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Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5

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The BalsaCarbo X5 is the first Balsa blade to be made by Butterfly. The X5 features light weight and great touch, produced by the Balsa center core. Its two Carbon Layers ensure that there is always more than enough point-winning power. Unique to the X5 is its soft feel, which makes over the table play, especially blocking, effortless and very effective. While designed for close to the table attacking play, the X5 has enough power to execute strong topspins from mid-distance as well. Balsa blades are growing increasing popular worldwide and one rally with the BalsaCarbo X5 will show you why!

Speed: 82
Control: 80
Weight: 80g
Feel: Soft
Ply: 5 (3W/2C)


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FAQ: Does Megaspin sell Japan-made Butterfly blades?

Some Butterfly blades like Korbel and Grubba are produced in factories both in Europe and in Japan, so they exist in 2 variants. When a Japanese blade has a Europe-made version, we always carry the Japanese variant. Other blades like Butterfly Timo Boll Offensive are only made in China so we cannot carry a Japanese variant of these blades.

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Review by dani_jug for Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5 on July 12, 2016
I am not a pro, playing just for fun and i've read a lot of comments stating *don't buy fast blade/rubber unless you are a pro*.
That's why i decided "ok, let's buy a slow blade and rubber".
The only thing i'd like to suggest now - do not listen to all this kind of suggestions.
So my review is for someone who is not a pro and who(for some reason) thinking about this blade with some defensive rubbers.


I'v started from using this blade with roundell 1.9 hard on fh and medium on bh.
It was literally useless.
With the setup mentioned above - i must do insane efforts to do a just a top spin. Trying to play effortless - and get ball in the net all the time, thin rubber simply couldn't catch the ball on this blade. The only way to let thin or tough rubber works on this blade is catch incoming spin, and it is very, very sensitive to incoming spin. So you have to play around your opponent.
If he play fast and spinny - you HAVE TO catch his spin and you CAN(if you have enough skill) return this spin to him making his life harder.
If he play defense/blocking - you will HAVE TO play blocking/chopping and just throw the ball on that side. Slooooow, booooring.
But the main point is that you HAVE TO play the way your opponent dictate, so i highly recommend not to build such setup unless you are freaking pro and you know what and why you are doing.



Accidentally, when i put tenergy 64 fx 2.1mm on fh everything became amazingly different.
Now i do have a possibility to put some pressure on my opponent with the speed of tenergy, and this rubber(afaik - the fastest from tenergy) actually gives me a possibility to catch the ball on rocket and keep it on the surface giving some spin and speed. I could speed up the game so once the game is fast enough i even can use my bh with roundell 1.9 to occasionally do a short strike annoying opponent.
I can change the vector of the game with tenergy and i still can chop to any place on the table and i have a very good control with it. Once again, once the game become fast enough - i receive not bad control even on bh with roundell 1.9 and still could block pretty easy with it.


Overall, i would put tenergy on bh as well if you asked but i have not enough time to actually buy/place it and not enough courage to spend another 80$ for it(amateur play, after all).
Just keep in mind - this blade is very slow, not even OFF-/ALL+, rather ALL, ALL-.
From the terms of durability - two weeks, so far it's alive.

Don't repeat my mistakes - don't use it with the slow/taugh/thin rubbers unless you really know what to do(but i think if you are - you don't read this review:)).
If you build it with fast/think/soft rubbers - it might be interested and pretty unusual combo - either for you and your opponents, so i'd suggest it for one who love experiments.




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Review by ziggys1949 (Verified Customer) for Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5 on May 19, 2016
This is good blade, but i don't have much of experience - will have to try different.
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 External Review for Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5 on February 25, 2016
I have bought this blade hoping for a light looping blade with control. And i got that at 68 grams. It has very good dwell which helps you a lot on loops. The facts that is flexy helps too. Blocks are good, but you have to do active blocks to get them unconfortable for the oponent.
It has several speeds and pushing is nice and stays low. Little vibration, but decent feedback.

Unfortunatelly the consistency is crap when pushing, blocking, flipping. Sometimes i get a weird vibration and the ball simply dies on the paddle. This usually happens when you make contact closer to the tip, which is a big minus on flips and pushes. I'm still using the blade only because i haven't found any better. Because of poor consistency i recomend trying other products from butterfly, maybe those are better built.
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Review by mattyd1977 (Verified Customer) for Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5 on December 10, 2015
Good blade. I would recommend this blade for a pips out blocker who has a good loop.
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 External Review for Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5 on November 3, 2015
Very thick (7mm), stiff and soft blade. For a such thick and stiff blade it has good dwell. It's a light blade (mine is 80g). The structure of plies is basswood-carbon-balsa-carbon-basswood. It's faster than Friendship/729 V-6 with less control and less dwell. I have played 2 seasons of SOKAZ league with it, but then I found that there is better blades for loopers with more dwell time (e.g. Friendship/729 V-6). I think it's better for pips-out (short pips) attackers on BH side than for 2 side loopers.
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 External Review for Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5 on April 1, 2015
EXCELLENT BLADES FOR LOOP, BLOCKING AND PUSH WITH BARACUDA & FRIENDSHIP 08.
NEED TO PLAY FROM SLIGHTLY AWAY FROM TABLE. FEEL THE EXCELLENT TOUCH WHILE RETIVING BALL CONSISTENTLY.
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 External Review for Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5 on August 26, 2014
disappointment for me
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 External Review for Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5 on May 5, 2014
This blade has to be the Holy Grail for pips players! I put a sheet of Tenergy 80 1.7mm on the FH and Dr Neubaur Allround Premium pips with 0.5mm sponge on the BH. Both were just spare rubbers I had lying around. What a combination! How is it that this OFF blade can be so fast on the FH but deader than my Stiga Tube Def blade on the BH? Perfect! Just what I was looking for. And because it's a reasonably fast blade the effect off the pips is great! You can defend or attack with them. And a lovely low price for a Butterfly blade as well! About the same price as a sheet of Tenergy! Give it a go pips players you won't be disappointed!
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 External Review for Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5 on October 27, 2013
Very nice blade if you still looking for your faveroite blade its worth to give it a try. I would recomend it to players with fast hand wrist action as with its light weight it should add even more spin to your game. I had it with Bryce speed 2.1 on both sides ( don't know how that happened ) it was great for block even a blind man or a child could block the heaviest top spin and the bat was never ''cathing'' incoming spin. If someone chop to long to my backhand every topspin BH was a killer fast, low over the net and if anything came back I was ussualy there with my smash forehand to finish the job. however with this combination of rubbers I found dificult to apply good spin on my serve also short serve was a matter of practice. Forehand was very flat good for smashes but this combination had very low throw angle hence margin for!
error was next to nothing on topspin to topspin play. Moving on with my rubbers I could not match this blade with any tenergy ( the only one that was looking promising was T80 1.9 ) It could be due to playing with Bryce for so long and adapting to this rubbers on Balsa. I have move on since than to Innerforce ALC but still got this blade as it never really disapointed me and got my game better at the time I was using it. But it just a step on the leader rather than final destination.
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 External Review for Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5 on September 22, 2013
The design of the handle is ugly and the surface of the racket gets easily damaged.

Whenever you change rubbers, you will peel off some wood.

I even had to reglue the surface layer, because it was loose.

Dont know what is wrong with butterfly these days, but the quality of this blade was really bad!
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