Friday, September 28, 2007

Review of AVALOX AXV MO 0.5mm long pimples


First impressions:
The rubber looks of pretty good quality. The only words on there are AXV, MO and 'made in China'... I'm not sure what the story is between the names Avalox and AVX, but that does nto matter for this review.

The colour of the rubber seems a little orange... I've seen a few rubbers like this, so it does not appear to be an issue.

Pimple size looks close to maximum length... perhaps a touch shorter, but does not look a lot different to 955 or TSP P-1R. Tips are rough and feel quite grippy. the pimple are a little stiff, probably a grade stiffer than the 955 and a fair bit stiffer than the P-1R.

They are spaced out more than both the 955 and TSP though...

I've only had a bried hit with it so far, and found it to be quite nice alround but a little faster than both the 955 and TSP. From the bried hit i had I immediately noticed it's quite good for hitting and blocking, but I'd need to adjust to the speed for chopping...

I'll get onto spin reversal and disturbing effect when I've had another hit with it...a good hit against a looper is what i need...

Part 2:

This rubber plays quite nice alround... and does not feel too different to the Galaxy 955.

For chopping it's faster and offer a little less feel and control, but still very good.

Spin reversal is fairly good too... the stiffer pimples seem to help here. It does offer good control against fast loops as well, which I only found in the 955 before. It is particularly good for hitting though... attacking backspin and hitting through spin seemed particularly easy.

It blocks well, but because it feels a little springy, drop shots are not as easy... It seems not all that sensitive to incoming spin, again the stiffer pips seem to help here...

In summary it's a good all round long pimple rubber, suitable for both chopping and attacking. It's best feature is the control offerred on hits, and it's relatively insensitivity to incoming spin.

I'm planning to have another go with this rubbers... haven't quite figured it all out yet...

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Spinmax Aqueous - new VOC free spinmax

Spinmax have come up with a new and water based version of their popular Spinmax cleaner, called Spinmax Aqueous.

This appear to be the same as the Joola Spinmax Green Power, as when you check the Material safesheet data sheet for the Joola spinmax green power, it shows the Spinmax Aqueous.

Although spinmax is technically classed as a rubber cleaner, it's more than this... it tends to enhance the friction coefficient of the rubber surface, making it tackier / stickier. For chinese style tacky rubbers this is great as it leaves them stickier for longer. Although many use it for non-tacky rubbers as well, you should remember that it will make these rubbers tacky as well, which is not what they were designed to be like.

There are some details on this new product here: Spinmax Aqueous but I will do a full review shortly, when I've had a chance to test it.... I hear it's already quite popular in Japan and Germany, so I can't see why this new one should not be popular either...

The fact that it's water based, and contains no volatile compound, and is not flammable, should make it popular, as it won't be affected by the up and coming speed glue ban, and it can be shipped safely and cheaper via air....