Hey y'all, slight update
Got my Zowie G-TFX or how ever they break down that name.
Been using it for exactly one week now, and I got to say, I like it a lot.
For me, the most important thing with a cloth pad is that it doesnt "stick" to the mouse when making small adjustments. Many of the so called faster pads tends to be fine for more steady and quick movements, but when you slow down and try to move the mouse a couple of millimeters, it sticks to the pad and makes it very hard. Therefore I've always preferred the goliathus control type heavy weave pads, as this tends to be much less of an issue.
Anyways, where I was going with that, was that I haven't experienced that problem with the G-TFX yet. With the talent it wouldn't be a huge problem until the pad got sort of warm and humid, and then it was a real issue. This Zowie pad hasn't had that problem yet, though I've only been using it for a week, so I can't say for sure what will happen in time.
Either way, I don't think the pad is "as fast as a hard pad" or any of that nonsense. I have been using several hard pads (SS SX, SS 9HD, Razer Destructor 2 to name just a few) and they are a million times "faster" in my opinion. The G-TFX is pretty dense and doesn't offer that much sponge-like friction as a puretrak talent for example, but it is just a cloth pad at the end of the day. I really cannot understand the comparison to a hard pad. Maybe with super quick swipes the static friction is perceived as the same, but honestly, as I write this, I can't even understand how anyone would think that either.
Pad feels great for the first week of using it, it's not at all as fast as a hard pad, it doesn't feel like a hard pad or even a hybrid pad to me, it feels just like a cloth pad that is not too soft or spongy.