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Iolite (Butterfly)

Iolite (Butterfly)

Viscaria's companion in the hybrid Arylate-Carbon category is the Iolite, faster, stiffer, and lighter, yet still has good control. IOLITE blades are much thicker 5-ply blades with a harder feel than VISCARIA. Thin, slim, and trim handle design.

Speed: 96
Control: 70
Weight: 80g
Ply: 3W, 2A/C

Average user rating from: 3 users

Overall rating
3.8
Speed (3 ratings)
4.3
Control (3 ratings)
3.8
Hardness (3 ratings)
4.2
Weight (3 ratings)
1.7
Build quality (3 ratings)
4.3
Value for money (3 ratings)
3.2
 


1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
t3h anarchist
Thursday, 20 November 2008

Written by t3h anarchist - #1 reviewer - View all my reviews

Overall rating
3.5
Speed
4.0
Control
3.5
Hardness
4.0
Weight
2.0
Build quality
4.0
Value for money
3.0
The Butterfly Iolite is a pretty unique blade. It uses very hard wood as ewll as Bty's arylate carbon fiber, but it hass also very thin feel and light weight. You get pretty good speed from the carbon fiber and the hardness, but also has pretty good control from the lightness of the blade.

Personally, i do not like this blade much. I think it feels very awkward. You do not get the full, explosive feeling from shots of this speed created by heavier blades because the blade is just to thin. There is also a lot of vibrations it seems. It is hard to get a feel for the ball, although you can control it well. the handle is thin, but the head is heavy and thick, so it feels awkward.

This blade you are just going to try out for yourself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Written by JJL - Top 50 reviewer - View all my reviews

Overall rating
3.7
Speed
4.0
Control
4.0
Hardness
4.5
Weight
1.0
Build quality
4.0
Value for money
3.0
This is a very speedy blade with a great control. This is a very light blade which is often used by fast player. The handle is extremely small which makes some people uncomfortable but I'm totally fine with it. This blade gives a lot of back up powers that it is really for those people who smash and hit a lot. But even though I like the blade, but it's price is still pretty high since I don't really think it worth over $100, I suggest to try somebody else's first and once you found that you like it, then buy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
admin
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Written by admin - Top 10 reviewer - View all my reviews

Overall rating
4.2
Speed
5.0
Control
4.0
Hardness
4.0
Weight
2.0
Build quality
5.0
Value for money
3.5
Contrary to popular belief, this blade is great for power looping. It's faster than the Maze, and you can really feel the difference. Control is not a problem at all, you just have to get used to it. It's the blade of choice for my coaches and their students.

I love the 7.1mm thickness of the blade, it feels solid. The smallish flared handle, which many people complain about, feels good in my hands, which are rather large.

The arylate muffles the feeling somewhat, but the upside to that is a nice "twack" sound when you hit the ball right.

As I've found with all high end Butterfly blades, the build quality is excellent.

Not particularly good value for money simply because no blade is really worth $100 IMO.
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