archfil25 on 7/11/2017
I've used a few good blades in the past; Killerspin RTG Kido 7P Premium, Yasaka Dynamix 17, Yasaka Max Carbon 3D, and I am going on the record to say that the Stiga Carbonado 290 is the best blade that I have used period. The weight is quite reasonable, the build quality is top-notch, the speed that it can produce is unbelievable, the control is excellent, and it gives you a good feeling when you hit the ball. This blade is perfect for blocking too. It is an OFF+ rated blade so this is built for fast kills, flicks and smashes but there is more to appreciate on this blade and it will surely elevate the level of your game or playing style. The thick carbon layers gives a better feel compared to other carbon-layered blades. The stiffness and hardness will generate an awesome sound everytime you hit or smash the ball. The only downside for me is the price and this is probably the only deal breaker for most enthusiast out there for not acquiring this awesome piece of weapon. If price is the only thing that is stopping you from getting this blade, I am telling you right now that it is worth every buck so don't hold back. This is designed for offensive playing style but I personally feel that it is not limited to fast offense type of play and in my opinion this blade will be great for an All-Around or Defensive playing style as well.
Ash on 4/12/2017
I was going to buy a Butterfly carbon blade but because of price, I've changed my plan and got this blade. I had just one session with this blade and of course if not enough to evaluate it. However, here is my first impression (FH: Tenergy 05 2.0mm and BH: Andro HEXER HD 1.9mm)
*** Positive points ***
1) Speed it is really got and blade is considerably fast.
2) Blocking was extra ordinary.
3) Attacking and smash are really good.
4) Chop was good.
5) Blade have good quality with nice finishing.
*** Negative points ***
1) Feel: blade does not give "me" a good feel, I use to play with Butterfly Gergely which is stiff blade but this one seems to me very stiff.
2) Control is average. In straight shots, you can send the ball almost precisely bot when some spins are involved then more focus is needed.
3) Through angle is very low and you have to be careful to avoid net, on the other hand because, it sends the ball long, therefore there is risk to miss the table due to high speed.
4) Drive and loops required substantial effort and focus to perform successfully (it might not apply to the player with comprehensive skills).
*** Conclusion *** As I mentioned earlier one session is not sufficient to rate this blade. In the other hand, I might set my expectation too high or I have to give the blade more time to prove itself.
*** Recommendation *** I believe softer rubber works better in this blade.