Ratpadz XT

kamxam

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Finally got mine out to take a look at it. Still in decent shape but very slight bend in the middle though. Still works fine fortunately.
 

Crispy002

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Finally threw out my XT about a year ago; it was definitely worn down with use (~10 years!!). In some ways this was great since it was so slick at the start that if I butterfingered my mouse it wound up on the floor 90% of the time.

The pads didn't seem to be suitably annealed after machining, which allowed them to warp over time as the stress relieved itself in the plastic. It's technically very easy to anneal a pad at home by removing the sticky feet and throwing it on a flat cookie sheet in the kitchen oven for 30 minutes, but the time and temperature would depend on the type of plastic. On the flipside this could lead to some toxic off-gassing and/or a house fire, so do at your own risk. Some random plastic vendor's annealing specs for reference if FrgMstr feels like sharing the resin type. If the pad is made of PVC or acetal (delrin) absolutely positively do not attempt this due to chemical hazards.

That said, I switched to one of the Monoprice Dark Matter cloth pads and I'm digging it. The pad is huge and it's nice not having the pad seam between the mouse and the keyboard.
 

Therac-25

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Throwing my hat in the ring for another ratpad. I had 2 back in the day, and bought one for a family member as well. I have to live with the Logitech G440 as the only reasonably available hard surface, which is meh.
 

rhkcommander959

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I loved my XT but I must've been a caveman gamer, I wore it down hard, almost smooth where the death adder feet laid. I'll have to check the attic, probably still have it.

Edit:
I guess on further reading the OG with flames was nigh indestructible, but the later all-black model wasn't as tough, which is what I kept going through lol
 
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MavericK

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I loved my XT but I must've been a caveman gamer, I wore it down hard, almost smooth where the death adder feet laid. I'll have to check the attic, probably still have it.

Edit:
I guess on further reading the OG with flames was nigh was indestructible, but the later all-black model wasn't as tough, which is what I kept going through lol
I have the all-black XT, the thing is a tank. I can't detect any wear on the surface at all.
 

rhkcommander959

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I have the all-black XT, the thing is a tank. I can't detect any wear on the surface at all.
Weird! I mean I'm glad for you but I went through 2 or 3 while playing FPS a ton. I don't know if razer was using ptfe or what, but that's what I was using. I wrist pivoted then though too so I was only using maybe a third to half of the surface horizontally. I would get two wide sections that would get smoother and less slidy' where the mice feet hit...
 

SmokeRngs

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Weird! I mean I'm glad for you but I went through 2 or 3 while playing FPS a ton. I don't know if razer was using ptfe or what, but that's what I was using. I wrist pivoted then though too so I was only using maybe a third to half of the surface horizontally. I would get two wide sections that would get smoother and less slidy' where the mice feet hit...
This sounds more like the GS rather than the XT. I have two XTs, one of which I haven't used in years and the other I've been using for years and it still works and looks like new. The only thing I've had to do it epoxy some of the feet back on the mousepad. I had some of the GSes as well and they did not last. I would get maybe 6 months of use out of them before they showed a lot of wear and had to be replaced. Luckily Kyle abandoned the GS and went with a better material for the XT.
 

MavericK

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This sounds more like the GS rather than the XT. I have two XTs, one of which I haven't used in years and the other I've been using for years and it still works and looks like new. The only thing I've had to do it epoxy some of the feet back on the mousepad. I had some of the GSes as well and they did not last. I would get maybe 6 months of use out of them before they showed a lot of wear and had to be replaced. Luckily Kyle abandoned the GS and went with a better material for the XT.
Yeah, most of the feet fell off mine as well. I think Kyle even sent me a set of new feet for free a long time ago but I'm not sure what happened to them. :(

Still, I bet you can find tons of replacements that will work.

EDIT: They are basically these: https://www.amazon.com/Cabinet-Bumpers-Adhesive-Cupboard-Cabinets/dp/B0B9395W4R/ref=sr_1_8?crid=3D71P3QK3F6XT&keywords=round+bumper+pads&qid=1667079766&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIzLjk5IiwicXNhIjoiMy45MSIsInFzcCI6IjMuNjAifQ==&sprefix=round+bumper+pad,aps,121&sr=8-8&th=1

Except, I think those are thicker than the originals. Originals are around 1-1.5mm tall, these are more like 3mm I think.
 
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brasherman

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Oh yeah it probably was the GS then, darn

Edit: yep, GS. No wonder I went through them. I recognized the print on the top right from pics.
I had both and the GS wore out for me as well. The XT is still my daily driver! The GS lives on the workbench with the top deck for troubleshooting, doesn't seem to bother the ancient Logitech optical mouse.
 

Hulk

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Been using a Ratpadz XT for like 15 years now, best mouse pad ever made in my opinion. Never understood why they stopped making them?
 
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