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Sanwei Gear Hyper

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4.8/5

Expert's note:The Gear Hyper is the latest professional rubber released by Sanwei in April 2020. Gorgeous as it looks, it is more than just good looking.

Pixel Treatment Technology
Providing high-quality friction as well as a long duration. The surface of Gear Hyper is not just a half sticky surface, it is specially treated. The roughness of the top sheet surface is elaborate and even.

Mid-hole cake sponge
The Mid-hole cake sponge provides an elastic as well as firm support to the top-sheet. With a harder sponge version, Gear Hyper is a powerful weapon for forehand attack, and with a mid/soft sponge version, the Gear Hyper can also perform a precise positioning shot. Mid-hole cake sponge is the perfect partner of the Pixel Treatment enhanced top-sheet.

There are three hardness options for Gear Hyper: 37/38/39 degrees.

Pips-In, Unsticky
Sponge: Orange-Red Cake Sponge
Style: Forehand, loop/attack
VOC: n/a
Control: 150
Speed: 160
Spin: 130


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Reviews of Sanwei Gear Hyper (2)

Glue: 2 layers of Revolution No. 3 normal viscosity.
Blades used: Butterfly Balsa Carbo X5, Stiga Arctic Wood, Yinhe 970xx-K (KLC)
Weight: (Uncut) 68.5g (Cut) 50.6g
Thickness: 2.1mm

The overall surface of the Sanwei Gear Hyper looks high quality with a matt-like finish to it. It had a light tack to it but shouldn't be regarded as a tacky rubber. I don't have specific details of the sponge hardness yet (though Sanwei has said that the samples should be 37 degrees) but it feels medium-hard to touch in my unscientific pinch test. It's softer than the Tibhar Hybrid K2 and slightly softer than the Donic Bluefire M2.


Two word summary: Controlled power


Right from the start, I could feel the rubber was very forgiving with shots. Across the blades used, only minor adjustments were needed to keep the ball on the table. A couple of my friends who tried it out even commented it felt a bit like Tenergy/Dignics though I'm sure they're talking about the ease of using it!


I'll add my thoughts on the performance on the three different blades at the end of this review


Power
One of the things I liked best about the rubber was it had a more linear nature compared to some of the ESN rubbers I've used like the Donic Bluefire M2 and the Rakza 7. I've struggled to use them on my forehand since switching over to mainly Chinese rubbers there about 3 years ago.


Recently, I've been using a Tibhar K2 and found I needed softer hands when blocking and to slow down my drives to keep the ball on the table. Not so with the Sanwei Gear Hyper. My offensive shots were more controlled and I felt I could better direct where my shots landed compared to the K2. I also tried it out against the Tibhar Evolution EL-S and found the Sanwei easier to use.


Speed-wise, I feel the Sanwei Gear Hyper has slightly less speed than the Donic Bluefire M2 and the Xiom Omega V Asia but had more control than both of them.


Power - 8/10


Spin
The Gear Hyper is capable of very high levels of spin, especially when brushing. The high levels of spin also kick in when serving the ball and, thanks to the linear nature of the sponge, it was also easier to keep the service low.


My regular playing partner uses the Bluefire M2 pretty much exclusively and he was able to execute the same amount of spin using the same strokes. He was impressed enough that he wanted to switch away to the Gear Hyper for his forehand.


Happily (for me!), I was able to impart similar levels of spin with the Gear Hyper compared to the K2 so, for me, this is my new favourite forehand rubber.


Spin - 9/10


Control
This is where I feel the rubber shines. It has enough elasticity to give the rubber speed but the level of catapult is low enough to make it a very forgiving rubber.


Other friends who've tried the rubber all commented on how forgiving it was.


Compared to the Bluefire M2, the K2, the Omega V Asia, and the Tibhar EL-S. This has higher control than all of them


Control - 10/10


Smashing
Perhaps due in part to the level of control, I felt this rubber was also good for smashing. Once the sponge kicks in, the ball gets spit out with great force but also, with good levels of accuracy. My playing partner commented that he always felt in control of his smashes with the Gear Hyper and was able to direct his shots with greater accuracy.


I felt the same too and had a more consistent third-ball attack through this rubber.


Not quite as deadly as the MX-P, Tenergy, Dignics and other speedy high catapult rubbers, but is still very capable at causing difficulties.


9/10


Chopping/Pushing
I was consistently able to handle chopping rallies and easily varied the amount of spin with this rubber. Shots that were usually harder to return with the K2 and the H3 were much easier to get over the net.


However, this rubber is still fairly spin sensitive so some care needed to be taken when chopping.


I'm not a defender but I also tried some deep, long defensive chops from further back and found it offered a good level of safety while generating enough spin to make it harder for opponents to loop the ball back.


9/10


Throw angle
This rubber has a medium-low throw angle. Higher than the Sanwei Target National but lower than the Bluefire M2, the K2, Omega V Asia, and the EL-S. As such, I feel this is more suitable as a forehand rubber. Players who prefer lower throw angles on their backhands could well consider the Gear Hyper as a controlled option.


Blade comments
Butterfly Balsa Carbo X5 - 3 ply blade with a balsa core and 2 carbon layers
The Sanwei Gear Hyper offered good amount of power and control for offensive strokes despite the typically bouncy nature of this blade. Initially, I was wondering whether there'd be too much spring considering the blade but my concerns were put to rest once I started using it.


Stiga Arctic Wood - 5 ply all wood blade
This is my blade and the Gear Hyper was much easier to use than the K2 I had on. At the same time, it was still capable of very high levels of speed when driving and smashing. My game is largely built on third-ball attack and blocking and the Gear Hyper suits me wonderfully.


Yinhe 970xx-K - 5+2 composition with 2 kevlar carbon layers
This is my playing partner's blade and he found the Gear Hyper more controlled than the Bluefire M2 he usually uses. His slow brush loops were still loaded with tremendous amounts of spin that were hard to return and his smashes were still very speedy.

Other thoughts
I'd reiterate my two-word summary - controlled power. For me, this will immediately replace my K2 as my forehand rubber once it gets released on the market.

Durability
Topsheet is still in great condition despite being used outdoors throughout the entire review period.

Shrinkage
The sponge had little to no shrinkage after the first cut. This is good news to players who like to move rubbers between different blades.

Who is this rubber for?
I hesitate to say it's an allround rubber as that doesn't seem to do it justice. It's not as powerful as some of the current and even older generation ESN rubbers but I feel it makes up for it with the level of spin and control it offers.
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Condensed version of the review I originally posted in Table Tennis Daily on 17 December 2019 - https://www.tabletennisdaily.com/forum/showthread.php?22383-New-Sanwei-rubber-first-look

Two word summary: Controlled power

Power: -
One of the things I liked best about the rubber was it had a more linear nature compared to some of the ESN rubbers I've used like the Donic Bluefire M2 and the Rakza 7. I've struggled to use them on my forehand since switching over to mainly Chinese rubbers there about 3 years ago.

Recently, I've been using a Tibhar K2 and found I needed softer hands when blocking and to slow down my drives to keep the ball on the table. Not so with the Sanwei Gear Hyper. My offensive shots were more controlled and I felt I could better direct where my shots landed compared to the K2. I also tried it out against the Tibhar Evolution EL-S and found the Sanwei easier to use.

Speed-wise, I feel the Sanwei Gear Hyper has slightly less speed than the Donic Bluefire M2 and the Xiom Omega V Asia but had more control than both of them.

Power - 8/10

Spin: -
The Gear Hyper is capable of very high levels of spin, especially when brushing. The high levels of spin also kick in when serving the ball and, thanks to the linear nature of the sponge, it was also easier to keep the service low.

Happily (for me!), I was able to impart similar levels of spin with the Gear Hyper compared to the K2 so, for me, this is my new favourite forehand rubber.

Spin - 9/10

Control: -
This is where I feel the rubber shines. It has enough elasticity to give the rubber speed but the level of catapult is low enough to make it a very forgiving rubber.

Other friends who've tried the rubber all commented on how forgiving it was.

Compared to the Bluefire M2, the K2, the Omega V Asia, and the Tibhar EL-S. This has higher control than all of them

Control - 10/10
Review helpful?    Yes | No


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