Apike Pickleball Paddle – 8.0 ounces/226 grams
Created by a small, home-based business in Surrey, BC, Canada, the Apike pickleball paddle is the most technologically advanced pickleball paddle on the market. The Apike pickleball paddle was the very first of the so-called 3G (third generation) pickleball paddles.
Apike Pickleball Paddle – 3G Pioneer
Like all 3G pickleball paddles, the Apike is a one-piece paddle made of resins and advanced polymers. It does not have an edge guard and is extraordinarily light. It is the preferred paddle for competitive pickleball players in Canada.
Canadian Championship Record
Every gold medal at the 2011 Canadian National Pickleball Championships was awarded to players using Apike pickleball paddles. Gold medalists using Apike pickleball paddles won every event including Men’s singles, Women’s singles, Men’s doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
The super lightweight Apike pickleball paddle allows superior control and placement. Most intermediate and advanced players picking an Apike up for the first time will also notice a modest power increase of 5 to 10 per cent.
Pickleball players at all levels will also notice an immediate increase in comfort. The Apike pickleball paddle’s anti-vibration features reduce elbow pain and make it the most comfortable paddle on the market today. Many players who use it claim that the Apike has helped them cure persistent tennis elbow issues.
There have been some inconsistent reports of paint flakes and chips along the outside edges of some Apike pickleball paddles after various amounts of use. Since these blemishes are purely cosmetic and do not affect paddle performance, the manufacturer does not provide refunds or exchanges. Racquet Network can confirm that this has been an issue with approximately 5% of the Apike pickleball paddles sold in 2012.
Rumours & Gossip
Smear campaigns by rivals in the US have convinced gullible people that this paddle is dangerously powerful. While is this demonstrably not the case, some clubs now prohibit players from using the Apike. Be sure to check with your club to ensure that you can use it before you buy it.
Officials with the Canadian Pickleball Federation have examined the injury incident reports at major pickleball facilties where Apike paddles are in daily use and have concluded that the Apike pickleball paddle is not any more or less dangerous to pickleball players than any other brand.
Apike Pickleball Paddle Features
- Hollow resin body absorbs vibrations
- Superior spin
- Superior comfort
- Extremely light
Pickleball Paddle Warranties
Pickleball paddles do not have warranties. Racquet Network is not able to provide replacement paddles, but will assist customers in contacting the manufacturer in the event of factory defects or other quality control issues.
Due to the large number of state, provincial and national pickleball associations now operating world wide, Racquet Network no longer tracks which paddles are considered “legal” and which are considered “illegal” under their various and constantly changing rules. If this issue is important to you, please contact these organizations before making your purchasing decisions. Racquet Network does not issue refunds for paddles on the basis of their acceptance or lack thereof by any local, state, provincial or national pickleball organization.
HOW TO ORDER Apike Pickleball Paddles
Order directly from our website by selecting your product and clicking ADD TO CART below. Order by telephone during regular business hours (Mountain Time). In Calgary, please call 403-238-0687. Long distance, please call 1-888-505-5295. Community centres, schools and other institutional buyers in Canada may also set up accounts and order via purchase orders or invoices. Club reps and teaching pros may order bundles of ten paddles to resell locally.
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