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For those who didn’t already knew, XTracPads or XTracGear is a company from Salt Like City, USA which specializes in mousepads, and they do it like pros. The company was founded by a group of hardcore gamers probabily because they wanted to set their own standards when it comes to mouse movement.
The brand offers a lot of mousepad choices for every individual or company out there but I will be reviewing the Ripper XXL.



XTracPads Ripper XXL





The pad comes in a simple but readable packaging which is 100% recyclable. On the box they are presented key features of the pad and some specifications. After you open the box you will find the mousepad rolled up but unfortunately it isn’t used in any plastic wrap or something similar to protect the surface better. I hope this will change in the future production batches.





The first thing I noticed when I’ve set the mousepad on my desk was that the pad simply “shines”. I know, it sounds weird, how can a black cloth mousepad shine? Well, it does and that’s because it uses a polished textile surface which is optimized for speed (this doesn’t mean it’s not accurate).






Another thing that I loved when I analyzed it more closely was the fact that the mousepad hasn’t got those rough edges which can tear up in time when the pad starts aging. This happened with a lot of my QcK series mousepads and I just had to use super glue here and there…
Why this issue will not happen with the Ripper? Because the company thought of it and easily found a fix which is: Laser Cut edges. They actually cut the edges with a laser machine to prevent that annoying antifray. AWESOME.





The rubber base it’s very high quality but nothing fancy here and it doesn’t even need to be. It just has to hold the mousepad still on the desk, and that’s it. It does the job flawlessly.




When it comes to tracking the mousepad EXCELATES. Remember that mousepad “shine” that I talked about? Well, that’s key feature and the finest thing I’ve seen in a mousepad like… ever. This polished textile surface gives you a hybrid feel between a hardpad and a softpad. It combines the low friction and speed of a hardpad with the control, accuracy and comfort of a softpad. My SS Rival is flying now.

When I first thought of writing the review I’ve wanted to compare the Ripper with the QcK+ but as long as I started to seed ideas in my mind of how I wanted to present this product the idea of a comparasion started to fade away. The Ripper “rips” the QcK+ apart in every aspect. First of all the smoothness; then, the low friction that this mousepad offers, the build quality, the SIZE which I love (I’ve always wanted a deskpad), those great edges that makes you think the whole pad was molded into a single piece made of three layers. This thing is STUNNING.





After using it for a couple of days I only have one CON against this badboy. The lift-off distance that this mousepad gives to my SS Rival .
With the QcK+ I had like 1-2mm LOD on my Rival, with the Ripper the LOD is 2-3mm, which is a bad thing for me because I mostly play AWP in CS:GO, and I need my mouse to react exactly how I want. With my Intelli 1.1 the LOD’s OK but I guess that’s because I’m using two pairs of skatez on it.

As a final thought I LOVE the Ripper. It’s the best mousepad I’ve ever used and I mean it. I’ve had a lot of SteelSeries QcK+ pads, Razer ones, expensive ones and also cheap ones but this makes for all of them. I will not make a big deal because of that lift-off distance, maybe is just the 3310 sensor, or maybe it’s because SS developed the Rival on their mousepads. I will add another pair skates on the Rival like I did with the 1.1 and then everything will be OK.

I do recommend the Ripper XXL instead of anything that’s out there at the moment (deskpads or above average size mousepads). It’s simply the best experience you will have with a mousepad while gaming.

Specifications:
• Extra Large Desk Mat
• Size: 914mm x 457mm // 36” x 18” x 1/8”
• Surface: Polished Textile for Speed & Control
• Backing: Open Cell Rubber with Sure Grip Pattern
• Price: $34.95


Thanks to XTracPads for sending the Ripper XXL for a review and huge thanks to Mr. Christopher Kahl - the CEO of XTracPads for being so kind to me.

www.xtracpads.com
www.xtracgear.com
www.pcxmods.com

facebook: XTracPads
Email: contact@xtracpads.com


PS: I will also review the XTracPads Carbonic mousepad next week. I'll just have to play a little bit with it. smile.gif
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How is it after a week/month/couple more months.

I had a XL Xtrac Ripper pad for a month or two. It frayed, warped, and never stayed in place (glass surface). The glide was smooth and consistent but very slow and caused my Deathadder Black Edition to jitter whenever it was in a 45 degree position. I used the ripper for a comfort pad under a 99cent pad I'd been using for years...
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I'm pretty sure you were unlucky and got one with a production flaw, or something... I'm pretty sure this isn't supposed to happen.
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Hmmm... Metal might actually be able to get a complete 180 swipe on this pad.
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Hmmm... Metal might actually be able to get a complete 180 swipe on this pad.
LOL I can do that already...if I lift and reposition first...

The Talent is pretty large. I have thought about deskpads but using the largest non-full-desk cloth pad is definitely the way to go for me. The Talent hasn't left my desk in weeks. I love it.

Also Divine, I've been in touch with Mionix who had a change of hands recently for their beta program. A new guy I talked with said he'd be sending out the Sargas 450 SK and Nash 20 since I asked specifically for those. I asked for the Zibal 60 as well but they said it's just not in stock at the moment. So we'll have a Sargas review on the forum whenever I get my hands on that.
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LOL I can do that already...if I lift and reposition first...

The Talent is pretty large. I have thought about deskpads but using the largest non-full-desk cloth pad is definitely the way to go for me. The Talent hasn't left my desk in weeks. I love it.

Also Divine, I've been in touch with Mionix who had a change of hands recently for their beta program. A new guy I talked with said he'd be sending out the Sargas 450 SK and Nash 20 since I asked specifically for those. I asked for the Zibal 60 as well but they said it's just not in stock at the moment. So we'll have a Sargas review on the forum whenever I get my hands on that.


Oooooo.... I was just using my Zibal 60 last week. I picked up a new CM Storm Quickfire Stealth the end of last week and have been using it since. I REALLY like the Zibal, though. It uses the same case as the TTEsports Meka G1 (which I also love). The only downsides are the keycaps. They're really really thin. It's also hard to find good replacements for backlit caps. Especially when they're off color like the Zibal.
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Do they make this pad with a version that mimics the QCK's friction?
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How thick is this pad?
Can it be machine washed?

Thanks or the review.
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How is it after a week/month/couple more months.

I had a XL Xtrac Ripper pad for a month or two. It frayed, warped, and never stayed in place (glass surface). The glide was smooth and consistent but very slow and caused my Deathadder Black Edition to jitter whenever it was in a 45 degree position. I used the ripper for a comfort pad under a 99cent pad I'd been using for years...

I have this pad for about 6 months still works perfect with my death adder. Still looks brand new.

Amazing mousepad
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On a side note, why would you expect a mouse to not be jittery when held at a 45 degree angle?
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How thick is this pad?
Can it be machine washed?

Thanks or the review.

It's like 2 - 2.5 mm in thickness. I guess you could machine wash it if you want to ruin it. biggrin.gif
Nah man, you can't machine wash it.
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