Je ne sais pas si quelqu'un a déjà fait un lien vers ce test du Asia DF, mais comme c'est intéressant et qu'on n'a finalement pas eu tant de retours que ça sur le Asia DF, je me permets : Xiom Vega Asia DF Review by AndySmith on mytt.net
Et quelques morceaux choisis :
Vega Asia DF, black, 2.0mm, 59.62g uncut.
Sponge is noticeably softer than Omega V Asia, pip spacing is wider, grip feels just as high, and it's 8-9g lighter too.
The main point is - it's much softer in play than I'd imagined. I remember the original Vega Asia being obviously hard sponged (47.5?) with a very soft topsheet. This has a very different feel, and I can believe the reports of the sponge being 42.5. The topsheet feels a tad harder than the original Vega Asia though, but certainly not enough to justify the "hard" label Xiom has put on the packet. (...) Had another session last night with Asia DF. I still can't get over how soft it is - Xiom could have easily called it Europe DF, Europe DF could have been Elite DF, and there would be room for harder sponged versions to be called Pro and Asia higher up the range.
Spin is quite high, it's a bit bouncy but the top speed is quite muted and restrained. The throw on drives is medium, but hard shots wash out pretty quickly and a lot of my bigger, brushier loops had a very low arc. This really doesn't suit my FH at all, but those with a less brushy stroke who prefer softer, lower throw rubbers would like it more I'm sure.
For a period of time I twiddled the bat and used it on my BH, and it was much better for me there. The combination of good topsheet grip, moderate bounce, reasonable top speed (low-ish catapult) gives a safe but effective result. If I had to compare it, I'd say the sponge was half way between Acuda P3 and P2 in terms of hardness, but the topsheet is a bit harder and feels more stable on loops to me (apart from big shots where the bottoming out is obvious). I liked P2 a lot but just couldn't get used to some of its quirks - this is like P2 but with a slightly bouncier (and softer) sponge, slightly higher throw, and lower top speed. It also felt a bit like a "mini" Omega V Europe to me (softer, lower throw, not as fast but easier to use).
Compared to Euro DF: Harder sponge, similar-ish topsheet (I think the pips are slightly shorter on the Asia DF). There's less catapult on the Asia and I find it much easier to use due to linearity and ease of spinning up on softer shots. Asia also feels a bit slower in the top gears, which is surprising.
It's a good utility BH rubber for me. The moderate catapult and reasonable speed make it super easy to use, and the throw stays fairly medium/low regardless of what you do to the ball. The topsheet has good grip but is a bit floppy - on softer loops the ball landed safely but much shorter than I anticipated, like the topsheet doesn't snap back with the force I'm used to. On harder hits the ball stays low and nasty, but the speed isn't huge. All told, it works better when close-in.
Pour résumer les impressions évoquées dans cette review :
- Nettement plus tendre que le Vega Asia, AndySmith dit même que ç'aurait été plus logique d'appeler le Euro DF "Elite DF" et d'appeler ce Asia DF "Euro DF" (ce qui n'est pas bête... je pense que le Elite a eu moins de succès et que Xiom ne voulait pas s'apuyer sur ce naming pour ses versions DF)
- Rotation correcte/élevée, bon grip, plaque assez dynamique (mais pas exagérément) mais vitesse max pas si élevée que ça
- Rejet medium, assez régulier quel que soit le coup joué
- Moins catapultant que le Euro DF, mousse plus dure, topsheet proche. Étonnamment, moins rapide en vitesse maxi
- Plus adapté au RV qu'au CD, car plutôt sécurisant et pas trop rapide, manque de punch pour des coups forts. Plus adapté à un jeu près de la table qu'à mi-distance.
- Comparé à un "mini Omega V Euro" (plus tendre, rejet moins haut, moins rapide mais plus facile à jouer)