My review compares this Xiom Vega China (XVC) to unboosted Hurricane 3 neo (H3) and Skyline 2 neo (TG2). The XVC has a very high throw angle compared to H3, TG2, and the new Sanwei Target National. This made it unusable for me, because I am used to the low throw angle of Chinese rubbers. One thing I did find nice is that XVC is very fast. I tried it on forehand and backhand, and with backhand I could get a fast block by barely moving my hand. This rubber was hard to control though, because using more movement or a longer stroke often made the ball go out (to be fair, I'm not used to this high throw angle, and after 3 hours I could do decent topspin loops and I found that my reflex-blocks, which usually don't succeed, had a pretty good success rate with this rubber, presumably because a very small movement is sufficient to get the ball forward with topspin). The catapult tensor effect is very strong. I found this much less spinny than H3 and TG2, it was very hard to do slow topspin loops and also to loop against backspin.
I recommend this rubber if you use tensors like Donic Bluefire M2 and want to migrate towards harder rubbers without getting a low throw angle. I do not recommend this for people like myself, who used unboosted H3 and TG2 and wanted to get something similar but faster. I tried both XVC and the new Sanwei Target National and found the new Sanwei Target National to accomplish this purpose better.
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I bought a pair of Vega China Max some months ago but didn't have time to try them. While cleaning my house last weekend I found an unused blade (a simple limba-ayous, 7-ply, Clipper-like blade) so I decided to try it during my training session this evening. Impressive. Adaptation time was very short (30 minutes warmup and I was ready to play a match with it). My conclusion after 2 hours: it's one of the most underrated rubbers around. It's basically a springy alternative to H3, much more forgiving, somehow similar to H3-50 but bouncier and faster on short game. Not as tacky as H3 series though. Usable even by beginners willing to learn Chinese technique. But in the right hands it becomes a spin monster, and quite fast. All those complaining about lack of speed from this rubber, sorry but I think you have skill issues. I love the hard feeling of the sponge! It's great for BH too, control isn't an issue as long as you are active. It's a pure offensive rubber. It's NOT a blade for passive/defensive game. One of the best hybrids (I call it hybrid because it's tacky but you really feel the tensor) I have tried (and one of the cheapest too). My only complaint is above average spin sensitivity. I don't understand why there aren't any reviews since 2014?
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