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 Post subject: Armstrong SH-I
PostPosted: 28 Nov 2017, 17:11 
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Relatively new inverted rubber from Armstrong.

Curiosity got the better of me, so I ordered a sheet. Not cheap, so I hope it's good. :sweat:
I'll add some comments after testing. In the meantime, if anyone has played it I'd be keen to hear your impressions.

Manufacturer's description (translated):

Thanks to special techniques, despite the high momentum, synthetic rubber compound ratio is high, realizing a top sheet that grips softly. Because of the tension rubber, the speed is excellent but the spin is also well taken with the soft top sheet, and the control is outstanding. New era Taking advantage of the characteristics of the rubber corresponding to the plastic ball, you can control by yourself Spin type tension behind soft rubber. The specialized technology is used, the commitment made in Japan made spin type tension behind soft rubber Rubber finally appears!



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 Post subject: Re: Armstrong SH-I
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Tested it yet? :lol: Everyone wants to know if it's anything similar to Karis.

(Hmm.. looking at the Nexy web site - Elpis????? :lol: )

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 Post subject: Armstrong SH-I
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Received it yesterday. Looks and feels very nice with a soft non-tacky top-sheet and medium sponge. Maybe I’ll get motivated on the weekend and set up the ball machine but it will be a while before I can test it out properly against other players.

Manufacturer ratings are speed: 12 / spin: 12 / control: 8.5 / hardness 48°. But they don’t have any popular inverteds that most of us would be familiar with to compare it to. Their most popular rubber would be the standard version of the Attack 8 (MP) which on sponge they rate as: 9.5- / 6.5- / 8 / 40°.

Re Nexy Karis I’ve not tried it, but the reviews are interesting. The surface of SH-I is similarly non tacky. Don’t know if the pimples are so short, will inspect closer when fitting.


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 Post subject: Re: Armstrong SH-I
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Got it mounted and tested for a couple hours today with ball machine. Black 1.8mm. Rather lively rubber, good control. Seems to have a lowish throw although that could be a blade factor. Hard to say...new blade as well. Compared with a couple other forehand rubbers I was using:

Speed: 402 DE > SH-I > Domination
Spin: 402 DE > SH-I = Dom
Control: Dom > SH-I > 402 DE

Bear in mind that the blades are all very different, from OFF- to DEF so not sure how useful the comparisons are. In reality I rate all 3 rubbers highly with regard to spin generation and control.

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The pimples seem to be reasonably short and wide, though not to the extent of Karis.

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Also testing a new LP on the BH

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I'll know more after I play with it properly against real competition, but with the Christmas holidays almost upon us it will likely be well into the new year before I know if I prefer this setup over my main one.


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 Post subject: Re: Armstrong SH-I
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Thanks Dusty054, I had not heard of that one :up:

I'm pretty sure Armstrong have their own factory, so there's no reason it needs to be similar to other rubbers.

The Darker Jayro I have tried, and it quite a nice grippy long pimple, very good for chopping.

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 Post subject: Re: Armstrong SH-I
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The Darker Jayro I have tried, and it quite a nice grippy long pimple, very good for chopping.


That's great. It's difficult to find reviews of it, I'm hoping that it goes ok over the table as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Armstrong SH-I
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Decided in the end not to stick with the Jayro. Had a lot of fun chopping with it but it just seemed a little too conventional over the table.

As for the Armstrong SH-I, I like it more than ever. Wonderful feel and control, perhaps due mainly to the non-tacky soft and flexible top sheet. The same characteristics also make it excel at blocking. Has plenty of spin and more than enough speed for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Armstrong SH-I
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Does it have a 'glue effect' feel?

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 Post subject: Re: Armstrong SH-I
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haggisv wrote:
Does it have a 'glue effect' feel?


Some I think. To me it feels more lively than a classic rubber but without the pronounced catapult of a Tensor.


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