5 Best Alternatives to DHS Hurricane Table Tennis Rubber

DHS Hurricane is one of the most popular table tennis rubbers on the market with many professionals choosing this tacky Chinese rubber to give them tonnes of spin. However, it’s not for everyone and there are a few reasons why players may look for an alternative so in this article I’ll take you through some other options and explain the pros, cons and how they relate to DHS Hurricane.

Alternatives to DHS Hurricane

  • Yinhe Big Dipper
  • Sanwei Target National
  • XIOM Vega China
  • Friendship 729 Battle II Provincial
  • Nittaku Hurricane Pro III Turbo Blue

Characteristics of DHS Hurricane

DHS Hurricane is best know for it’s tacky topsheet and hard sponge giving it excellent levels of spin and speed. It’s a classic Chinese-style rubber which means you have to put a lot of effort into your strokes to get the most out of it, which is typically why beginners won’t like it as much as more experienced players with better technique.

If you are looking for an alternative to DHS Hurricane, then you should prioritise the following:

  • Tacky topsheet
  • Hard sponge
  • Mid-high speed
  • Very High spin
  • Excellent control

Issues with DHS Hurricane

The main issue with DHS Hurricane 3 is that it needs boosting to get the most out of it which many players do not want to do. The Neo, Neo Provincial and National versions of H3 have better performance but still usually benefit from boosting. If you do not want to boost the rubber but still want to use Hurricane, then your best option is H8.

Here is my complete comparison between the different types of DHS Hurricane so you can decide which is the best option for your style.

Some players also find that DHS Hurricane is slow, however this is usually due to the technique. This rubber requires high-effort to get maximum speed. It has many gears which means the level of performance is massively dictated by the stroke. If you aren’t a fan of this kind of rubber, then check out the Butterfly Tenergy range which requires much less effort to get maximum speed and spin.

DHS Hurricane is a durable rubber if you look after it and clean it with water and a sponge after each session to keep the tackiness. However, many players don’t like the level of upkeep required.

The Alternatives

Now let’s take a look at some alternatives (in no particular order). In each example, I’ll go through the pros and cons, some ratings and how it compares to DHS Hurricane 3.

Yinhe Big Dipper

Yinhe Big Dipper has a similar level of spin to DHS Hurricane but feels slightly faster. The throw angle is slightly higher compared to H3, but the tackiness and sponge hardness is lower, giving it a slightly different feel. The durability is similar compared to H3.

Advantages:

  • Higher speed than DHS Hurricane
  • Still needs boosting ideally

Disadvantages:

  • Less tacky than DHS Hurricane
  • Softer sponge than DHS Hurricane
FeatureYinhe Big DipperDHS Hurricane 3
Speed4.754.5
Spin55
Control4.5 4.75
Tackiness2.54
Sponge Hardness3.54.5
Throw Angle2.5
Durability80- 100 hours 80-100 hours
DHS Hurricane vs Yinhe Big Dipper

Here is a link to Yinhe Big Dipper on Amazon.

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Sanwei Target National

Sanwei Target National is a faster rubber than DHS Hurricane but has a similar level of spin and control. It has similar tackiness to H3 but a slightly softer sponge. The durability and price of of Target National is similar to H3.

Advantages:

  • High speed rubber
  • Good level of control

Disadvantages:

  • Softer sponge than H3
  • Hard to play far from the table
FeatureSanwei Target National DHS Hurricane 3
Speed4.75 4.5
Spin55
Control4.754.75
Tackiness44
Sponge Hardness3.54.5
Throw Angle2.52.5
Durability80-100 hours 80-100 hours
DHS Hurricane vs Sanwei Target National

Here is a link to Sanwei Target National on Amazon.

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XIOM Vega China

XIOM Vega China is a faster rubber than DHS Hurricane but does not offer as much control and is not as tacky. This rubber feels more like a tensor rubber despite feeling fairly tacky, so it has a more bouncy characteristic than H3.

Advantages:

  • High speed rubber
  • Good in the short game

Disadvantages:

  • Less control than H3
  • Not as tacky as H3
Feature XIOM Vega ChinaDHS Hurricane 3
Speed4.75 4.5
Spin55
Control44.75
Tackiness2.54
Sponge Hardness4.54.5
Throw Angle 32.5
Durability80-100 hours80-100 hours
DHS Hurricane vs XIOM Vega China

Here is a link to XIOM Vega China on Amazon.

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Friendship 729 Battle II Provincial

Friendship 729 Battle II Provincial is an excellent rubber with very high speed and spin, and a similar feel to DHS Hurricane with it’s hard sponge and tacky top-sheet. It is more durable than Hurricane H3 and faster.

Advantages:

  • Excellent speed and spin
  • Very similar hardness and tackiness

Disadvantages:

  • Harder to find in the USA
  • Lower throw angle than H3
FeatureFriendship 729 Battle II ProvincialDHS Hurricane 3
Speed54.5
Spin55
Control4.754.75
Tackiness44
Sponge Hardness4.54.5
Throw Angle2.5
Durability 100-120 hours80-100 hours
DHS Hurricane vs Friendship 729 Battle II Provincial

Here is a link to Friendship 729 Battle Provincial on Amazon.

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Nittaku Hurricane Pro III Turbo Blue

Nittaku Hurricane Pro III Turbo Blue is a high speed and spin rubber with a similar sponge hardness and top-sheet tackiness compared to Hurricane H3, giving it a similar feel. The advantage of the Nittaku rubber is that it is more durable, however it is more expensive than the commercial version of H3.

Advantages:

  • Similar feel to H3
  • Better durability

Disadvantages:

  • Less control than H3
  • More expensive
FeatureNittaku Hurricane Pro III Turbo BlueDHS Hurricane 3
Speed 4.754.5
Spin55
Control4.54.75
Tackiness44
Sponge Hardness4.754.5
Throw Angle2.752.5
Durability 100-120 hours80-100 hours
DHS Hurricane vs Nittaku Hurricane Pro III Turbo Blue

Here is a link to Nittaku Hurricane Pro III Turbo Blue on on Amazon.

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