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    Posted: 07/30/2017 at 2:17pm
Review by a former rubber technician - Masami-san.

He pointed out 3 strengths:

1. manufactured by Sumitomo Riko, or Sumitomo Technology,
2. small porous sponge, where he compared with the big pores of "a certain" Tenergy or "a certain" Rozena that offers good dwell,
3. high overall hardness, harder than T05

Test setup - TBALC, with T05 in red and Q3 in black

First impressions:

Ball leaves the racket fast!
He then talks about how it feels different from the "unique grab" of Tenergy and is a rubber for advanced users.
MSRP is ¥6300, in line with Tenergy, Rasanter and a few others I couldn't make out.
Oshima uses it on his BH, Taiga et al.

Masami's focus as a former rubber technician - a new rubber that's oozing originality from a new rubber mech. Well, not exactly new as Sumitomo owns quite a few table tennis rubber patents, but new in the way the brand makes it a sales pitch. This is Mizuno's first domestically-made rubber, therefore, they can't stress "Made in Japan" enough that the phrase is even in the URL.



Available in Japan Oct 7, 2017.

In the meantime, check out the cool product site at Mizuno, which is pretty much empty, other than...

"May the rubber reform begin."

"The Q(Question) series commences, two years after the release of the GF series."



Mizuno official specs:
Thickness: 1.7/1.9/2.1
Type: XL(Crosslinkage) 52/3
Hardness: 47
Speed: 17
Spin: 16

Edited by zeio - 07/30/2017 at 9:08pm
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
= 184.8g
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zeio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09/10/2017 at 6:28pm
Mizuno's press release on the Q3.

It's said development started in April, 2015. After over 1000 prototypes, 3600 tests and 2 years, the Japanese-made Q3 was born.

Mizuno aims to sell 24,000 pieces around the globe in the first year.

There is also a story series on the development of Q3.

Edited by zeio - 09/10/2017 at 6:46pm
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rocketman222 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09/11/2017 at 1:42am
Very interesting, please keep us posted about early reviews.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zeio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09/11/2017 at 8:07am
Another Japanese review.

To the reviewer, the Q3 feels very hard, even a little harder than T05. Ball leaves the rubber quickly, and because of that ball arc is low. Sense of stability is lacking. A challenging rubber to use. Same as T05, Q3 is for advanced users. Price is a little high, compared to other rubbers in this segment, but because of that have great expectations.

Edited by zeio - 09/11/2017 at 8:10am
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
= 184.8g
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zeio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/27/2017 at 8:27am
Review by Table Tennis Kingdom.



Test player from Mizuno, Katsuya Hashidume, who was a member of the table tennis club at Komazawa University.

Edited by zeio - 10/27/2017 at 8:28am
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zeio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/07/2017 at 5:05am
Q3 makes the Top 10 on its debut in the domestic ranking for Oct '17.

http://world-tt.com/ps_goods/goods_ranking.php
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AndySmith Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/07/2017 at 5:11am
I like the look of Q3, but I wonder how different it is to its Mantra and Karis stablemates.

edit - this isn't made by Daiki?  Well, now I'm super interested.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tinykin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/07/2017 at 6:06am
In the first video, what is that instrument with the big handle and dial?
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Teclock durometer on a stand, GS-615 to be precise.

Edited by zeio - 11/07/2017 at 6:16am
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zeio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/07/2017 at 9:30am
One thing I like about Mizuno is their gimmick-free marketing. Very down to earth and scientific. Through its story series, they attempt to familiarize the readers of technical terms such as energy loss, crosslinking etc., which is usually seen only in patents.
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+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
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Originally posted by zeio zeio wrote:

Teclock durometer on a stand, GS-615 to be precise.

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Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
= 184.8g
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zeio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/08/2017 at 6:26am
Another interesting review by a pair of male and female players, Sugimoto and Micchi, respectively.



They noted high grip and small pores upon unpacking. Blade used was Mizuno Fortius FT.

For Sugimoto, first Impression of the sheet is that ball leaves a little quick. Takes some getting used.
Counterings, driving backspin, blocking, spin control strokes are easy to do. Shot flight distance feels the same as German rubbers.

For Micchi, really hard to the touch, but doesn't feel hard when playing. Blocking and smashing are easy to do.

Edited by zeio - 11/08/2017 at 7:14am
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
= 184.8g
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zeio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/09/2017 at 2:17pm
Mizuno sponsored a few rubber testing events with different shops in different cities starting from late September. Tons of people attended. Mizuno is serious.

http://www.mizuno.jp/tabletennis/topics/event/20171106_Q3_event_TTS.aspx
http://www.mizuno.jp/tabletennis/topics/event/20170928_Q3_event_ttKOKUSAI.aspx
http://www.mizuno.jp/tabletennis/topics/event/20170927_Q3_event_kozonoe.aspx
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
= 184.8g
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