But the really special thing about the rhino is the rubber compound. This has been developed from scratch and is very different from previously used rubber compounds. Due to a high proportion of various new synthetic polymers, it is unusually elastic, as well as very grippy and soft.
Effectively, this means that the rhinoceros is the first short pimple whose nubs have a clearly noticeable "wobbly effect" when playing. Also, the effet values for a short pimple are very high. The rhino can itself produce such a high degree of rotation that similar striking techniques as with pimple-inside rubbers are also possible. At the same time, however, it is also insensitive to incoming rotation.
The speed of the rhino in 1.5 mm corresponds to the speed of the ORKan in 1.8 mm and that of the Degu in 2.0 mm. In 2.0 mm, the rhinoceros is slightly slower than the monitor lizan in the same sponge thickness. Overall, the pace is therefore to be evaluated as controlled offensive.
The sponge of the rhinoceros is a slightly softer version of the sponge of the Monitor II (hardness approx. 42 - 44 degrees = medium hard). Therefore, it is also very open-pored.
The ball attack of the rhinoceros is generally rather soft and comparable to that of the ORKan - in the ORKan the sponge is even softer than in the rhinoceros, but the upper rubber of the rhino is much softer than that of the ORkan, which is roughly balanced overall.
The rhino may not please every player, as it is significantly weaker in shot than the monitor lizan. But flips, counter and block balls are very easy, controlled and effective to play with the rhino (but a "chop block" is not as possible with this surface as with other short pimples). Undercut balls are also very possible with the rhinoceros.
The rhinoceros is often difficult for the opponent to assess and overall more dangerous than most other short pimples.
Overall, we would recommend the rhino especially for table-level players. In 1.0 mm, however, the rhino is also very well suited for undercut defense. In 1.5 mm, the strengths in the block game are emphasized, in thicker sponge thicknesses the possibilities in the powerful counter-play.
An essential strength of the rhinoceros is also that it reacts very good-naturedly when the ball is hit uncleanly or outside the so-called "sweet spot". This makes the rhino very suitable for the weaker side.
The rhinoceros is well suited as a backhand surface for players who do not play topspins on the backhand side and have problems with opposing cut. If no change to a less grippy surface such as an anti is desired, and also basically no major change from a pimple-inside rubber, the rhino could be the right solution.
On the forehand side, the rhinoceros is especially suitable for players who play "material" such as long pimples or anti on the backhand side. If the backhand side is dominant in your game, the strengths of the rhinoceros in ball placement and spin variants can be used to surprise the opponent and bring your backhand side back into play.
The rhino is suitable for players of all performance classes except top players, who will usually prefer rubbers with a much harder ball attack.
By the way, contrary to the text on the packaging, the rhinoceros is a lightweight.