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XIOM Vega Pro
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Spin is the most important element of modern table tennis. Not only the strength of spin but also the stability and secure feel have been desired by many players. VEGA series is the realization of the dream. VEGA is the mixture of two new technologies - HYPER ELASTO and CARBO SPONGE. Both of them are based on TENSOR technology which gives rubber the effect of built-in tension. HYPER ELASTO provides extreme spin and stability, and black colored CARBO SPONGE provides innovative efficiency of energy. Further, the feel of VEGA is exciting but comfortable. Its ease of use will help players play “winning” table tennis. Now four variations are available. All of them provide exceptional spin capability. VEGA PRO is for extreme spin, softer VEGA ASIA is for more speed, VEGA EUROPE is softer with more control, and finally, the softest VEGA ELITE is for extreme control.
For more control, try Xiom Vega Europe.
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Reviews of XIOM Vega Pro (76)
Pros: high spin similar to tenergy 05, 48g in max, available in 1.8/2.0/max, hardness 37, great quality, half price of tenergy.
Cons: too fast, non linear, not easy to control.
I would say this is my second favorite rubber I have used. Second only to Tenergy 05. But at this price, Xiom has Tenergy beat!
My favorite FH rubber (on a Stiga Celero wood). I have tried others like Aurus, Evolution MX-P (using in BH, see comparative review there), tenergy 05 but I am always staying with this one. This is the rubber giving me the most power (with full arm) but keeping the confidence in my topspins and smashes. Very easy to open-loop and hitting is very consistent. To be aware the rubber needs a good arm speed (thus technique including leg works) and is quite sensitive to incoming spin. To give a level idea, my TTR ranking is oscillating between 1500 & 1600 in Germany.
Did not like it that much....maybe it doesn't suit my style.The quality is awesome,but its hard....needs lot of effort to get the full potential of this rubber.....I think spin way less than rasant and rasant beat or even rakza 7 soft.Control-not as good as above mentioned rubbers.....but it's cheap+very durable.I have it on Andro Trieber -Z
Cheap T05 replacement, for FH only.
Vega Pro is a surprisingly linear rubber for ESN standards. It has many gears which make short game easy but power looping far from the table a breeze, too. Catapult kicks in only on big strokes. Hence, I cannot recommend it on BH. It just feels to dead and hard there. Compared to newer generation rubbers, or T05, this rubber is much more linear, but also needs more physical effort. Looping is very pleasant, with high arc and good balance of speed and spin. Combine with stiff blades only and use hard outer ply, for example BTY Timo Boll series (with fiber). Best T05 replacement on FH.
Excellent rubber, It reminded me like a powered down Tenergy 05, which for my style of play, is very good. It has excellent spin, speed and control, definetely an offensive rubber
This is exceptional rubber. I play it for several years and just love it.
My only wish is that the sponge would be 1 degree softer. Because on flexible attackers blades you really need good skills.
Here is some ferocious forehands from myself with Vega Pro on Xiom ZX2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JA6H7hDPSA
A rubber that whenever you mention it anyone who played with it before smiles and wonders why they're not playing with it now.
One of the best backhand rubbers ever made!
It can last for a year+ on the backhand, fast, spinny, extremely stable and easy to play.
Safe, balls land good.. It is just one of the best rubbers for backhand.
Compared to Vega Europe this rubber has a tic harder sponge and a bit more speed. More direct feel when smashing and countering. Medium arc for this lighter tuned tensor. With Vega Europe you get that "can't miss" feel when looping. With Vega Pro you get a slightly less dwell so a slight learning curve is required to feel comfortable with it. Both rubbers offer superb spin and very good control compared to the ultra powered tensors. Test sheet was labeled as 2..0mm but visual inspection told my brain it was 1.8mm or 1.9mm. High quality top sheet with black Carbo Sponge. Many players should give the Vega Series a try as the price to performance ratio is high. Big bang for the buck. Great rubber series for under 2000 rated players. Great speed, great spin, good control and great pricing. Players out in pong land below 2000 level stop wasting your money on expensive rubbers and give this stuff a try...it will make your racket happy and the money saved will buy your girlfriend a date at McDonalds. I prefer Vega Europe for my looping game over Vega Pro. Pro has a touch more spin but less ball feel. Your not going to the Olympics peeps so find your Vega!
I really like this rubber. It does just about everything well and is easy to use. It's the first tensor I used after transitioning from Mark V as a developing player. Good speed and spin with great control and consistency. Excellent for blocking, flat hits, serve return and pushes. Pretty good for looping and serves. The high throw angle makes lifting backspin fairly easy. Can be used effectively on either FH or BH. Not the fastest or spinniest but a good choice for an all around tensor that is highly consistent with good control.
pro & contra spin, control, speed, durability, price no weakness, but possibly for some players in hd too little catapult
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On a Xiom Offensive S, in 2mm black: Out the packet the topsheet is very slightly tacky. The sponge is hard, more porous (larger pores) than Tenergy and black. First couple of drives feel unspinny, but a spin stroke kills that sensation. This has a lot of spin potential, but it is essential to exert energy in brushing the ball to achieve this spin (unlike rubbers such as Vega Elite). I can but imagine of the spin achievable on a softer blade with more flex. On short pushes using the topsheet there is little bounciness. Mid-table pushing is a less secure. compressing the sponge much will make the push/chop catapult long, although the hardness does help. FH looping from close/middle distance is superb. the ball does indeed 'cannon' across to the other side, although this needs very good energy transfer from the legs and waist and more than a little brush in case youre thinking of using this lazily. Loops have loads of precision, and the confidence this instils is invaluable, especially close to the table. The throw angle is high, not low. On BH, power loops had to be extremely well timed. Maybe a max sponge would give a bit more dwell. BH open ups were unpredictable until I closed the racket angle, whence the rubber suddenly performed much better. Blocks on both sides are good but not as good as something like Rasant Power Sponge, especially if you dont like closing your BH racket angle. Serving is great, no complaints and plenty of spin when Im not lazy .-) Conclusion: A really good quality rubber for offensive players, with both a huge spin potential and a precise and predictable trajectory, even if this means sacrificing a little forgiveness found in softer rubbers. This could be good for the FH of improving loopers in 2.0mm or 1.8mm, who are trying to achieve a more consistent contact with the ball, because it gives a lot of looping control in the mid-low gears, yet retains a great catapult for further back. Enjoy your TT!
this rubber is good in its aspects where speed & spin is concerned,but when it comes to control the rubber needs a perfect skill, I am using it on the backhand placement becomes difficult with this rubber, blocking is ok but on speed balls sometimes goes on the net or out.the ball while blocking suddenly becomes slow if a bit force is apllied the ball is out,it should have a bit thicker sponge,
throw angle is high it is somewhat like the the tenergy 05 in terms the minus point of this rubber is its not tacky,but still overall good rubber i am using it on xiom strato fl
This was the rubber I used on my forehand on my first custom racket. Due to the limited availability of table tennis supplies in my area, I had to settle with an LKT Instinct+ for my blade and a DHS PF4-New for my backhand which I originally used for my forehand. But then I later realized that the Vega had way more speed and spin than the PF4, so I switched the Xiom and the DHS. My friend who has a Nexy Kanaph (Blade), Donic Coppa X2 Platin Soft (BH) and Donic Acuda P2 (FH) tried using my racket. My other friend who is a heavy offensive player also tried my racket, and they both used the Vega on the forehand. They said that they had a hard time controlling it because it was way faster than they expected and that's why I gave this rubber a high rating for speed and spin. I'm not saying that this rubber lacks control, it's just that this is a really good rubber for a good price. My only mistake was that my LKT Instinct+ blade was too slow to compensate for the rubber which actually made my racket slow. I'm really looking forward to using this rubber with fast carbon blades and probably a soft rubber on the backhand like the Vega Europe or the Stiga Calibra LT Sound. Don't be afraid to buy this rubber guys, I absolutely promise that this rubber is really good, no regrets!
Speed: average (9).
Spin: average (9.1).
Control: high (9.3).
Tackiness: slightly tacky (2).
Weight: medium heavy (48g, 0.235g/cm^2).
Sponge hardness: medium hard (51/38).
Top sheet hardness: hard (55/43).
Gears: average (5).
Throw: medium high (6.2).
Consistency: always identical (9).
Durability: average durability (5).
Top sheet thickness: average (1.7mm).
Surface thickness: thick (0.9mm).
Pip length: medium (0.8mm).
Pip width: average (1.7mm).
Pip spacing: dense (0.6mm).
Overall: good (9.3).
Value: average (5).
You can produce deadly loops away from the table with this rubber if you know what you are doing.
this is a very good rubber. i am waiting for the dynamic friction version. does anyone know if or when the df version is going to be available?...
Recently I discovered two great FH rubbers: Xiom Vega PRO and Vega Japan (MAX thickness). Vega PRO is perhaps the best FH rubber I played with, but it is a bit too fast (some balls go out of the table easily). A part of this issue is the blade, an OFF+ Joola Wing Passion Extreme. it is an offensive combo, but nevertheless it has enough control in receives and blocks. Very good away from the table. Quite better and more balanced than the Vega Euro (too slow for FH IMHO). Vega PRO loses for Vega Japan in one aspect: Vega Japan is a bit slower, just enough for landing more balls on the table. But the pros of VP overwhelm this slight weakness (adequate training solves the issue). BH is at charge of a Spinlord Irbis I (MAX thickness) rubber, a light rubber with enough speed, spin and very good control.
(I also made a review of Vega Japan, mounted in a sister blade Joola Wing Passion Extreme, which is also is an excellent rubber).
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