Air Illumina X88

Air Illumina X88 Rubber
Approx. $ 25 USD
Price $

User Ratings (24)

Speed 9.0
Spin 8.9
Control 8.5
Tackiness 2.0   
Slightly tacky
Weight 4.3   
Sponge Hardness 5.5   
Gears 7.1   
Above average gears
Throw Angle 3.3   
Consistency 9.0
Durability 7.0   
Lasts longer than average
Overall 9.1 10
Manufacturer Details
Speed 19 / 20
Spin 18 / 20
Control 19 / 20
Tensor No
Anti No
There are 4 users using the Air Illumina X88.
Illumina, the latest "Nanos" technology rubber created by AIR. We researched the latest "Nanos" technology on the basis of the SCIROCCO rubber. When we tested the SCIROCCO rubber, we found the spin was good and the speed is good. Then we were thinking of how we can make the new rubber the best combination of spin and speed. Through lengthy researching and testing, we found a new technology, we called it Nanos. We made it based on the SCIROCCO to add the new material to make the sponge more bouncy, and the rubber more spinny.
When you play with Illumina, you will found it's more comfortable, more feeling. And even the softest 33 degree sponge will give you the speed you need. We suggest you to use a medium or soft blade with Illumina to get the best playing effect. Now that it's the water glue period, the Illumina is the best choice for water glue, without any need for speed glue.
This topsheet has a very soft, euro feel with traditional euro pips structure. Extremely spinny without being sticky at all. The sponge is sort of lemon yellow...extreme corky speed glue effect. New version is fixed to glue and stay glued better. X88 was by far my favorite of the types, so much so I've decided to simplify and just carry that type. Sponge is around 41 deg. I've never carried a rubber even close to this good. X88 topsheet is thinner and lighter than previous versions.

Reviews (13)

OlaBonga  on 11/23/2018

For the price, this is a real bargain. 1 Tenergy or 7 Illumina X88??? Great for bh, but can also play good fh. I put a tacky protect-sheet on it, and that made the rubber tacky too! I have done so with Magna TX2 and Renanos Hold. My 5 years old Nittaku Renanos old has better spin now than when it was new, i kid you not!
danlaabraten  on 5/18/2014

For the price, awsome rubbe. As many here already said great for backhand. But fh also very nice. No real weaknesses.
lisaehk  on 10/13/2013

Very good rubber for that price (18 dollar)
Sonny  on 8/9/2011

I really hated this rubber the first night I tried. I screamed "I hate this rubber!" all night. Surprisingly, I managed to stay unbeaten in four matches that night. I paired the rubber with my carbon blade Galaxy T-2. The next day, I changed my blade to balsa blade TSP Versal ... It was like a gold apple on a silver bed. Everything felt right. Yeah, feeling is the most important attribute here. If it feels just right: speed, spin, and control can be easily produced or adjusted. Like shoes, when they feel right and comfortable, the owner can step, walk, dance, and run confidently. AIR Illumina x88 has glue sound, but a tad slower than most glued rubbers. It has taller pips or longer legs like most non-Chinese rubbers. Technically, taller pips (on both pips-out and inverted) mean the rubber is less reactive or less sensitive to opponent's spin. The pip pattern is also different from most inverted rubbers on the market. Its pip vertical spacing is longer than the horizontal spacing. AIR Illumina x88's top sheet is not tacky at all. However, its surface is firm and grippy. It looks like a "grainy" surface to me. Probably a sign of longevity? The sponge is and feels medium hard. The weight is between most Japanese and Chinese rubbers. Like Cole said, this rubber is very different. To me, it does feel and play very different in a good way. However, it pushes, loops, blocks, spins, and smashes more like a European than a Chinese rubber. It reminds me of glued Stiga Mendo. I have been playing with AIR Illumina x88 for almost a month now and all I can say is, this is my rubber. For now (at least until LA Open, September 2011).
Kamen  on 9/16/2017

Excellent for straightforward, linear, aggressive shots just above the net. The blade must offer very high control (Andro Treiber Z). Forget the high angle of throw, wait for the right moment and peck like a snake..

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