The Xiom Vega rubber is designed as a balancing bridge between spin and speed. It comes in four variants – Vega Pro, Vega Asia, Vega Europe, and Vega Elite. In this post, we review all the pros and cons of the Vega Pro model.
Vega is the mixture of two new technologies. Hyper Elasto provides extreme spin and stability, and black colored Carbo Sponge provides speedy shots. Both of them are based on Tensor technology which gives rubber the effect of built-in tension. The Vega pro is the most spin generating model of the series. It has deeper and longer ball-dragging feel at impact which reflexes upgraded tensile force of rubber to make more spin rotations.
- Proficient spin
- Drive shots are great
- Highly durable
- Great control of shots with no compromise on speed
- Predictable shots won’t cause any errors
- Good blocking properties
- Value for money
- The rubber shrinks a bit on the paddle after gluing
- Unsuitable for advanced beginner level players
The build quality of the rubber is premium. It feels heavy and hard, and the product is highly durable. It has plenty of grip from the top sheet along with densely arranged, thinner pips. Though the sponge is firm, the top sheet is quite thin, providing the overall feeling to be firm. The weight is average, but slightly on the medium heavy side. Overall it’s well-made and has a trustworthy quality. This rubber is durable enough to last about half a season or just over, great for someone not looking to be changing rubber all the time.
It provides extreme spin which leaves your opponent stunned. Not only spin but the stability of shots is also good. The rubber has great control and spin for loops, drives, smashes, and chop-blocks. The rubber is best used if paired along with a hard blade. The control is great. You can loop in a short distance easily and place the ball perfectly. With soft blades though, the rubber is not suitable as the speed becomes uncontrollable. Accurate responses also makes more opportunities to lead the rally game.
With the right blade, this rubber is lethal, as the rubber is extremely linear and predictable, you will never get an irregular speed or tensor effect during the game. In your every shot the ball will go relatively fast with a feel of tons of power behind the shot. Vega pro provides easy looping and the control that this rubber provides is good. Its speed can be of great advantage if you have a good technique of hitting the ball. Driving will not at all be a problem for this rubber, and you’ll be able to either keep them nice and short, or bury it into the back of the court at will. Flipping requires care because of the rubber’s high arc, and shots tend to go over the baseline.
During short play or topspins, the rubber gives a lot of control on your shots, ideal for topspin play. It is not too bouncy when played close to the table and has great looping capability with strong ball dip. With this rubber, it’s very easy to override side-spin and counter with your own side-top spin. On pure top spin game, you don’t have to worry about the ball slipping of your rubber at all. Vega pro aids great speed with an amazing low throw which is a challenge for most opponents to return. It makes higher and more curved ball-trajectory to create the largest safe-zone over the net.
Above average gears
Lasts longer than average
Blocking with this rubber is great too. Sometimes you even get rewarded with some additional spin out of passive block. Serves will also be easy and controllable, with proficient spin and various angles to work with, thanks to the sponge. This is where it truly excels at creating an effective spin.
Vega Pro has a medium low throw, perfect for quick backhand flicks and drives. It produces lots of spin when thin contact is made on the ball on service and touch play. With this rubber, the amount of topspin by how much a dive the ball has, is very direct and the paired spin causes havoc to the opponents shots.
The rubber is very affordable and cost-effective as compared to its counterparts. One noticeable thing is, that this rubber shrinks a bit after being glued into the bat. It is basically because of the hyper tensor sheet and the water based glue that can’t hold on to it.
In conclusion, this is an attacking rubber and is really good at initiating topspin from your opponent’s backspin, counter-looping, smashing, driving, and blocking.
A great rubber for medium and advanced level players.