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        Posted 11-26-2016
        4.00 A samurai's weapon!
        • High quality
        • Great design
        • Huge Sweet spot

        • Price
        • Fast
        Unboxing
        The Mizutani Jun SZLC blade comes in a beautiful presentation box in the same colors as his signature blade. The color scheme of the handle has change to a more modern design compared to the old blade. The colors are still red and black but for distinguishing between the ZLC and the SZLC, Butterfly have added a yellow stripe on both sides of the handle for the SZLC and white for the ZLC. The logo has change to red and white showing his initials and on the other side of the handle there is indication that this blade is the SZLC.
        On the back of the handle on the newer versions there is a new green holographic sticker is placed for verifying counterfeit versions.
        The quality and finish is superb as always when you buy a Butterfly blade and it looks like a has a fine layer of sealing from the factory.
















        Composition: Limba-SZLC-Limba-Ayous-Limba-SZLC-Limba
        Handle: Flared
        Head size: 157x150mm
        Thickness: 5.8mm
        Weight: 94g

        Test setup: FH DHS H3 Neo 2.10mm and BH Tenergy 05 2.1mm

        Drive
        When driving with the MJ ZLC I could immediately feel that this blade was fast. Even faster than the normal ZLC and Viscaria! But having that said the blade also had an amount of feel and dwell that you normally don't experience when blades are that fast. I think this might be due to the outer limba layer combined with the SZLC. The Super Zylon-Carbon layer adds lightness, stiffness and flexibility to the blade. Another thing that was noticeable was the large sweet spot.

        Loop
        When looping with the MJ SZLC I had just adjust my power due to the speed of the blade. After a while I could hit the ball on the table. The balance between spin and speed was more to the speed side. When finding myself with the blade I could make some super powerful loops.The arcs with H3 was low to medium and with the T05 it is more medium. The balance of the blade was to the middle even though playing with heavy rubbers.

        Block
        In the passive game here this blade really shines! I could really feel that the blade gave a lot of control, stability and consistency due to the large sweet spot and the composition of Limba and SZLC. Still if I was a bit active on the ball the blade still felt controllable. Directing the ball where you wanted was spot on even on powerful incoming loops.

        Flick/short game
        As I mentioned earlier in the review the MJ SZLC has a lot of dwell which is due to the outer Limba. On service receive I was able to make some quality receives, but you should have a good touch due to the blade is very fast. Flicks is also made with good touch concentrating the brushing more than adding force to the ball.

        Conclusion
        Butterfly has made another signature blade for Jun Mizutani. The price is very high at 349.90 Euro (in Europe) and 373.99 USD (in US). So is it worth buying the SZLC?The SZLC is faster and stiffer than the normal ZLC. Also the design is just flawless. If you are looking for those features then, yes! But IMO the ZLC is an overall better blade due to it is more forgiving to playing with and of course the price tag!

        I would recommend the blade to players who focus on an offensive game with spin and speed and plays mid and away from the table. Also the player that favors the stability and consistency in their blocking and attacking game. If your money is unlimited and you are looking for features the SZLC provides, then this blade is for you!
        1 people liked this review
        Posted 08-20-2016
        5.00 Spin machine!
        • Control
        • Great design
        • Sweet spot

        • Price
        Unboxing
        The TA ZLC comes in a beautiful presentation box in the colors of the Portuguese flag. The handle of the blade has the same color scheme and on the front side of the blade Tiagos name and the coat of arms of Portugal which is containing five blue shields forming a cross and seven golden castles. On the blade it is shown in black.
        On the back of the handle the new green holographic sticker is placed.
        The quality and finish is superb as always when you buy a Butterfly blade and it looks like a has a fine layer of sealing from the factory.

















        Composition: Limba-Limba-ZLC-Ayous-ZLC-Limba-Limba
        Handle: Flared
        Head size: 157x150mm
        Thickness: 5.8mm
        Weight: 88g


        Test setup: FH DHS H3 Neo 2.15mm and BH Tenergy 05 2.1mm





        Drive
        When driving with the TA ZLC I didn't expect that the blade had the amount of feel and the control it had. The Zylon-Carbon layer adds lightness, stiffness and flexibility to the blade. Another thing that was noticeable was the large sweet spot.


        Loop
        Looping with the TA ZLC was a dream! This blade is a pure spin machine and the dwell was good even with the H3. The arcs with H3 was low to medium and with the T05 it is more medium. The balance of the blade was to the middle even though playing with heavy rubbers. The blade gives a lot of flex and an enormous dwell which is obvious in the loop to loop game. This also noticeable in Dan’s review.


        Block
        In the passive game I could really feel that the blade gave a lot of control, stability and consistency due to the large sweet spot and the composition of Limba and ZLC. Still if I was a bit active on the ball the blade still felt controllable. If you are a bit tense you will still hit the ball on the table.


        Flick/short game
        As I mentioned earlier in the review the TA ZLC has a lot of dwell which is one of the pro’s in this part of the game. On service receive I was able to put quality balls on the table. Flicks are made with ease and the ball just feels like it stays forever until you have unleashed a spinny banana flick. This was one of the fun parts playing with the blade.


        Conclusion
        Butterfly has made a signature blade for Tiago Apolonia. The price is high at 189.90 Euro (in Europe) or 259.99 USD (in US) compared to the Innerforce ZLC 189.90 Euro (in Europe) and 236.99 USD (in US). In Europe is price is the same but in the US there a 20 USD difference. So is it worth buying the TA ZLC? The thickness of the blade is 5.6mm and the IF ZLC 5.7mm. The TA is more flexible and feels just a nodge faster. Also the design is just flawless. If you are looking for those features then, yes!


        I would recommend the blade to players who focus on an allround game with spin and speed and plays close to mid from the table. Also the player that favors the short and over the table attacking game. Then this looping machine is what you are looking for.
        3 people liked this review
        Posted 06-12-2016
        4.00 Great Hinoki blade
        • Quality
        • Soft touch
        • Speed

        • Expensive
        Being used to play with blades with Limba as outer I was curious about what i would be like to try a blade with hinoki as outer.


        My initial thoughts about the new Garaydia ZLC blade is by looking at the blade you immediately see the natural looks of wood handle and the reddish logo sticker Butterfly have moved towards instead having a plastic lense. On the back side of the handle the green holographic sticker is placed. The quality is spot on as always from Butterfly. Every corner or edge its smooth finish. One thing I noticed was that the handle was made out of two piece of wood which make separation line down the middle. IMO it is on the con side.


        Composition: Hinoki-ZLC-Balsa-ZLC-Hinoki
        Handle: Flared
        Head size: 157x150mm
        Thickness: 7.1mm
        Weight: 88g


        Test setup: Butterfly HighSpeed 2.1mm and Stiga Airoc Astro M 2.1mm















        Drive
        When driving with the GZLC I could immediately feel that the blade was fast. Also when hitting the ball the sound of the blade gives a high frequency pitch which also indicates a fast blade. The blade has a solid feel but funny enough the blade still feels soft due to Hinoki and Zylon fiber. I quickly found out that the Astro was my preferred option for my FH and the Bryce HighSpeed for my BH.


        Loop
        Looping with the GZLC was interesting. Due to the blade already is fast I had to focus more on the brushing on the ball. The trajectory was low to medium with the Stiga Astro in FH and must say that in loop to loop situations is where the blade is good. Also flat hitting with this blade was great although I'm not use to doing that. The sweet spot of the blade is large and the stability is really good


        Block
        In the passive is one of the strong areas for this blade. Due to the large sweet spot and the composition of Hinoki and ZLC the blade has a massive control even though you try to punch ball back on loops or loop drives. This is really impressive for a fast blade.


        Flick/short game
        Funny enough the GZLC has a soft touch although the blade is fast. This is helped by the Hinoki outer which makes the short one of the forces of the blade. Also banana flicks was really nic to make with the Bryce HighSpeed in BH and the GZLC the ball could really dig in and the spin would come back with interest.


        Conclusion
        Butterfly has gone back to their Japanese roots to create this beauty of a blade with Japanese Hinoki on outer and their trademark composite material the Zylon-Carbon composition. The price is high at 189.90 Euro or 236.99 USD but this is due to the ZLC and the Butterfly branding. Is it worth it? If you are a huge fan of the Hinoki feel and at the same time need controlled speed then, yes.
        I would recommend the blade to players who rely on their passive game and plays close to mid from the table. Also the player that is a hitter more than a looper and/or emphasizes the short game and flicks in their game.
        1 people liked this review
        Posted 05-14-2016
        4.00 Need for speed?
        • Speed
        • Block
        • Flick

        • Spin
        • Price
        Butterfly introduced the new Bryce Highspeed (BHS) late last year with their new Micro Layer technology. The new rubber should come up for a test. For testing I used the Butterfly Garaydia ZLC blade and 40+ balls. The BHS is with 2.1mm sponge.


        Unpacking
        The new packing just looks amazing with the color and design. You are not in doubt when buying a Butterfly product you get an quality item. One could argue if the new logo looks great, but I am beginning to like it more.





        Drive
        The Bryce HighSpeed has a special feeling compared to the Tenergy series. It feels kind of soft without really being soft and it may be due to the new top sheet. I tried the rubber in FH initially, but I didn't like the soft feel so I quickly switched it to my BH where it felt more comfortable. The BHS and GZLC is a fast setup and which makes driving the ball effortless.


        Loop
        When looping I could feel the BHS has a good dwell time due to the 35 degrees sponge and the Micro Layer top sheet. Initially I had to adjust my shots because of the medium-low throw angle the rubber had. The control is reasonably good for a fast rubber with Butterfly's High Tension technology.


        Block
        In the blocking game the BHS really showed its potential. I felt it was very controllable and the stability was very good which made I could direct the shots where I wanted. Also another I noticed was that the BHS was less sensitive for incoming spin compared the Tenergy series.


        Flicks/Short play
        The BHS is a very good rubber for BH flicks. Here the good dwell came in hand helping to get grip in the ball. Short play was also easy you could keep the ball close to the net. Also spinny serves could be received short because of the rubber was less sensitive to spin.


        Conclusion
        Butterfly has developed a new rubber with the new Micro Layer combined with their High Tension technology, stating that the rubber has more grip and spin? Compared to the Bryce Speed maybe yes, but not the in comparison to the Tenergy series. The feel is a notch softer and that may be due to the softer 35 degree sponge and Micro Layer top sheet.



        I would recommend the rubber to the player who stays close to the table and likes to play the fast driving and block game. Also the player that likes to do BH flicks and has a strong short game.

        2 people liked this review
        Posted 03-21-2016
        5.00 Eye candy with extremely good feel
        • Quality
        • Esthetic
        • Control

        • Speed
        What is OSP...?
        I had to find out who this manufacture was, so I decided to get a blade and chose the new OSP Virtuoso CRWi UNI OFF which is pretty similar in composition as my main blade the DHS W968 2nd edition.

        I have heard so many good things about their blades which comes in high handcrafted custom quality.
        I must say that the rumors were true when I received the blade.
        IMO the quality is higher than brands like Butterfly! So smooth on the edges and and you can actually feel and smell is has been made hand.
        This blade is a beauty and I am really looking forward to see how it performs - hopefully as it looks!

        My custom OSP Virtuoso CRWi UNI OFF specs, according to the data card which is incl., are:
        Head size small 157x150
        weight 87.3g
        thickness 5.63mm
        FL handle Custom Master shaped
        Balance center/head











        In depth analysis of the OSP Virtuoso CRWi UNI OFF.

        After reading a lot of positive things about OSP and their popular model Virtuoso it made me curious what's the fuzz was about. Until end of 2015 OSP haven't had any commercial blades with carbon and when they announced their new carbon blades I knew, I had to get one!

        I had to find out who this manufacture was, so I decided to get a blade and chose the new OSP Virtuoso CRWi UNI OFF which is pretty similar in composition as my main blade the DHS W968

        Unboxing:
        When I opened the box which the blade arrived in I could smell the varnish OSP use as sealing. It was like being in a carpenter's workshop and by the looks and smoothness of the edges of the blade one could easy tell the blade was handcrafted. The quality of the Virtuoso CRWi is so high some would say it is better than even Butterfly blades!

        I received my blade according to the specs I wanted and from the data card the spec are
        Head size small 157x150
        Weight 87.3g
        Thickness 5.63mm
        Handle FL Custom Master shaped
        Balance center/head

        Composition: Limba-Limba-Carbon UNI-Ayous-Carbon UNI-Limba-Limba (not confirmed)

        The box includes the Virtuoso CRWi UNI OFF blade, the specification and greeting card from OSP and a beautiful ruler for measuring net height and rubber thickness.








        Drive
        When driving with this blade I could immediately feel the the high amount of control even with hard rubbers like H3 FH and T05 BH. Compared to both IF ALC and my DHS W968 this blade had more feel which made it easy to direct the ball where you want it.

        Loop
        In the opening game you could really feel the ease to make open ups due to the dwell that the limba outer ply helps create. Controllable slow spinny loops is done with less effort on both sides with a medium arc. You can really feel the ball dig into the bat. When looping from mid distance I could feel the carbon layer being kind of activated and adding extra speed to the loops. To compared the speed to other blades it would be similar to the IF ALC, but maybe a bit less speed. For my personal preference the speed was lagging a notch. The blade plays like if you loop slowly the blade acts like an ALL+ blade and with higher load it acts like an OFF blade.



        Short play
        In this part of the game the control just made the it easy to receive slow and relative fast incoming services short with good quality. This means low receives and with good amount of spin if you are able to snap the ball.

        Flicks
        Banana flicks it just amazing with this blade! Again the dwell and amount of control is just evident going over the table and grab the ball like the ball is sticking to your rubber.

        Conclusion
        The esthetic of the OSP Virtuoso CRWi UNI OFF is just amazing and I can not pinpoint anything negative about the blade or the quality. I personally would have chosen a faster blade if I was to use it as my main blade. Perhaps the Ultimate or Martin would be have been a better choice for me. I would recommend this blade to players who plays close to the table and like to take the first advantage by opening with spinny loops or flicking over the table. Also the player that likes to keep the table with controllable blocks. If you would get a carbon blade with an all wood feel this is a really good alternative!
        1 people liked this review
        Posted 11-15-2015
        4.00 Best Buy for the buck
        • Very round
        • Very durable
        • Nice and white

        • Slow
        The Xushaofa 3* is a very good ball for the buck. I haven't broken one until now there I would say it is very durable. The only remark I would say is that the ball reminds me if playing with a jumbo ball.
        0 people liked this review
        Posted 11-15-2015
        3.00 A bit overrated
        • Round when new

        • Expensive
        • Fragile
        • Weird sound
        I didn't like the ball that much. When it is new it is ok. Good speed and roundness is like nittaku, but when the ball hits a guard surface it gets marks very easy which is very noticeable when playing. It takes some time to get used to the sound of the ball. The cost doesn't reflect the balls durability!
        0 people liked this review
        Posted 11-15-2015
        5.00 Best polyball made!
        • Like cell ball
        • Very round
        • Very durable

        • Expensive
        Best poly made!
        Good surface which makes it like getting grip as the cell ball. Speed is almost like the cell ball and I would say it is very recommendable for tournaments!
        0 people liked this review
        Posted 11-08-2015
        5.00 High quality for the value
        • Good value
        • Control
        • Great design

        • Speed from mid
        EJ season has started!
        After seeing how Yuya Oshima have performed lately I got curious of what was so special about his setup? I did some investigation and found his blade, the Mizuno Fortius FT (Fine Touch), for a reasonable price.


        Unboxing the blade:
        The Fortius FT comes in a nice presentable box from Mizuno with a lot of Japanese wording which I do not understand. With the Fortius FT you get high quality for the money. Looks like Mizuno does comprise with anything. The blade just looks stunning with the selected colors lens and the beautiful logo in the end of the handle. The sample I got weighs 93g which were the lightest they had.

















        Composition is: Limba-Ayous-Ayous-Ayous-Ayous-Ayous-Limba


        For testing I decided to pair up the blade with the new GF series of rubbers from Mizuno the T48 on FH and T45 on BH both max. The numbers indicates the hardness of the rubbers. Andro 2* Polyballs were used for the test.











        The following impressions is after one training training session.


        Counter drive: When counter driving I had to adjust as I kept hitting the ball into the net. After some minutes the balls were hitting the other side of the table again. One thing I noticed from the Fortius blade was the amount of feel and control it had. When going back to an all wood blade I always get reminded of how the feel is.


        Loop: Here I got amazed how this setup was performing. The GF rubbers creates this awesome click sound when looping like in the good old days before the SGB. The trajectory was in between medium/low with the T48 in FH and I would say it was medium with the T45 in BH. The outer limba the its job right giving a very good dwell time so you can generate spin in the ball. Sweet spot were very good for an all wood blade.


        Block: In this aspect of the game the Fortius FT is very balanced between feel control and speed. Block is a child's play with the setup without any comprises.


        Short play: Is very easy with this setup. I even thought the GF rubbers were insensitive for incoming spin compared to Tenergy rubbers which made the receiving game easier.


        Flicks: With the limba top ply and the rubber combination getting grip in to the ball did not feel too difficult even on heavy backspin serves. Big thumbs up!


        Mid distance: Here the Fortius FT is very balanced playing balls in low/medium arc. Trajectory was very decent, but it lacks in terms of speed compared to my W968 or Viscaria.


        Conclusion: The Mizuno Fortius FT is a blade in the -OFF/OFF range. I will recommend this blade to players who plays close to mid distance from the table. It is minded for a close to the table looping game where spin and speed is very balanced. The blade has a medium feel and is relative stiff. It does not have a lot of vibration and have a lot of dwell. Compared to similar blades like the Stiga Clipper this blades have different thickness of plies and it does feel different from the Clipper. The Fortius FT is a heavy blade but balanced well even heavy rubbers. I would say this blade is a great value for the buck.



        2 people liked this review
        Posted 07-28-2015
        4.00 Plastic fantastic
        • Roundness
        • Durable

        • Slow
        I have played with the XSF +40 for several weeks now and the ball is easy to change to from the cell ball. The quality of the balls are quite consistent, but there may be some balls that are oval. One thing I've noticed about the XSF seamless ball was that it was slower than many if the other balls. Also an edge ball from the blade can easily break the ball. It happened a couple of times for me. Overall the XSF ball is one of the best of the poly balls in terms of durability and roundness for the buck, but it's speed kills the thrill of the game.
        0 people liked this review
        Posted 03-20-2015
        4.00 3rd CNT machine :)
        • Great Design
        • Big sweetspot
        • Good quality

        • Price
        • Sharp wings
        Hi guys

        In the last couple of weeks I have been trying out the 190, but since I had to play team matches I had to stay with the 145 for a period. Now the season is finish I could train and test the 190.

        My initial impression of the blade is the finish and quality of the Carbonado 190 is the same as the 145. The blue and black handle is just awesome! I must say that Stiga has hit the spot regarding the design of the Carbonado series. Again with the black metal top emblem and blue and white Stiga emblem in the end of handle, it just completes the Carbonado 190. If should point out a down side of the blade it would be the sharp edges on the wings of the blade.
        Hitting with a ball without rubbers on I could hear the pitch was higher than my 145 which often indicates that the blades is faster than the blade you are comparing. Let's put some rubbers and test this beast!

        Setup details: Weight 89g, Rubbers H3 Prov NEO boosted and Tenergy 64
        Test ball: Celluloid

        Counter drive: The first couple of hits with the ball I could easily notice the flatter trajectory the 190 has, because I was hitting the ball into the net. After playing some minutes and adjustments I was hitting the table again. Another noticeable feature was the "feel" which were less than the 145.

        Loop: Ball after ball I was hitting the ball into the net with my FH. Now I was experiencing the flatter trajectory! After sending the first balls into the net I got a hang of the Carbonado 190. Looping with this blade with H3 in forehand the arc was very flat which can be an advanges on open ups. The blade is very consistent due to the large sweetspot which the TeXtreme carbon layer gives, but I did notice that the sweetspot was more vertical compared to the 145. Looping with the Tenergy on BH side I had the feeling I could "hold" the bold more than 145 with the T05 on BH. I am used to play with T64 in BH so I like this combination more. With the flatter trajectory of the blade and low arc from the T64 looping over table is amazing. I think the spin are quite alike with the 145 and 190, but in terms of speed the 190 feels a notch faster.

        Block: Like the 145, the 190 is a blocking machine! There is a lot control with this blade and with the low trajectory you can often with success punch the ball back from the BH side.

        Short play: Here the Carbonado 190 shines! In returning short it is easy to keep the ball close to the net also when you are coming in late to the table to receive short. Very controllable without having the feeling the ball is bouncing away from you.

        Mid distance: As the 145, I did not need to add a lot of power when playing from mid distance. Even with the low arc I did not feel it was difficult to hit the table. Furthermore I did do any larger adjustments from the 145 to be able to play loop to loop.

        Conclusion: The Carbonado 190 is a blade in the range of OFF. No more or no less. I will recommend this blade for fast close to the table game play,to 3rd ball attackers and mid distance players. The blade is minded for an all-round/offensive game play where you want to kill the ball at the 3rd ball. It is, as 145, very balanced between spin and speed where it is pointing more to the speed side. Stiga has found something in these Carbonado blades. The blades are special due its new fiber technology giving the blade a characteristic feel, which is positive. IMO I would say the 190 would be the rival of Viscaria FL.

        4 people liked this review
        Posted 02-22-2015
        4.00 (T)eXtreme control
        • Superb control
        • Nice feel
        • Great design

        • Price
        Coming from my current setup W997 with H3 PROV NEO and T64 I decided to keep my H3 NEO on FH and try T05 on the BH side. The following impressions are after 8 hours of training during this week.

        Counter drive: When counter driving I had to adjust a bit coming from my previous setup where the trajectory of the ball were lower. After some minutes the balls were hitting the table again. One thing I noticed from the 145 Carbonado blade was the feedback was greater than the W997 and Viscaria FL. This is a big “like” for me.

        Loop: I did not need any larger adjustments when looping with the Carbonado 145 from the FH. Here I noticed the blade had a tremendous dwell allowing one to “hold” the ball to create deadly spinny loops even though the blade is fast. The consistency was high due to the large sweet spot which the Textreme carbon gives. BH with T05 is a great combination where ball has a medium arc. When trying to brush the ball as much as I could the spin phenomenal which gave my partner difficulties blocking the ball. I did not put a lot of effort into the strokes but the spin was great. Blade flexes a bit more than the W997.

        Block: In this aspect of the game the Carbonado 145 is very balanced between control and speed. Due to the Textreme carbon giving the blade a large sweet spot and absorbs the energy from the ball I did not feel at any points that my blocks were out of control.

        Short play: Is very easy with the 145. With the setup I used the ball did not bounce of the rubbers even T05 it was easy the keep the ball low to the net.

        Flicks: Again due to the limba top ply and the rubber combination getting grip in to the ball did not feel too difficult even on heavy backspin serves.

        Mid distance: Here the Carbonado 145 is very balanced playing balls in low/medium arc without putting a lot of effort in creating power. Again the sweet spot helps on the consistency getting balls on the table.

        Conclusion: The Carbonado 145 is a blade in the range of OFF. I will recommend this blade to players who plays close to mid distance from the table. It is minded for an all-round game where spin and speed is very balanced. The blade is special due its new fiber technology giving the blade a characteristic feel which is positive. Also the blade is stiff due to the Textreme layers, but still it has a lot of dwell. In a comparison of Viscaria FL this blade is a tad slower, has more dwell and a whole lot more feel when playing. I have decided to switch to the Carbonado 145 as my main blade.


        7 people liked this review
        Posted 02-06-2015
        4.00 Affordable blade
        • Cheap
        • Good feel
        • Flexi

        • Quality issue with layers
        • Weight different than specified
        Stiga Infinity VPS V, Rasant Turbo, Vega Japan

        Hey guys

        Here is a review of the Stiga Infinity VPS V I was allow to testfor a few weeks by my local TT dealer in Denmark. Thanks BTEX.DK!







        The blade was paired up with the new Andro Rasant Turbo on FH and Xiom Vega Japan on BH.
        The quality of the blade is very nice and this sample has a weight on 88g and total with rubbers 187g. There was not a separation line in the outer veneer as you may find in e.g. Rosewood and Ebenholz blades.

        The Infinity VPS V has a lovely crispy sound when playing and generating speed was not a problem. It has medium vibration which gives a player good feeling with the ball.
        When making topspin from both wings I had the feeling the blade had a lot of dwell even with the hard Rasant Turbo. It seemed easy to hit the balls on the table and I was surprised the amount of control the Infinity VPS had. Short game I did not have the feeling that the ball was jumping of the racket and of cause it is depending on rubbers as well. Blocking was extremely easy and if you want to power block - this could be done with a lot of control and with good placement.

        I would recommend this blade to close to the table offensive game

        2 people liked this review
        Posted 02-06-2015
        5.00 Weapon of all time!
        • Good sweet spot
        • Nice quality
        • Finish is great

        • Red color dies
        • Too expensive
        • Coating needed
        Hi guys. I will shortly return with a review on this blade about how it plays. Before I can do this I am preparing some rubbers to out on the blade. Here is some pictures you guys can enjoy My initial thoughts about the blade is that the finish is quite smooth and the quality is top class. The sample I received of Hurricane Long 3 weighs 86g which is 4-5g less than the commercial DHS 506. The thickness is 6.48mm which is a composition of limba/ayous/red dye ayous/ayous/red dye ayous/ayous/limba. I am curious about how much difference in the playing characteristics there is going to be due to the weight difference. It is not indicated anywhere on the blade or box that the HL3 has the same High Pressure Ballonet technology that the DHS 506 has, but looking at both blades they seem similar.



        I have decided to put a couple of layers of coating on both sides of the blade to prevent the top limba layer to splinter when removing the rubbers.



        Then I glued some rubbers on the blade Hurricane National Blue Sponge 2.15mm 40deg in FH Tenergy 64 in BH. Here is the final result.




        Review:
        This are my thoughts after playing 3 sessions with my new racket Total weight with rubbers 180g spot on!

        Drive
        When driving with the Hurricane Long 3 the blade felt very solid, but still with a little amount of vibration. The feel is very good even with hard rubbers and I had the impression that I was in control of the ball all the time

        Loop
        With the Limba as top ply of the blade it was easy topspin from both wings, because of the dwell time, giving the ball a low trajectory. The power of the blade was surprisingly high and I did not expect that at all. Very controllable even when you are trying to hit hard.

        Push
        Easy peacy and you force a deadly deep push against you opponent with out doing a large movement forward.

        Service/Return
        With the combination of the rubbers and blade service/return is easy to perform.
        With the hurricane in FH spinny serves with out the ball bouncing to much of the blade.m which is a composition of limba/ayous/red dye ayous/ayous/red dye ayous/ayous/limba. I am curious about how much difference in the playing characteristics there is going to be due to the weight difference. It is not indicated anywhere on the blade or box that the HL3 has the same High Pressure Ballonet technology that the DHS 506 has, but looking at both blades they seem similar.
        1 people liked this review
        Posted 03-24-2014
        5.00 Power of the Dragon

        Unboxing the blade was like Christmas eve and I could wait to have a look at the DHS W968. The quality of the blade is top class and the size of the is similar to the Hurricane Long 3. Also to notice the wings is a bit wide compared to the HL3. It is a large head looping blade with a ALC composite layer close to core.
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        Posted 03-05-2014
        4.00 Value for the money!
        • Cheap
        • Good finish
        • Nice handle FL

        • Low grade of wood
        • Too much weight
        Good for close to mid distance attackers that like a solid controllable all wood blade.
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