Xiom Vega Pro
Xiom Vega Pro reviews and ratings on this inverted table tennis rubber.
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Reviews of the Xiom Vega Pro
Anonymous said this on January 22, 2010:
Hard, fast and spinny! Pushes need perfect technique or you will pop it up and get killed. If your game is attack, attack, attack then this rubber is for you. Good quality.
Anonymous said this on February 11, 2010:
I like the speed, spin, and control of the rubber. At first i did not think it had a lot of spin, but my opponents balls seem to go flying over the table. i never had the problem of balls popping up on pushes like the other reviewer, but maybe thats bcuz of my blade/rubber setup. very good with loops and counter loops, it does require a good stroke or else it will go long. i guess it helps with your game.
Anonymous said this on February 22, 2010:
It is a very good rubber for loops and basically anything on the backhand. The only problem I found was the shops. If there was no spin, it would pop up. If there was under spin, it would just eat it up and go straight for the net.
Anonymous said this on February 25, 2010:
The best rubber for counterlooping! It literally eats the incoming spin, and sends the ball where you want.
simon gordon said this on March 12, 2010:
It haas been one of my favourite rubbers since tenergy 64 i fell it is thesame sponge
crazy4spin said this on August 3, 2010:
This is the easiest to play rubber I have ever had! I looked for a hard bh-rubber and got the vega pro for good! ItÂ´s easy, still dangerously spinny, formidable to place the ball wherever I want and looks absolutely perfect! Yes, the optical impression with this rubber is outstanding! The sheet looks almost softish if there is such thing. Well, I get carried away - sorry.
rcheung said this on August 18, 2010:
When I first play with it, it felt dull, lack of spin, lack of speed. I was not using the proper techniques to bring out the power of the rubber.
It is a "pro" for good reasons--it needs proper strokes to bring out the power of the rubber. The rubber requires fast racket speed: fast arm speed, fast forearm snap, wrist snap and of course good waist rotation.
Pushing -needs longer contact, short and long push have good control and placement is predictable
Looping needs longer stroke--more contact time.
Serve: excellent spin, good with low shot and deep serves. you can serve it like a Chinese rubber--just a little less spin
Also looping top spin needs to have a more horizontal path to bring the ball down to create a lower bounce. This is due to the slightly higher throw angle of Xiom vega rubbers--it is made to have a higher arc for safety to clear the net.
Smash--easy and fast
flip--good control and pace
drop shot-good control
drive and counter are excellent.
half-long balls--easy due to the grip and higher throw angle.
excellent rubber , wide range of gears from slow to fast.
It actually feels like a speed glued H3 (Xiom pro has higher throw angle), and TG3, and tuned Neo H3 and TG3.
Comparing to Tenergy O5, Xiom pro has better control, more power at mid distance, slightly less spin, better feel on the racket.
Some critic says this rubber is "Sriverish". Yes it feels like that if the racket speed is slower.
Quality of the top sheet is exellent, high natural rubber content. It seems to have good durability--I will see in 1-2 months.
The rating page on this rubber for spin and speed is lower than Vega Europe. At high racket speed, the PRO has lot more power and spin. The manufacturer's rating is more accurate--higher spin and speed than vega Europe.
Compare to Vega Europe:
Vega Europe is easy to play with, very good spin, much softer, excellent control, weaker for power loops and drive than the Pro version
note: I use an All+ Stellan Bengtsson alpha blade--not a very fast racket but has excellent control.
rickdude said this on September 10, 2010:
When my Yanus became chipped and worn, my coach suggested that I go for something with a bit more bite on topspin drives. I can't detect a great deal of difference myself, but opponents say my drives have a nasty dip and curve, so I guess this must be doing some good. Chops are a little more difficult than with the Yanus.
Steve said this on October 11, 2010:
Fantastic rubber! I have been playing with tenergy 05 on my forehand but am not willing to pay Â£50 for a sheet now that butterfly have increased the price! So i thought i would give the Xiom Vega Pro a try.. im so pleased because i have to say its the best rubber i have ever played with!
I am playing with the MAX red on my forehand.
The control is absolutely amazing.. looping is so easy and i feel that any shot i play is guarenteed to land on the table. Speed is ok but definately not as fast as tenergy, however im winning many more points now as my loops and counterloops are landing on the table far more often.
The vega pro is resonably spinny (again not as much as tenergy) but the accuracy and also the very very low throw angle has improved my game instantly.
Its great for pushing, blocking, flicking..everything really.
Im playing with it on a BTY Timo Boll Spirit and would recommend a harder blade like this for the Vega Pro.
So if your currently playing with tenergy and are looking for something cheaper and more accurate then i would highly recommend giving this rubber a go.
Anonymous said this on October 28, 2010:
This is an attacking rubber and is really good at initiating topspin from your opponent's backspin, counter-looping, smashing, driving and blocking. Good control too. however, for other non-offensive strokes like chopping away from table, service, and pushing, control is only a 6. Flipping requires care because of the rubber's high arc and shots tend to go over the baseline.
For Japanese-style and all non-RPB penholders, DO NOT buy this rubber because close-to-table blocking or attacking is almost impossible -- again -- due to the high-throw of the rubber. J-penhold players will have to close their angle on the BH, which is virtually impossible against opponents who are powerful loopers. Those with RPB shouldn't have any problems with this rubber.
Saiful_TMRND said this on November 23, 2010:
Very good serve using Stradavarius, Andro Aramid and Zetro.
Very good spin but less than T05. It is a mixture of tackiness and softness of topsheet for spin to produce. Mechanical and stickiness spin.
Is medium to high. Slow stroke produce high arch with Zetro but quite decent with Stdvrs. Fast stroke produce catapult effect with zetro also good with stradavrs.
Better with Andro Aramid and Stdrvs from distance.
Easy to go down with zetro as high spin produce make ball travel distance shorter.
Very easy with zetro still good with Stdvrs and Andro ARAMID.
Best with andro aramid.
Very good with Stdvrs.
Good with Zetro.
Very good with Stbvrs, Aramid but still good with zetro.
Good but the ball will pop up if the blade angle and hitting contact is strong. Found it better with Limba and Koto wood.
Intermilan said this on January 26, 2011:
Good rubber for spin and block .. Also good for push and spin serve ..
Anonymous said this on February 25, 2011:
Very good for serves and loops both for opening,fast and,brush loops it is impressive! because of it's big window also, it's sponge is very cool! and it's topsheet is very glossy which I thought it wasn't grippy which proves me wrong! cuz it was very spinny! especially for brush loops and sidespin serves! very easy for looping slight or medium underspin a bit hard on very heavy ones you need to have good control and perfect technique if you want to to hit balls with heavy topspin with any strokes including blocks! very good for the drop shots but be really careful with your chops (away from the table) cuz it pops it out. Makes a very nice combination with a Zetro Quad blade
jeff_attc said this on July 16, 2011:
The natural rubber topsheet is very grippy and allows for serves to be low. The harder sponge allows the topsheet to do more of the work. Nice spinney serves.
This rubber is good for pushing. When I'm going for the long flat and fast pushes, they land and they do so with speed and spin.
Blocking with this rubber is better than Vega Euro. The harder sponge on Pro has more kick than Euro to send the ball over.
When looping Vega Pro produces loops with a lower throw than Vega Euro; it almost looks like the arch of my H3 Neo. Loops go deep onto the table and have good pace. When looping against backspin I can really load the ball up since the nice grippy topsheet can grab the ball, and the firm sponge will pop it back out.
Mrvega said this on September 12, 2011:
One of the nicest rubbers I've ever used. Spin is awesome, Speed is great, control is great (when you know how to use it) and overall experience it outstanding!
MP said this on January 7, 2012:
Very good rubber....i used many rubber but always come back to this one due to its looping ability & speed for hitting. Chop is heavy & good for serve. Suit to play close/mid table even far away....definitely this rubber not for beginner...but pro's will love this one. Control/Defend player won't like it.
Ittipat said this on January 16, 2012:
Very fast rubber. I can't say it's a hard rubber after trying hard Chinese rubbers because I can press my finger on the topsheet very easily. Good feel on loops, blocks, drives, etc. However, I still prefer Omega4 Pro.
Anonymous said this on January 24, 2012:
VERY GOOD RUBER,FAST AND SPINY,GOOD CONTROL,BETER THAN VEGA ASIA AND SIGMA PRO(SOFT FEEL,NOT SO SPINY)
DjTFG said this on February 12, 2012:
I am using Xiom Vega Pro for like 2 months...Its awesome rubber for attackers...Only problem with it is pushing on the opponents serves, thats actually from its high grip...
But still awesome rubber..:D :D :D
SC Chao said this on February 19, 2012:
I had used this rubber (red, 2.0 mm) on my RSM platinum special (10.5 cm) for 2 months. In the first 2 weeks, it is easily missed the shots (Loop and Speed ) due to it's hard sponge and quick response, while it become better in the following weeks. The rubber has a lot of speed, the spin is good (more power will get more spin, relatively poor spin in slow speed ), the block was easily done. The durability of this rubber was much better than that of Rakza 7 (47.5 degree). The rubber is a real offensive one.
Anonymous said this on April 6, 2012:
excellent rubber, has lots of gears. easy to loop, flip, counter etc. black rubber has higher throw than red rubber. spin and control is awesome, needs some time to getting use to this rubber if u have'nt played with high throw rubbers before.
KTS said this on May 2, 2012:
REVIEW FOR JPEN PLAYERS:
I Got the 2.0 red and glued it to my 1-ply cypress blade.
Weight: I really liked the weight of the rubber. 2.0 was a great weight and thickness for Jpen. After gluing, the racket was very well balanced and not head heavy at all. Switching between FH and BH was smooth and fast, without the discomfort in between that often comes with using heavy rubbers.
Sensation: The sponge was very porous, almost looked like pipe insulator foam. It's probably not a good idea to SG this rubber, the sponge would soak up all the glue and quickly accumulate, adding unecessary weight. The Top sheet was medium hardness, a little softer than I prefer as a meticulous driver.
Timeline: The first week I tried this rubber, I absolutely hated it. I had just played with T05, and was used to its grip and enormous catapult. After a week, I grew accustomed to XVP and learned to appreciate it. The rubber died after around 2 and a half months.
Play: I can imagine that this rubber is great for anyone who loops. For driving it wasn't so great. The topsheet wasn't hard enough, and so the ball sank into the sponge too much and gave it a mushy feeling. I Didn't feel like there was a lot of spin upon contact or during trajectory, but the ball shot forward on the other side of the table surprising both me and my opponent. I wish the throw was a little higher, I found a lot of my drives going straight into the net, which could be frusturating. Backhands didn't have quite enough catapult for the punch shot and came off a little slow and floaty. Backhands to my left had to have an exaggerated stroke just to get it over the net. Blocking was spectacular for me and the rubber let me execute great touch shots.
If I were another Jpen driver, I would go with different rubber with more speed, harder topsheet and a higher throw. Good luck.
reef said this on May 14, 2012:
for loop and powerdrive it is excelent rubber. blocks good too. pushes needs some attention to incoming spin. not for beginners or passive game. very spinny and attacking one. nice ball feeling. generally require offensive skill and fast legs
treonar said this on May 15, 2012:
perfect in my fh.
Massi Allround said this on May 17, 2012:
Excellent rubber for FH topspin with lots of spin. not too fast eventough is a off rubber
:D said this on May 19, 2012:
Not as good as omega 4 pro
i bought a red one for this
and I found that the quality of this rubber (red)is quite bad compare to the black one. I strongly recommend you to buy the black one
The speed is quite fast,however it is not spinny enough for me.
mbianchirj said this on July 10, 2012:
Omg what a rubber, so fast, so spiny, so cool. Why buy overpriced butterfly products? This rubber gave me the power i was looking for.
Excelent in Loops, drives and serves. For Blocks You must getting used to due for its High Throw angle.
And the price? Very nice for what this offer in return.
emelo said this on September 4, 2012:
Xiom Vega Pro is overvalued rubbers.
Too high spin sensitivity/spin ratio.
Tenergy05 is far better all aspect (or a boosted palio cj8000 biotech 40-42).
prent73 said this on November 17, 2012:
Very versatile and confident loop rubber!
An excellent FH choice!
Loop_in_key_of_Bb said this on December 5, 2012:
Service: Relatively medium throw and grippy topsheet make this great for spinny service. Your contact will have to be precise as the dwell time is not long and the rubber is fairly fast.
Push: Pushes are low, spinny and fast. lack of dwell and speed may take some adjustment
Blocks: Fast, crisp and confident
Loop: This is where the rubber really performs. Loops are crisp, fast, somewhat low, and loaded with topspin. After some adjustment I started to get that "can't miss" feeling. Once you start making bigger strokes (maybe because the sponge comes into play?) you'll get 10-15% more topspin and the ball really nose-dives on the table.
Smash/flat hit: I don't do a lot of flat hitting, but when I do the rubber performs well. Speed is pretty fast so if you have the control you won't be disappointed.
Slap_Loop_Drive said this on January 2, 2013:
Out of the packet impressions:
-Well made and trustworthy quality
-Plenty of grip from the topsheet!
- Med-hard sponge
-Densely arranged, thinner pips
Before diving into this reveiw, I should tell you I was just moving off Chinese rubbers after needing more speed for over the table drives and counterloops, that the tacky type of rubbers just couldn't give. But I still wanted something that would play a versatile game with some feel.
Driving seemed no problem for this rubber and I was able to either keep them nice and short or bury it into the back of the court at will; a good start. The control seemed great, but not the kind a lower level player would require; you have to be there and commit. I also appreciated the low throw over the net, even when going for less topspin, something that all more advanced players require. The short game took some small adjustments but was no problem, the hard sponge was a real complement to this as it allowed me to just touch the ball and give a push with good spin and keep it short, however if a flick was called for it could do that also. However you have to make sure your footwork is there and concentrate on what your doing or it will pop up or the grippy topsheet will throw the ball with the spin. There Is a reason this rubber is called Vega PRO.
Aggresive loops where no problem! Vega pro provided great speed with a lovely low throw, a challenge for most opponents to return. When ripping the ball you get some fantastic amounts of spin, still with good control, like it has a longer dwell time, but it doesn't. Odd but a good characteristic. Also, loops off backspin took some adjusting, but again no big problem. Just had to make sure I was using the right technique and my footwork and body were there.
Smashing was fun with this, like alot of tensors. The ball went fast and I felt like I was loading a ton of power behind it.
Serves where also easy and controllable with the Vega. Proficient spin and angles to work with this, thanks to the sponge.
But always when using this rubber you HAVE to use good technique; if you don't try and expect the rubber to do it all for you then the ball won't go anywhere, and if you try to slap the ball at every opportunity then it will embrace the opposing wall and leave a crater. Like I said, they didn't call it Vega PRO just because it sounds cool.
On the side this rubber seems durable enough to last about half a season or just over. Great for someone not looking to be changing rubber all the time, like myself.
Overall, I can safely say I like this rubber and I shall stay with it for a while I think. I would recommend this to people with an aggressive minded game but aren't quite all out loopers or drivers and want to mix it up . But you MUST be confident in your strokes and commit with good technique.
A great rubber for a fair price.
seguso said this on January 18, 2013:
(updated jan 2013)
This is a forehand rubber with very high throw, very spinny, a fast mid gear but slow in the top gear.
good for developing players but too slow for experienced players.
you can find it useful for close to table looping, as it is similar to tenergy 05 but slower.
Medium-hard sponge, medium-soft topsheet.
good for forehand, difficult for backhand due to the very high throw.
Opening loops are incredibly spinny (maybe they lack a bit the penetration of the acudas and calibra, but they are much easier).
Counterloops over the table and at the table are easy but with very closed angle (good for fh, but very difficult for bh).
The rubber becomes a bit slower and noticeably softer with time (2 months), but does not lose its grip much.
Comparison with acuda s2: s2 is a speed oriented rubber, vega pro is a spin oriented rubber. However, s2 has more dwell time. As I said it is noticeably faster. S2 is lower throw. Spin in s2 is less than vega pro. Flips over the table are much easier with vega pro. Also opening loops are much easier (and spinnier) with vega pro, but also slower. Backhand looping against fast flat services is very difficult with s2, much easier with Vega pro, due to the high throw.
Comparison with tenergy 05: vega pro is slower but equally spinny (or even more). Also, vega pro has the same high throw (maybe even higher).
if you are looking for something similar to T05, bluefire m2 is a much better choice.
A cheaper clone of this rubber is Galaxy Sun; it is similar but worse in every respect.
bottom line: for me, this rubber is too slow for forehand, too high throw for backhand. I am currently using aurus on fh and sigma europe on bh.
BlackDog said this on February 21, 2013:
Have been using this for three months now. I still agree with everything I say below, but WATCH OUT! There is an issue with this rubber (and I have just had the same issue with Vega Europe, so it's not a one off):
This stuff drinks up the glue like crazy. I had to put on three coats on the sponge before I could get it to stick. What I discovered later is that it SHRINKS, too, as it absorbs the glue. I don't mean a little; I mean A LOT. I took the rubber off one blade and put it on another, then switched it back. It had shrunk 2mm on every side. It was no longer usable. I work part-time in a pro shop. I glue rackets for others almost every day, and I have never, ever seen a rubber behave like this before. It's a great rubber and lasts well, but beware: it shrinks, and you can lose $70 worth of rubber in the snap of a finger. It's hard to get to stick, and if it comes off and you have cut it flush, you are screwed, i kid you not.
Just started using Vega Pro in Max thickness on FH and BH on my Darker 7p-2a carbon. So far, I'm liking it.
Vega Pro has a stiff but not too dense sponge. I had to put three coats of Butterfly Free Chalk glue on the sponge before it stopped soaking in and I could put it on the blade. But the sponge works very well. Unlike, say, a cheap Gambler rubber, which has a stiff AND dense sponge, Vega Pro has some give, so that I shrink from calling it HARD, exactly. The ball gets down in there, and I wasn't disappointed with the dwell time at all, particulary since I hit a fast ball.
Vega Pro is fast. I'm a middle distance looper, so this is great. But if you play close to the table as a rule, watch out. This stuff is built to grab that ball and chuck it a mile. I wouldn't recommend it for the close player or anyone below strong intermediate in skill.
The control and spin is good for me. As long as I hit a quality stroke, Vega Pro delivers. I wouldn't call it forgiving, but not too strict either. And you can spin the ball like crazy.
They say on the specs at the top of this page (as of this writing) that Vega Pro is not a tensor rubber. It IS a tensor rubber, says so on the front of the package.
Great rubber, 9/10 for me. But it's for a very narrow group: fast, spinny, more advanced attacking players. Others will find themselves knocking holes in the walls.
superspin said this on March 29, 2013:
no disrespect to the above reviewer, but i have been useing this rubber for 18moths and change every 4 month never had a issue with shrinkage. most spring sponge are hard to stick on, i found from my expreience never stretch or bend much when placing top sheet on blade. stretching causes sponge to shrink back later when glues dry up, this can be noticed in 48hrs, hope it helps. any this rubber is the complete rubber for me. does everything especially loops. excellent throw. very durable and does not loose much performance even after 4 months, i cant tell the difffernce. not for beginners. 10/10
alewave said this on April 15, 2013:
I love this rubber. Good speed/spin and good control for blocking and for enough controlled attack away and near on the table. I have it in FH and Europe Version in BH.
Jokee said this on July 24, 2013:
Exellent for my backhand. It just feels effortless to play with it.
Amigo said this on August 18, 2013:
Vega Pro is a high quality tensor with higher throw angle and excellent spin. It is not too bouncy close to the table. It has a great looping potential with strong ball dip.
I am a player who hits ball extremely hard with massive top spin and for me it was not easy to bottom out Vega Pro. I don't think many will menage to bottom it out so don't worry about high end gear unless you hard loop-drive from more then 6 meters from the table (kinda silly but hey... ).
One problem i had with it is when i try to push (long) with some side spin. It can pop up the ball. With good technique i don't think one should be to concerned about this issue. It is mainly my lack of skill near the table.
Blocking is great too. Most of the time you get even rewarded with some additional spin out of passive block (out of position).
Looping-driving (hard exchange) is the best!! Very easy to override side-spin and to counter with your own side-top spin. On pure top spin game you don't have to worry about ball slipping of your rubber at all (high grip). It sure does click a lot at high speed, so some may like that some may not.
Rubber has great durability. Mine died in about a month (please don't read this wrong i kill most of the rubber in less then that).
Overall very good product in my opinion. Great price 35$ to 45$. Last a long time. Personally i would recommend it as a FH rubber. Maybe not for an absolute beginner but anything higher should find this product from Xiom great.
Hope this helps, and enjoy playing felaz :)))
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