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I've started a review of Tibhar Aurus Prime & Aurus Select on my reviews blog, for which I received samples from Tibhar. Here are some pictures (click to zoom in):

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Looking forward to Aurus Select if it turns out to be roughly like a V45. The only unique middle ground option among all three brands, and V42 was not bad at all.

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Yes these are definitely the same technology as the Rasanter and Bluestorm series... which ones they match (if any) willbe hard to know unless one does a one on one comparison. The sponge hardness gives a good indication though which is 47.5deg for Prime and 45deg for Select.

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Yes these are definitely the same technology as the Rasanter and Bluestorm series... which ones they match (if any) willbe hard to know unless one does a one on one comparison. The sponge hardness gives a good indication though which is 47.5deg for Prime and 45deg for Select.


Hard to say without comparing the topsheets, but the general interwebs chatter says that Select has a softer topsheet than Prime, so it puts them in the general ballpark of Prime being similar to R47 or Z1 and Select being a theoretical V45 (doesn't exist, but could be a good option for people who want a replacement for Rasant Grip).

Slightly cheaper retail price on these in comparison to Rasanter and Bluestorm, which is always welcome!


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How are AURUS Prime and Select positioned in relation to the IBHAR Evolution Series.

Is there clear differentiation between them or some overlap like with many Xiom rubbers


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How are AURUS Prime and Select positioned in relation to the IBHAR Evolution Series.

Is there clear differentiation between them or some overlap like with many Xiom rubbers

I too was going to ask this and whether they are really bouncy like MX-P or maybe more controllable?

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From the early reports on german forums, Prime/Select, Rasanter and Bluestorm are all closely related. Thinking about Rasanter specifically, there are a lot of differences when compared to something like MX-P. They're more of a continuation of something like MX-S or EL-S - more linear, less catapult, great performance but needs more effort to produce big spin and speed, with the trade-off being that they're easier to use, less jumpy and bouncy.

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ChasFox wrote:
How are AURUS Prime and Select positioned in relation to the IBHAR Evolution Series.

Is there clear differentiation between them or some overlap like with many Xiom rubbers


That's exactly the question. Why even bother coming out with another series of rubber when the Evolution series has "something for everyone"? (At least, everyone who wants to loop..) My cynical view is that they're this year's rubber - if Tibhar doesn't come out with new rubbers every year they'll fall behind other companies that do, sales-wise. Gotta keep the pot boiling, even if the new rubbers aren't really all that different from the old ones.

Unless you're Butterfly, of course - Tenergy's proven to be a top seller year after year. They can afford to "slack off", they can even afford to charge top dollar, but even they come out with new stuff like Bryce Speed (or whatever it was called) now and then.

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