The upper rubber is now very grippy, but not sticky at all and even more elastic than before. Overall, the upper rubber now looks like those from German or Japanese production without compromises. This includes the ability to generate a lot of spin despite the lack of stickiness. The upper rubber is identical for all 3 new versions.
The versions differ in their different sponges:
The Palio AK 47 red offered here is the hardest and also the fastest version (the hardness of the sponge is about 45-47 degrees). You can recognize this version by your red sponge.
Players who are looking for a fast offensive surface from China, which plays like a German or Japanese surface without compromise, are exactly right here. In our opinion, the similarity to German coverings is still somewhat greater than to Japanese. These pads appear as if Palio had copied his own German-made pads, such as the Palio Blitz, as far as possible 1:1 in order to produce more cheaply in China in the future. Compared to similar pads from other Chinese brands in the same price range, such as the Friendship 729 Battle, the new Palio AK 47 versions are more durable and, on average, slightly better processed.
The AK 47 red is the right version for the direct offensive game with rather short and fast arm movements. The strong built-in fresh adhesive effect also allows an effective play from the half-distance. However, this covering does not reach the pace of the fastest offered offensive pads of other brands.