‘Freitas ALC’ which was launched in spring 2016 is one of the recent blades from Butterfly. As its name expresses, it is the blade being used by Marcos Freitas who is the member of Portugal National Team. Marcos Freitas had used Butterfly M.Maze OFF for long time, and finally he got his own signature blade.’ALC’ means ‘Arylate Carbon’ which is also used for Timo Boll ALC and Zhang Jike ALC. However, differently from Timo Boll ALC or Zhang Jike ALC whose top layer is Koto, the top layer wood of Freitas ALC is Limba which is softer than Koto.
‘ALC’ means ‘Arylate Carbon’ which is also used for Timo Boll ALC and Zhang Jike ALC. However, differently from Timo Boll ALC or Zhang Jike ALC whose top layer is Koto, the top layer wood of Freitas ALC is Limba which is softer than Koto.
ALC is placed directly under top layer. So Freitas ALC is clasified as ‘Outer Fiber’ blade. The thickness of blade is 5.9mm. This ‘outer fiber’ construction with Limba top layer and ALC is very similar to that of Butterfly M.Maze OFF. The middle layer under ALC is Ayous, and the center layer is Kiri.
In fact, Freitas ALC is based on M.Maze OFF. Marcos Freitas had used M.Maze for long time before he made contract with Butterfly. It is known that Freitas ALC is just M.Maze with different graphic design and different name, because the specification of those two blades on Butterfly catalog is identical. However, there is difference.
The thickness of M.Maze OFF is written as 5.9mm on Butterfly catalog. However, its actual thickness is only 5.5mm. It makes M.Maze OFF softer than expected. On the contrary, the thickness of Freitas ALC is 5.9mm both in actual measurement and on catalog. The difference between the thickness of M.Maze OFF and that of Freitas ALC is due to the difference of thickness of top layer. We can observe that the top layer of M.Maze OFF is apparently thinner than that of Freitas ALC. The difference of thickness will make the difference of performance. Freitas ALC will be apparently faster than M.Maze OFF. (Freitas ALC has not been measrued yet.)
The size of head is 157mm (length) x 150mm (width). The shape is standard shape of Butterfly. And, size is called as ‘Regular’ on Butterfly catalog.
Three handle types – FL, ST and AN are available. AN is excluded from picture.
FL handle of Freitas ALC looks similar to that of M.Maze OFF or Timo Boll ALC. However, in fact it is a little bit wider although not as wide as FL of Zhang Jike ALC. This small difference makes the grip feel of Freitas ALC FL a bit more comfortable than that of M.Maze OFF FL or Timo Boll ALC FL. The grip feel of Freitas ALC FL is sufficiently firm. (The width of FL handle is 26~34mm. And, the height of FL handle is 23.4mm at thumb and 24.4mm at end.)
Also, ST of Freitas ALC is completely different from that of M.Maze or Timo Boll ALC. Differently from squared, narrow and thin ST handle of M.Maze OFF or Timo Boll ALC, ST of Freitas ALC is rounded, wider and thicker. In my opinion, the players with big hand will be satisfied with Freitas ALC ST. (The width of ST handle is 28.5mm. And, the height of ST handle is 23mm.)
Small plastic lens with hologram is placed on the handle of back side. This is new policy of Butterfly which has been applied from 2014. But, unfortunately it doesn’t look nice.
On the contrary, on the front side of handle, an Aluminum plate of very nice design is placed instead of cheap plastic lens. This Aluminum plate fits almost perfectly the shape of handle. We can see same kind of Aluminum plate from many high grade blades of Butterfly. Unfortunately, currently Butterfly is applying this very nice Aluminum plate only on front side of handle. And, instead small rounded plastic lens with hologram is applied on back side of handle.
I will soon measure Freitas ALC and report its mechanical characteristics expressed in the form of performance indices. Also I’m considering to the comparison of new blades whose constructions are similar to that of M.Maze but thicker.
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Waiting for this review anxiously…u could tell us if the vibration of this blade is like innerforce alcs and m maze alc(off).That’s the only thing that keeps me afraid cause i want to know if the feeling is like innerforce….
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Thank you for this review. Wondering any more tests has been done on this Feritas ALC blade as mentioned in this review.
Apologies for the late reply and thanks for comment!
Freitas ALC is different from Maze OFF, and is also different from InnerForce ALC.
I recommend you to keep your InnerForce ALC.
Apologies for the late reply and thanks for comment!
Unfortunately I haven’t had much time for testing this blade. But, I’m considering to test and review this blade and Apolonia ZLC until this Autumn.
Hi, thanks for the information you share with us. ask between frames freitas and tibhar cca unlimited which is faster? and how can you compare between these 2 blades
Please read following article. ‘CCA Unlimited’ is almost identical to ‘VS Unlimited’.
Hi, did you get a chance to do a detailed review on Freitas ALC? And can I indulge you for a comparison with Apolonia ZLC?
Concerning more detailed data of Freitas ALC, please refer to the article “Tibhar VS Unlimited vs. Butterfly Freitas ALC – Comparison by Lab Test”.
Also, Apolonia ZLC is 100% same as InnerForce Layer ZLC except for graphic design. Therefore, you will be able to refer to the data of IF Layer ZLC in many articles for example “Butterfly InnerForce Layer ALC – Overview & Lab Test”.
Hi, after reading many reviews and watching many video reviews I honestly don’t think Apolonia ZLC is similar to Innerforce ZLC. Most players have stated that both of these blades play quite differently from each other. So it’s worth doing a review on Apolonia ZLC if you get a chance 🙂
I’m sorry that reply has been delayed. I have some pcs. of Apolonia ZLC, InnerForce Layer ZLC and InnerForce ZLC now. Basically Apolonia ZLC is same as InnerForce ‘Layer’ ZLC. And, it is a bit different from InnerForce ZLC.
But the deviation of InnerForce Layer ZLC and InnerForce ZLC is quite big. You will be able to find an InnerForce Layer ZLC which is apparently different from another InnerForce Layer ZLC. But, those two are same model.