AndySmith on 11/10/2015
First up, there is a lot of incorrect info around about this blade. Even Donic's own website has several things wrong.
Here is the actual construction of the Crest AR+
Outer veneer Limba 0,8 mm
2+8 Limba 0,8mm
3+7 Carbon ZF
4+6 Carbon fleece
Middle veneer Ayous 2,8 mm
And the head size is 158x152.
The quality of this blade is top-notch, as good or better than anything Butterfly makes. I suspect the Crest blades are made by SoulSpin in Germany. The wood selection looks exceptional, the wings are sanded down, and the handle is super comfortable (if a bit flatter than some of Donic's more beefy handles). The head size is a bit large, so the blade will become head heavy, especially with heavier rubbers.
It's definitely not an allround blade, so don't let the AR+ in the name confuse you. I came to this blade from the Waldner Senso Carbon, and it plays one notch faster than that. It has a wonderful limba feel from the top ply, giving a sense of "grab" on the ball. It also feels very solid on contact, with none of the hollow feel you get with lighter WSC blades (for example). The sweet spot is very large, but the feel remains quite woody. It is pretty stiff though, so possibly not a good option for lovers of loopy, very flexy blades, but it can do a job from distance. Throw is medium, reliable, consistent.
Pairs well with every rubber I've thrown at it.
As I said before, I was using the WSC prior to this, but since the plastic ball arrived I've been looking for something with a similar feel but a touch more power and solidity. This is that blade. I've used a lot of blades over the years, but I've never found something which excels in every area for my game until the Crest AR+. It's a bit expensive (shop around though - you can get them for well under retail price), but worth every penny. I really can't imagine using anything else.
waterboyd on 10/4/2016
This blade similar to Waldner Senso Carbon (speed 8+) but the thicker 2-carbon layers make it faster while maintain good feedback vibration . it is not AR+ class as model name but Donic categorize speed 8 that surprised me, it should be 9.
jackTTlover 4 weeks ago
What a great blade! blade is quite fast, fast to hit the ball 2 to 3 meters from the table. although it is a fast blade, it is very controllable. You can still blocking the ball from heavy topspin without pressing down the blade. I haven't played with such a fast blade with so much controle. This blade is not the fastest blade I have ever played with, but this blade has the perfect balance between speed, control and stiffness. I would recommend this blade to intermediate levels to pro's who plays long rally's.
Side issue, I paid 890 HK dollars, which is about 115 US dollars for this blade. To me, you have a great value for money, comparing to the top Butterly blades I have played with, Zhang like zlc timo boll zlf. I am not going to say these blades are better or worse, I tested both blades for about 2 hours. But here in Hong Kong these blades are almost twice a much as I paid for the my Donic crest AR+, which is definitely comparable to the other two blades I have mentioned.
The size of this blade is a bit bigger, therefor you have a bigger sweat-spot and better control but it is a bit heavier. Not female friendly and not for those who has problems with their wrist and not for young kids. My blade only is 92 grams, not 85 grams as Donic has mentioned on the own website.