Friendship/729 729-08 ES
Review of Friendship/729 729-08 ESHave the red topsheet, being using it for two months on my FH on a Galaxy Sweden Classic blade.
It is non tacky, can't lift the ball a millimeter from the table.
Control is good.
Speed is mediocre, maybe due to the soft blade.
Spin is average, noticeably lacking when playing slow over-the-table shots. In this aspect Hurricane 3-50 I have on my BH is much better.
Topsheet rubber is rather hard, with thick layer and short thick pips.
The sponge is medium hard.
Close to medium range looping was a problem for me - you need good technique and quite a bit of power to engage the sponge. Only blocking was solid.
Overall I'm not impressed with this rubber, it does not excel in anything. Being a 729 fan, got lured by the "Energy Sponge" technology hoping it to be a kind of a chinese tensor. Well, this is not the case...
Update: It was not my type of rubber and I replaced it with CJ-8000 36deg. The durability of the product is good, it detached nicely intact. Weighed after that 44gr with some glue residues :)
Mar 02, 2017
Palio AK 47 Blue
Review of Palio AK 47 BlueMatt topsheet, very grippy, quite elastic. Sponge feels soft and responsive, kind of a semi-tensor. Great value for the price!
I have the red topsheet, paired to an Yasaka Sweden Classic 5ply wood ALL blade on FH.
Can compare it to Xiom Vega Pro and CJ-8000 biotech 36deg I used before on the same blade.
AK-47 blue is like a CJ-8000, even grippier, and with turbo :) and VegaPro is like a twinturbo on worn tires :)
AK-47 blue is much better close to and over the table - you can brush loop or do an opening topspin/flick with great control thanks to the sandpaper-like and grippy topsheet, creating short-arc and very spinny balls, even better than CJ-8000. Here VegaPro lacks, I can't brushloop with it, it is too bouncy and slippery, leading to many unforced errors.
Further away from the table, you can turn on the AK-47 tensor by opening the bat more and more, which produces a nice click and fairly powerful shots with nice arc. With CJ-8000 here you start to loose speed. VegaPro is noticeably more powerful (say 20%) , and this allows you for some very spectacular powerful attacks from big distance almost from the ground, of course if you manage to hit the table, which is not easy with such a powerful "shooter".
Still, for my allround playing style I prefer to have power with control close and mid-distance, than rely on a lucky "killer" shot when I'm forced to defend away from the table.
I think it is the best mixture of Speed-Control-Spin for me.
Oh, did I mention it is light? 56gr uncut, which makes it about 7 grams lighter than VegaPro on the blade, which I felt and liked immediately
I think I've found my hardware at the moment and focus on improving my skills and enjoying TT.
May 18, 2017
Xiom Vega Euro DF
Review of Xiom Vega Euro DFFully agree with McCustom.
Rubber is extremely soft and bouncy even with the softest touch, even on the BH on a Yasaka Sweden Classic ALL blade. Like most tensors, chopping is difficult, since you have very little margin for error. Unlike most tensors, even medium force loop will bottom it. Hard loop attacks produce such cracking sound, that I began to worry not to damage the outer wood layer of my blade :)
At the end, you have no control over the short game and no speed&spin in power game.
It is only good for slow opening topspins/flicks, which are still tricky, but at least you can exploit the grippiness of the topsheet.
[Update] Dec-2017. The above impressions were gained while playing in rather warm conditions - around 25degrees. Now it is colder in the court where I play (10-15 degrees) and the rubber feels much harder! I like it more in cold, it now does not bottom in loop exchange, but only when attacking. The bounciness was reduced also, so I can now really enjoy the grippy topsheet while chopping. It's obviously a winter type of a tyre .... urhhh... rubber :)
Dec 15, 2017