Review by haggisv
Dragon has definitely turned a new leaf with this new range of blade.
These blade are of high quality and have a very nice finish. The thick
and soft inner balsa layer looks and feels the same as found in much
higher priced balsa blades, and the different speeds on either side of
the blade make it quite unique and excellent value.
Graphics on the blade face looks very cool!
As can be seen from the picture in right, the blade
has a thick and soft inner balsa layer, with different outer layers on
either side. One side has high catapult making it suitable for offensive
play, the other low catapult making it suitable for taking the pace off
the ball or for added control.
Although the weight of this blade was specified in
their catalogue as 82g, the first batch averaged around 100g, which some
people might like, but many won't.
For future batches we insisted on weights no more than
95g which they did meet although it took them longer... it seem all
about sourcing the right kind of wood... If the weight is an issue for
you, ask the retailer before you buy!
This blade makes an excellent combination blade, with
a fast and spinny rubber on one side, and a much slower (and possible
pimple or antispin) rubber on the other side. Style best suited would be
an offensive close-to-the-table hitter/counter-hitter/blocker style
The blade reminded me of the Dr Neubauer Firewall+. It
is similarly oversized but does feel a little faster, and of course it
has the 2 different sides. The difference in speed is not so obvious
until you start blocking passively with the slower side... the lack of
rebound in the slow side becomes more obvious....
Considering the price of these blades and the high
quality, you're unlikely to be disappointed...