Donic Bluestorm Z1
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Donic Bluestorm Z1: A LIGHTNING STRIKE!
Bluestorm Z1 with its medium pored sponge and a short, wide pimple structure is the hardest and fastest of the three Bluestorm versions. It has immense power. However, in order to engage with so much horse power, a competent driver is required behind the wheel. A well trained player, master of the fastest game, will find Z1 to be a lethal weapon.
A comprehensively thinner top surface rubber, subjected to high tension, allows space for a thicker sponge - generating extra power and speed.
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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 Bluestorm Z1 (8)
9.5/10 for OFF style. FH: Donic Bluestorm Z1, 2.3mm, 51g (0.252g/cm^2), 47.5 degrees (ESN), 37.5 degrees (Shore A). BH: Donic Bluefire JP 01, 2.2mm, 49g (0.243g/cm^2), 47.5 degrees (ESN), 37.5 degrees (Shore A). Blade: TSP Balsa 8.5, 80g, 157mm x 150mm x 10.5mm (Width x Height x Thickness). Plies: 5 (3 Wood + 2 Composite): Ayous - GlassFibre - Balsa - GlassFibre - Ayous.
Prefer using BZ1 on the backhand because of the strong catapult effect. Its a very powerful rubber.Perfect for middle distance.
I pair with Donic Waldner Senso Carbon inconsistent top spin happen to me both BH and FH even more closed racket angle the ball sometime surprise go out the table. First impressions this rubber generate a huge spin as advertised 10+++ more than Bluefire and Acuda Blue! it new for me still need to adjust stroke and timing for this very spinny Z1
Speed: average (9).
Spin: high (9.5).
Control: high (9.3).
Tackiness: slightly tacky (2).
Weight: heavy (51g, 0.252g/cm^2).
Sponge hardness: medium (49/36).
Top sheet hardness: hard (58/46).
Gears: average (5).
Throw: high (7.1).
Consistency: always identical (9).
Durability: average durability (4).
Top sheet thickness: very thin (1.4mm).
Surface thickness: average (0.7mm).
Pip length: short (0.7mm).
Pip width: very wide (1.9mm).
Pip spacing: dense (0.6mm).
Overall: good (9.5).
Value: average (5).
Bluestorm Z1 is a very fast rubber without compromising on the spin.... I have this currently on my forehand on Xiom Hayabusa ZXi blade where the shots are really fast and spinny... All kinds of offensive shots are easily played but the rubber really shines in the fast offensive game away from the table... Short game is also adequate though occasionally the pushes tends to go bit long than desired but that could be due to the combination of a very fast blade with this rubber... I really like the spin that can be generated from this rubber along with the drives.... Services are very spinny and I can place them wherever I want to.... The only backdraw is the rubber is seriously not durable... Probably I am playing for 3-4 weeks now with this rubber but already the hitting area has worn out.... Overall a very good offensive rubber but with low durability.... Sponge remains intact but the topsheet becomes dead.. I am going to boost the rubber and update this again....
I pair bluestorm Z1 max thickness for BH + FH with newly purchased BTY Garaydia T5000. This combination is devastatingly fast and can generate a lot of spins. I only have 3 hrs play and still need to adjust to the enormous speed, many blocks go out, but ita can be corrected with more practice.
Likes: speed, spin, light weight even max thickness, reasonable price.
Dislikes: Low durability, signs of wear already present only after couple of hours. Sponge too soft especially with Garaydia T5000 you can almost feel the blade 'hitting' the ball. Low throw angle when paired low throw angle blade making it hard to lift heavy backsping balls.
Hi All! Since there is little information on this rubber, I will share my initial impressions with you, based on some hours of playtime. These new ultramax series rubbers are the next generaion of rubbers that are truly ment for poly balls. Long time have I seen those flight curves of the balls, reminds me of the old days of celluloid balls. This Bluestorm Z1 is the next big step, which has a 47,5 degree sponge (similar to JP series) a non tacky surface. The first impressions which amazed me: easy to attack close to the table, easy to counterloop and dropshot. The rubber is very fast and requires precise timing with good technique. To be honest I recommend this monster to those, who are playing an all out attack and are experienced players. Recreational, hobby, and mediocre players cannot tame this rubber. If you want to simply describe this rubber, I would say that this gives more speed and aggressiveness than T05, it feels a bit harder, but revards more. I would say that Z1 exceeds T05. For a controlled solution please try Z2, which resembles the bluefire M1, a bit faster and same sponge.
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