Palio CK531A

Palio CK531A Pips
Approx. $ 16 USD
Price $

User Ratings (34)

Speed 5.6
Spin 4.0
Control 7.1
Deception 6.3
Reversal 7.3
Weight 2.4   
Sponge Hardness 3.9   
Medium soft
Consistency 6.8   
Occasional variations
Durability 5.0   
Average durability
Overall 7.6 10
Manufacturer Details
Type Long pips
There are 3 users using the Palio CK531A.
Palio long pips rubber inherits the many fine characteristics of its long pimple predecessors. And yet CK531A pimple are smaller and softer. Hence, it can create stronger reversed spins and this definitely proves to be damaging to opponents. So don't miss this if you want to have a killer long pimples rubber.

Reviews (24)

Pipsy  on 10/5/2012

Play it in OX in league matches for more than one year now. This is a review for the yellow package OX-version only! Yellow Palio sheet is thinner and plays different than the newest blue one (of which the picture is shown here). I Significantly improved my level with it. Speed: not fast, not slow. Pips are shiny but still medium friction. For me it is a great allround pip that can do it all: one of the better OX-pips to chop with off the table and at the same time very controlled short game, great for blocking when taking the ball very quicky after the bounce. Reversal is good in OX but it isn't a disturbing wobbling pip like D-tecs. You will need a good forehand game in combination. Once you get used to it, control is very good. Sheets get much better once broken in, so try to play it for a few weeks before evaluating! I prefer red over black.
rabbi-D  on 3/20/2011

One of the best long pips I've tried. Plays equally well on slow defensive blades and faster stiffer blades. These are very versatile long pips but hey excel in spin reversal and are deadly against heavy loopers (actually I like best the 0.6-08 mm version on a slower blade,, but OX and 1.0 mm versions are also excellent for classic or modern defense.) Very inexpensive product with excellent playing property. Definitely a must try if you are a pips player.
auzcar  on 4/23/2010

Really good spin reversal on blocks! Probably the best I've tried for this since the frictionless ban. Also good for chopping away from the table. The only bad thing is that it's quite fast and so it seems a bit uncontrollable. However, when you've learned to control the speed it's only positive since it gives your opponent less time to react.
Joel  on 1/26/2010

I should add that the short review I wrote up above is for the ox version. Using it like this on a relatively stiff defensive blade really does maximize the spin reversal, as opposed to using a sponge.
sipokoyto  on 12/8/2017

My review on this rubber is not on a stock CK531A. My son and I experimented on making the cheapest and the easiest long pimple to use. The first condition was satisfied by buying the cheapest long pimple rubber and we found palio ck531a ox on ebay for 11 dollars a pair. However, ox long pimple are very hard to use or transition to if your coming from inverted rubber. In order to satisfy the second condition we should take the route of long pimple with sponge. We went to Micheals craftstore and bought a sheet of 1.8mm sponge sheet for less than a dollar. Glued the Palio CK531A ox on it tben glued the rubber sponge combo on an all wooden blade which we bought from a garage sale. The result = cheapest racket + the most disruptive long pimple that I have ever seen or used. It reminds me of the original TSP curl without the hardship of learning how to use it. The rubber is so easy to use that I was able to chop and block within 5 mins of using it. Knuckle ball, worble, spin reversal and change in speed they are all there. This combo is so disruptive, my son became frustrated with it. Good that we made a video on our first use of the rubber. We compered it to a sponged CK531A from palio and Dhs c8. Video link is here - Notice how easy my son cope up with C8 and sponged CK531A from Palio. How he became frustrated with the way the ball change its phase on the homebrew ck531a. By the way this set up is legal and with in ITTF regulation.

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