DHS Gold Arc 8

DHS Gold Arc 8 Rubber
Approx. $ 48 USD
Price $

User Ratings (93)

Speed 9.4
Spin 9.4
Control 9.1
Tackiness 2.2   
Slightly tacky
Weight 5.8   
Medium heavy
Sponge Hardness 6.8   
Medium hard
Gears 8.9   
Many gears
Throw Angle 5.7   
Medium high
Consistency 9.6
Durability 8.9   
Lasts a long time!
Overall 9.4 10
Manufacturer Details
Speed 10 / 10
Spin 10 / 10
Control 9.0 / 10
Tensor Yes
Anti No
There are 40 users using the DHS Gold Arc 8.
*Manufacturer speed, spin, and control ratings are provided as partially or fully filled bars on the packaging. The numbers have been approximated from that.*

*Blurb has been translated from the original German to English*

"The surface of Goldarc 8 has the elasticity of a fully drawn bow, and has high grip. The elasticity comes from the robust pimple geometry. It has big pimples that provide large amounts of power from the mid-distance. The player profits from good feedback; and the clear sound produced upon contact with the ball provides more trust and confidence in one's shots.
Goldarc 8 possesses extreme amounts of speed and spin, and can be used to pressure one's opponent in any situation. The rubber is suitable for both forehand and backhand.
This highly elastic, non-tacky rubber was developed in collaboration with the DHS development centre, German rubber experts, and the multiple-time world champions Wang Liqin and Ma Long."

Reviews (42)

Saturnus  on 4/6/2017

This is the first DHS Rubber that is not a Chinese rubber. It's made in Germany and I can confirm it's an effective ESN rubber no tacky. For me is the best rubber I ever tried: 1) worderful serves with a huge amount of backspin 2) very easy open loops against backspin with a lot of rotation 3) strong countertopspin 4) strong pushes 5) fantastic blocks. What do you want more? The best rubber!!!
+13
Mikenz  on 10/1/2017

47.5 degree sponge, med thickness, tested on Treiber K. I see this rubber's ratings have dropped slightly from the heady days when it first appeared on the database. Funny how new equipment seems to garner extraordinary hype and ratings in the initial reviews.However this rubber deserves it's very high ranking as it's one of the best I have tried. Opted for the softer, thinner version as I felt 50 degree max would be too hard/fast and that I would probably not utilize It's potential anyway. 47.5 seems perfect, the supple top sheet makes the rubber feel softer than it is, and with a high level of grip, spin based strokes have great rotation.Control is excellent , with a very linear power curve that is easy to unleash.In combination with the Treiber K, I had speed, control and consistency that fit well with my abilities. I am an older player (60), but if you are an advanced,fast,powerful player (read younger perhaps) then the harder/thicker version of this rubber might suit your game even better. I thoroughly recommend this rubber as it has that great synthesis between sponge and topsheet and is Only $30US per sheet.
+3
Nakata  on 8/27/2018

The search for the perfect rubber has ended for me. It is DHS Goldarc 8 at 50 degrees Max thickness. What a rubber! Unbelievably good at everything, speed, control, spin, ball placement, serves, blocks... Name it and GA8 is there to fulfill your expectations. Not to mention it is very forgiving, very easy to use. The rubber has a medium soft touch (pressing it with fingers) but gives a medium hard feel during play. It is excellent when counter looping and extraordinary when opening topspins in underspin balls. By far the best FH rubber I have ever tried (altough I changed it to BH), and I have tried a lot: T05, H3 Neo, Rakza 7, Fastarc G1, Vega Asia, Vega Pro, Baracuda, Hexer HD... If there any negative point about this rubber I would say the price. It is expensive, compared to most of DHS rubbers, but not really a surprise for such good rubber.
+2
marici22  on 4/14/2018

First off, I'm a 5th Division level (of 7~8 divisions depending on region) player so take my review with a grain of salt. So far, I've played with many different rubbers but go-to rubber so far has been MX-P, Rasanter R47, and T05. I'm on second sheet of "Gold Arc 8 max/50 degree" on my FH. The blade is Fangbo B2 (carbon). First sheet was un-boosted and it was a hard to get used to; quite bouncy. It's also heavy. Even my coach said it's heavy compared to R47 I had on before. It seems to be on par or slightly heavier than MX-P. My coach (former pro player) also tested the rubber and said it's a bit bouncy (he uses T05). Unless you are a skilled player, 47.5 degree sponge version may be better all around when using it without booster oil. Second sheet was boosted and made a world of difference. The difference was most noticeable among all the rubbers I've used. Looping was easy with a ton of top spin, smashes were clean and powerful, counters were a blast, and power drives were super fast and spinny with satisfyingly loud clicking sounds. Downside is that the booster only lasts about 3 weeks. Un-boosted - Fast but bouncy - hard to control Speed: GA8>MX-P>R47=T05 Spin: T05>=R47>MX-P>=GA8 Control: T05>R47>MX-P>>>>>>GA8 Boosted - Fast, much better control, spinny Speed: GA8>MX-P>R47=T05 Spin: T05>=R47>GA8>MX-P Control: T05>GA8>R47>MX-P or something along these lines. GA8 being $33 from HK, compared to ~$36 for R47 and MX-P and ~$55 for T05 in my country, it is a winner. Also, considering T05's notoriously short life expectancy, R47's grippy but fast wearing top sheet, and MX-P's great but fast dwindling sponge, GA8 is a bargain and a hidden gem. Conclusion: GA8 isn't exceptional in one aspect but great in all. For me, when boosted, it's a super offensive rubber that can do everything better than most.
+2
gtsnake  on 3/6/2018

I'm coming from Xiom Omega V with Timo Boll ZLC and I really love this rubber. It's got tons of power and good grip. I can control the blocks very well. Placing the ball back at the exact same spot consistently. It's a slightly higher throw angle which I enjoy. Serving is about normal but still good. Where this rubber excels is away from table and looping hard. I have complete control and power when I want it. The ball feels like it explodes off the face but with spin. I can't say I've tried chopping with it because this is an offensive rubber. I really love this thing. I won't be switching any time soon.
+2

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