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Donic Bluestar A1

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Donic BlueStar A1 has great potential to become the new star among the Donic table tennis rubber sheets because of its new technology.

The secret of BlueStar lies in its rubber sponge, it is completely different from all other sponges in the Donic rubber line. This new rubber technology is called "Optimized Energy Sponge", or OPTE for short. A small-pored sponge that sets new standards in terms of elasticity and dampening level due to its special composition, and you can feel this technology instantly when playing.

The fantastic catapult and speed characteristics make Donic BlueStar A1 an exceptional product. The top sheet - unlike the successful rubbers of Donic’s Bluegrip C-Touch series - is only slightly sticky, but it is extremely grippy.

With a 52.5 degree sponge, the BlueStar A1 appears relatively hard but only at first glance. In the hands of professional players it quickly becomes a strong trump card. Nevertheless, ambitious table tennis players who are not active in the top classes can also enjoy BlueStar, although it is particularly recommended for players who practice intensively.

Technology: Former world champion Jörgen Persson is enthusiastic about this new development. "I have never before played such an excellent table tennis rubber," explained the Swedish legend.

Recommended for: Ambitious, uncompromising offensive table tennis players.

Speed: 99
Spin: 99
Control: 68

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Donic is a table tennis equipment manufacturer that produces high-quality products in Volklingen, Germany. In business for over 25 years, they have been on the forefront of research and development, led by top Swedish pro players Jan-Ove Waldner and Jorgen Persson. They also sponsor top German player Dimitri Ovtcharov among others.

Ask around your local table tennis club and you'll be sure to find some players using Donic equipment. They have a great reputation and it's no surprise when you look at their rubbers. Three of their most well-known product lines are undoubtedly the Acuda, Bluefire and Bluestorm series. Additionally, a spin-heavy favorite for the backhand is the Donic Baracuda. If you like to spin, smash, or a little bit of both, you won't go wrong with Donic.

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Reviews of Donic Bluestar A1 (4)

Paired them with a donic persson power carbon senso ST (90g), 6.00 mm, 7+2 carbon (limba outer ply). It actually feels like a BTY SZLC blade, and I can say that because I used to play with Mizutani Jun szlc… regarding the rubbers I just can say that they feel softer than 52.5 esn tensor degrees, more like 45 degrees or something like that, but maybe that’s the effect of the OPTE donic new sponge; feels superior than ie. a tenergy 05, it allows you to loop easy, counter top, and flat hitting still have a lot of feeling. On passive shots it doesn’t feel too much responsive and short game is spectacular. It’s really an hybrid, doesn’t feel grippy but doesn’t feel tacky at touch, it’s something between. Cleaning the rubber surface it’s very easy with rev. 3 rubber rejuvenator. Throw angle is very high and the ball lands at the end of the table as advertised. Must give them a try, best ESN tensor rubber out there at the moment.
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goma extremadamente rapida con harton spin, y buen control. ideal para quienes nos gusta ir al ataque, la mejor goma para juego en ataque que he probado hasta ahora.
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I love this rubber. I used it for my forehand to replace C1. I think it is a very successful upgrade of C1. I will explain why.
First of all, the hardness of A1, according to the DONIC website, is 52.5 degree, while C1 claims to have a 60 degree sponge, however, I feel that the actual hardness of A1 is between C1 (60 degree) and C2 (55 degree), slightly softer than C1 but a bit harder than C2, which makes it a very good substitute of C1 if you feel C1 is too hard for you. Of course you can use booster oil to soften the sponge of C1 but that won't solve the biggest problem of C1, the weight.
C1 is super heavy, according to DONIC website, the uncut C1 is 90 grams, my blade is STIGA CyberShape Carbon, the weight of blade itself is 86 grams, and I use C1 as forehand and STIGA Airoc Astro S as backhand, which is the lightest rubber I can find in my table tennis gears cabin, and the overall weight of blade reaches 195 grams!
On the other hand, A1's top sheet is also sticky, as same as C1/C2, like Chinese rubber like DHS Hurricane 3, so it has a very grippy feeling, and good at topspin attack, the speed of A1 is a bit faster than C1, when smashing you will feel a crispy feeling, which C1 doesn't have.
So, in short, A1 solves the biggest problem of C1, which is the weight, in the meanwhile, provides the same grippy top sheet and a bit faster than C1. I would definitely recommend this as your forehand rubber to replace Hurricane 3.
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Deep heavy angle on the backend of the table with good touch on the short game. Catapult effect is apparent on strong shots but touch game on closed short pushes is controllable. Linear doesnt shoot down off the paddle but leaves high on a topspin stroke giving you a safe feeling. I like this and will be sticking with this as my fh rubber. Recommended for all out fh top spin attacking. This rubber has really surprised me it is indeed in a category of its own and I've yet to ever try a rubber like it. I feel very confident all out attacking with this on my forehand. If you like Dignics 09c and boosted hurricane 3 give this a shot for the value and for the need to not boost. Fair warning its very heavy however. Update 1/31/2023 still going strong and hasnt lost its tackyness. This rubber definately can hold onto the ball. But has plenty of power. I have a feeling once this gains traction it will become very popular. I can say honestly its my favorite forehand rubber right now and all Im using and probably in my top 3 of all time. You gotta try this! *update* i like this rubber so much I got a sheet for my backhand too. **on the bh side my initial impression is its a lot like hurricane three on the back hand but faster. Very small margins for error on technique too just like hurricane probably due to the hardness of the sponge so this isnt forgiving at all but you will be rewarded with good technique with power and spin and kick . Shots flew long when contact wasnt correct . Punches seem to work well .
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