XIOM Omega VII Tour
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The Xiom Omega VII Tour has improved connectivity, with firm and solid grip and improved spin dynamics with the poly ball.
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Reviews of XIOM Omega VII Tour (1)
The Omega VII Tour is the hardest hitting rubber and also thespiniest rubber in the Omega VII series. The Omega VII Tour will be out in August and I was privileged to test this ahead of the release. This is thefastest rubber right now in the market along with the Rhyzer 48 only that thisis at 55 degree hardness. I never thought I would use a non sticky ESN rubberthis hard. The Vega China was very hard at 54 degrees but this is even harderat 55 degrees ESN scale. At first feel of the rubber before gluing it to theblade, the sponge is very hard but the topsheet feels medium soft. I guess,Xiom designed it as a balance for the hardness of the sponge. When you pressagainst the topsheet, you can still feel your fingers dig into the sponge. Iwould not call it soft (i.e., the tospheet) but the ball can partially sink toit. It is on the heavy side. At 74 grams, it is even heavier than a DHS Hurricane3 rubber.
I tested this with several blades like Xiom Stradivarius, Fuga and Feel ZX3 but I spent the testing most with Stradivarius since it has the feel Ilike best. The Feel ZX3 is an awesome blade but since it is Kiso Hinoki, Ichoose to test the rubber more with the Stradivarius because it is a koto outerply blade. No offence to hinoki blade users but this is just a personalpreference on top plies that I have for myself. The Omega VII Tour has an extragear or two compared to the Omega VII Asia. The VII Asia is already extremelyfast but the Omega VII Tour still has extra speed that can offer. Mind you thisis not for the faint hearted. The rubber is not designed for intermediateplayers or players that are still mastering their basics. It is a beast whenyou unleash it provided you have the skills because the rubber is the bestrepresentative for an all out offensive rubber never caring about defense. Thisis the rubber you go to when you want an artillery to demolish your opponent’s shots. Onthe serious side, the advanced players will really appreciate this because thepower on the shots is simply above the rest of the ESN rubbers in the marketright now. I had to adjust with the rubber in my forehand because it was verybouncy on attacks. This is also because I am accustomed to slower rubbers thatare not as bouncy and not on the level or class of the Omega VII series ofrubbers. For the backhand, it was not a big problem because I adjusted to it ina span of 2-3 days. When you are doing topspins, I would caution you to take astep back away from the table the moment comes back because you would need to stay a bit farther from the tablebecause of its long trajectory. The Omega VII Tour shines the best starting atmiddle distance when you are past the initial attack and are already doingfierce exchanges with counter topspins. Its shines even better when you are farfrom the table because you will not feel a reduction of power and speed even ifyou will just an all wood blade. When I used this with the Xiom Fuga blade withthe Omega VII Tour, the power of the rubber carried it through even at fardistance from the table. I recognize that the Fuga is not a slow blade but withother rubbers on it, it would dwindle in its amount of power once you are farfrom the table.
The thing with the Omega VII Tour is that it does not have thehigh throw of the Rhyzer 48. The Omega VII Tour has medium or medium high throwwhen you spin with it but it does not have the profound arc of the Rhyzerrather it has the sharp and long trajectory when doing topspins againstunderspin or topspins versus block. The spin is one of the spiniest I havetried. It already approaches near the Tenergy 05’s level of spin. If I compareit directly to Tenergy 05, it is almost as spinny but I would trade the Tenergy’sextra spin to the Omega VII Tour’s extra power. In the longer ran especially inrallies, the Omega VII Tour can overtake the Tenergy 05. Also, the Omega VIITour’s hard sponge gives it a higher potential for spin and especially forpower because you can compress more with sponge and the stronger the shot, themore compression with the sponge is needed. The O7T will give you extra juicewhen the situation calls for a very strong finishing shot whether it is near orfar from the table.
The surprising thing about the Omega VII Tour is that it has a lotof gears. It is not linear in every way wherein even at soft or weak shots likedrop shots it would be bouncy but in the case of the O7T, the drop shots can beslow. I was surprised that it has a good degree of control on shots inside thetable but still needs some adjustments. Blocking is also very stable and I amtalking about passive blocks. Active blocking seems to be a bit bouncy and alsoneed adjustment. Nevertheless, despite its overwhelming speed, I would suggestto tame it and tame it with a lot of practice especially as a forehand rubber.If you are an intermediate level of player, I would discourage you to use thisin max thickness, even at 2.0mm I still think this would be too fast. This issuited for players who have mastered their shots and have very good control ontheir counter topspins and other form of attacks. In my opinion, I think we arefacing the best attacking rubber that is new in the market right now.
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