Air Illumina Alpha 41deg /Delta 35deg
This topsheet has a very soft, Euro feel with traditional Euro pips structure and very light tack. Good spin (even on serves and pushes) without being sticky at all. Available in two hardnesses of sponge. Alpha version is 41deg, Delta is 35. The true strength of Illumina rubber lies in its control while countering or blocking heavy topspin. We're transitioning all Air rubbers to 1.7, 1.9, 2.1. New sponge is red.
*OUT OF STOCK 2.1 Black (both hardnesses) - recommend Scirrocco as replacement*
DefenderS is a spinny control rubber currently available in 1.5 as a defensive and 2.1 as a control looping rubber. My favorite of the bunch, personally. The topsheet isn't sticky at all after initial use but is grippy. It seems people who used Japanese rubbers prefer defender, and I've had comments that it plays best with the plastic balls. It isn't slow and really shouldn't be named Defender. I'm told the better translation was "guardian" or "shield".
The Assassin topsheet is similar to Illumina, but a little firmer so it's overall faster and slightly less spinny than Illumina. It's on the air 41 sponge, even if it's marked 37.
Semi tacky topsheet on a 41 red sponge.
Dawei's best Euro copy rubber. Thin top allows for better sink into the sponge and better use of the glue feel sponge. This is a Euro style looping rubber but hybrid lightly tacky and better in the short game. The SV is around 35deg, Regular around 38.
*OUT OF STOCK 2.0 RED (both hardnesses)*
Yinhe Big Dipper 38/39/40deg
Here by popular demand amongst forum readers. Galaxy's premium, lightly tacky but heavily tuned rubber. Very lively for a semi-tacky top.
LKT Gold Star Loop/Attack
Very impressive stuff and I'm typically skeptical at this price. This rubber clearly faster and bouncier than the $14 rubbers made by this manufacturer. The sponge is advertised as dual layer. On the loop version the softer version is on top and vice versa. The attack version is a little tackier at the time of this writing.
Double Fish A1
What made me like this rubber was a kind of old school tackiness (not that it's so tacky, but the type of tack) that you don't see much anymore. The sponge was surprisingly nice, firm enough but pretty bouncy and not terribly slow for how tacky it is. Nice product for high spin attack play.
This rubber should be selling for at least $10, but what the heck right? The sponge is 40deg and fairly fast. The topsheet is medium thickness and only very lightly tacky. In 1.8 it's a decent rubber for beginners if a little "hot", and offers a quality option for premade prices.
Premade Buster combo with 2008 rubbers and case for $34 on the specials page!
DHS H2/H3/H3-50/TG3/TG2 Neo
Popular items from DHS. Sponge is tuned and has the plastic painted onto the sponge to seal it in, much like the Galaxy and other tuned stuff,
but this does seem to be from a different manufacturer based on the finish. Sponges seeme a little thinner than other 2.15's I've seen, especially given the tuning.
Anyway, I was impressed enough to stock it. The neo are lighter than most tuned rubbers, too.
H3 has a semi-tacky top, not terribly thick or heavy, especially compared to their traditional counterparts.
H2 is a harder, tackier, more traditional Chinese topsheet.
TG3 is a little less tacky, more often used for backhand.
Battle I and Battle II
These are the top of the 729 lineup. Battle II is a tuned, tacky rubber fairly similar to the Yinhe Big Dipper. Battle I is non tuned and is more like a Japanese copy rubber.
*OUT OF STOCK B2 black
Moon, pro, and speed soft all on 37 sponge. Pro version is tacky while regular Moon is non tacky. Saturn Pro is the only untuned rubber in this group. Sun is back by popular demand. It has a wider pip, for stable hitting and pushing I suppose.
Gambler Aces Pro
Tacky rubber with good control. Good for a variety of spin shots. Very similar to LKT XT with the yellow sponge.
Gambler Outlaw Classic
A great seller for several years, outlaw uses a non-tacky but reasonably spinny top. Excellent speed. The Classic sponge is faster and less spinny, while the Golden Cake sponge loads topspin better.
Although a labled as defensive rubber, it is not an anti-spin. It is fairly spinny, at least to start. It is made for blocking and chopping primarily but can slow topspin pretty well, esp in 2.0. The 1.5 is more for chopping, punching, and blocking.
Gambler Wraith and Gambler Shadow
Wraith is the spinniest of the Gambler rubbers and is fairly fast for being tacky. Sponge is slightly softer than geospin tacky but firmer than XT/XP and probably bouncier than either. Shadow has a little softer sponge and offers more control.
LKT Pro XT/XP
Nice rubber, control oriented, very light. XT is semit tacky and XP is lightly tacky. Sponge is mid soft. Does everything well but main attributes are spin and control. Both are 2.1mm sponge these days.
729 FXEL Supersoft
This is a lightly tacky rubber with a medium hardness sponge that is known primarilly for it's control and ability to play an allaround game. It's been a big seller for years.
729 GeoSpin/GeoSpin Tacky
GeoSpin Black Tacky is among the stickiest, spinniest rubbers on the planet. It has excellent control (being sticky it does react to incoming spin heavily though), and is medium in speed. The regular GeoSpin is supposed to be on a softer sponge, but I can't tell the difference. I like Black Tacky on the forehand and Red Regular on the backhand if you choose these rubbers. Will push darts in 1.5.
*OUT OF STOCK 2.15 BLACK*
Pf4 is probably known as traditionally the stickiest rubber made, although I'm sure there's something tackier out there somewhere. If do you want to try flypaper, this is your choice. 2.0 allows for some topspin, especially after the rubber breaks in a couple of years. The sponge is hard and the rubber is fairly heavy. Makes a nice, heavy spinning forehand rubber to contrast long pips on the backhand side.