Here's my thoughts on 729-3 (pink Japanese 2.2 sponge version in red,
"My 729-3 sheet is the same weight as RITC 2000/2.2 MRS. Lighter than a
traditional chinese sheet on traditional Chinese sponge, but probably 5-10 grams
heavier than a medium weight Japanese or European sheet. 729-3 was a little firm
at first but loosened up nicely with glue. Less tacky than other Chinese
The sheet of 729-3 2.2 seems to have a Euro/Japanese feel. Not so sticky, may
be a little harder than I'm used to, but doesn't have that disconnect between a
stiff topsheet and softer sponge like some Chinese topsheet/Japanese sponge
combos. Low throw angle, even lightly glued. Great on serves, pushes and loop
kills, not sure if I like it as much for rallying/in between shots.
Performs similarly lightly glued to Butterfly Ekrips or unglued Spintech
Dynasty, with a similar low throw angle and a high top end.
It seems a bit wider range than other Chinese rubbers I've tried due to the
less tacky surface. It is heavier than 40H but that's fine for my single sided
blade. It flips very well and also loops off the bounce and flat kills great. The
pink, Japanese sponge version is not as springy as the Magic Red or the
Transcend sponge which is a plus with speed glue and a lively, high throw blade
like my Spintech 9 ply carbon. It seems to need a break in period and
gluing for best results." ...AGOODING
with jap. sponge - this is a good alternative if you dont have enough bucks to
buy fast euro or jap rubbers. this is vert fast and the fastest RITC rubber imo.
its not as tacky as other Chinese rubbers but still very spinny, good for loops
and loop drives, sponge is medium soft.
729-3 Jap Sponge: The
sponge is medium soft, about 42-43 degrees hardness. its not super sticky but
gives a good spin. high throw angle or arc and is very bouncy due to the jap.
sponge. its a lil bit faster than mark v but the control is good.. i think its
the best chinese rubber i have used after hurricane 2
also liked 729-3 on the Japanese sponge, one of the best rubbers I used for
drive looping on a high throw carbon blade.
It did need to be broken in and glued lightly though.
topsheet is one of my favorites. More elastic and slightly thinner and less
tacky than traditional Chinese topsheets. Very spinny without being paticularly
tacky. For control use the Jap sponge. For something faster use transcend.