The Vega X is one of the newest offerings by Xiom, advertised as the “best rubber in the Vega line”. According to Xiom, it is an improved redesign of the Vega Pro.
We tested the Xiom Vega X for more than 20 hours to understand exactly how it plays, and therefore which players it will suit.
Perfect for: Offensive players of all levels on either side. 1-15+ years of playing.
Alvaro brings 7+ years of playing experience. He’s tested 20+ rubbers for Racket Insight and his style is The Controller.
Blade Used: Stratus Power Wood
Rubber Thickness: MAX
Hours Tested: 10+
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We recommend the Xiom Vega X to players who want to bring controlled speed to their game, aiming to return the ball back to their opponent in awkward and precise places.
Design of the Xiom Vega X
The Xiom Vega X comes in a high-quality, colorful sealed páckage:
Inside, we can find the rubber, covered by a protective film.
The rubber we ordered is a shiny black, MAX thickness Vega X.
If we rub our fingers across the rubber, we find that it’s slightly tacky and very grippy.
As common in most offensive ESN rubbers, the Vega X also has a good deal of inbuilt tension.
The Xiom Vega X weighs in at 48 grams, which is similar or lighter than other rubbers in this hardness range, such as the Rasanter R47 (49 grams), the Yasaka Rakza 7 (50 grams), the Tibhar Evolution MX-P (51 grams) and the Yasaka Rakza Z (53 grams).
Upon pressing on the topsheet, we find that the Xiom Vega X is a medium-hard rubber. It feels as hard as the Nittaku Fastarc G-1, for example.
Playtesting the Xiom Vega X
We playtested the Xiom Vega X mostly on the forehand side, but judging from our tests on the backhand wing, it’s also an excellent choice for the backhand side.
The Xiom Vega X is very controllable for an offensive rubber. Its arc is medium to medium-high and it isn’t too fast.
The Vega X has all the gears. It isn’t too bouncy in the short game, but when you start hitting hard, you get more and more acceleration.
It’s a dream to use when looping. You can really feel the ball sinking into the rubber and it has more than adequate dwell time.
You never feel that the ball shoots off the rubber violently. It is very stable and controllable, and this shows especially when counterlooping.
Something I liked about the Vega X is that it isn’t prone to overshooting.
With certain rubbers, especially very fast rubbers (e.g. the Tibhar MX-P), high-throwing rubbers (e.g. the Fastarc G-1), or long-throwing rubbers (e.g. the Tenergy 64), you will overshoot the table if you contact the ball slightly too thickly or slightly misread the spin on the ball.
The Xiom Vega X doesn’t have a particularly high or long throw and it’s also not too fast, giving the player a lot of confidence when looping.
I found it similar to the Rakza Z in this regard. Both rubbers have plenty of grip, lots of clearance over the net and they aren’t too fast, so landing loops on the table feels effortless with them.
Another thing I really liked about the Vega X was its feeling. I felt like it was stable, spinny, and controllable. It delivers a lively feeling on the hand and it produces a loud cracking sound when hitting hard.
As for speed and spin, this rubber behaves like an average European tensor rubber. It has enough speed and spin for every level of play, including advanced levels.
The Xiom Vega X is a bit more about spin than speed, in my opinion. My forehand open-ups in particular carried above-average spin.
It has around 20% less speed and spin than a Tenergy rubber but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You get more control with the Vega X and it’s also more spin insensitive while retaining more than adequate offensive capabilities.
Driving and looping
The Xiom Vega X is an excellent rubber for driving, looping, and flat hitting.
Drives clear the net easily and the lively feel makes it very tempting to hit harder and harder. The rubber will react to the amount of power you put in and keep adding speed to the ball.
Flat hits also work very well with the Vega X as its throw is not overly high and it has the right hardness.
The Xiom Vega X is an excellent looping rubber.
Loops travel with good power and are very consistent. I sometimes feel like I can’t miss the table if I’m hitting at 70% speed, and the rubber puts lots of spin on the ball.
Speaking of spin, one aspect I really liked was the spin it could generate on open-ups. The Vega X is not very fast but it has tons of grip, making it an ideal rubber for opening up against backspin.
You can graze the ball upwards and get as much spin as you want out of it.
Another highlight of the Vega X was its counterlooping capabilities. Countering close to the table is just perfect.
It has the ideal throw for countering. It’s not too high that you are likely to overshoot nor too low that you’re likely to clip the net.
In addition, it is not too spin-sensitive. However, at the same time it has more than enough grip and a long dwell time, so you can counter with lots of confidence.
When playing with the Vega X, I felt like I could play any shot I wanted and that the rubber would do the rest of the work.
The Vega X is also good when countering away from the table.
Countering away from the table requires more effort but it is a very consistent rubber, and it puts a lot of spin on the ball.
It doesn’t generate as much pace as the MX-P or the Tenergy 05, for example, but you can land as many balls on the table as you want.
Serve and receive
The Xiom Vega X is a great rubber for serving and receiving.
Starting with the serves, it has tons of grip and you can load serves with spin. It’s also easier to keep serves short than with other faster offensive rubbers.
However, it wasn’t able to generate as much spin as the Tenergy 05 or the Yinhe Big Dipper, for example, and that’s why it didn’t get 5/5 for serving. Regardless, you’re still able to generate enough spin to cause your opponents problems.
In terms of receiving serves, the Vega X is also a very good rubber.
It’s quite easy to play out the short game and it’s also easy to flick the ball. It’s not hard to touch short with the Vega X, in fact, it’s easier to play out the short game with it than with most other offensive rubbers.
It’s also not as reactive to incoming spin as top-of-the-line rubbers such as the Tenergy range.
Blocking and chopping
Blocking with the Xiom Vega X is very good.
The rubber feels firm, stable and it has the perfect speed for blocking. Again, it’s not fast to the point you lose control but not slow to the point that your blocks aren’t dangerous.
In addition, it doesn’t have a very high throw, so blocks stay lower to the net than with other rubbers such as the Tenergy 05 or the Fastarc G-1.
Chopping with this rubber was enjoyable, if unspectacular.
The Xiom Vega X has more than enough control when chopping, even on an OFF- blade and in maximum thickness.
I think the Vega X is a good alternative for modern defenders on the forehand side.
On a slower blade, it would chop a lot better while retaining offensive potential.
When playing matches, the Xiom Vega X worked wonderfully.
Lots of rubbers are really good when performing practice drills. You know where the ball is going, so you can play confidently and get good-quality shots in.
However, some of these rubbers don’t work as well when playing matches, given that they’re too slow, fast, or unforgiving.
I found that, when playing matches, I could hit the ball with a lot of quality while also having the possibility of landing several loops on the table in a row.
I really liked that I could perform brush loops and go for spin, or hit-loops and go for speed.
The Vega X is an excellent rubber for opening up, for follow-up attacks, for counter topspins, you name it. All of this is because of its high control.
Alternatives to the Xiom Vega X
A faster rubber with more spin. Perfect for more advanced players who want to upgrade their Xiom Vega X.
A durable medium-hard, high-throwing, fast, spinny rubber with great offensive capabilities.
A medium-hard, direct offensive rubber that has great speed and spin levels.
Overall reflections on the Xiom Vega X
The Xiom Vega X is an excellent rubber that can be used on either side.
It’s the perfect rubber for intermediate offensive players, in my opinion. Open-ups are controllable and have good spin, while loops and counterloops are very consistent.
However, beginners can also make use of the Vega X in its 2.0mm variant, and so can advanced players if they put it on a fast offensive blade.
As of writing this review, I couldn’t bring myself to take it off the forehand side of my main racket. I really like playing with it!
In addition, its low price makes it an even more appealing rubber for players all around the world. The playing characteristics are superb and it’s one of the cheapest ESN offerings in the market.
Alvaro’s been playing Table Tennis since he was 15 and is now ranked within the top 200 in his native Argentina. He loves to compete in provincial tournaments and is always looking for ways to improve. Alvaro made his favourite memories with a racket in hand, and he joined the RacketInsight team to share his passion with other players!
Blade: Tibhar Stratus Power Wood | Forehand: Nittaku Fastarc G-1 | Backhand: Rasanter R42
Playstyle: Forehand Looper