RealBow on 4/29/2017
I play the CTT National Hero in red and 2mm for two years now on bh on a Sanwei HC.5 blade. Palio Blit'z max. on fh. National Hero is an Allround+ to Off- rubber, it is a bit faster than National Pride and surely faster than National Strike. I tested both as well. While National Pride has to be played near the table with counter-loops or spinblocks over the table, so purely aggressive and near and over the table (therefore it is a great rubber), the Hero is more variable, allows loops from the mid distance, while it is still a brilliant rubber for blocking and counter looping near the table. Chopping and service is above average, but not killing. It excels in placement of short laybacks, so the speed is nicely adjustable. The slightly tackiness makes it a bit sensible for the opponent spin, but the bounce is not too flippy, so it's well controlable. Hero generates a good chop and has nearly no bouncing-high tendencies. Even the modern flicks are easy to play. It's pretty easy to loop the first spin, but it has not the highest arc but you can drive even hard and fast when hitting from the highest point. The speed of the loops is good and there is a nice topspeed possible by hitting a drive with the sponge. I can play one rubber for half a year (twice a week), after that time it's nearly as tacky as it is after the first 10 hours. I edited the spin from 9 to 8 and control from 8 to 7 because I see a problem in generating high spin from the near distance, where you can only drive instantly over the ball right off the bounce. Everytime you wait until the ball drops you lose control over the depth of the ball and it gets risky to brush the ball with a lot of wrist to generate maximum spin. What is not unusual to chinese type of rubbers is that it lacks sound. It has a crashy sound when you press-block or smash (with the right blade), but not a "quip"-sound or smth. like that like with an ESN-rubber when brushing or driving.
willima on 11/16/2016
Great durable rubber for the price. Sufficient speed for an controlled offensive playstyle. It´s very lite, quite tacky and you can play all strokes with a lot of spin. I´ve been using this rubber on forehand and backhand for two seasons now and it supports my style perfectly.
Edit: After a while I found out that the rubber has a relatively low throw angle. Some players like that but I find it not supportive.
Paulzgz (Spain) on 5/19/2011
Good allround rubber. There is supose to be speed glue in-built, but really no like european rubbers. No "click sound" at all.