STIGA Hybrid Wood NCT: Changing the Way the Game is played.
We have seen dramatic changes in our sport over the past few years: scoring changes, ball size changes, the introduction of timeouts, and now the elimination of speed glue. STIGA is confident that they can stay on the cutting edge of technology to ensure that these changes do not detract from your enjoyment of the game. To do this, STIGA has created WRB handles, Oversize and Tube blades, ACS, Mega-Tension, and Nano Technology rubber, and most recently, Synergy Tech rubber and Aqua Energy water-based glue—all this to ensure precision, power, and most of all, enjoyment when you head out to the table.
Now, the STIGA Hybrid Wood ties it all together! This nine-ply all- wood blade uses STIGA's latest technologies, and is designed for the new era that begins with the ITTF speed glue ban in 2008. It features a specially-treated surface and STIGA's latest nano technology. These ingredients increase the life of the blade and help you hit the ball harder.
The STIGA Hybrid Wood has been carefully constructed to perfectly complement STIGA's Almana Sound Synergy Tech, Neos Synergy Tech, Neos Sound Synergy Tech, and Innova Ultra Light Synergy Tech rubber sheets and bring the performance of these rubber sheets to the maximum level. The new era of table tennis has started at STIGA; has it with you?
The STIGA Hybrid Wood is ready for 2008, as are STIGA's Synergy Tech rubber and Aqua Energy water-based glue.
Raden on 5/5/2013
I don't think this is the fastest blade out there ,but That's not a bad thing. What this is is the most playable blade out there. This has the perfect feel, where I can tell exactly what the ball is doing on the rubber. Fantastic for loops, smashes and touch. don't listen to mtg679, some people need to buy a brand name so they can identify themselves with others. i have tried many +$200 blades and this is my choice. If this blade had a Butterfly label and price tag of $300, many Butterfly enthusiasts would say this is the best Butterfly ever.
don't let weight fool you. When i weighed my blade and saw 99gms, I said uh-oh. But when I play with it, it's never been an issue. Great balance
Hozze on 7/22/2012
I'm using this with the Chinese penhold handle. Very fast but maintains excellent control. Stiff and hard, but not excessively so. Have tried it with a variety of rubbers and it feels quite good with most levels of hardness, although I prefer medium rubbers on it.
Really only has two negatives:
One is the price, which I personally think is a minor problem. After all you don't have to replace it every month or so like with your rubbers.
The weight can be more problematic however. Stiga rates it at 95 grams, but most of the ones I've heard of has been closer to 100g. I specifically asked my retailer to get Stiga to send the lightest one they had in stock and ended up with a 93 gram blade. Not bad, but don't expect them to get lighter than that.
UPDATE: After struggling a little with the head-heavy feel I got with heavier rubbers I've now found a combo which are lightweight and balanced enough but also fast and spinny enough to really make the blade shine (Haifu Whale II National - red sponge on FH and Yasaka Rakza 7 Soft on BH). I've consequently learnt to appreciate the blade even more.
It does show that the weight can be a problem though and might limit your choice of rubbers somewhat. I'm not sure you'll like it if you stick a pair of Tenergy 05's or something like that on it.
13eWa12N 2 months ago
"An OFF+ blade with many gears"
Feeling wise, I don't think that the blade is more bouncy than hard wood blade such as Intensity or YEO. The blade is very stable on block and the speed of the block is very controllable just like ALL+ to OFF- blade. However, the rating is correctly stated as OFF+ when looping or hitting. The blade can generate more power to any distance from the table. Beware that for the close-to table looping, the blade angle has to be much closer comparing to 5-plys blade or the ball will definitely fly off the table. The blade feels not so hard on lower gear and hard on higher gear, but you get enough flex for looping. Although the blade is much thinner than my YEO, the weight of the blade limits the choice of rubber. I think the blade is best paired with medium to medium-soft rubbers. For reference, I use Yasaka Shinning Dragon max on the FH side and Stiga Mendo 2.0 on the BH.
TTfan2013 on 8/19/2017
Very reliable blade. Not a weakness that you can spot on this blade.
VoiD on 1/26/2016
Very good blade and good looking too. I really like this blade, but has to replace it due to head size, it is smaller than normal.