Gearbox Pro Power Elongated Pickleball Paddle Review

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Gearbox Pro Power Elongated Pickleball Paddle Review

Gearbox has been around for a while, and they always seemed to have a loyal following. Their old lineup wasn’t for me, but the new Pro series they launched caught the pickleball world’s attention quickly with the hardest-hitting legal paddles we have seen. 

The Gearbox Pro Power Elongated is the version of the pro series I am reviewing, but they come in control models and what Gearbox now calls their Integra shape (hybrid). This is the hardest-hitting paddle I have tested, and it seems that reviewers in the industry have had a similar experience. 

Let’s jump into the review and figure out if this power paddle is right for you.

Gearbox Pro Power Elongated Specs

Gearbox Pro Power Elongated Specs

Spin 9.5

Control/Feel 7.5

Power 10

Pop 10

  • Paddle Weight: 8.0 AVG
  • Paddle Length: 16.5”
  • Paddle Width: 7.375”
  • Grip Length: 5.5”
  • Grip Circumference: 4.0”
  • Surface: T700 Raw Carbon Fiber
  • Core: 14mm SST CORE
  • Swing Weight:121
  • Twist Weight:5.35

My Personal Thoughts

The Gearbox Pro Power Elongated is priced at $275.00, and zero discount codes are available to bring that price down. This makes it priced at the highest end of the market, with very few paddles going above that price (Proton, Selkirk Labs, and a few others).

I must ask if $275 is worth it when there are so many quality paddles in the $100-$200 range. Yes, if you want the most power and pop you can get, this is worth $275 because you can’t get this out of any other paddles.

There is a unique muted sound that comes from the SST core of the Pro Power. It is much quieter than the Gen 2 Thermoformed paddles on the market. I personally like the quitter sounds, but some love that traditional pickleball paddle pop.

There seems to be some disagreement on the performance of this paddle out of the box. Some say it needs a break-in period to reach its full power, and others say it starts off powerful.

Then people argue about how long the break-in period is. What I can tell you is mine was powerful out of the box, but it did seem to gain power over time. After about 10 hours of play, I stopped noticing any power increase.

Some have reported up to 30 hours of break-in time, which seems extreme to me. That is a lot of work to get a paddle in game shape.  

The power and pop are effortless with this paddle. If you want a paddle to do the work for you, then this is the paddle you want. The big drawback with all that power is the sacrifice of control.

This is not a beginner paddle by any means, as it is one of the hardest paddles to control on the market. Resets take a long time to get adjusted, too, and you must be careful not to sail blocks. 

Gearbox Pro Power Elongated Paddle Review

Spin

The Gearbox Pro Power Elongated has excellent spin that competes with all the other top thermoformed paddles.

They use the same T700 carbon fiber as most other paddle companies, but they have a unique core that also helps generate spin, which should make the spin last longer than thermoformed paddles. 

It is a good thing the spin is excellent because you need it to keep your serves and drives in with all the power this paddle brings.

Former tennis players and people who play with a lot of spins will love the spin of this paddle for drives, serves, rolls, dinks, and speedups. 

Control/Feel

This is a 14mm paddle which, from the start, usually tells me the control is going to be worse than a 16mm. This holds true with the Gearbox and is extra true with all this paddle’s pop and power. 

I also must call out that the ball sometimes seems to just stop towards the top and edges of the paddle. Some have attributed this to dead spots in the paddle.

There is such a drastic difference in hitting the sweet spot vs. outside the sweet spot that you might be ready to reset the ball with power, but then the ball just falls off your paddle because you hit outside the sweet spot. 

The paddle plays above its twist weight a bit, but you do experience some twists in your hands when blocking fast drives. Resets are challenging to get used to because the ball pops off the paddle so fast.

You must soften your grip a lot and get adjusted to it over time. The paddle is controllable it takes patience to get used to it. 

Power

Finally, we get to the category that defines this paddle and gives us a reason to use it. The power I was able to generate with this paddle is something I have never seen before.

The difference between this and other thermoformed paddles is big. The power is effortless. The pop (short burst power) you can generate with this paddle is also top-tier.

There isn’t another paddle on the market right now that combines pop and power of this magnitude together. This makes the Pro Power a threat with any type of shot.

Anyone will be able to unlock the power of the Pro Power Elongated because the power and pop come effortlessly from the paddle. The problem is controlling it, but if you think power is what is missing from your game, then you will want to at least test-drive this paddle.

Durability

Gearbox has been known for a long time as having the longest-lasting paddles on the market because of their SST core (all carbon fiber).

I think this Pro series will last long, too, but we have been seeing photos pop up of quality issues. I have seen small bubbles in the face of the paddle as well as weight ranges coming in a bit off the average weight.

They do have a year warranty, and it seems like the customer service has been good at fixing these issues. 

Paddle Comparison

We usually reserve this section for a comparison, but for the Gearbox Pro Series, I haven’t reviewed anything that comes close to this power and pop combination. So, I must be honest and say if you want these aspects of a paddle, then this is the paddle for you.

Final Thoughts: Who Is This Paddle For?

This paddle is for people who want to maximize power and pop but are willing to sacrifice control.

Whether you already generate great power on your own and want to further maximize that strength or have trouble generating your own power and want some help in that area, this is the paddle that will help you get the power you want. 

Is the $275 price tag really worth it when we have great paddles for $90? I wish I could tell you no, but in this case, it is worth it because this paddle brings to the market unique characteristics that just aren’t replicated at a lower price point. It pushes the limit in pricing, and I’ll tell you there are plenty of other paddles that are great quality for lower prices, but if what I said resonates with you, then this is worth a try. If you want to see my video review, you can see some gameplay and hear more thoughts.  

Written by:

Jacob Hoisington

Jacob discovered pickleball when he one day was biking past local courts and started a conversation with some players. He asked what they were playing and got invited to a beginner’s night where he got hooked on the game. As a long-time doubles’ tennis player, pickleball was a natural fit for Jacob. His first love of the game was trying different paddles as there were so many and ever since he has become obsessed with trying every paddle, he can get his hands on. Jacob appreciates that pickleball is accessible to anyone while still offering competition.

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