XIOM Vega Intro
XIOM Vega Intro utilizes modern day rubber technology with built in tension. On ball contact, the Vega Intro produces a trampoline catapult effect on the ball. Extra speed and spin, whilst having a large degree of control. The Intro is designed for the serious player who seeks produce accurate power shots. A great rubber for the player transitioning into competitive play. Vega Intro utilizes XIOMís tensor based Physi-Elasto rubber technology.
Tackiness: Slightly Tacky
Hardness: Medium Hard 45 degrees
Production: Made In Germany.
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Reviews of XIOM Vega Intro (5)
I use Vega Intro on BH and I have no trouble lifting backspin or blocking. Overall, this is rubber is enjoyable to play with on BH. It's definitely too soft for FH. I would rate it as 8 out of 10. At such a price, there are plenty of other rubbers with similar or better performances. If you like Vega Intro, I would recommend any grippy, non-tacky Friendship 729 rubbers (Battle I or Focus II) at half the price (just make sure you get the 42 or 44 degree sponge).
Block: Very good
Push: Okay, but it can add more spin than classic rubber
Chop: Good spin, but the bounce makes chopping hard
Serve: not better than classic rubber
Update: After 3 more hours, I'm starting to like this rubber more than Mark V on my backhand side. Its speed allow better aggressive direct shot.
I classify myself as somewhere between beginner and intermediate player. I rely heavily on BH block, FH block and FH push for defense and BH drive with FH drive and FH loop for attack. I play mainly within 2.0m of the table.
I have 2.0mm on the FH and 1.8mm on the BH and found this rubber too fast and uncontrollable on the OFF++ and OFF blades for my game but put this down to inexperience with this more offensive/aggressive equipment. Dropping to the ALL blade I noticed a big difference in control and could put some real power into the stroke without losing too much control. It meant I could actually get more speed. It also meant touch was vastly better. On the combo blade, I found the 1.8mm on the BH to provide really good control but a significant drop in speed. On the FH the combination of the slight catapult added to the catapult effect of the blade actually provided more speed than the ALL blade, with the ball jumping off the bat really quickly but with a lot less spin. Flat hitting and smashes improved but high-spin loops became more difficult.
After being glued, removed and re-glued 4 times now, the rubber has remained perfectly flat (no curling) but the edges are chipping quite badly.
I really like this rubber and am still tossing up whether it or H3 Nero sits alongside Mark V as my top 2.
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