Review by haggisv:
Hardness marked at 54deg, which is around 42deg on my scale. This is a
little harder than I expected, which worries me a little as I don't like
the rubbers too hard, but perhaps the topsheet is soft enough to
compensate for it. Thickness is maximum.
Weight of the uncut sheet of 169 x 169mm is 70g, which is rather heavy
The sponge looks porous and has a real dry feel. I can't see, smell or
feel any evidence of tuners/boosters.
The topsheet is indeed tacky. I suspect it's only mildly tacky, but it's
tacky nevertheless, which is quite exciting! I'll see if I can pick up a
ball with it as soon as I've glued it onto my bat.
The package and cover is pretty basic, and less impressive than many
Chinese rubbers. I think they could have put a little more effort into
this, but it's not a big deal.
There were quite a few dirt marks on the inside of the over, like scuff
marks... not sure if they all have this:
The sponge had a real dry feel, and it looked like it had dried out just
a little just on the surface. Didn't feel like it would affect the
characteristics, but it's not quite what I'm used to from ESN.
Topsheet looked top quality and the logos were very sharp. I removed the
plastic protection sheet for the pictures, which is why you can see some
less shiny areas around the logo. Strangely the plastic protection sheet
was not put on quite straight, as if they added these after they cut the
AS you can see, bigger pores than most CHinese sponges, but not quite as
big as something Tenergy:
OK, I've had a short practice session, as well as
taking it for a spin in our local comp, so I'll share my thoughs so far.
The topsheet has quite a soft feel, and has definite tension built in
like you get from other Tensors. I don't know if it's the topsheet or
the spring in the sponge, but the rubber really does not feel as hard as
I expected, considering the fairly firm sponge.
In addition, the feel of the ball onto the bat is surprisingly good,
considering the firm sponge. With many firm sponged rubbers, you just
don't feel the ball anymore, with Thor's you can feel the ball very
Spin on serves is very good, similar to most tacky rubbers, and it's
easier to generate high spin compared to non-tacky rubbers.
The Thor's shines here! The feeling is slow and very controlled, and it
takes little effort to put a lot of spin on the ball. Although most
tacky rubbers are like this too, the Thor's seemed quite insensitive to
spin (for a tacky rubber), so it was more forgiving.
The most important thing for my game, and it performs superbly here!
Slow spinny loops were massively spinny. The topsheet felt very much
like the Globe 999 topsheet...soft and highly elastic. However unlike
the 999 (unglued), I could speed this up to medium pace loops, with both
speed and spin on the increase. This gave me a great feeling of
control...for slow-medijm paced loops I got the feeling I simply could
not miss... I've not had this feeling since a nicely glued up 999 nat!
As you loop faster, the sponge engages more and more, and the rubbers
becomes faster and faster. If you continue to brush, you still get very
high spin, but if you hit through the ball more the spin stays the same,
unlike T05 which gives very high spin even when you hit through the ball
What really stood out for this rubber, which sets it apart from other
tacky firm sponged rubbers, is that the feeling of Thor's is very linear
for the same stroke. As you increase the speed of the stroke, the ball
comes of faster and spinnier, whereas with other tacky rubbers where
there seems to be a distinct transition where the sponge kicks in, and
the spin stops increasing.
Throw: For brush loops, the throw is fairly high,
similar to 999 or Apollo, so I pretty much required no adjustment! For
loop-drives the throw felt medium.
Speed: The low gear speed is faster than most tacky
rubbers, but not as fast as many tensors or T05, although not far off.
Since the rubber won't bottom out, high-end speed is still less blade
dependent, which tends to slow it down a little, but for me it had
plenty of speed to hit it past people. On the Tachi that I used, it gave
the whole FH a more solid feel, and felt quite powerful considering this
blade (FH side) is probably no faster than OFF-
Performance was good for both hitting and blocking, closer to other firm
sponged tensors than tacky rubbers. Tt was not particularly sensitive to
spin and quite forgiving, certainly better than something like T05, but
not as nice as something like Outlaw.
Since the sponge is firm, the glue feel or sound is always quite low,
and the Thor's was no exception. The sound was there on fast
loops or hits though, and the glue feel of a stretched topsheet was
definitely there too, so there's no doubt this is a true tensor!
Conclusion (so far):
For me, this rubber is as big a breakthrough in tacky rubber technology,
as the Tenergy was for non-tacky rubbers. I need more time to test and
find any potential weaknesses, but the benefits I've found so far are
easily enough for me to change over to this rubber for my standard
setup. It's easily the closest I've come to finding my ideal rubber,
since the glue ban!
Just an update on this rubber, as I've used it for about a month now and
easily 10+ sessions.
This rubber is durable... if you look after it just a tacky rubber
(clean and with plastic protection sheet) it will last a long time.
After all this time I've noticed no significant loss in performance, and
the topsheet still looks great! The feel of tension in the topsheet is
still there, and does not feel like it's changed much.
My views on this rubber really haven't changed...my initial review
pretty much spot as far as I experience the rubber.
As I've got used to it, I no find it quite good for hitting, whereas
initially I had some trouble. Hitting hard and flat is not that
sensitive to spin and has good power, even on my blade.
I can also chop quite well with it, which also took some adjustment, but
the control is quite good and spin very heavy.
On powerloops the spin is good, but not outstanding... the more you
brush the more spin. Powerloop with sidespin and you always get a big
kick. Looping with sidespin much naturally engage the topsheet more I
I've heard from others that this rubber is a little blade dependent, but
it certainly suits my blade very well. When I'm ready to rip the sheet
off this blade, I'll try it on some others, but for now, it's a definite