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PostPosted: 31 Oct 2009, 00:36 
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1. The reviewer : Intense player (3 training/week) + competition (and personal coach sometimes...) since 4 years.
Test done with butterfly Kong Linghui special (arylate/carbon)

2. Physical Properties : Avalox Pronte (soft version) 2mm is really tacky and overall quality is high for this Japanese sponge and chinese top sheet. Very close to the Globe 999 stickiness. I'm playing with it since 3 weeks. The durability since ok, but stickiness vanish a little bit but still very present if you clean the rubber with water.

3. Speed : This rubber isn't slow, it's given A+ by Avalox (I don't know what's the reference scale).
I would give 8.5/10 (IMO) with my blade. (sort of Viscaria)
For Tensor comparison, it's much slower than Xiom Omega II (less dynamic for mid-distance)
On power loop the rubber is much faster than Juic Driva Smash Ultima.

For drive and smash the rubber is fast despite this is not my specialty. less adequate in flat stroke compare with genuine Chinese tacky rubber. I had to adapt my stroke, but it's better now.

For me this rubber is fast even I consider there are plenty of fastest rubber around (Sterco, Tenergy...)
If you want a bomb for speed, this rubber isn't what your are looking for, Tensor woud be more suitable or some very speed rubber like Couga. This Avx Pronte rubber doesn't provide a lot of speed and no glue built-in but worth and should improve on acquaintance. The Avalox has incredible "sticky" grip on the surface rubber and even with the medium Japanese sponge it is still a fast blaster. Speed and spin are directly connected. It is hard to do one without the other, which means this a great rubber for at the table looping and loopkilling.

4. Spin :
I would give 9.2/10 (IMO)
This spin monster is the reason why I've tried this rubber and finally adopt it despite few head heck to be certain of my choice. In the non-tensor chinese category, this under-rated and unpopular rubber is the best for spin and tackiness on a soft sponge (no priming, no EEII, no glue booster needed to soften the sponge)

- Spin is huge and very efficient for a chinese rubber (I've never tried the 999 Elite Nano...arrgh I'm still Ej !) :drunken:
- Spin on serve is very good (mostly on my special he zhi wen copyying :wink: )

5. Control:
I would give 7.9/10 (IMO)
The control is good but ...no so easy in the beginning.
If I compare with the "Juic Ultima Smash", you have to be very concentrate and some skills are needed to master this rubber. For example my push are much better with Juic Ultima Smash cause the control is better and I can left my arm with less twitch. I don't feel at ease with block on my FH, I have to take the ball of the bounce and being very low on my legs otherwise the ball drop-off. I think my technic isn't good enough yet to say this rubber isn't very controllable that's why I gave few example.

6. Service return :
In the beginning it wasn't very easy for short game and fishing, I mean when you want to return a short service very early it's more difficult (perhaps my blade...). This must be my technique or my blade cause the rubber isn't bouncy.
I remind the top sheet is sensitive to the effect...please make sure you understand your opponent serve :D

7. Other Playing properties: Sponge is medium-soft, the throw is really high ... sometimes i think the ball will drop-off... and finally no .. watch out for the 'trompe-l'oeil'. This rubber is for me a nice way to play with Euro/Chinese power loop style with a light, cheap and soft sponge rubber. Very unfamiliar and unpopular this rubber deserves to be more well-known (mostly in Paris !). I do not recommend this rubber for the backand cause the extra tackiness isn't very suitable.

8. Other comments / Other unique properties :
Avalox is one of the first high quality Chinese rubbers with Japanese sponge
Tacky, medium speed, high throw rubber and close to table play... this is one of the best Chinese rubber I know so far.
I've played with BTY Tackifire but it was heavy and too hard and deadish and slow ! :(
Thanks to Haggisv (999 topsheet best world specialist 8) ) for his fine advice. This review is a way to thank him and all of you for that. Hope it's helps.

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Thanks Brahms. Excellent review and much appreciated :)

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nice review. by the way, if you have tried the Avalox Sterco, could you post a review too please?

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Thanks all !
But I didn't give a try to the Sterco.. too fast for me I think. :roll:

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Blade: Gatien Extra Avalox P500
FH: K1 Hybrid Tuple 007 PRO
BH: V402DE Rasant
It's my understanding that the topsheet is made in China (most likely by Globe) and the sponge is made in Japan.


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