XIOM Vega Europe DF
Vega Europe DF combines the optimal safer spin attack with upgraded control; and now maximum "DF" energy transfer. More chances, great spin and less miss-outs with "big window". Win with XIOM.
New Black carbo-sponge to generate more power
Longer lifetime and durability of rubber
Vega Europe has the highest ball-trajectory to create a larger safe-zone (big window) over the net. Empirical test shows bigger window effectively increases the success rate of your attack and reduce the chance of miss shots. Very easy to make spins Vega Europe also has the deeper ball catching feel at impact for the control. New black Carbo Sponge maximized the internet efficiency to generate additional energy onto the ball. Ball flies with more power as a result. Resilient tensile structure improves the lifetime of rubber by 30-50%.
Sponge Hardness: Medium 44 degrees
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Reviews of XIOM Vega Europe DF (8)
Rubber is extremely soft and bouncy even with the softest touch, even on the BH on a Yasaka Sweden Classic ALL blade. Like most tensors, chopping is difficult, since you have very little margin for error. Unlike most tensors, even medium force loop will bottom it. Hard loop attacks produce such cracking sound, that I began to worry not to damage the outer wood layer of my blade :)
At the end, you have no control over the short game and no speed&spin in power game.
It is only good for slow opening topspins/flicks, which are still tricky, but at least you can exploit the grippiness of the topsheet.
[Update] Dec-2017. The above impressions were gained while playing in rather warm conditions - around 25degrees. Now it is colder in the court where I play (10-15 degrees) and the rubber feels much harder! I like it more in cold, it now does not bottom in loop exchange, but only when attacking. The bounciness was reduced also, so I can now really enjoy the grippy topsheet while chopping. It's obviously a winter type of a tyre .... urhhh... rubber :)
It's very soft and bouncy, so requires a delicate touch, especially for mid table pushing (as opposed to short-short); speed doesn't increase that much for harder strokes, but it's great for close to the table attacking due to its bounciness.
Topspins (open ups) are very spinny and slow if you brush. The pip structure (long, thin and sparsely arranged pips) also means that shots have less of a direct/predictable trajectory, and the dwell time seems short because the rubber 'repels' the ball before it can grab it, especially on slower/more passive shots; so control isn't the best.
Correctly executed strokes produce a loud click, with good dwell time from mid-distance if taking the ball late.
However, any shots where speed rather than spin is the main object are likely to bottom out, unless it's a close to the table drive.
Service is so-so; good enough due to grip, but nothing special, and flicks are very controlled. Grip is still super, after very roughly 50 hours. I would say it's good at teaching a good technique if the user is willing to learn.
Enjoy your TT!
I've been using it on RPB backhand for 4 months and it's a very good rubber if you like soft sponge and springy rubbers with a "speed-glue" feeling. If you like playing strong topspins or flat hits / blocks often, you'll find this rubber too soft and it might even become difficult to control (the sponge bottoms-out quite fast when you play strong shots). As I said, I'm using it on penhold RPB backhand so I mainly play spinny topspin, and this rubber is well-suited for this. It's certainly not the most spinny one, but the topsheet is really grippy, and you won't have any surprises when trying to lift a ball up. It's a bit too soft for my taste, but if you have no problem with this, you might like this rubber very much.
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