DHS Tinarc 5 - Mid-Hard
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TinArc 5 combines both great feeling with elasticity allowing for powerful stroke execution. TinArc 5 rubber allows the ball to rebound rapidly with a soft sponge and a highly elastic topsheet, ideal for feel with quick loops, ball handling near the net, or off-court play. This outstanding elastic rubber with thicker pimple design beneath the topsheet enables strong power with minimal effort. The new sponge also uses MACRO-CELL & High-Elasticity Particle Osmosis technology, providing powerful attacking capabilities. TinArc 5 is specially designed to enhance the speed of 40+ celluloid-free T.T. balls and is suitable for continuous offensive play.
Hardness: 37 degrees
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 Tinarc 5 - Mid-Hard (6)
Used as a backhand rubber on c-pen Hurricane Hao II blade (can't imagine anyone using this on the forehand).
The TinArc series appears to be DHS' early attempt at making a non-tacky, elastic euro-rubber that has since been replaced by the GoldArc line.
It has decent speed, but not many gears--it's difficult to generate high amounts of speed while retaining accuracy. The spin is also decent, but generating heavy spin can be difficult. Other than that, the TinArc 5 is very stable and consistent, but the lack of gears makes it difficult to dictate the pace of a point.
Also, this rubber tends to break easily. Not such a big deal when little pieces break off near the very edge, but could easily tear after just one or two run-ins with the edge of the table.
A decent rubber, but I'd rather invest in a sheet of Tibhar MX-P.
Blade: DHS PG-7
FH: Genesis M
BH: Tin Arc 5
Do not be misled by the ratings on other reviews, this is by no means a speed or spin monster. It has average speed and above average spin. The control on this rubber is incredible however, perhaps due to the soft sponge.
Another misleading rating is the sponge hardness, Tin Arc 5 is NOT a hard rubber. This is a very soft porous sponge, not characteristic of Chinese rubbers, it has a pale white sponge, compared to traditional orange DHS rubbers. I'd say sponge hardness is about 35-36 degrees.
This rubber I felt was very suited for backhand, the soft sponge, paired with the softer top layer of the PG-7 meant returns were sufficiently absorbed, keeping control at a high. However, this rubber is a little too slow for my liking on the backhand, especially for opening up against backspin. Because it is quite soft, and not a tensor rubber like Tenergy, the service return is quite spinny, but lacks the speed factor to take the initiative in the rally.
Overall, a decent beginner rubber for the backhand(best suited), average spin and speed, but excellent control.
Overall good. A little slow but not very, I played it on a slow blade too. Be careful to hit the table etc, it breaks easy
I play this rubber on a def+ blade, the Yasaka Sweden Defensive. Yet it's still capable of producing amazing speed and spin with no effort at all. Very different than NEO rubbers I have played with. To me it's very much a tensor rubber. Reminds me of a soft version of the Adidas P7. However, due to the rubber's softness it sometimes performs a little inconsistent and loses power away from the table. Could be because of the blade too, it's quite flexy and soft. Great rubber for me though.
Update: I fell in love with this rubber more and more and ordered a second sheet in the 35 degree hardness for on my Yasaka Goiabao. On this blade it performs even better, as the harder blade dramatically improves its consistency and my ability to place the ball wherever I want it to go.
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