Victas Curl P1V
This rubber was formerly known as TSP Curl P1R. It was the unrivaled top seller in the long pips-out segment and is used by many world-class defenders. The soft rubber composition of the long and thin pimples as well as the rough surface of the pimples of the legendary Curl P1V allow for dangerous backspin variations. These backspin variations plus maximum spin reversal are unique features of Curl P1V and the reason why Curl P1V is the first choice of top defenders around the world.
Made in Japan
Rubber Type: Long Pips
Sponge Hardness: 55
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Reviews of Victas Curl P1V (4)
Curl P1V 0.5mm : In my mind, it's a more friendly Curl P1-R (TSP) . Basically the properties are comprable, but the touch of P1-V is super pleasant. Pips are just a bit less stiff I guess. To me, the great strengthes of this pips are : 1- immense control 2- manipulating spin possibilities 3- Efficiency at chopping. In close to the table game, you can brush the ball so that it is very hard to read. The range of spin variation is wide and that really makes a big difference to disrupt oppent. In defense mode, its stability combined to its high reversal are on point. Of course, you need a good technic to get fully rewarded, but it's not that demanding.
Bottom line - this is not the same rubber as TSP Curl P1-R, at least in my opinion. (I play red with either 1.0 or 1.5.sponge). The two rubbers are similar and the sponge seems identical, but the pips are a slightly different colour and feel less flexy on the Victas and are maybe a bit thinner and coarser. The result is that the Victas version is a very stable chopping rubber that can make masses of spin (maybe even more than the TSP), but this is at the expense of some of the effect, and the Victas, at least to me, is just not that dangerous. I did a comparison by playing two matches against a high-level looper at my club, deliberately playing with the pips as much as possible and twiddling - with the Victas it was 3-2 to me, and with the TSP it was 3-0. He said the first match was a "challenge" and the second was a "nightmare". In short, Victas have taken the devil out of the pip, or maybe the devil just got lost. I would guess this is a result of less flexy and more grippy pips. Admittedly, the old TSP had a crazy demon in it for 3 months and then became a bit more stable and played more similar to the Victas, but it still had more effect, especially on chops. That's not to criticise the Victas or to say it has no effect - it is easier to play with and more forgiving than the TSP, and chops (partly as a result of the confidence you have when playing with it) are deeper and even more loaded whilst pushes still give decent wobble. But the funk and dodgy bounces and unpredictability when knifing chops were something I relied on to get pop ups playing modern defence with the TSP, and the Victas does not give nearly as much of any of those effects. Maybe I could activate it better with more table time, but I have ordered a Dawei 388D-1 to see if it is an alternative to the Victas as the TSP is getting more and more difficult to acquire nowadays.
A bit faster than expected but it's spin reversal properties are excelente.Took time adjusting to as I had been using short pips before.
Good control, spin and enough speed to get chops in far away from table. (Used on Donic Defplay Senso 0.5mm) Blocking and deception at the table is good as well.