The first thing you notice when you pick up this blade, is how light it is. It is VERY noticable. I have JUIC 999 Elite Defense on one side and Nittaku Narucross Soft on the other. With both rubbers, especially with the JUIC though, the amount of control you get with the paddle is amazing. There is definitely a power trade off though. You really have to wail on the ball to get speed on it. This is the perfect defensive blade, or for use as an all around blade for the recreational player.