TTPlayer on 3/18/2012
Posting first impressions here for the 1.8mm/40 deg version affixed to a Gatien Extra3D blade (no speed glue). Didnt expect the speed; sponge is very bouncy and dissipates energy very slowly, even in the 1.8mm version. The initial tackiness made it a bit slower, but the ball bounced as long/high as a glued mendoMP! There is a slight clicking sound, due to the tensioned topsheet. Medium heavy. Plenty of spin, again as much as the mendoMP. Able to chop, loop or drive. Throw angle is a bit higher than the mendo mp. It seems to lack the high end gears of the mendoMP, but I got this for a backhand rubber and it fits nicely. For this price it is a steal.
2 weeks later, tackiness has worn off, but spin has not diminished in any way. Great speed too and seems to have quite a few gears. Seems to be effective as a forehand rubber as well.
Later: The contact with the tacky, shining parts of the top sheet produces a crackling sound. The tackiness seems to have worn away in patches, withe non-tacky areas appearing foggy and the tacky part shiny. This is contributing to the observed playing inconsistency. Also, temperature seems to have a profound effect - we played in a cold room and the sponge loses its bouncy characteristic. A few warm breaths and the bounciness reappears.
blackbird74 5 months ago
Tested Red and Black 2.2mm 43? hardness Rubber is medium tacky. Spin is quite good. Sponge is medium-hard so quite consistent but difficult to block as not much natural bounce. Control was OK with decent dwell time but less than softer rubbers. Throw angle I found to be medium-low. A bit lower than average. Pushing and chop serves were OK for control and spin. Good for attacking close and mid-distance to the table. Lacks some gears to attack at pace further back from the table. Needs a slightly faster blade to compensate if you play mainly from that distance. Overall, it is a pretty good all-round attacking rubber with good speed and spin. Further back, it lacks little pace, and difficult to block close to the table as the rubbers are medium-hard. Overall pretty good if you like medium-hard sponge rubbers. The best feature for these rubbers though is the price. They are very good value for money. My ratings: Speed: 7.7; Spin: 8.0; Control: 8.5 Tackiness: Medium tacky; Weight: Average; Sponge Hardness: Medium-hard; Gear: Few gears; Throw Angle: Medium-low ; Consistency: Always identical; Durability: Average; Overall: 7.7
atrano 10 months ago
Very cheap and durable rubber. Medium speed, needs to put on a fast 7ply blade to get the most out of it. Good control.
Amilcar 10 months ago
Solid Offensive rubber and very inexpensive.I buy them from Cole TT. (great place to get TT gear).