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    Stiga Inspira CCF Review

    Stiga Inspira CCF
    Weight: 92 grams
    Thickness: 6.3mm
    Plies: 7 (Koto outer plies – 2nd & 6th layer Limba – 3rd & 5th layer Carbon – Kiri Core)
    Stiffness: Stiff
    Speed: Off+

    The Inspira CCF is the latest blade from Stiga this year and has just been release a few weeks ago last April. Although the Stiga All Around Classic Carbon is the first inner carbon blade by Stiga, the Inspira CCF is the first high-end, high-performance inner carbon blade by Stiga. This is to clarify the statement of Stiga regarding the first inner carbon type of blade that was posted online. The Inspira CCF (Close Core Fiber) comprises of thinner Koto outer plies followed by Limba layers and then the CCF Carbon which is made in Germany. Stiga says this is a new carbon from Germany and is quite different from the Textreme carbon used by previous Stiga blades. The core is Kiri which I think is the first time they have used as a core wood. Stiga has always used Ayous wood with their blades.


    The Inspira CCF is a true off+ blade despite being an inner carbon type blade. The CCF Carbon felt stiff giving the blade an overall stiff feeling. You can feel the strength of the blade on every bounce of the ball when you try to bounce the ball on the bare blade itself. It is not as fast as the Stiga Carbonado 290 or 245 but I consider is faster than most inner carbon type blades of other brands. I feel that the Inspira CCF blade is faster than those Limba-Limba ALC or Koto-Limba ALC of other brands. The closest speed to that of the Inspira blade should either be Carbonado 145 or 190 blade. I would describe the rebound as very fast but not to the point that you cannot properly brush the ball on slow loops. What I mean is other blades have greater repulsion wherein the moment the ball hits the rubber, the ball leaves immediately giving you less chance to properly brush the ball. In these times wherein the polyball is being used, the factors of brushing or ball contact is more important than ever since the polyball gives a lesser amount of spin. I think nowadays it is more important to have a blade that has more control and feel rather than speed although the Inspira blade never lacks in the speed department. It is fast enough and powerful enough away from the table despite being an inner carbon type of blade.

    Looping and stiffness

    The Inspira CCF despite the medium stiff feel can loop underspin to its maximum since the softness given by the 2 topmost plies help give some flex to the blade. I feel the top 2 plies absorb some of the impact before it reaches the carbon layers whereas when compared to blades with 2nd layer carbon, the latter would give a more direct impact feeling and therefore greater repulsion on the ball. The Inspira CCF produces a medium to medium low height when looping against backspin or doing counter loops. I used high arc rubbers for the test – DNA H Pro but had medium low arc on different contact points. When you use a sticky or a Chinese rubber with this blade, this becomes a fast looping machine. I would have to wait for the Stiga Dragon Grip to test with the Inspira CC but the Chinese rubber that I have used in the test was inspiring enough to use in the forehand how much more the Dragon Grip.

    Control and other parameters

    The Inspira CCF has a fair amount of control. At close to the table distance, even using a DNA H Pro max was not a big deal for the control but I loved it more when I was looping with a tacky rubber as this is my preference. Despite being medium stiff, the blade is very forgiving on shots that you have not fully executed properly due to lack of position or slow reaction. It can block superbly due to the combination of its soft and hard feeling. Most of all in a short game, drop shot to dropshot exchanges are not a problem to do even with bouncy rubbers such as DNA H Pro. Due to its balanced feel of softness and hardness, smashing is also a good stroke to execute on this blade.

    Overall Impression

    I am glad Stiga offered something new in the market. The Inspira CCF is a first of its kind for Stiga having new composite layers and other wood materials. The German-made carbon for me makes the blade excellent in its overall performance. It gives you a somewhat different feel but at the same time offers a great performance. The quality is also good with the blade surface having a very thin seal for protection.

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