Stratus Powerwood

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5 out of 5 rating for Stratus Powerwood

Excellent blade. The feel and control is outstanding; makes you feel fearless when blocking. The speed isn't the fastest, but is more than enough to wallop the ball past your opponent. Mates well with medium tensor rubbers (T80, Razaka 7, Boost TX etc). It is also exceptionally good value, I pick up mine online for 32 Euros!

A slight snag is the softish wood makes it fragile. SPW chips easily and repeated gluing also caused the surface of the blade to splitter on mine. Lacquering the bat and using tape to protect the edges is recommended.
 
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5 out of 5 rating for Stratus Powerwood

Hi

I bought this blade over two weeks ago. Before that I have been using Primorac off- and I would like to compare it to it. The blade is faster but still maintaining good amount of control. This blade is an OFF-/OFF. It is not the fastest blade but if you don't always loop then it is a very good choice. The price is in my opinion very good as it is not very expensive especially for the quality they give you. The edges are sanded giving nice feel. The blade fits wide range of rubbers. I use Vega Japan and Europe and they play well. I use the straight handle and it is comfortable to use. Your hand feels free. Some people say that the problem with it though is that it is not the most durable though. For now I am fine.

It is a good choice for anyone. It might not be the best for a beginner but it depends on the person. Any questions just ask.
 
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5 out of 5 rating for Stratus Powerwood

This is a great blade and its head heaviness may appeal to some people. IT has a larger head so using heavy rubbers may not suit some people. I use it with a relatively light modern rubber (Hexer) so it doesn't bother me.

The blade itself is a fast OFF- and some would say OFF. It supports both flat hitting and looping equally well and is a good blade for someone who wants speed and control and is not willing to use a composite or a 7 ply. I very much prefer it to the Allround S, Offensive S and Primorac OFF-, which are all great blades in their own right.
 
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5 out of 5 rating for Stratus Powerwood

My main blade and one of the best values in table tennis equipment. I paid $35 with a discount and I like it more than any of the $150+ blades that I own. Limba/Limba/Ayous construction. My blade is 87g and 6.2mm thickness. The head size is slightly bigger than standard for those of you that switch cut rubbers between different blades. Head heavy which I like for increased spin in serves, flicks, and loops.

Similar to the Xiom Offensive S and Butterfly Petr Korbel but a little stiffer and faster. Great balance, great control, good speed for a 5 Ply wood blade. I’d place the speed at the higher end of Off- or the lower end of Off. It's stiff enough for good directional control with enough flex for effective looping. Good feeling, do everything well, wood blade.

You really can’t go wrong with this blade. I chuckle when I see people describe this as a beginners blade. While beginners could use this blade with control rubbers, this blade has ample speed and performance for 95% of amateur players when paired with an attacking rubber. And 95% of amateur players would play better with this vs their faster, less feeling composite blade. Great blade for a fair price. Highly recommended.
 
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5 out of 5 rating for Stratus Powerwood

The SPW is a great racket and has a cool design on the handle but turns brown pretty quick if you sweat at all. The speed is great and when I hit with it correctly the ball hits the table. I use right now rising dragon 2.0 on both sides and it works great for the bh but not so much for the FH. (All suggestions welcomed). The only negative I have is the wings at the handle. They are pretty deep and it can get to rubbing your middle finger if you hold the grip to tight. I sanded mine bc it was rubbing a blister. The head is a little heavy at first but you get use to it fairly quick.

Blade = 89g
Rising Dragon FH & BH - do not recommend for FH
total weight 201g
 
4 out of 5 rating for Stratus Powerwood

Blade itself is very good I think, though little head-heavy. Presently using it with Donic Barracuda max as BH and Genius+ Optimum max as FH. Not very happy with the combination (suggestions welcome).
Feels little heavy in my not so large hand. Will prefer lighter rubbers - little faster in BH for more offensive options and little tackier / with more grips in FH. Will allow myself another few months for adjustments though.
Thinking about Yasaka Rakza7 1.8 mm as BH and may be Sanwei Target National / Nittaku Fastarc (?) G1 in max as FH. Any comment?
 
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4 out of 5 rating for Stratus Powerwood

The Tibhar Stratus Powerwood is a well-rounded, modern take on the classic 5-ply blade with ayous/limba veneer constructions. It is a little thicker, providing more speed and stiffness than traditional iterations of such blades, rendering it a better fit for the 40+ plastic ball. On the other hand, it is more flexible and slightly better suited for looping and spin generation than 7-ply blades with similar ply constructions. I enjoyed the feeling that the Stratus Powerwood provides in concert with the hard-sponged Hurricane 3 Neo rubber on the FH side, but longed for a stiffer, more glassy feeling with my BH short pips. Nonetheless, the Tibhar Stratus Powerwood is a great choice for intermediate and advanced players who are looking to upgrade from slower 5-ply blades, without jumping directly to 7-ply all-wood blades or composite blades. High-level two-winged loopers will also be able to enjoy this blade when combining the blade with fast medium-hard to hard modern rubbers. Lastly, it is worth pointing out that the Tibhar Stratus Powerwood offers a phenomenal price-performance ratio, which undoubtedly will continue to render this a very popular blade. For full details, see: https://blog.tabletennis11.com/tibhar-stratus-powerwood

 
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