GAMBLER MECH-TEK PREDATOR
Mech-Tek Predator is an aggressive mechanical rubber perfect for players who prefer a bouncy rubber with a high grip feeling. Mech-Tek uses a taller pip geometry giving enhanced ability to hold the ball longer. Mech-Tek is comparable to Japanese or European rubbers in terms of grip and spin generation.
Note: While the sponge and power is very similar to “Tenergy®” the top sheet has significantly more grip when coupled with the composite ball.
Unbelievable! For 14$ this rubber has managed to match and in some ways exceed the performance of Tenergy. I have been looking for a long time to get out from under 70USD a sheet and the “bargains” at 40-60USD a sheet . Gambler is the first to break this bubble in my opinion. All this said the rubber is a bit more spinney than Tenergy 64 (very noticeable on slower loops), and the speed UN tuned is a touch less, tuned it is as fast or faster than Tenergy 64. I cannot yet comment on durability but 3 weeks still going strong, with no notable blemish, performance seems to be increasing due to the tuner settling in. It should be noted I liked Gamblers previous offering (Outlaw) but it did not hold up even for a few hours for me, and it was not nearly as fast or spinney as Mech-Tek, this is a whole new breed. USATT rank 2012.
I got this rubber with the new Vector Speed blade. I believe this needs to be broken in or boosted before I can give it a proper review. So far, so good though. This rubber grabs the ball well. At medium and high gears it's got good speed. At low gear, it's not that fast. I haven't boosted or completely broken them in yet. Perhaps, lower level players could use this rubber when it is not boosted. However, I would personally recommend big gun for lower level players. I wish I could have Burst (Thor's hammer) with the national blue sponge color(just sayin). Seriously, I too may not be buying ESN and Tenergy anymore because of Burst(Thor's),Big gun(Thor's) and now Mech Tek. Hopefully i'll be able to update my review after I've boosted the Mech Teks.. By Gambler: Thanks for your review! Remember this top sheet has more grip than Tenergy so in essence it will hold the ball more, this gives that lower speed feel at soft shots, after some hours or even better... boosting this rubber will require less work at lower speeds.
Full disclosure: I've gotten a set of this rubber for free as part of a Facebook offer, but I'll give it as honest of a review as I can. I've put the set on the Fire Dragon Fast, with the black side boosted, and the red side unboosted. I don't feel much difference between the boosted and unboosted sides, most probably because of the blade. I did notice that some cracks developed on the boosted side after a few days, so I'm not so sure whether boosting this rubber is worth the hit in durability. I did play a bit with Tenergy 64 before, and this rubber's bounciness reminds me of the Tenergy's. For $14 a side, that's saying a lot. Compared with the Big Gun with Thor's Hammer, Hurricane III, and Hurricane 8, this rubber is simply better even without boosting than all three of them. I do think the H3 is a close second to this rubber, but the H3 lacks the feel of this rubber upon ball contact, and it's a dust magnet. This rubber is my new favorite among the rubbers on Zeropong until they make something better. It's nice that Zeropong gave me the chance to try the rubber out for free, but I'll gladly get another set on my dime. I suggest trying out this rubber without boosting first if you already have a fast blade or just want the rubber to last longer.
Order the red 1.7mm last week to put on the BH side of Butterfly Offensive blade. Mainly use for push, block and loop. Surprisingly the rubber can do it all liked other expensive rubber from name brand company. Very happy with the price and rubber performane. Dont know about durability yet. Thank Zeropong to produces a low price but good performance rubbers.
First viable alternative to 50USD+ sheets. Others have made the claim, but Mech-Tek delivers. I have been playing Tenergy on my BH for 8 years, switched over with no loss of level. That said the rubber does play a bit slower than T at first but makes up for it with much more spin and better pushing. WTG Gambler