DHS Hurricane 3 Neo
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H3 Neo is good for fast topspin quick attack play style.
The Explosive NEO series is here!
The new NEO Hurricane Rubbers have been produced for, and tested by, the Chinese National team to counteract the Speed Glue ban. The new NEO sponge has been developed to give the traditional sticky DHS rubbers the extra rebound but without losing the much loved spin and control. The advantage to new NEO Hurricane 3 is matched with the powerful NEO Sponge and now features stronger spin and added speed for fast topspin players. Comes in an air tight pack for ultimate freshness!
Hardness: 39 degrees (this is not shown on the package)
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Reviews of DHS Hurricane 3 Neo (176)
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Most efficient forehand rubber, cheap and effective. Grip is excellent, speed is ok. Its tackiness can be used in light loop and initial opening, while in fast counter loop, the speed produced is still excellent.
Modern Chinese rubber for variable attackers. It excels in continuous loop from mid distance with varying arc due to high throw topsheet and low throw sponge. Can do everything, spins well on most shots, but best on power loops. However, I find control to be lacking. It is not easy to properly judge swinging speed and topsheet to sponge engagement ratio when making the desired stroke. Neither intuitive nor easily adaptable for me, so I don't use it.
Pair it with at least medium stiff and medium hard blades or you control will suffer even more.
I usually play with regular Hurricane 3, but decided to try the neo version because many people say it's better then regular H3. IMHO, there is no significant differences between H3 neo and regular H3. There are a few differences, but they are not instantly noticeable.
As the manufacturer claims, H3 neo has softer sponge with more catapult effect, which should increase speed and control. However, the tacky topsheet kind of nullify the catapult effect, so the improvement on speed is only marginal. The softer/elastic sponge and tacky topsheet allow for longer dwell time and better control, than regular H3. Finally, H3 neo also has slightly higher throw angle than H3. Again, this is due to the more elastic and more dynamic nature of the neo sponge. Better control and slightly higher throw angle are the reasons why most people agree that H3 neo is easier to play with than regular H3.
Overall, this is a very good rubber if you like tacky Chinese rubber. I would rate this rubber 9 out of 10. If you tried H3 and think it's too hard to control, H3 neo might be better for you. But since I'm already used to H3, I have no reason to switch to H3 neo, given that both rubbers have almost identical speed and spin. I kind of prefer the lower throw angle of H3 anyway.
The best value out of any rubber you could buy. I've used several rubbers for FH (H3 Provincial, H8 Hard, Genesis M...) This one has by far the longest durability out of all of them. After a year of play, it still has the catapult effect you can achieve by brushing the ball with proper technique. Definitely will buy this again. Spin wise it is what you expect from a chinese rubber. Speed is good, but not MX-P or Tenergy 05 fast.
If I had to rank,
Speed .... MX-P> Tenergy 05> H3 Provincial> H8=H3 NEO
Spin ..... H3 Provincial = H8 > H3 NEO > Tenergy 05 > MX-P
Here are my first impressions:
First thing I noticed was the packaging was made of very cheap-looking paper, the first time I've seen a rubber not encased in hard paper. Also the serial number couldn't be found anywhere on the internet (fake alert?)
Out of the packaging the rubber had VERY little tackiness. Something that schoked me. H3 NEO is known for tackiness!
I glued onto a Donic Persson Exclusive OFF, and to be honest wasn't impressed with what the rubber had to offer.
H3 NEO is a spin rubber, yet it produced VERY little spin, but was surprisingly fast! On the looping and blocking side the ball seemed to rocket off my racket, but with very little spin to my surprise.
They say this rubber needs a 'breaking in', and I've only used it in one session. I will wait to see how it performs after boosting too.
i bought this rubber to use it in my back hand and WOW no words can describe it .. .. after awhile i switch it to FH ..
and i give it 3 STARS ..Max ( Speed .. Spin... Control ) what a combination ..
One general comment, especially for those who complain that this is either too tacky or it is difficult to hit - BOOST THIS THING!!!
I cannot stress this enough. This is a Chinese rubber. This means that the rubber will be solid. Boosting it will soften the sponge - great for looping and counter'ing.
Chinese rubbers are accused for being too slow. H3Neo has that extra power in it. Very slow in the short game, requires some effort and attention to detail. At the same time it allows you to take the initiative early by attacking short balls, place your shots with tremendous accuracy and create very awkward situations for your opponents. The rubber becomes faster the harder you hit and the sponge gets activated. It doesnt become too fast and uncontrollable. Smashes are easy to control and place on the table. The increase is gradual and the behavior consistent. Spin is very good. The disadvantages of this rubber are that it is sensitive to incoming spin and that it requires some effort at slower speeds. It is a great combination with slightly flexible blades. It is a versatile rubber that suits many styles of play, attacking and defending alike.
Super offensive rubber with great speed and spin. It works fine with both allround and offensive blades. The best I've tried for the price.
A high spin rubber that still delivers good, controllable speed. A bit hard on a hard blade but excellent for softer, ALL or DEF blades. Better, I think on all wood rather than carbon blades as the sponge/rubbers needs that bit of forgiveness provided by all wood. I preferred this rubber on a light, balsa core blade as it help off-set the weight and hardness of the rubber. The speed is very linear so highly predicable and controllable. I did find it rather sensitive to incoming spin but the flip side is that it generates very spinny serves itself. A great intermediate to advanced rubber on a budget.
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