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XIOM Vega Intro

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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.

Speed: 83
Spin: 88
Control: 90
Tackiness: Slightly Tacky
Hardness: Medium Hard 45 degrees
Production: Made In Germany.

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Reviews of XIOM Vega Intro (6)

I started with faster tensor rubbers with bigger catapult effects, like xiom vega europe.
I switched to intro on the forehand.

I tested both 1.8 and 2.0, because I wanted to see what the difference was in rubber thickness in general. And what's the best for beginners to use. Both thicknesses felt quite similar, neither got in my way. Only difference I felt was that 1.8 I heard more wood, and the rebound when blocking seemed slightly higher. I decided to go with 2.0, as I preferred the sound and lower bounce off the block.

Serve and receive was an improvement thanks to this rubber, without the big catapult effect I was able to generate more spins in serves, and in touch shots close to the net the ball didn't pop up too much.

As for FH strokes, drives and loops I haven't noticed much difference between this and the europe vega. It was easy to adjust from, and I'm still developing technique.

Overall pretty decent rubber, doesn't get in the way, easy to control. I recommend it for beginners, over faster and bouncier tensor ones.
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Very forgiving and easy to play with, decent spin, low speed and not many gears. It's a good alternative to classic rubbers like sriver or mark V. Good value for the price!
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This is a very average tensor rubber. There is a good balance of speed and spin. It has just enough of both for most occasions. The controls is very good. But besides that, there is no other distinguishing characteristics to speak of. The topsheet is thin and the sponge feels medium soft. No tacky at all, but it grabs the ball very well.
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).
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IT IS A TENSOR! It feels like playing with spring instead of sponge. If you have never used a tensor before you will not like this!
Drive: Okay
Loop: Good
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.
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I've been using this rubber on several different blades - an OFF++, OFF, ALL and DEF/ALL+ combo to see which blade I prefer with this type of rubber. I chose the Intro because I've not used tensors before and because it is a lot cheaper than the other versions of Vega rubbers. The rubber is not tacky at all but has a lot of grip - as much if not more than my Yasaka Mark V and generates a medium to high spin with good speed thanks to the mild catapult effect. The incremental speed this rubber generates is very linear so very predictable.

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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