Donic Bluestorm Z3
Donic Bluestorm Z3: A THUNDERBOLT!
Bluestorm Z3 with its large pored 42.5 degree sponge is considerably softer.
This makes a difference. One not only feels it but also hears it. Lovers of freshly glued rubbers will delight in the sound.
An attacking stroke with Bluestorm Z3 sounds like the crash of thunder, yet the topspin player remains in full control.
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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 Z3 (7)
Staw away! I found this rubber so inconsistent on my Lin Gaoyuan ALC blade. Started off using on the backhand and it was very slow and inconsistent. When I changed to FH I still hated it. Staw away!
Z3 (2.1mm) thickness on the forehand and backhand side. Matches up and plays very well on my Donic Waldner World Champion 89' blade. Compares to T05-FX with the same speed and spin but a bit more control and creates a brotherly love blocking machine with the Waldner WC89 blade. For me the Z3 (2.1mm) seems to perform a little better than the Z2 (2.1mm) on this blade (personal preference). All in all Z3 (2.1mm) is an outstanding rubber. Donic has done their homework in creating the BLUESTORM SERIES rubber (well done). Z3 (2.1) is also a nice match for the Donic Ovtcharov Carbospeed blade. Nice touch and feel, good control, outstanding blocking, enormous speed, awesome sound is like a crack of thunder when hitting hard. Love the Z3 on this blade (personal preference). Itching to try the MAX version next but I do like the weight of the 2.1 version and extremely happy with it.
The rubber does not rely on tackiness for spin, so you need a blade that gives it good dwell time, I use TSP balsa 5.5. On this blade the rubber gives good speed and spin (I have 2.1 and max) with plenty of gears and good control. I am playing better table tennis than I have for many years. Using the bat 3-4 times a week the rubber has lasted me about 9 months, so much less time than rubbers I have used before.
This rubber was amazing on my BH for the first month then three months later is basically dead! This is despite cleaning it with rubber cleaner every time after use and using plastic sheet protectors. I play on average 2/3 times a week so expect a rubber to last longer than 2+ months especially at the premium price point it's sold at. The top sheet still feels grippy but I feel perhaps the open pore sponge has lost it's elasticity so there's almost no grip on the ball. This makes sense as the ball reacts like it's sliding in the rubber during chops.
If you don't mind changing and paying for new rubbers frequently then you'll love this rubber. However, if like me you expect more durability (at least 6 months of 2/3 times a week workouts) then find something more durable like the Tibhar Evolution M series. I'm going back to MX-S which may not have the spin and grip of this rubber when it's new but lasts at least 6 months and wears out slowly. From what I understand from a friend the Z2 wears out just as quickly. I used Acuda P2 on my FH at the same time as this rubber and it's lasted longer be has also lost much of its initial playability. Sorry Donic.... Great rubber when new by they just don't last the distance!
This rubber has little spin. I bought this rubber new. The first day I played with it, the spin was less than average. Then I cleaned the rubber. On the second day, the spin was even less. The speed is good. It is difficult to play a spin game with this rubber. The rubber does not feel soft, as advertised, it feels medium hard. I will not recommend this rubber to anyone. Sorry Donic, but you messed up big time. And I lost my money.
Very good in speed ,spin and control.great feeling . It's not perfect in one thing but good in everything. Good in Topspin and blocking/ smashing
I bought a maximum thickness Z3, comparing to Tenergy 05, this seems a tiny bit slower and noticeably heavier, it's easier to loop spin than Tenergy05. Love the sound this rubber produces. I also played with Donic JP01 and Tibhar MX-P (maximum thickness) previously and Bluestorm Z3 is a better rubber in my opinion.