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Vega Tour Blade Review
The Vega Tour Xiom blade this is most expensive shakehand blade in the XIOM line up. To test this blade we paired it with Red Omega V Tour on the forehand and black Omega V Euro on the backhand, both maximum thickness. Total cost of setup $340.
Construction – this is an attrative paddle however there were a couple of spots on the handle where the carbon fiber material protruded from the handle making for a rough feel. This was easily resolved with fine sandpaper. The outer vaneer of Hinoki wood appears to have been factory sealed which should add longevity to the life of the blade as rubbers are affixed and removed from the blade over time.
The paddle is approximately the same weight as my Hayabusa ZXi. I was expecting it to be similar in terms of speed, spin and control however it is slower with noticably more spin and control. Contacting the ball with this paddle gives a firmer feeling than the ZXi. It also has a higher throw which will require an adjustment, to prevent balls from flying off the end of the table.
This setup will suit a variety of players, close and close-mid distance spin attackers and those who have fast racket speed which will enable them to create massive spin with good penetration.