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PostPosted: 14 May 2018, 19:25 
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I'll put Spectol Red and Blue on my list, as well as the standard Spectol. The standard Spectol might be better suited for chopping and hitting on the backhand though, no? I'm just going by reviews, as I haven't tested them myself yet.

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The sponge under my 802 is orange by the way.



the version of 802 with the white/cream coloured sponge is the better one to try. more control, better to hit with


Do you by chance know where I could get the white/cream sponge version in Europe? I didn't know it came with different sponges, outside of thickness of course.



you can order via eacheng but sometimes their parcels get lost and their customer service is a disgrace. best thing is to google and also look in ebay

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If you want a faster rubber, just glue your 802 topsheet on a slightly faster sponge (but, surely, not a tensor one if you are going to chop). It's one of, if not THE best allround SP's out there, so no need to change, really.


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Legend 105 if cost is a factor. Otherwise, spring for the new TSP Spinpips (RED or BLUE). I use Spinpips RED because I like to spin with SP but Spinpips BLUE with its harder sponge may be closer to old 802.. not sure. Last time I used 802 its topsheet felt almost slick by comparison to other SPs.


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Snowman89 wrote:
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Do you by chance know where I could get the white/cream sponge version in Europe? I didn't know it came with different sponges, outside of thickness of course.

Try Japsko, located in Sweden. Send them a message. Their business model and service level is somewhat like Coles which I mentioned before, enthusiasts running a small business. Just ask them about 802 specifically, and they should give you a list of sponge options, some of which they glue on site. High quality and fast service, in my experience.

If you want to try 802-40, the Tabletennis11shop may be better. They are also fast (in my experience) and a bit cheaper than Japsko (cost of running a business in Sweden is a bit higher, I guess). For me, the 802-40 is a bit too lively (and I use it on a DEF+ blade). Going back to straight 802 for next season.


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Snowman89 wrote:
I'll put Spectol Red and Blue on my list, as well as the standard Spectol. The standard Spectol might be better suited for chopping and hitting on the backhand though, no? I'm just going by reviews, as I haven't tested them myself yet.



One german chopper in the nat team chops with spectol blue


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Time to assemble that LKT Toxic 3 - I have a couple sheets of 802 for it.

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I have played with 802 and currently with Spectol 21 (Spectol before that). They feel very different to me.
BTY Challenger Attack is grippier than Spectol and more similar to 802.
Tibhar Speedy Soft could be another option.
Anything new (read tensor) would be way too bouncy for a 802 replacement.

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Ito Mima, jpn progidy child, she does PREFER short pips rubber, 25 USD PER SHEET., 1.7 mid-thick rubber.

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Afair the 802 with creme/yellow sponge is called 802 Mystery III - not to confuse with 802-40 mystery III. Its softer than the standard sponge and has more bounce, but it's still more control and spin than speed.

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