vietma on 5/8/2014
I have been using Friendship 729-08 ES on my backhand for quite a while. I really love this rubber. With this rubber, I could loop every ball on my backhand regardless short or long ball. I could place the ball at any angle or corner I like with my backhand loop. I am using Butterfly Timo Boll Spirit blade with Andro Rasant on my forehand and Friendship 729-08 ES on my backhand. Friendship 729-08 ES rubber is very cheap however it is very controlled and very spinny. I will keep using this rubber on my backhand for a long time. My games have been improved lots since I use Friendship 729-08 ES rubber on my backhand. However I have to insist that Friendship 729-08 ES is only used for my backhand, I will not use it on my forehand.
vanjr on 1/30/2013
Very good control in the short game. Spinny serves. Opens well against underspin. Pushes well. This rubber is really growing on me. Interested to see how long it lasts-especially since it is vacuum wrapped and presumably factory tuned.
TTCP on 9/11/2018
729-08 ES has the same topsheet as the original 729-08 rubber. It comes in three sponge hardness-45, 47, and 49. The ES sponge is more springy than that of the original 729-08. In terms of spin and control, there's little difference between ES and the original. Both aspects of the ES rubber are amazing. For me, there are two noticeable differences between 729-08 ES and the original. ES feels slower than the original and has a higher throw angle than the original 729-08. When you apply a lot of power in your loops and drives, the ES is not as fast or stable as the original. But ES is generally more forgiving than the original. If you are an aggressive attacker, you should probably go with the original 729-08. If you are a spin oriented allrounder, then 729-08 ES is probably more suitable.
tipoman on 3/2/2017
Have the red topsheet, being using it for two months on my FH on a Galaxy Sweden Classic blade.
It is non tacky, can't lift the ball a millimeter from the table.
Control is good.
Speed is mediocre, maybe due to the soft blade.
Spin is average, noticeably lacking when playing slow over-the-table shots. In this aspect Hurricane 3-50 I have on my BH is much better.
Topsheet rubber is rather hard, with thick layer and short thick pips.
The sponge is medium hard.
Close to medium range looping was a problem for me - you need good technique and quite a bit of power to engage the sponge. Only blocking was solid.
Overall I'm not impressed with this rubber, it does not excel in anything. Being a 729 fan, got lured by the "Energy Sponge" technology hoping it to be a kind of a chinese tensor. Well, this is not the case...
Update: It was not my type of rubber and I replaced it with CJ-8000 36deg. The durability of the product is good, it detached nicely intact. Weighed after that 44gr with some glue residues :)
Kim_biceps on 7/28/2016
A pretty meh rubber to me, was using it on both fh and bh, while it generates big spin, the arc is quite high therefore setup dangerous replies from opponents, bouncy, but good for defensive push games, as well as backspin, and sidespins, other than that, pretty sub par imho, if you're using it for practice to develop your game in terms of defenve and placement of ball u might be interested in this rubber as it have the attraction of low price tag. if not dont even touch it, its pretty basic at what it does, maybe its the blade i put it into, so i might try it in the future on different blades just to see how it fares up on a more offensive blade.