raazzz
09-23-2014, 02:22 PM
Awesome review by TTD and yogi_bear! One request to you guys is also to explain that what kind of blades are best suited for the rubbers you review.
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Good input! I'm using Emerald VPS V which i think is a great combination, although it would be great with some more alternatives :)