metalone on 5/18/2008
For the speed rating, this blade has good control. Realy shines from mid to far distances and near for flat drives off of mistakes from you opponent.
MartyC 2 months ago
In the past i played some another hinoki carnon blades -Gergely carbon , Primorac carbon , Xiom Axelo , Xiom Ignito. Strato ist most soft of them. Against Primorac carbon is slightly slover and significantly softer. Softest hinoki carbon I ever tried. my two pieces are 84 gram and 80 gram . In this weight is Strato not extrem powerfull blade. Wery good match with plastic ball - stiff , mild feel , enough power , light. I am happy that I founded it. I checked in the past all blade - categories and - I hope - I founded my definitely blade. Highly recomended with short or medium pimples on BH side.
HumbleBear on 1/30/2017
The Xiom Strato is my favorite blades! Fast, good control, spinny & precise.
I asked for a light blade and received an ultra light one at 80.3g, 80.9g after 2 light coats of polyurethane. Thickness measured to be 7.1mm. FL grip is wide & flat providing a sure grip.
Strato has the same exact design as my Bty Primorac Carbon: Kiso Hinoki+Carbon+Kiso Hinoki(center but I'm not sure if Bty uses Hinoki for the center core). Strato's outer ply of Hinoki is much thicker than the Primorac Carbon but surprisingly it has firmer wood feel than the P/C giving a more precise signal. Power is comparable to P/C; may be slightly slower (but still too fast for most people for competition) with noticeably better control, similar great spin capability and lighter (my copy is 80g vs 90g); to sum up all these attributes are exactly what I was looking for where they were lacking in the P/C. I wonder if the light weight has something to do with the slower speed or maybe the thicker top layer. But to me the speed is just right for just playing rally but a little too fast for competition when on the defense.
This blade is a looping monster. It can generate very strong topspin at a medium low and very fast trajectory. It's one of the best OFF+ blades. My rating: speed=9.6; control=8.8; stiffness=9; hardness=6.7; Spin=very good; throw=med low; consistency=9; balance=head heavy; overall=9.5. What an excellent blade Xiom Strato!
Update: I originally underrated the speed as 9.4 & corrected to 9.6. I think med soft rubber is the most suitable for this blade. I currently use Fastarc S-1(1.8mm) for FH & Mark V HPS (2.0mm) for BH. I love this blade/rubber combo very much.
Nelsonjack124 on 7/2/2016
I used butterfly gergly tamca5000 but due to the loss of control switched to xiom strato Fh &bh rakza7 soft max 1st was difficult to smash but after lot of accuracy it is dangerous on the table even after tremendous topspin,smash ball is back on the table opponent gets confused descent paddle
bmasterr on 5/14/2013
I have found out this blade has the excellent speed balance with control and good quality.I will compare with the other hinoki carbon blade.This blade is the softest hinoki carbon blade which i ever used,but not softer than aryl.C or Aramid.Speed is almost equal to Gregerly.Superb control because it has the softer feel.