I got in my instinct and i+'s in this morning.
To look at them you'd think they were the 896's.
Ayous outer ply with deep grains but a little smoother and seemingly less
prone to splintering than 896 and some other ayous blades.
Handle's just a smidge thinner than 896
but not much.
Call it medium plus with a slight, gradual flare.
with the 5ply is about like the galaxy 896 but a little quicker on the 1st gear
and maybe not as springy from a distance.
But at the table it performs much better.
It truly is a marvel of stability and control.
As opposed to galaxy 896 which is a marvel in looping only.
If you only loop, you might still want to go the way of the 896.
If you're a true allaround player who uses a gambit of shots, I think
you'll find this one of the best blades you've ever used.
think this is going to be faster than what I was guessing by the descriptions.
I think for most people in the market for wood blades off- this will be
I haven't tried the 7ply yet.
I do think the 7ply runs a little heavier though."
Cole, I just got my Instinct 5 ply today and played with it for 3.5 hours - I'm
very happy with the blade.
I've been using my Andrzej Grubba with Mark V 1.5mm glued both sides and
wanted a backup blade.
I find the Instinct and the AG both play better than my Stiga Allround
handle is a little thinner than I'd normally like but that can be amended with
some over grips. The blade is very light but somewhat thick. Do you notice on
yours that the 2 plies adjacent to the centre ply are thicker than on say BFY or
It's not a problem, just an observation.
The blade is quite flexible and is truly an allround blade - serving,
blocking, driving, pushing, etc. all seemed just great.
I feel that this blade allows me to use glue and still maintain good
best thing is the price - I can get 2 of these for 1 BFY - awesome!
Oh yeah, the blade is very nicely sealed so rubbers come off really
But personally, in the RITC line I would go with the
It has great control and it's LIGHT (about 75g)
I play a similar game (close to the table, lots of serve,
push, setup and FH hit or FH loop) and love this blade. I find it pairs REALLY
nicely with medium and harder sponges (DHS #20, 729 MRS). The blade has a really
good feel, to boot and allows you to change pace easily.
and for the price of the Tibhar allaround classic, you can
pick up BOTH the 5 ply Instinct (soft, loops well, and is hard to miss with) AND
the 7 ply Instinct+ (5-10g heavier, hits a little faster, equally good control)
To the instinct's credit - I have stuck with this paddle
since its introduction (a year?), having used about 7 other blades in the all
the years of active play leading up to it.
And I bought a spare in case mine breaks :)