PierreAd on 11/13/2015
Certainly my favorite forehand rubber of these last years. I've made lots of changes in my setup during several month, coming from flexible blades and very soft rubbers, and gradually came to stiffer blades and harder rubbers. I quickly came to love the Vega Pro for many reasons :
- It's affordable, and yet very durable (lasts around one whole season for me). The build quality is extremely good. Though the sponge is firm, the topsheet is quite thin and suple so the overall feeling is firm, but not that hard (I'd say around 42-43°, depending on the thickness and the blade underneath).
- It's quite fast, but very linear, so you don't feel like you're playing with an uncontrolable rocket. You get the speed you expect, no surprise, no tensor effect that comes into play when you don't expect it, and yet it's easy to play. On the contrary, the Vega Europe is a little easier on this side, speed is easier to "trigger"... but Vega Pro can be really fast as well if you have a good technique and hit the ball correctly. However, during short play or opening topspins, the rubber offers lots and lots of control...
- ... and spin ! Vega Pro is a very spinny rubber. I never played with Tenergys or modern alternatives so it's hard to compare, I'd say it's a bit behind, but really not far. Throw angle is high or medium-high so very suited for topspin play.
All in all, this has been my favorite rubber for the last 2-3 years, never really needed to try anything else. For this price, and if you
HumbleBear on 8/15/2015
Weighs around 48g cut (2.0mm on Primorac Carbon). This harder rubber is suitable for softer surface(hinoki) blades.
I first had it on Powerwood and it felt hard but slow and not spinny due to the harder surface of the blade. I then switched to Primorac Carbon and boy what a difference it made! The rubber seems to be made for this blade. The softer hinoki surface of the Primorac Carbon is a good match to the harder sponge of Vega Pro. Together the shots are fast and extremely spinny with vicious spin. Side spin shots can be spectacular curvy; topsin shots will dive into the table without going long. I never knew this blade can produce such a huge spin! This is my fastest and spinniest blade by far. I also own T-11+, PG7, Powerwood and N9.
Unfortunately, the sponge deteriorated after 2 month of hard hitting 6 days/week; was once a hard rubber with medium throw now has became soft and high throw. Due to this, I will try the 1.8mm or the Donic Bluefire series next time.
ControlledSpin 5 months ago
I really like this rubber. It does just about everything well and is easy to use. It's the first tensor I used after transitioning from Mark V as a developing player. Good speed and spin with great control and consistency. Excellent for blocking, flat hits, serve return and pushes. Pretty good for looping and serves. The high throw angle makes lifting backspin fairly easy. Can be used effectively on either FH or BH. Not the fastest or spinniest but a good choice for an all around tensor that is highly consistent with good control.
Slimshady5280 on 7/14/2015
Absolute quality rubber from XIOM. Perfect for my BH. It has a medium low throw perfect for quick backhand flicks and drives. this rubber produces loads of spin when thin contact is made on the ball on service and touch play. Blocking is great but where this rubber truly excels at is creating affective spin. With rubbers like energy we can judge the amount of topspin by how much of a dive the ball has. but with this rubber it is a very direct shot ( which is great for the bh) but the spin really causes havoc to the opponents shots and highly affects the accuRACY of your opponents strokes. Great rubber for very reasonable price recommend it for all stages of play after beginner.
Loop_in_key_of_Bb on 6/20/2014
I originally started using Vega Pro in 2012, and although I've tried a bunch of other rubbers, I keep coming back to this on FH.
I use max sponge on Xiom Aria 5-ply blade with a thin Btfly free chack application.
It has a moderately hard feeling (which I prefer on FH). I get clear feedback and it's somewhat forgiving if I make less than optimal contact.
It's easy to keep my serves and pushes low with good spin, almost like a chinese rubber. When looping I can use a big stroke close to the table and produce lots of spin and power, yet feel confident that I'll hit the table. This encourages me to play more aggressively and suits my game well.
To be sure, there are many rubbers that will produce more spin and speed, but this still has plenty of both. The longevity is fantastic, and at $38 per sheet you'll be hard-pressed to find a better value.