DHS Hurricane 8 Mid
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Hurricane 8 is a new generation of sticky-speed rubber. The rubber keeps a good balance between flexibility and elasticity. A new high-density sponge with 'Macro-Cell' and 'High-Elasticity Particle Osmosis' technology helps Hurricane 8 raise the elasticity by 15%. The player can also acquire a high shot speed with weak attack.
Hurricane 8 provides unique spin and unpredictable arc and enhances shot speed significantly, which brings a refreshing feeling for offensive players.
Hurricane 8 is specially designed to enhance the spin and speed of 40+ celluloid-free balls.
Hurricane 8 Mid has slightly softer sponge than Hurricane 8 Hard.
Hardness: 39 degrees
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If you've watched competitive table tennis at the highest levels, then you've surely seen DHS products in action. Perhaps the most notable athlete using DHS equipment is Ma Long. A legend of the sport, Ma Long uses a Hurricane 3 rubber on his forehand. Hurricane 3 rubbers are undoubtedly the most popular rubber series from DHS and are a prime example of hard and tacky Chinese rubbers. Many players try out the Hurricane 3 and H3 Neo rubbers on their forehand as an introduction to this style of rubber. These rubbers require considerable power to fully unleash their potential, as well as proper brushing technique. You can find the H3 rubbers in Commercial (NEO), Provincial (H3, NEO) and National (H3) versions.
DHS offers rubbers with different characteristics well-suited to other uses as well. The Gold Arc 8 series is a high-powered rubber that performs more closely to other brand's flagship offerings. It has a grippy surface and fast sponge, which comes in both 47.5 and 50 degree hardness. You can find Skyline and TinArc rubbers rated as Soft, Mid-Soft and Mid-Hard.
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Reviews of DHS Hurricane 8 Mid (35)
Ratings for 2.15mm. Very similar to hurricane 3 neo, but hurricane 8 is heavier.
Good and long lasting. Heavy and pricey well performing chinese rubber. Recommended.
Honestly I am frustrated with this sheet, my first racket was a DHS 5002, where I got started with both hurricane 3 rubbers and felt it has good spin, then I built a racket with carbon wood, and 2 xiom rubbers, vega asia on bh and omega 4 euro on fh, my game improved a lot and I love to do spinny drives on fh or bh, I usually open up the game from backspin balls and sometimes I had dificulty to place the ball in the table because of the carbon wood + tensor fast rubber, hurricane made it a LOT easier, but the ball isn't even comparable with tensor blades in spin, people had a hard time on blocking my drives without letting it go off the table, now with hurricane the ball is getting over drived with no much effort, my serves are the worst part of it, if you are the kind of player that serve thinking about getting a point straight out of a spinny serve, dont use hurricane 8, its about half the spin you get on a tensor rubber, but in over all, H8 is a easy play for begginers
Great rubber for forhand. But remember that this is Chinese type rubber so your movement should be appropriate. Takes some time to adjust. Good control and very good spin if you do it right. Not to hard rubber, there is some softness and elastics. Much more control in comparison with tensors (Tenergy etc..). Played with it without boosting on Viscaria. Will try later Falco booster, if it will add some tension this is will be the bomb rubber!
Spin (Chinese Style): 9.8
Weight: 52g in 2.2 (0.255g/cm^2)
Hardness (DHS): 39
Fast Loop: 9.2
Slow Loop: 9.5
Counter Loop: 9.7
Available Sponge Thickness: 2.15/2.2
This is a rubber quite similar to DHS Hurricane NEO 2, but the speed isn't that high from the beginning. Like the DHSHN2 this rubber feels/sounds a little "stiff" when hitting flat, but that's no problem for me. At first the feel is that it's quite slow, but after a couple of training sessions it comes alive and I felt that the control is much better than the DHSHN2. Much easier to block and to push and chop from near and far from the table. Perhaps a little more spin in the loops than DHSHN2. This was the RED, MID hardness version.
(A couple of months later) Now I bought a couple of H8 2.2mm H40, and put one of them on my old Stiga Allround wood, but they felt totally different from the one I used earlier in the review. They were very bouncy, and the speed was too high to feel that you have good control. So on this old blade there was a huge difference between the rubbers.
I put the H8 2.2 H40 Black on a RITC 729 V6 blade, that theoretically should be a lot faster than my old Allround blade, and it all fell in place. Very strange, but now the H8 is much more nice and controllable, and with a well used H2NEO 2.15mm H39 on my backhand that feels quite soft and full of control, I have a new favourite bat. The H8 could be compared to a H3NEO 2.15 H39, but not as catapultic in the top spin/loop game and a bit more control. I may add that the first H8 at the top of the review wasn't so heavy, but the latter two I got was much more heavy.
8 is different to Hurricane 3 Neo (H3N) in two ways. 1. My sheet lost a lot of its tackiness after a few hours while H3Ns tackiness lasts much longer. Hence, less spin than Hurricane 3 Neo. 2. It is a tiny bit faster close to the table than H3N, partially because of the lower tackiness, but is slower mid and far from the table. I do miss the extra gears the Neo sponge offers. Especially when I am far from the table and when I smash. Playing a rubber that has many gears has its disadvantages. When you hit hard the Neo sponge gets activated, makes the ball pop a bit faster than usual. While a rubber with less gears is more predictable/linear. This makes 8 a good rubber for those who boost their rubbers. For everyone else H3N is a better option.
Great rubber. Easy loops if in the right position yet still the speed to play killer forehand shots. Would recommend to anyone but especially penholders! Much better on the forehand though.
Hurricane 8 in 39/40 is the best chinese rubber you can get. The rubber is the best symbiosis from esn/ tension to chinese bomb hard sponge rubbers.
It's faster and more spinny than hn3. Good for allround to offensive players. Works superb with slight flexible blades.A really lovely rubber for everybody.
November,2017-->Played few games on a Carbonado 145.Must say the loops were magically low and on target all the time.Speed was awesome.I deliberately did not tell my partners that I am using this...but they all commented on the sudden jump in the quality of the loops.But...but.....its super heavy.So if you are used to 160-170 grams set up...this will be 200+ gms...so keep it in mind.Spin ,control and speed all are amazing.And the rubber exudes great draftsmanship/quality/looks.Obviously the blade also had a bit to do with this.But on the other side I had Rakza 7,which is a great rubber too in itself,but the loops with H8 were a pleasure to execute.More elastic than h3 neo.
Update:30-July-2018-I am updating spin to 9.5.Again I find this a very unique looping rubber.Now I am using it on Yinhe T11+ blade(balsa/carbon).Great spin,ball cures like crazy on side spin shots.Pure joy to loop.Blocking is so easy to control.Great durability,takes many blows on the table -still not damaged.Great for serve receives(despite the tackiness........I think tackiness somehow kills opponent spin on serve receive.Use tibhar rubber cleaner+plastic protection sheets.
The hard sponge makes for a slow rubber. I have the H8 paired with a DHS Hurricane Long5. With the fast blade, it's speed is respectable.
The H8 does impart more spin than the H3, but it also gets dirtier (dustier) faster. You must clean after an hour or 2 of playing.
Now that I've put a dozen or so hours on the H8, it has become my favorite rubber DHS rubber when considering all the Hurricanes and the Skylines. It is my fave because of: linear gears, excellent spin, good feel, respectable speed, and crisp control (redirection/placement).
Tried it only 10 minutes. It was black, unboosted, on a hard carbon off blade. For sure h8 is more elastic than h3 and h3 neo, so the ball penetrates more easily the sponge and the shots are more linear than with the h3 neo. Throw angle is quite similar than the h3's one. The flat game is not his speciality, but better than h3. It works very well on loop with lot of spin. It's his best quality, loop and loopkill is wonderful. My friend was like " wah they are unblockable !". But don't forgive little errors of moves and placement. Serves and serve receives are of course unbelievable. I think I have found m'y rasant grip's substitute, over all a very good rubber !
EDIT : now i have my own, glued on a tg825-l blade (fast and flex), black and unboosted. Very good combination, flexibility cancel a bit the extrem hardness of the rubber. Great on loop, and loopkill, very fast and spinny. Excellent for short pushes xith a lot of underspin, and flick, because it's not very sensitive to the opponent spin. Excellent also on the counterloops, easy to do and fast. But bad on approximately all the flat game. And what about the serves ! So spinny !
Overall an amazing rubber, but beware, to use it well, you always have to be totally engaged in your strokes, you must be well placed, and have good a great feeling, to spin the ball correctly
I really like this rubber. It has very good spin and power. However, one thing to point out is that although it is really tacky, I found that the tackiness doesn't stay on very long, even after cleaning it with water. Very satisfied otherwise.
I think this rubber is not tacky but very grippy/slightly tacky , top sheet like xiom vega pro but hurricane 8 harder sponge than vega pro, i like this rubber control very good, spinny and speed enough, i use FH on donic persson world champion 89 and combine with stiga genesis S in BH, very good control and spinny
overall properties similar H3 Neo just a little speed up, tacky rubber remark best for pushing, short serve a lot of spin. side spin very aggressive. very well control loop/counter loop, less sensitive spin from opponent because stickiness catch the rotation unlike non-tacky rubber react to rotation.
H8 standard 39 degree sponge, 40 for Hard version (check degree on barcode back of package)
Perfect for FH with 40+ ball. Easy to counter attack the heavy back spin but you need to move fast into the right position. Smash not good. Short push ok. Long push bad. It is a Topspin monster :) Server and receive quite ok, depend on your skill.
I've been using a single black sheet of 2.15 Hurricane 8 on my forehand on and off for the past year, using it intensely and exclusively the last 4 months.
I can say it's durability is amazing for a chinese rubber. Keep in mind that I play 3-4 times a week, 3 to 4 hours every session.
It offers a medium-high throw, a medium-hard sponge that requires no boosting if you take the time to break it in, and just the right amount of tack. It should be noted that while I haven't tried any other sheet of H8, I've seen videos and reviews about it, and the tackiness seems to be pretty inconsistent throughout different sheets.
Great on serves, and on short game, pushes and forehand flicks are easy with the help of the relative insesiveness to incoming spin when on low-gear, together with tackiness. With a bit of practice I found myself executing really deadly short forehand pushes with sharp placement.
Opening loops are good but not great. Its tackiness helps picking up the ball for brush-loops on heavy backspin, but while I was able to loop, they weren't as loaded or dangerous as compared to euro/jap type tensor rubbers.
Where this rubber truly shines is when loopdriving: Now, if you are used to chinese rubbers, and have a properly developed technique, you'll find how, once broken in, the H8 can produce incredibly fast shots, with decent/good spin (8-9/10), and a dangerously low arc. But be warned, such shots are not easy to achieve: while you can potentially loopdrive pretty much anything that goes just a tad long over the table, executing these shots needs proper footwork positioning, weight transfering, whip-like arm movement and speed, and also torsional speed from the chest.
If you've got the physique, go ahead and get a sheet of H8.
The one downfall is, besides not being good on passive play, that it feels like it can be a tad inconsistent at times with ball placement on power shots.
Perfect rubber for serve. Push in short play is also easy. But... It will take time to know and "befriend" with this rubber: In the beginning, it is not very forgiving rubber, slight error in angle or swing, and your hit will be a disaster. But after a decent amount of practices, I found that this rubber is fantastic. Feeling is great, passive blocking is also okay. Good for smashing, loop and counterloop. Flicking is also easy. The only minus is: it is HEAVY.
Along with my DHS PG-13 blade, this rubber is on FH, and Yasaka Mark V on BH.
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