Wilson Echo Carbon PB
Wilson Echo Carbon PB - Wilson ramps up the game with Carbon fiber, the progression of materials that make pickleball paddles better.
Not for the feint of heart, the Juice & Echo Carbon models are heavier (8.2-8.6 oz) than a lot of paddles on the market but don't shy away from this. If you have the game they will stand up to the test. Aimed at the intermediate to advanced player who want more plow through and solid contact, simply put... they perform.
The Echo is the longer (16') of the two Carbon Fiber paddles, the other model being the Juice (15.25"). Width is 8". Defined as a control paddle the Echo has a slightly head light feel compared to the Juice and the paddle face seems to be softer when hitting balls.
The grip shape is very square. On initial pick-up it seemed a bit rudimentary but as the playtesters reported back at least it told you the orientation of the face relative to your grip - open face, closed, etc. In the end players were happy with the grip shape.
The paddle is described as having a rough texture which it does not. At the same time it does spin the ball so we must defer to the Wilson engineers as to how is this accomplished.
Wilson Carbon Fiber face material changes the game in our opinion. It offers a solid hit when blasting baseline groundstrokes but offers a soft face for returning smashes and controlling quick exchanges at the net.