I recently received a tester pair of Radical Seas’ new response pads, the Seafoam pads, so I thought I’d give them a short little review
These pads are a bit different than your standard CBC response. True to their name, they’re made of this weird teal-colored foam that has lots of microscopically tiny little bubbles in it. A definite departure from the standard solid silicone type pad.
When I popped these into my T’chotchkie, I was a bit worried. The pads are not as tall as standard CBC pads, they sit slightly recessed into the response groove. I tend to like slightly grippier response, so I was a bit worried that they wouldn’t be able to grip as much as I like.
Unfortunately, I think my original worries were correct. These pads, in my opinion, are simply not tall enough. I’ve played them for a couple of hours now, hoping that they might break in and suddenly become grippy enough. So far, they haven’t. Every time I try to bind, it’ll slip once, and then when i try again, it’ll work. I’ve tried countless different binds, and it never seems to get it first time. Every once in a while, about once every 30 throws, I’ll get a really nice bind, but it’s a rare occurrence. This seems to tell me that these pads have a lot of potential, they’re just too short. It’s as if the pads arrived already worn down, with very little life left in them. I think if Radical Seas made them a tiny bit taller, at the same height as standard CBC pads, they’d be much, much better. But, as they currently are, I would not recommend them unless you prefer looser binds.
That’s it for now, thanks for reading!