Well, after putting in a good ~15 hours of play this week
with the Aircondle I'm ready to put out a real review, or final thoughts
I bought mine from OOAK, got it for about $40 shipped
and got it in 5 days.
Looks: Looking at the rubber, got mine in Black, Max
sponge, it's got a very slick topsheet which is also a thinner one than
Tenergy's I got Tenergy 05 (T05) in 1.9mm and Aircondle (AC) in Max,
which I guess it 2.1-2.15mm or so, and they are virtually the same
thickness overall. The sponge on the AC is softer than T05, feels pretty
soft and the topsheet also feels a lot softer, lightly running your
finger on it. Packing was very, very nice, came in a sealed clear
plastic bag and folding packing case thing. It's not tacky, just grippy.
Has a nice shine look to it and the sponge is white and solid, no pores
or roughness like T05. It's also lighter, even in max to 1.9mm than T05
Setup: My setup is a Galaxy K-3, which is an All+/Off-
3 wood 2 Carbon-kevlar blade. I tried it with Tenergy 05 on one side and
Aircondle on the other at first, then went to my usual setup of long
pips on the backside.
Speed: Right off I felt it was a very fast rubber,
some of that was probably anticipation though. It has the ability of
slowing down well though on slower shots, which adds to the control
factor and keeps the ball on the table in shorter play. Even on my All+
blade, I felt this rubber was faster than any other I've used thus far,
and I've played with Jo Platin, Tenergy 05 and 64, Tibhar Sinus and
Nimbus, Bryce and Bryce Speed, IQUL, Bomb UFO, and many others. The
speed on this blade felt close to the speed of Tenergy 64 on my friend's
K-5, an OFF+ blade, but with the slower blade, it had more range in the
middle areas. I found that the rubber has a high ceiling for speed, as
in, the faster you swing and the more power you put into it, the more
you keep getting out of it. It seems to get more speed out of power
loops than direct smashes, not sure if it's because of the topsheet or
an effect of the glue effect. It doesn't have as much of the effortless
power of Tenergy with the spring sponge, but side by side, the AC was
faster than the T05.
Spin: I have to say that the T05 has better spin, both
in slower and faster loops. Not to say that AC doesn't have good spin on
short loops or faster loops, but none more really than any other modern
rubber I've tried. You might also not be able to notice the spin as much
due to the lower throw of the AC. You have to put more effort on
generating the spin, but you will have to do that anyway to get the ball
over the net, wheres T05 does those two for you with the higher throw.
The AC does have better variety however, you can flat hit it with little
to no spin to do a sliding shot as well.
Control: I'm not too sure how they did it, but the AC,
despite being faster, also has great control, my friend who tried it
immediately clung onto it for that reason. It allows you to gauge just
how much power you want to put into it, so you can place it well. The
low throw helps to keep it down on the table perhaps, but it does has
fantastic control, I felt like I was hitting with Tackiness Chop on the
slow shots almost.
Serves/Shortgame: This is the weakest point of the AC
in my opinion. Pushes can be long and weak on spin if you don't really
put some wrist into it. Also the serves at first were very weak on spin
because of the insensitivity to spin on the topsheet, but at the end of
the week, it started to get better and the topsheet became less slick as
it went on.
After cleaning and some use and wiping much sweat off of the face of it,
it started to lose some of the slickness and the serves are noticeably
better now. Now it's a lot better than before, at first it was so slick
it was difficult to get any level of spin, but now it's maybe slightly
above average in spin on serves. You just have to be patient with it.
Odds and ends: Some odd little bits I figured out
about it, I discovered than chopping with AC away from the table was
very effortless and easy, lobbing and chopping on forehand was very easy
to get back on the table due to the insensitivity to spin and the power.
It didn't take long to get used to the low throw, even coming from
Tenergy, took less time than going to it. At first I didn't like it on
the backhand, but once I practiced with it, flipping the racket to block
in warmups and drills as I'm lefthanded, it was pretty easy to keep on
the table. Blocks were pretty easy, give and take, easier due to the
topsheet, a little harder due to the lower throw, so you have to adjust.
Looping chops was hard for me personally because I don't have that much
experience with it and the low throw made the ball keep going into the
net. Attacking weaker spun balls over the table however was very easy
though, made doubles play a lot of fun. Sound...sigh...I don't know why
people make such a big deal of it, but AC does pop, not as loud as my Jo
Platin soft, but pretty good and more often.
Overall I'm not sure if I'll stick with it, not
because of the rubber, but because it doesn't really fit my game, I like
to load up on spin on my forehand, but if someone wanted to counterloop
all day or attack smash like Joo even, this would work very well. But I
may like it more as I get used to it and learn to use it better, not
ready to take this one off my racket yet, so...
Speed: AC > T05
Spin: AC < T05
Control: AC >> T05
Serves: AC < T05
Review by Jonan (OOAK forum) Published with permission
OK I finally got a chance to give this rubber a good
workout. I glued it (normal glue) onto my Stiga Energy Wood, with a
Roxon 500 (cheers Silver!) on the other side for comparison.
As I mentioned before, the sheet looks of very high
quality, and is made in Japan (as marked on the rubber). Topsheet is
non-tacky but feels very grippy. Sponge hardness
is a few degrees softer compared to the Roxon 500, but perhaps a little
harder compared to the roxon 450 (which I have not measured).
JUIC Air Condle Red MAX
From the first hit I immediately noticed this rubber
has good glue feel/effect, much more than any Japanese made rubber I've
tried, and similar to latest generation tensors. Glue feel was more than
on the R500. I must admit this totally surprised me, since none of the
other JUIC rubbers have this!
This rubber is quite fast on loops, a step up from the
R500... on a faster blade this would no doubt be much faster again.
Loops produced a nice dip on the bounce...the arc and dip on the JUIC
was lower and more than on the P500, but my opponent (who was chopping)
did not notice a lot of difference in spin.
The throw is around medium, as does depend
a little on how hard you hit the ball, as is the case with most tensors.
It is definitely less than something like Tenergy 05, but similar to the
Sound is fairly loud, louder than the R500, but not as
loud as something like F3. The Energy Wood has quite a soft feel which
generally mutes the sound a little, but the click on this rubber was
Spin was decent but not exceptionally high... it seem
quite high on slower loops, but not really high on fast loops, at the
point where the power really kicked in. Don't get me wrong, it's still a
spinny rubber, but I've seen spinnier ones. It felt very similar
compared to the R500 in terms of spin.
Blocking was real easy with the rubber, and it seemed
quite insensitive to incoming spin. I found the same with the R500.
Hitting is great, it's real fast and loud, and also
seems quite unaffected by spin... Hits felt more crisp with the Air
Condle compared to the R500, but I'm not sure if they were any faster...
but they were plenty fast enough on both.
Spin on serves was good for both rubbers, but not
quite as good as my tacky Chinese rubbers...
In the short game the Air Condle felt more springy
compared to the R500...it needs a more positive stroke, but when you do
it offer very good spin ability.
Durability: The topsheet does not look fragile like
many tensors do... it was definitely easier to cut as well, whereas
Tensors often tear very easily. So as long as it maintains it's grip
well, it will probably last quite a bit longer. This would make a great
alternative for those that want the Tensor glue feel, but not the short
lifespan that most tensors offer.
Review by haggisv
Finaly I got a chance to try Air Condle
First time I try AC i didn't like low throw so I put it away as wanted
to do some practice with my mate.
Day after I have gone to the club and got a chance to test AC in a mach
against the player from first division. Pick Donic Enforce blade for
test as it has very good control and is powerful on looping and
So glued up AC and Tenergy 05 on other side
Speed: compared to T05 it is little faster
sound :its louder than T05 nearly as R450
spin: spin is higher then T05 and just under R450
Counter against heavy loop is deadly
Looping was great once i got used to low throw and was opening up bat
Serving looked to me that i have touch more spin then with T05 as
opponent was struggling bit more.
Short game T05 is les bouncy and easier to control the ball then with AC
Hated that low throw at the beginning until got to my head to open the
bat bit more as compared to T05 with high throw.
Opening loop against backspin once I over come low throw was very good
actually much better then T05 cos i had more control in that shoot.
Driving mid distance and away from table was great lots of power and
Short game pushing short backspin serves were easy as low trow was
keeping ball low but flicks for same reason were a lot harder .
Over all control on both wing looping attacking and smashing was a lot
bigger then T05 once i overcome that low throw.To me AC is lot more
powerful and spinier then T05,more powerful then R450 but little less
Only real thing that i don't like is low throw but if price is right I
could get used to that .
Air Condle is of great quality. Looks durable and tougher
To the date and all new gen tensor/bios plus T05, Air Condle
is diffenently the fastest rubber (except Gewo Proton but lack of
control and to bouncy ) I tried out with nearly best control and very
good spin potential.
Review by purger
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a sheet of this
rubber over the weekend and took it out for a test run on my backup
Stiga Hybrid Wood which made for an interesting direct comparison to the
Roxon 450 & Proton 385 Sound on my main blade.
All together I had a hit over 2 sessions, during which time I also asked
my training partner (a much more skilled player) and a teammate to give
me their thoughts on the rubber.
Here are some of the observations we collectively made.
agree with haggisv on;
* there is some glue effect probably a little more than the Roxon 500
but not as pronounced as the softer sponged 450, but this is typical as
you go to harder sponges.
* Control was unbelievable and immediately evident, I have a strong
blocking and hitting game and this rubber immediately gave me the
impression that I could make all my blocks, flat hits or controlled
loops, more so than the Roxon 500.
* It did not seem to react very much to incoming spin.
* It seems better suited to slower, spin orientated loops than fast
loops, my partner has a great loop and his slower spinner loops were
much more effective than the faster ones he tried.
* Sound was there but as loud as I normally get.
* spin on serving was reasonable but nothing like tacky Chinese rubbers.
differ from haggisv's observations on;
* Speed wise all 3 players felt that it had nowhere near the speed or
crispness as either the Roxon or especially not the proton. ( at least
on this offensive ++ blade)
* All 3 players commented on what we all felt was a bit of a lack of
feeling at the point of contact, no sure if it is the topsheet or sponge
but the incoming ball's energy seemed to be totally absorbed and
dissipated and we were left with less touch than we would prefer.
This will obviously suit some people but it is not my cup of tea,
especially in returning serve and the short game.
I am not sure if this is what haggisv was referring to in his comments
on the short game and needing to be positive in your stroke play.
To sum up this is an very good & versatile rubber that can do everything
well whilst offering wonderful control.
If priced as indicated by haggisv this rubber will be excellent value as
it will deliver almost everything that the more expensive German sponged
rubbers do but at a more affordable price.
Unfortunately it just does not have enough raw speed and venom that I
prefer for my style of play.
Review by Mars63
NOTE: After discussion we determined why the speed seemed
so different from the others above... it's because this player
hits/drives the ball more, and was determining the speed from this. The
first few reviews here measure the speed more in terms of looping, which
is a more common way of determining the speed. Of course both conclusion