Palio Hidden Dragon Biotech Upgrade

Palio Hidden Dragon Biotech Upgrade Rubber
Approx. $ 12 USD
Price $

User Ratings (5)

Speed 8.2
Spin 9.0
Control 9.3
Tackiness 0.0   
Completely non-tacky
Weight 6.0   
Medium heavy
Sponge Hardness 4.5   
Gears 6.3   
Above average gears
Throw Angle 6.0   
Medium high
Consistency 10.0
Durability 7.3   
Lasts longer than average
Overall 8.7 10
Manufacturer Details
Speed 9.0
Spin 11
Control 11
Tensor Yes
Anti No
There are 2 users using the Palio Hidden Dragon Biotech Upgrade.
36-38, 39-41 degrees hardness
Upgrade version = dense, heavier biotech sponge

Reviews (5)

jaytee  on 6/16/2017

Version reviewed: biotech upgrade, 2.2mm, 36-38 deg (tested on a Donic Waldner Exclusive AR+) For those on a budget and wanting a control rubber with the characteristics of a Euro/Jap rubber this is a serious contender. Being Chinese it doesn't reproduce Euro/Jap feel totally (when do they ever, lol), but it comes close enough. Surface is slightly tacky on removal from packet but tackiness disappears almost immediately. Its spin properties come from a grippy top sheet and moderately soft sponge. The sponge was slightly harder and heavier than I had hoped for, but this is typical of Chinese rubbers generally and I was coming from months of using Donic Vario Big Slam - one of the softest rubbers available. Service spin produced can be considerable when really brushing the ball, but because spin sensitivity is low, service receive is easy. Topspin produced on attacking strokes is excellent with good technique, but it's not a rubber that will magically turn you into loop monster (say like Baracuda might do). The spin comes from the right mechanical action used, not from tackiness or super soft sponges. In other words, a rubber that rewards the right technique. Speed is nothing special and despite Palio's 'Biotech' blurb, there's no appreciable catapult effect. A simple bounce test with ball on bat showed it to have noticeably less than the Vario Big Slam, which is one of the slower tensor effect rubbers. Even so, my attacking shots and smashes don't seem to have gotten any slower. If anything, less is coming back my way now :). For more speed, try a stiffer blade than my Waldner Exclusive AR+. Throw angle is medium to medium high, but no more than that. Pushes and blocks are easy to control and place (I can't comment on chopping). All in all, excellent value, and looks to be very durable as well (no rubber chipping off at the edges etc). Beginners, improvers and lower league players (like me) should try this, especially if on a budget.
lineup32  on 11/9/2013

Good upgrade over 1997 Bio, using it on BH at this time with Thor on the FH. I use 1997 as my Robot rubber and I can feel the difference. Next time I will just order more dragon upgrade and use a set for my bot. Overall I have become more and more attracted to Palio rubber like the control it helps keep my play on the table. update: Hidden Dragon Upgrade and Blitz are my favorite Palio rubbers so far. Hard to beat the performance of this rubber at its current price.
emelo  on 12/25/2012

This is valuable versatile rubber, with great control and spin, very low spin sensitivity. 39-41 upgrade version is similar 729 focus III snipe 46deg. I prefer the Hidden Dragon.
r08y  on 10/29/2012

Awesome rubber! :D
reef  on 10/20/2012

nothing special and nothing bad. good allround for beginners

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