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    Posted: 11/08/2017 at 1:04pm
The good folk at tabletennis11 have once again sent some equipment for the mytt community to test / try out! 

Blades:
  1. Xiom Feel ZX2
  2. Xiom Feel ZX3
  3. Stiga Carbonado 45
  4. Stiga Carbonado 90
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  1. The Xiom Feel series: These two blades have been chosen they are 'Made in Japan' and have the highest spin ratings of all the blades in the OFF- / OFF rated Xiom Feel series. Both use Zephyllium-Carbon (and not pure Zephyllium - I checked using a 60x microscope!) and '250 yr kiso hinoki' outer wood (though it is thin and hence, the overall feel is closer to the Carbonado series than a regular all-ply hinoki blade). The ZX2 has an innerforce type construction whereas the ZX3 has the fiber after the outer wood (like the Xiom Vega Pro / Tour blades). The 2nd wood in ZX2 might be some burnt or harder wood while the ZX3 might be using Ayous as 2nd wood. ZX2 seems faster.
  2. The Stiga Carbonado 45 / 90 series: A lot of top girls (Ding Ning, Zhu Yuling, Cheng Meng? Even Liu Shiwen!) have recently adopted this series. Let us find out why.
  3. The new Hurricane Pro 3 rubber is supposedly the combination of H3 topsheet and Japanese sponge. I shall be testing this along side my (a) Nittaku H3 Neo 39 deg and (b) DHS H3 Neo Provincial 38 deg rubbers to see how it fares.

Please PM me if you want to test any of the above and I'll put you on the list.

Usual rules apply (open to US / Canadian members, tester is responsible for shipping the equipment at their cost to the next member on the list - should be shipped with tracking info). You need to have 'good mytt cred' to participate.






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TT1 Fall 2017 Testing Schedule:

Xiom Feel ZX2
  1. Slevin
  2. kindof99
  3. JoeB
  4. Tek101

Xiom Feel ZX3
  1. slevin
  2. LOG1C1AN
  3. kindof99

Stiga Carbonado 45
  1. slevin
  2. incarnation


Stiga Carbonado 90
  1. ???

Nittaku Hurricane Pro 3 Turbo Orange Rubber
  1. BRS
  2. Tek101
  3. ???
  4. Slevin


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I must say, (right off the bat) - fatt won't be happy with the top veneer look on the Carbonado 90! Though, it makes for a good exercise - does it really play any different!
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BTW: here are the manufacturer's ratings of the Xiom Feel ZX2 and the ZX3 (scroll down in those links)

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Can I try the Carbonado 45 and/or the Feel ZX2 please?

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SmackDAT: unfortunately, this testing is for USA / CAD only.
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May I try Carbonado 45 please?
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TT11 must have a pair of Nittaku Hurricane Pro 3 Turbo Orange Rubber for europe too. :(
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Originally posted by *_strataras_* *_strataras_* wrote:

TT11 must have a pair of Nittaku Hurricane Pro 3 Turbo Orange Rubber for europe too. :(
I still don't understand that how can tt11 sell the rubber cheaper than tt-japan.

P.S. waiting to read the rubber's review
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I should have a 'initial impressions of the rubber' review up by Saturday. I'm looking forward to it as well! I'll go through it in more detail after BRS reviews it.

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Like to try the Xiom zx2 please. Thank you
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JoeB: pls PM me your name and address. You're on the list.
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May I try the Carbonado 45 and I am in Toronto. I have done some reviews before and can write up a brief reviews in here. Thanks
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If I could, could I be put on the list for one of the Xiom Feels? I currently use the Nittaku Miyabi which is a 1-Ply Hinoki but, I am always keen to try other Hinoki variations. If the list is full for the blades I would be open to testing the Hurricane as well. Before I switched to Xiom Vega Asia DF I used Hurricane 3 and then 8 so I am pretty familiar and feel I could review it pretty well. I have done reviews on here before but, it has been a couple years. Let me know

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Edited by Tek101 - 11/08/2017 at 10:11pm
|A Blade, within a Blade, within a Blade. BATCEPTION|



|Nittaku Miyabi|
|FH: Xiom Zava 1 Max
|BH: Xiom Vega Asia DF Max
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Review: Xiom Feel ZX2

I'll be reviewing the ZX2 gradually in this post.

Weight: 86g
Thickness: 6.61mm
Rebound Speed: 1507 Hz

Here are some photos:



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Review: Xiom Feel ZX3

I'll review the ZX3 gradually in this post

Weight: 85g
Thickness: 5.69mm
Rebound speed: 1335 Hz


Notes: So, this is perhaps why this ZX3 seems a class slower than the ZX2 - it is 1mm thinner (5.69mm vs 6.61mm). Examining the two blades, it seems that the 1mm difference seems to come from the thickness of the 2 non-core wood layers.

On the face of the blade, the catapault is indicated as 'extreme' - I doubt that that is true.

Both the Feel blades are very well made - initial quality seems very good.

Here are some photos:


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