Our group recently had the opportunity to review the Onix Outbreak paddle which is new on the market with the TeXtreme technology that really holds and ball and provides outstanding control.
It sells for $130 on Pickleball Central who gave us the paddle to review. You can get the paddle HERE on their website - and remember to use our discount code: CRlacrosse.
Here are our local reviews:
"I used the Onix Outbreak paddle recently during YMCA open play. It features a graphite face reinforced by TeXtreme® Technology for better touch and control without adding weight. It has a square handle which I didn’t think I would like, but I was wrong! I am glad I played with the paddle without judging it first by the handle shape! The grip shape allowed me to hold my paddle consistently, without having to adjust my grip. I thought the paddle had a ‘soft’ feel to it, allowing me to place dinks accurately and without popping them up.
I felt the paddle absorbed the fast pace of the ball which enabled me to place my shots easier. The ‘sweet spot’ was large, which also helped me with accuracy in placement of my shots. I liked the control I was able to get with this paddle. I felt the paddle had good power.
I think the paddle is good for someone wanting to place their shots and absorb the velocity of the ball coming at them. I felt confident in dinking as well as third shot drops. The ball seemed to bounce off my paddle without popping up. When I went back to my regular paddle, I felt my shots were flat and I had to hit my shots harder. I liked using this paddle. For a beginner or intermediate player the cost may be a bit high, ($140.00) but if you want control as well as power, this might be the right paddle for you." - Mary B
"On 2/4/19 I was able to use the Onix Outbreak while playing pickleball at the Onalaska YMCA. As a beginner, playing for roughly 2 weeks now, the paddle I use is an Ianoni Wild Night PR570. The Onix paddle is far superior to the paddle I use. The Outbreak is more of a touch and feel paddle, and it is quite noticeable. While using the Outbreak I was able to control my dinking, place those shots better, as well as hit deep drop shots with more accuracy. With this paddle, I was also able to control my dinking shots as well as adding spin to the ball with minimal effort. As a power hitter, this paddle doesn’t provide extreme power, you can tell this with the more touch and feel aspect of it, but as a strong hitter, it did not affect that aspect of my game too much.
The grip on this paddle is great as it does not provide too thick of a grip, but enough to have control of the paddle. The only issue I had with this paddle was the handle length. Having a bigger hand, I could feel my hand hanging off the handle, which is something that can be fixed with ordering a longer handle for the paddle. I thought the paddle was a perfect weight as I did not feel it “weighing down” my arm while playing with it.
Overall I thought this was a great paddle. As a beginner, this paddle gave me confidence in my dinking as well as deep drop shots while still giving me the option for my power shots without consequence. Being able to add spin to these dink shots as well as return shots was a plus as well. I think this paddle is best suited for a power player looking to increase their game in dinking, spin, returning and deep drop shots that aren’t looking to lose much on their power shots.
I’d like to thank Pickleball Central for allowing me to review this paddle and get a better feel for what they provide. As a new player, it is nice to use a higher quality paddle to get an idea of what would better suite me. I would recommend this paddle to anyone looking to add the touch/feel aspect of their game as well control." - Nathan C.
"I am a 4.0 player with four years of Pickleball experience and had the opportunity to demo the Onix Outbreak. The first thing I noticed when playing with this paddle was the rectangular grip. It felt very different from what I am used to, but I found that I liked it. The grip shape made the paddle index in my hand effortlessly. The paddle had a soft feel and provided a good amount of control, but I also noticed that there was no lack of power whatsoever. It actually felt like the ball stayed on the paddle for a longer period of time and sprung off. It almost had a feel of a strung racquet.
After calibrating my game to the paddle, I found my percentage of drop shots increased. My dinking also felt more controlled. The sweet spot was considerably large compared to most other paddles I’ve used.
I feel that the price of the paddle is very competitive. Overall I really liked the paddle. It provided significantly more control than my current paddle without sacrificing any of the power. I would highly recommend this paddle for players of any level." - Robert L
"My paddles of choice are the Onix Evoke Pro and the Pro-lite Supernova - and now I will add the Onix Outbreak to my go to paddles. I really like to feel the ball on the paddle, control it, and yet have a good amount of power behind it. Comparing it to the others, it had even more feel/touch and a bit more power. As a woman, the grip felt big and different and look forward to Onix making a smaller grip on this paddle in the future. However, within a few points, I don't think about the grip anymore. The paddle weight was 8.2 oz so that is why it gives a bit more power than my other paddles in the high 7's.
What sets this paddle apart is the control I got when using it. I felt more confidence in my third shot drops and greater control of my dinks. As an almost 4.0 player, this paddle is great for those wanting to win games at the higher levels due to the control you can get. Drop shots and dinks are imperative as you go up in the higher skill levels. I wish I would have had a paddle like this when I started - so I would definitely encourage a beginning player to get it. Start out with a paddle that will give you confidence and will improve your game quickly as you drill and work those important skills.
I did have 3 other friends use the paddle while I used it over two days of play. One felt the weight too heavy for her - a smaller framed woman - but I believe Onix is addressing this and she was excited to try it when a smaller handle or weight would come out. Another didn't like the grip style and couldn't get past it, but otherwise loved how the paddle played and was quite impressed. Another LOVED it and played for two hours, making incredible drop shots and dinks, and is going to buy one!
Thank you, Pickleball Central, for letting us review this incredible paddle! What a gem this new paddle is to the pickleball world! - Jan L.