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Stiga Calibra LT

Stiga Calibra LT ping pong rubber
Approx. $ 53 USD
Price $

Ratings  (rated 65 times)

There are 16 users using the Stiga Calibra LT.
From community:
Speed   9.4
Spin   9.2
Control   9.0
Tackiness   4.7 - Medium tacky
Throw Angle   6.8 - Medium-high
Weight   6.1 - Medium-heavy
Sponge Hardness   7.6 - Medium-hard
Gears   8.8 - Many gears
Durability   7.7 - Lasts longer than average
Consistency   8.9
Overall   9.4 10
From manufacturer:
Speed 96.0 / 100
Spin 91.0 / 100
Control 70.0 / 100
Tensor   No

Description of Stiga Calibra LT

Calibra LT from STIGA has a medium hard sponge, suitable for the highly skilled player with excellent technique. Calibra LT is for advanced players who demand tremendous spin and speed, combined with a sensitive touch. If you want to advance your game, this is the rubber for you!

With the Calibra series we have created a totally new dimension to the game. We focused on creating a longer trajectory on the ball, as a long trajectory in today's game is more and more important. The combination of spin, speed and long trajectory is unique to this rubber series; you have never felt this level of play before. With the Calibra LT rubbers you will be able to perform strokes and shots never before possible. You will still have control for all the small shots and service return, but when you are attacking you will be in a totally new world. The Calibra LT series will take your game to another level.

Reviews of the Stiga Calibra LT

Review AMG said this on December 23, 2010:

what is remarkable about this rubber is its throw angle. it is very good if your play style is far from the table where you rely manly on loops and counter loops
Review Khayyal said this on March 8, 2011:

This rubber to who want more speed than spin.

And it's perfect for blocks and smashes.

any way the rubber less control than calibra LT suond.

I do't like it so much.
Review geezer said this on April 2, 2011:

Great rubber. Makes very good spin and finally enough speed without even boosting. It is not so soft so lazy players, like amateurs with no good position, footwork or technique will hate this rubber but good players will love it. I personally use this when playing matches in my league instead of the Tenergy 64 rubber I use in the past ( with oil booster). It's now much more popular and I see more good players switching to this rubbers. Best rubber stiga ever create so far. No more tenergy for my forehand topspin.
Review SPQR said this on April 21, 2011:

Slower than LT sound, spinnier and a little higher throw.
Very good away from the table, a nightmare close to it if paired with a nearly stiff blade as clipper cr.
Works great with elastic and medium-stiff blades.
Review 2200 player said this on May 12, 2011:

Definitely one of the best rubbers made by Stiga. Great for topspin and doesn't bottom out like Calibra LT Sound. Really good for short game, surprisingly, as short pushes stay low and serves are very controllable. Not as much dwell time as T05, but this is hardly an issue now as LT still has considerable dwell time, is faster, is better for blocking, annd is better for the short game, touch shots. Blocks are very linear. Use with 7 ply wood like Clipper although plays very well on TBS as well.
Review Anonymous said this on May 12, 2011:

Great rubber far off the table but still can't figure out its strengh and weakness close to the table because I used Tenergy for so long and the switch is difficult but finally I found a rubber that feels loops drives and it is not heavy and it not a pop up tensor
Review Anonymous said this on May 16, 2011:

Finally a rubber for the post glue era and at last I got away from the spinny heavy rubbers like tenergy you can loop in a breeze you keep on smiling evrytime you hit the ball. no more injuries after 2 hrs of practice everyday, not heavy. thank you stiga keep the hard work. Excellent for a loop loop game 1 meter from the table backhand and forehand. Away from the table and you feel like you own the world. Amazing.
Review Anonymous said this on October 10, 2011:

Using it as my FH rubber. Does wonders for my range and issues wonders in everything from comfortable playing to aggressive approach. Very thankful in regards of returning service. Tho when using high-power strokes it seems to bottom out. On the other hand, it's catapult effect is grand at medium strokes and blocks. The edges of the rubber tends to chip off, but not as much as LT spin.
Review seguso said this on March 3, 2012:

in short: great speed and control. spin is average. The perfect forehand rubbers for skilled powerloopers.

in detail:

after a certain skill level, I believe this rubber is superior to Tenergy 05 in _all_ respects. I know this is a bold statement and I'll try to justify it below.

You can think of Calibra LT as an improved acuda s2, (hardness, throw and feel are similar), but with _much_ more control, and much faster. s2 has superficially the same medium-low throw as calibra, but in reality it has an unpredictable throw, while calibra lt is very predictable (and much faster).

it is a great forehand rubber on any blade. I could use it on bh without problems (and probably will, possibly in a softer version).

only for skilled players due to the low throw, much lower than t05 or vega pro. you have to know how to lift the ball. But, again, much easier than acuda s2.

and you'll find that, on fast carbon blades, calibra lt is _more_ controllable than slower, higher throw rubbers such as t05 or vega pro, because these rubbers are also more spin-sensitive so they amplify your small errors.

I think the keyword for this rubber is _predictability_. The ball seems to go where you want it to.

With Calibra LT it is very easy to counterloop, unlinke T05 or vega pro, because of the low throw and spin sensitivity. this is a big plus after a certain level.

with calibra lt your opening loop will have much more penetration than with t05 or vega pro. This is important because, again after a certain level, spinny opening loops are useless.

with calibra lt, service receive is much easier than with t05, vega pro or acuda.

Calibra lt does not need tuning. It is probably the fastest rubber to date.

It is not true that this is only for mid-distance players. I am a close-to-table looper and have no problem with calibra lt on OFF+ carbon blade. Only, you have to have a good technique for opening loop.

this rubber is not blade-dependent: it works great on both flexible hard wooden blades such as stiga OCR, and stiff carbon blades such as dawei wavestone.
Review gen2player said this on April 21, 2012:

Very fast rubber, quicker than Calibra LT Sound, Stiga manufacturers rating correct in my opinion. Not sure how the ratings workout on the database at present?.
Used both rubbers for over 3 months.
Review rubens said this on May 26, 2012:

is good
Review wlynn said this on March 11, 2013:

I use this rubber on my Stiga Clipper forehand. Great combo of spin and speed, better than Tenergy 05. For someone with lots of touch, you can get tremendous amounts of spin on the ball. Makes a pronounced popping sound when striking the ball, for those of you that like that. Stiga markets the Calibra rubbers as giving great long trajectory; you do not have to work hard to project the ball with this rubber. Lots of touch and control for a med.-hard sponge too.
Review prent73 said this on March 24, 2013:

High throw angle needs some adaptation! To me one of the best FH rubber!
Review avgaskillen said this on May 30, 2013:

Good rubber, but not as good as in the reviews...We took 10 of the same rubber sheets, 2.0 red Calibra LT and weight them. It differed 10 grams between 2 of the rubber!!! So consistency is almost laughable...
Review guybrush said this on October 5, 2013:

A very good rubber, but where is the spin?
Review ronmarlim said this on October 12, 2013:

Speedy Spin!
Review lisaehk said this on October 13, 2013:

This is a good rubber, but it lasted for two weeks, with play 5 days a week 2 hours a day. Also not so spinny, but easy to play.
Review jrado said this on March 31, 2014:

I started playing in 1970. I have used a lot of table tennis equipment since then. I am currently rated about 1600 USATT. This is by far the most technical inverted rubber I ever used. The throw angle is the lowest. The rubber is very fast. When you combine very low throw with great speed and a long trajectory you get a lot of balls going off the end of the table. That is true for players whose technique is not strong. For me personally, I have adjusted my technique and am very happy with this rubber. I am not good enough to get 100% of what the rubber offers. At best I am getting about 30 - 45%, but I am happy with that. Stiga took fast attack rubbers, put them together with very spinny rubbers and control rubbers and created a rubber that in the hands of a skilled technically proficient players can be all of the other rubbers combined in one. This rubber has so many gears and surreal control at any speed. The long trajectory is disturbing to other players. Spin depends entirely on the player. Stroke the ball correctly and there is very heavy spin, or change your stroke and watch the ball catapult with little to no spin. I love this rubber. It is light (45 grams at maximum thickness) I use it on my forehand with Barwell Fleet blade and T64 2.1 on the backhand. Well done Stiga!
Review caprissio said this on May 14, 2014:

Rubber for expert, great for allround attack players. You can't make a mistake, if you can do this you can get what you want!
Review RafW said this on August 7, 2014:

(used on FH; 2.0)
Never thought I'd say this, but Stiga Calibra LT is better for me than T05!!
T05 has it all: speed, spin, control.
Calibra LT has even more speed and control. You can control every shot from dropping a serve back short (really short!) to spinning cross court full power.
A slow loop can produce a lot of spin when the ball is lightly brushed.
The ball trajectory seems to be longer but can be easily adjusted for. In fact when you get used to it the ball hits the table near the end and is much harder to block for your opponent.
Pure speed kicks in when you loop full power. Flat strokes aren't that impressive.

The main difference between T05 and this one is the lower throwing angle. This needs a bit of getting used to. I struggled with this for a couple of sessions. Now things are starting to improve.

When you have to react really fast the Stiga Calibra LT is harder to handle than T05. So far I was not able to hit any "lucky" shots. You really have to be prepared for every shot and attack it with vigor!

Conclusion: Wonderful product
Review patrickhrdlicka said this on October 17, 2014:

I am an All/OFF- USATT ~2000 player. I have used this rubber both in the FH/BH. In my opinion, it is a great rubber for hard direct hitters but less suitable for players who exclusive rely on topspin, due to its low throw angle. I found it to be an excellent BH rubber. Very crisp feel (medium-hard sponge). Good short game. Fast, but still good control. The rubber is very light (15% lighter than an Andro Rasant Grip).


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