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 (81)
Blade: XIOM allround classic S.
Rubbers: XIOM vega pro on both sides, 2.0mm. (Bh/Fh)
I'm using it a month now. In the past I used chinese rubbers the NEO versions of the hurricane 3 and skyline 2. There're, obviously, big differences between them. The surface of the Vega pro is not tacky so it does not react to the incoming spin heavily, so is easier to return serves or block heavy topspins, compared to the chinese rubbers i used, but the non-tacky surface has a disadvantage, i'm struggling to generate heavy spinny top-spins, overall, on my Backhand, and heavy spinny serves. I thought the rubber was spinnier when i read the reviews.
I can't not recommend this rubber for the bh, unless you have a really good technique, i would recommend for the bh a bit softer and fast rubber.
The rubber is quite good for OFF players, who search directs and speedy shots with low arc and low spin.
TL;DR: Get the Europe instead unless you are very strong.
I've played with this for a year thinking I would eventually grow into it and I never really did. I thought it might be a reasonable upgrade from Mark V on my dominant side (FH) on a relatively soft blade (primorac wood) but for me it's way too unforgiving. It works well if you brush the ball extremely quickly, and some days I feel like I can do this with reasonable consistency. My issue is that when I start missing, I want to be able to switch to some more controlled shots and then work up the speed. With the Europe I can do this, but with the Pro, moving the bat slower doesn't really add much accuracy because the hard rubber doesn't "activate", so I just continue to miss and miss.
From my perspective, the Europe is *almost as good* at super fast, spinny shots, and much safer and better at everything else. Lifting backspin is a totally different experience--you can really feel the ball and lift at a variety of different speeds, whereas with the Pro you must strike it extremely fast to lift above the net, and it's just so hard to do this consistently, even on my dominant side.
I don't have experience with a ton of different rubbers so I fear this may be more of a review of a "hard rubber" vs "soft rubber", but nobody told me what I needed to hear, which was to stick with softer rubbers even on a pure wood blade on FH, so I thought I'd put it out there: If you're not an experienced competitive player who drills difficult shots multiple times per week, you'll enjoy much better accuracy (and very good speed and spin too) with the Vega Europe.
I felt it was impossible to play with it. Maybe because i'm not a pro, but the control was bad, so i glued again with a butyl acetate glue on an cheper blade and the feeling was better. I think this is a rubber you need practice to play with it, very fast but not really harder than Sriver or Baracuda. I think if you changes your rubber with Vega Pro most of your hits get on the wall behind your opponent. (2.0 red, forehand)
I like this line of rubber sheets. The Vega Pro has slightly harder sponge. To compare... on the Xiom All Around S it's not that great. However on the Xiom Offensive S it stands out as a good close to mid-distance offensive rubber sheet. It's not fast but it's controlled, has good dwell time and a springy top sheet. Good for Offensive style blades... a bit too hard for All Around and Defensive style play.
I have used this rubber since 3 month after my 3,5years break from table tennis. In the past i used tibhar evolution EL-P, Tenergy 05 but this my favorite rubber so far for forehand. Powerful topsin, easy block i great control and placement the ball. I recommend play close and midle from the table, because if u use this rubber far from the table u will be must use more power due less catapult effect than tenergy. I use 2.0mm thickness on the FH side on the Primorac OFF- and i will probably try a max thickness next time or Xiom Vega Tour
Spin (European Style): 9.4
Weight: 49g in 2.2 (0.24g/cm^2)
Hardness (DHS): 37.3
Fast Loop: 9.4
Slow Loop: 9.1
Counter Loop: 9
Available Sponge Thickness: 1.8/2.0/2.2
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.
5/12/2018-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
Update-23 May 2019:Since I have been practicing a lot,and have improved a lot,I love this rubber.Better than Tenergy05 as it's easier to control.Ball can be hit very hard...still lands on table due to the spin.T-05...too bouncy...goes out...need more skill to control.
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!
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