Donic Bluefire M1
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Donic Bluefire M1
Characteristics: highly dynamic, extremely spinny top sheet Recommended for: top players or players who practice a lot and prefer to use harder rubbers.
Donic's new Bluefire is a completely new rubber development offering top speed. A new high-tech generation of rubbers in the proven Formula FD3-technology has been developed as a result of the perfect combination of the large pored blue sponge with an extremely spinny top surface rubber. The top rubber with its small, long pimpled-in structure lends the rubber the best possible flexibility and sensational feeling. Above all, the Bluefire is unbelievably fast with a characteristic high arc when top-spinning that enables maximum spin and increased speed.
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Please read SEGUSO review. Slupsalaht may have a technique problem with his/her hits. I also tried MAXXX 500, T05, MXP, MXS and M2, M3, JP1, JP3... My main opinion was to find a rubber that is an attacking and aggressive rubber and less bouncy than T05, a bit more lively than MXP, more Lively than MXS, bit lighter than MAXXX500, and a bit more powerful, than other DONIC rubbers mentioned above. My blade is a Waldner WC '89, and M2 feels a bit mushy and unreliable at high power, MXP does also this when counterlooping from far away with full power. On this blade M1 is more spinnier than a T05 on a normal OFF- ALC limba or koto blade with kiri core blade and lifts the ball more. Also It preforms better in soft loops than MXP. As far as I could see the sponge of MXP and M1 only differs in the coulour. The softer topsheet of the M1 makes the real difference. I really do like the M product line of donic, because they last long. When kept clean the rubber has a really nice grip, and wears off after 250 hours of use. What I find as a negative effect, that the rubber dulls after a month or a bit more because the booster expires. This is also noticable with MXP, so occasional preservative boostering is needed to uphold the "out of the packege" performance.
I've tried all kinds of rubbers considered to be "med-hard", including Acuda S1 Turbo, Omega IV Pro, Omega V Pro, Omega V Tour, T05, Tibhar MXP etc. Most of them have felt fairly comfortable on my FH, and I had little difficulty compressing their sponges consistently.
Donic's reference guides lists Bluefire M1 as being 47.5 deg. sponge, same as Acuda S1 Turbo and JP 01 Turbo. All I can say is that M1 felt *much harder* to me than these other offerings, to the point I couldn't get it to work for me in real world match play.
When I was in good position and made perfect contact with lots of body rotation, the loops were like lightning and just plain silly. Loops almost had the speed of a smash. Counter-looping was very fun (if I executed perfectly). However if my contact wasnt perfect, I'd usually miss.
The other aspect that stood out was that I've never tried anything in my life that was as reactive to the incoming spin as this stuff. I played practice matches with 2 different opponents whom i know well, and I kept dumping their light backspin serves into the net. I couldn't believe it, despite how much I was opening my racket angle.
So if you're a wreckless power-looping freak with complete confidence in footwork and elite strokes etc, this might be worth a try. Anybody else I'd tell them to stay away.
I installed on FH: Donic Bluefire M1 rubber max on FH on my AVX Avalox P 900 CPEN blade.
Its quite fast and can execute powerful spin and loops. For BH: TSP Ventus Soft. Its better than TSP Ventus Soft.
Amazing... Really fast (hard sponge), durable (have it on for 3 months and still almost no difference), LOT of spin (the harder you grip). The only drawback is the lack of good control, but if you put it on a little more controllable blade, i guess it's not that bad. It's still very good rubber. So I recomend this rubber for FH (forehand) because on backhand you will need something with a little bit more control, trust me (or buy a version with less thicker sponge). I use MAX red version of it and it is veery fast and hard to control on backhand. And in rallies you can hardly have time and capacity to focus on controlling this rubber (if on BH). That's pretty much it.
First, I put it on a relatively fast all-wood blade, Acoustic. It produced all the faults predicted: unless fully winged, the ball either fell dead or flattened right into the net. Brushes died immediately, and so did controlled loops. Also, if lifted more, it flew out big time. Not good at all, no feeling.
Then I gave it another try, and out it on an Innerforce ZLC. And suddenly, all of the above were history. Drops, active and passive (used it on forehand), flicks, brushes, side spins, loops of every kind from close, mid and far, counter loops, drives - everything worked. It excelled in what I excel in, simply put. Amazing, even better (faster and a bit spinnier) than Andro Rasant Grip. The spin AND lifting the ball worked identical to Adidas P7, but again, only on ZLC. Apaprently, this rubber needs a little extra elasticity, springing power and speed.
Outstanding offensive rubber.
M1 is a hard, heavy, fast, high throw, high catapult looping rubber that is also great flat hitting.
You can drive, flat hit, smash, power loop and brush loop, but you need a full stroke with the sponge working to unleash the high spin potential of this beast. The top sheet provide good aderence lifting under spin.
Good for active or passive blocking, but it's an offensive rubber and you have to be careful or the ball will go long.
M1 works really well close to the table, but it shines away from the table with incredible spin and speed on power loops. The high throw helps to clean the net when you are not in great position.
It has a good amount of spin on serve, but you have to be careful to keep the ball low.
There were some ball skid on pushes at first, but it tamed down after a few sessions.
For a couple of times I got an unpredictable trajectory looping.
The blue sponge is cool and the sound is great.
If you like to go for a knockout on every point, go with M1.
great backhand rubber for those who like to block and drive. Very fast, topsheet allows for heavy spin on services and pushes. Also highly durable, longest lasting rubber while maintaining proper performance.
I did try it on my forehand and had trouble looping heavy backspin.
Excellent offensive rubber with better control and lower throw angle then I expected.I also use JP02 but in T11+ blade.IMO M1 is great on my Nittaku Ludeak suitable on softer wood.
I can generate a lot of torque easily against any incoming shot (top or chop)... which is rare (and nice)... AND on serve... maybe even 'especially' on serve).
Was scared away a bit at first because speed is given a higher rating than spin. Well, you can hit a hard, medium-spin ball, but you can ALSO hit a hard, super-hi-spin ball... since it will "grab" if you let it. That makes it my pick for both BH AND FH (a 'subtle' advantage for things like when rubbers wear out at different times... and you just want to "flip over" to the "better" side (on your strong wing) temporarily until you get new sheet(s).
I did not notice a difference between the M1 and M1-Turbo in terms of playability... but the M1 (regular) is MUCH lighter (the Turbo seems chinese-rubber-heavy in my opinion)... so in that regard, I really like the regular M1 better since I use a (med-fast... to med) full-size blade... and have a higher swing speed (mostly) for (generally) close-to-the-table play.
Overall, I love it... plus it's got killer-cool blue sponge (Note generally I'm a 'max' user, but 2.0 works really well (with the increased consistency (thickness-wise) of 2.0.)
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