The VO > 101 is a very fast short pips-out rubber with built-in High Energy Tension Technology. Combining Japanese Pips know-how with German expertize as led to VO > 101.
This is a high-tech rubber designed for the aggressive pips out attacker. The new rubber sheet with optimized pips geometry produces a great pips-out effect, and the flat trajectory of the ball will put your opponent under pressure. The elastic sponge combined with our High Energy Tension Technology opens up new dimensions of speed development in the pips-out player.
Hardness: Medium 44.5 degrees
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Reviews of Victas VO>101 (5)
Durometer Shore A reads 32 degrees.
A full sheet is 49 grams compared to Spectol Red 2.0 at 43 grams, Palio 1.8 at 46 grams, Victas >301 2.0 at 46 grams, Kokutaku 119 2.0 Japan sponge 56 grams. So I consider this average to slightly heavier than average. I am most familiar with Spectol Red and 21 so this is in comparison to those. Red is boosted so >101 is slower but control over hitting is better. It's also a bit slower than 21 but weirder. This may be a product of the pips geometry. The base is wide but the cylindrical shaft of the pip is quite long, longer than 21 or Red. >101 seems to eat the energy of the incoming ball on a passive or soft-hand block giving it weirdness but not speed. I think that speed and weirdness are mutually exclusive. But unlike the >301 the blocking is controllable including chop blocking and the classic penhold side spin block, and short-dead block.
Serves are spinnier than 21 or Red. Again could be the geometry of the pips that give it longer dwell time.
Over the table you can flip or throw any back spin easily. But you have to hit forward through the ball more than a faster rubber like Red. At mid distance you can hit through higher than the net backspin with a PH sidespin flat hit or a more typical "loop" closed paddle stroke. You can also, and loop/smash low backspin that comes off the table.
At longer distance you can counter hit loops easily, but it more like a smooth loop/smash than a pips flat smash.
I give a 9 only because it is a bit heavier than I like. After two weeks of daily robot hitting and about 6 hours of play, it seems to be holding up.
Update: 10 months later, using it for match play once a week for 3 hours, the pips are breaking at the base.
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