XIOM Vega Elite
Vega Elite is the softest version in Vega family. It is even softer and even more controllable than Vega Europe. Soft TENSOR sponge of cream color is combined with Hyper Elasto top layer of natural rubber.
This special combination provides very soft feel and superb balance. Its ease of use is exceptional. Vega Elite doesn't demand everyday training. Safe zone (window) above net for successful topspin attack is the biggest in Vega family.
So players can hardly mistake their attack with topspin. Also, its sound is very clear and loud. Players will be able to experience the pure pleasure of table tennis, thanks to its dynamic sound and great control. Vega Elite is especially recommended for European players who demand a rubber with softer feel than Vega Europe.
Hardness: Medium 40 degrees
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Reviews of XIOM Vega Elite (24)
Aunque le falta velocidad es una gran goma, mi compaero de equipo la monta en una madera de dureza media, su juego es muchsimo mejor ahora.
Great pack like all other rubbers by Xiom. Grippy top sheet, very soft with soft sponge (very, very soft rubber). Its sponge is very porous and light. No sheen on top sheet. 100 % grip no tack. Good amount of grip when dragging fingers over it.
So so basically. If you play slow game spin is ok but faster you go it diminishes rapidly. Rubber is so soft that even at medium speed you hit the blade all the time thus reducing spin significantly. Opening loops are ok since you are the first in rally to hit the ball. Spin on serves is also sub par. Rubber is to bouncy to grab the ball when serving. Good side of this rubber is low reactivate to incoming spin but that is about it :).
Probably the biggest problem of the rubber. Way too soft for serious play. Blade contact all the time making it hard to finish point or to judge throw angle when attacking. One positive aspect is blocking opening loops. Since this rubber is bouncy and does not react to inc spin much, blocking those first loops is really easy and dangerous for opponent.
Not that great in a short game but off the table amazing. Rubber is too bouncy for short game so it may be difficult to do short returns in order not to get attacked on 3rd ball. Since rubber is slow from distance control is high off the table. Very easy placing the ball left and right, and it is also relatively easy in terms of depth.
Silly soft and bouncy rubber with medium - low throw. It does not last very long time since top sheet is very soft. You will start losing grip in about 20 days of playing and it will deteriorate fast after that.
Personally I would recommend this only to beginners (so they can get used to tensors), blockers with limited physical capabilities or older people.
Have fun playing TT :) Enjoy life!
The best rubbers in this category (which I have personally tested) are Tenergy05 and OmegaV Tour.
Vega Europe/Elite and OmegaIV Elite are not so good.
What I like about the Vega Elite is the sound. The loudest rubber I have ever played with-if you hit the ball correctly.
And just because Vega Elite is not as grippy as Tenergy/OmegaV Tour, doesnt mean, you could not produce spin yourself. Of course you can!
Great spin, feel and trajectory.
But it's not for me. It's way to bouncy. It's just doing to much for me.
I'm mostly a close-to-the-table-player. So my tecnique doesn't fit the rubber.
But far from the table it shines. both on forehand and backhand. Very pleased in that department.
Due to the tensor and non-tacky surface, the ball is to directly in serves for my style. For me it needs just as much wrist-work as a full-tacky rubber. The ball needs to get deep into the sponge to make a lot of spin. High throw to get it deep or just very hard contact when hitting the ball.
But when I hit the ball right, I could make very spinny, fast and low serves. Just like af chinese full-tacky rubber. But with a different tecnique and feel.
It's a great rubber. But I would need to practise much harder to get the best out of it.
It's not for me in my current style of playing.
I've found rubbers between slightly-tacky - half-tacky with medium sponge giving me more spin-posibilities. I can make very tricky serves and serve-returns. And the ball is holding a bit back so it won't bounce too much close to the table. But when attacking, there's not too much tack. The ball goes through the tack. I don't feel the tack is holding back on the ball.
Great for an allround-player like me.
And it pairs well for my Blue Thunder 550 and 555.
Soft on soft (Vega Elite on Blue thunder) is not a good combi. gives a wrong soft feel especially when it's a non-tacky soft tensor (very bouncy) rubber.
This rubber can produce wonderful 'click' sound.
I found it difficult to neatly glue on, due to it's flopiness. I succeeded but when the light bounces off the surface, there is a slight lumpiness, even though I applied the glue very thin and even.
The XVE also seems to have a break-in period, where for a few hours it was very high bouncing and unpredictable. It wasn't just getting used to it. A much better player who sometimes plays/coaches me, also agreed. This perhaps explains the apparent difference of opinion in other reviews. In any case, after a few hours of use it gets MUCH better behaved.
It has very good control, which allowed me to rescue some difficult to reach, low flying balls way off to the side. I'm still getting used to it but starts to really grow on me as an FH rubber.
Anyway, I think it's a good rubber and the other reviews cover the particulars pretty well.
This rubber is for medium level players and perhaps a bit less forgiving for beginners.
in my opinion, it deserves better ratings. someone destroying all the database this is unfair. spin is over 9.
edit: i got used to the rubber. light, loud fast controlled, very spinny and amazing feeling what else could i want from a sheet. from the best soft rubbers.
This rubber is good for my backhand but not for my fh, due to the low throw.
It has many gears.
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