This Stiga Maplewood NCT V blade with a Chinese-style penhold handle is assembled with Stiga Airoc S max red and black rubbers.
The blade: The Maplewood NCT V is a 5-ply blade that is exceptional for playing an aggressive game with control. The Maplewood NCT V is a new addition to the Hardwood blade series that includes Rosewood and Ebenholz. An outstanding long trajectory when hitting spinny balls is a great strength of this blade, while extra touch makes execution of your shots a dream come true.
The rubber: STIGA Airoc utilizes STIGA's new OCS sponge technology (Oxygen Capsule System) to increase catapult effect without changing the spin ratio. This allows aggressive players to maintain the same spin/speed proportions they have always enjoyed. The key to this evolutionary advancement is the delicate balance between the size of the air pockets within the sponge and the elasticity of the top sheet. STIGA's engineers tested many different pips designs and tensions to achieve the perfect rubber for the attacking player. Poly Ball Optimized!
Airoc S is the Softer sponge version. Airoc S is designed to expand shot selection and feel for control players.