Stiga Airoc S
STIGA Airoc utilizes STIGA's new OCS sponge technology (Oxygen Capsule System) to increase catapult effect without changing the spin ratio. This allows aggressive players to maintain the same spin/speed proportions they have always enjoyed. The key to this evolutionary advancement is the delicate balance between the size of the air pockets within the sponge and the elasticity of the top sheet. STIGA's engineers tested many different pips designs and tensions to achieve the perfect rubber for the attacking player. Poly Ball Optimized!
Airoc S is the Softer sponge version. Airoc S is designed to expand shot selection and feel for control players.
Sponge Hardness: Soft
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Reviews of Stiga Airoc S (11)
I can also spin cut balls with ease. Lot of control while blocking. Perfect for agressive gameplay, against modern players.
Of course, such as most of soft blades (all?) it's quite hard at short game with no effect. The high throw angle is hard to control (with hard blade of course, but with soft blades, it's less interesting at topspinning) - so the ball often goes up and turns to punishment. I'm bad at smashing, and this rubber adds to this difficulty due to high trhowing angle. On high balls you almost have to smash it on your side if you want the ball to hit the table. Even if I'm bad, I have a percentage of missed ball of almost ... 95%. Speed and angle obliterates the control and high balls must be played another way (even if I must be a large part of the 95% XD)
Last point, I mainly serve and attack forehand, which is required in 85% of my power shots. After 6 month, 1 training session a week + matches on the weekend + 2 tournaments on the period, my forehand rubber is quite marked ! Still spinning, a bit harder and not so trustworthy as it was at first. Throwing angle faded a bit too. It's still a good blade, I'm not changing it now but will come back when it's time for me to change.
I play with Timo Boll ALC (FH 1.7mm), I found this rubber to be very spinney and easy to control, blocking feels amazing and looping underspin comes with ease. I struggle a bit when playing short on the table since the rubber lacks a little punch and usually ended pushing ball onto the net.
I believe this rubber was made for the intermediate to advanced players since the ball trajectory is not that consistent and you have to hit the ball with good technique to make the ball hit your opponent's side of the table, I usually play with tensor rubbers far more consistent, but found this on a very low price and I'm very pleased with the quality so far.
I don't actually get why Stiga stopped manufacturing this rubber series, yet I believe is due to durability issues, in my case after ~10 hours of training and playing the rubber doesn't have any sign of wear out, like other rubbers from Xiom or Andro do.
1. it becomes non tacky for celluloid ball
for plastic ball is a very perfect rubber.
you can do any thing easily and it gives extra hard feeling to the blade.
it is good for power smashes. drives, loops. counters. services. blocks and punches are exceptional.
When new: The rubber is fast with a very low throw, average control.
After a few months: The sponge shrinks (mine while still being glued to the blade), The speed decreased a little, the throwing angle improved a bit and the increase in control is noticeable.
the grip is remarkable after 6 months
But good control. After two more weeks...holy smoke rhis is bad.
Out of the packaging, the rubber curls inward, so care and a roller should be used to mount it properly. I got the Maximum thickness and placed it on my second Stiga Rosewood XO blade on my backhand side. Airoc S, looks and plays differently than any other rubber on the market today. Under magnification, I can see pores in the topsheet and the pores in the sponge are visibly different than other sponges. The pips are thinner too. When playing the first thing I noticed is just how engaging and easy the rubber is to play with. It is fast and powerful as well as spinny with an unimaginable amount of control. At the table, the pushes are low and crisp, touch play is a dream with balls barely clearing the net and loaded with spin, blocks are precise and serves are loaded. Mid distance and far away the rubber shines even more. Loops and counter loops are punishing with pin-point precision. You can loop slow and spinny with a high arc or low and fast, your choice. Chops are low, controlled and loaded, lobs are equally consistent and precise. I played several of my friend and they all had three things they noticed; first was more spin, second was more control and third was more power. I lent them my racket so I can feel what it is like on the receiving end. I found the amount of spin Airoc generates annoying to play against. The amount of spin forced me to focus more on keeping the ball on the table, rather than adding more power and spin to my counter-loop this making my counter loops weaker. To make matters worse, the power and placement really makes for a miserable experience when playing against Airoc S. Airoc S plays well and shines in every aspect of the game. It does indeed give me more options than my venerable Tenergy 64-FX and 80-FX. With the new balls on the horizon that are less sensitive to spin and slower, Airoc S is indeed at the forefront of the sport right now.
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