ktrix on 12/22/2012
pretty fast though not as fast as Joola express one
gekogark1212 on 1/7/2010
I bought the black sheet, in max. Sponge is medium soft, without a durometer I'd say either 42.5 or 45 degrees (tensor scale), and smells kinda funny, not the high notes of tensors rubbers nor the garbage smell of Chinese, in fact it smells like licorice, no joke.
Top sheet looks of high quality, reminds me of the Roxon topsheet. Completely non-tacky. The thing to notice most is that this is a Donic rubber that's made in Japan. Does not come with a tensor protector film. So far I see no resemblance to Tenergy or anything closely related to Tenergy or its spring sponge.
Speed on slow strokes is pretty fast, ie fast 1st gear, however this does not reflect an uncontrollable short game. As with all tensors, ensure you are only using the topsheet in the short game and you'll be fine, the second it touches the sponge, watch it break 9 metres in high jump.
Speed on power loops are actually very, very fast, however the problem here is the throw angle. It gets higher as you hit harder since the spin generated is less and less (as opposed to Chinese rubbers), but it is definitely fast enough for me to put away anything higher than the net.
Smashing with the Coppa Speed is a breeze. Just contact the ball and the rubber does all the work for you.
Spin on slow loops is pretty low, experienced blockers tend to dump the ball in the net, seeing my technique and expecting the huge spin, but there is none.
Spin on medium paced and fast loops are even worse, there's just enough for the opponent to block it nicely or put it away for you. Ie, not lacking enough to cause trouble, not spinny enough for them to misjudge.
Spin on serves is acceptable, definitely nothing special in the face of Higher (my original FH rubber), but my serves are generally quite good, so there are still enough pop ups for me to kill, and enough returns into the net.
The freaky thing is spin on pushes! Just like the Impuls Speed, if you just graze with the topsheet (as you do in the short game), the pushes are loaded with spin! However if you make just the slightest contact with the sponge, all the spin disappears and it floats. Now, coming from Chinese rubbers, the difference in feeling is obvious to me. If you control this, it will work so well for you, if you don't, then the beast will take YOU for a spin, and it'll make you cry as you pick up the ball.
Blocking with it is still not as solid as Higher, and thus the feedback is not there. However the blocks are just as good and controllable, just that the feeling is lacking.
Pushing again is easy if you control how deep you're contacting the rubber, and loop placements are much, much easier than Chinese rubbers.
Other Playing properties:
The throw is actually quite low, and gets higher and higher as you hit harder. The rubber's not too sensitive to incoming spin and blocking is a breeze. Glue feel is present, but not to the extent of the Impuls Speed, perhaps a thin layers on a sheet of Bryce FX. Sound is there, but nothing to write home about. And the rubber's actually not too soft, perhaps similar to the Plasma 430 in feel, but plays much firmer when hitting.
Its crispness on hits and softness on loops makes it feel like a tensor. If I played with this rubber with the logo off, I'd be asking what tensor I was playing with. Does not resemble Tenergy (not even the 64 version) in terms of feel nor properties, so for those looking for a cheaper alternative to Tenergy, you'd better look elsewhere, like that Donic Baracuda rubber.
DeVoured on 7/10/2009
very good alternative to tenergy 05. very spinny in every aspect, similar to the stiga boosts, very dynamic, it can easily compete with tensors when talking about dynamic. besides, for the speed, this one generates, it is VERY controllable