Xiom Feel ZX1 Blade
Feel blades are the latest series of technologically advanced blades from Xiom. Since the advent of the 40+ poly ball, Xiom has undertaken an exhaustive search of thousands of materials, both natural and manmade, to determine the ones most suitable for making blades designed for the new ball. They named this search Project Oracle. Feel blades are the result of their research and development. And per their name, all these blades have characteristic good feeling emphasizing the control aspect of the blade. While control is high, speed is not sacrificed, and blades in this series are in the OFF to OFF+ range. All Feel blades are designed and crafted by master bladesmith, Masatoshi Morishita from Japan, who blends the layers of different woods and synthetic materials to produce a wide range of blade characteristics.
Wood must always be the primary material for all table tennis blades. To ensure consistency in each wood layer, the wood must be in one piece, without joints. Hinoki wood is considered one of the best woods for making table tennis blades. And Kiso Hinoki is the finest of the finest type of Hinoki. Kiso Hinoki is well balanced and strong with a unique soft feel. These characteristics help a player sense the delicate elasticity of the ball and provides a distinct sound. This special wood provides stability for successful attack or defense. All Feel blades contain layers of Kiso Hinoki.
Xiom chose select manmade materials to enhance certain qualities of the various woods. The miraculous material, Zephylium, is an Aramid-like polymer that not only increases speed, but also defines the vibrations better, making them sharp and clear to upgrade the control aspect. For the Feel series, Zephylium was weaved together with carbon to produce what Xiom calls, Woodfeel Zyphylium. Woodfeel Zyphylium increases blade sensitivity and enlarges the sweet spot of the blade, allowing better control of shots that are not hit perfectly. All Feel blades, except the S7, contain layers of Woodfeel Zyphylium.
Xiom Feel ZX1 uses Limba for the outermost layers, with Kiso Hinoki and Woodfeel Zyphylium as inner layers. The ZX models are the fastest blades of the series, all rated OFF+. Zx1 is medium stiff with a medium to sharp feel. Offers a great balance between soft and hard layers. This blade provides faster speed than an all wood blade without losing that great wood feeling. A wonderful blade for both soft blocks and hard drives alike and play at close or mid-distance.
- Weight: 84g
- Plies: 5 + 2
- Speed: OFF+
- Control: Very High
- Stiffness: Medium Stiff
- Feel: Medium to Sharp
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