Stiga Carbonado 290
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The new Carbonado 245 and Carbonado 290 blades are constructed with thicker carbon at 200 gram per m² carbon fiber, providing extra power and carbon feel. These two new additions to the Carbonado family are built with the same processes and materials as the original Carbonado 145 and Carbonado 190, with one difference – the Carbonado 245 and 290 contain 200 gram per m² carbon fiber while the original Carbonado 145 and 190 contains 100 gram per m² carbon fiber. - Carbonado 290 is constructed with carbon layers in a 90 degree angle which is preferable for driving. - 90 degree angle provides flexural bendability which gives the blade a stiff feel with great stability and high speed. - 200 gram carbon fiber per m². A thicker carbon fiber for increased power and carbon feel. - Wide sweet spot. Made in Sweden.
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Reviews of Stiga Carbonado 290 (3)
This is my new setup after a 2.5 year break from table tennis, and this review highlights the changes I've noticed from my previous setup. My old racket consisted of the Primorac EX with Hurricane 8 Mid on forehand and Tenergy 80 on backhand. This blade has Hurricane 8 Mid on the forehand and Stiga Mantra M on the backhand. The most obvious difference was how direct and linear the ball would come off the racket. Topspin to topspin rallies were very close to the net and looping backspin required a more vertical stroke, especially on the forehand side. Since I am still out of practice, I needed to make more adjustments in my strokes to get the ball consistently on the table. The shots that did make it were very spinny and fast, thanks to the carbon. Service was easy, and the blade performed well in the short game. Blocks were also returned with a lot of speed but requires a lot of feeling, which I thought the blade provided, to get the ball over the net. Compared to the Primorac EX, forehand was definitely a lot faster and spinnier, even though my technique is not as polished. The Primorac EX does offer more feeling and control, though, having a softer outer layer and I vary the ball placement better. Backhand, the Carbonado 290 is faster and has a stronger punch, even though I did not use Tenergy 80 again. I am quite pleased with this new setup and will use it for the foreseeable future. Likasumbooty so fas, so stronk, I duh totally recommend.
I've used a few good blades in the past. Killerspin RTG Kido 7P Premium, Yasaka Dynamix 17, Yasaka Max Carbon 3D, and I am going on the record to say that the Stiga Carbonado 290 is the best blade that I have used period. The weight is quite reasonable, the build quality is top-notch, the speed that it can produce is unbelievable, the control is excellent, and it gives you a good feeling when you hit the ball. This blade is perfect for blocking too. It is an OFF+ rated blade so this is built for fast kills, flicks and smashes but there is more to appreciate on this blade and it will surely elevate the level of your game or playing style. The thick carbon layers gives a better feel compared to other carbon-layered blades. The stiffness and hardness will generate an awesome sound everytime you hit or smash the ball. The only downside for me is the price and this is probably the only deal breaker for most enthusiast out there for not acquiring this awesome piece of weapon. If price is the only thing that is stopping you from getting this blade, I am telling you right now that it is worth every buck so don't hold back. This is designed for offensive playing style but I personally feel that it is not limited to fast offense type of play and in my opinion this blade will be great for an All-Around or Defensive playing style as well.
I was going to buy a Butterfly carbon blade but because of price, I've changed my plan and got this blade. I had just one session with this blade and of course if not enough to evaluate it. However, here is my first impression (FH: Tenergy 05 2.0mm and BH: Andro HEXER HD 1.9mm)
*** Positive points ***
1) Speed it is really got and blade is considerably fast.
2) Blocking was extra ordinary.
3) Attacking and smash are really good.
4) Chop was good.
5) Blade have good quality with nice finishing.
*** Negative points ***
1) Feel: blade does not give "me" a good feel, I use to play with Butterfly Gergely which is stiff blade but this one seems to me very stiff.
2) Control is average. In straight shots, you can send the ball almost precisely bot when some spins are involved then more focus is needed.
3) Through angle is very low and you have to be careful to avoid net, on the other hand because, it sends the ball long, therefore there is risk to miss the table due to high speed.
4) Drive and loops required substantial effort and focus to perform successfully (it might not apply to the player with comprehensive skills).
*** Conclusion *** As I mentioned earlier one session is not sufficient to rate this blade. In the other hand, I might set my expectation too high or I have to give the blade more time to prove itself.
*** Recommendation *** I believe softer rubber works better in this blade.
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