STIGA Raptor Table Tennis Racket Review

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STIGA Raptor, a quality premade Shakehand table tennis racket is specially designed for intermediate and advanced players. The combination of the composite extra light blade, premium rubber, and unique concave pro handle give the optimum performance needed for aggressive players.

Stiga raptor table tennis racket

Specifications

  • Blade: 5-ply wood + 2 layers of carbon
  • Rubber: STIGA’s S5 rubber
  • Rubber Type: Inverted
  • Sponge: 2.0 mm thick
  • Handle: Concave (Flared)
  • Speed – 99
  • Spin – 100
  • Control – 80
  • Style: Shakehand
  • Weight: 0.47 lbs (213 grams)
  • Approval: ITTF

Construction of STIGA Raptor

Stiga raptor table tennis racket infographic

STIGA Raptor is very much similar to STIGA Pro Carbon in features. This racket is for aggressive players with a much higher speed rating (99) than the control (80). 

Composite Blade

The blade of the STIGA Raptor consists of 5-ply balsa wood with 2 carbon layers. STIGA has used crystal technology to harden the surface of the blade for increased power. The lightweight, soft, porous, springy balsa wood increases reaction time and the capability to generate spin.

The carbon layer is always added to the blade composition with the purpose to gain more power. The carbon layers increase the rigidity and stiffness in the Raptor blade which enhances the sweet spot. Due to the larger sweet spot, this blade has a larger area to hit the ball with more power but lacks vibration and feeling.

STIGA S5 Rubber

STIGA Raptor comes with inverted S5 rubber with 2.0 mm sponge thickness. The sponge thickness plays a very important role to prioritize either speed or control. As a thumb rule, the thinner the sponge, the more will be control over speed, and in reverse thicker sponges have more speed and less control. A 2.0 mm sponge is on the higher side of thickness to give more speed.

STIGA uses ACS technology to induce microscopic air capsules in the rubber for more elasticity with higher speed and good control. Also, there is the incorporation of one another technology, i.e. Nano Composite Technology to make them stronger and tighter bonds in the rubber. This enhances speed and spin to a great extent.

Concave Pro Handle

The Raptor racket has a flared type handle for Shakehand grip with a slight modification to make it more effective which is named “Concave Pro”. STIGA uses its WRB technology to make the racket more balanced and lighter. The terminology of WRB is:

W: Weight Balance, R: Rate of Recovery, B: Ball Sensitivity

Positives of STIGA Raptor

  1. STIGA Raptor is a top-level premade racket for attackers. The incorporation of high-end technology along with the carbon layer can generate the high amount of speed that an attacker would love to produce in the game. Moreover, the huge sweet spot makes it easy to play attacking shots by a larger area of the racket.
  2. The combination of springy wood and 2.0 mm thick rubber can generate massive spin. Also, the tacky STIGA S5 rubber helps you to add more spin to your soft strokes.
  3. This racket is ITTF-approved, which allows you to use the racket in tournaments.
  4. Lastly, it is for a trusted brand like STIGA that has been producing quality table tennis equipment over the years.

Negatives of STIGA Raptor

  1. Though the high price matches the quality that this racket offers, the price is a bit higher compared to the other premade rackets. 

Conclusion

If you are an attacking player who wants to use premade racket, this STIGA Raptor is a good option to sharpen your skills.

You may check my article on the best table tennis paddles to find alternatives like Palio Legend 3.0, STIGA Pro Carbon, and Killerspin Jet 800 with very similar features.

Suggested Topic: “STIGA Raptor Vs Pro Carbon: Which is Better?

Indranil

I am a table tennis enthusiast and with a playing experience of 20 years, I like to share what I have learned for the development of skills in the early stages and proper equipment reviews for the best outcome. For any queries, mail me at info@tabletennisarena.com

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