The Onix Outbreak brings a new type of reinforcement to paddles that offers exceptional levels of durability and touch. The Outbreak’s graphite face is supported by TeXtreme, which has already been used in pro tennis, hockey, golf and other sports that require extreme precision and feel. Now it’s being brought to pickleball as well!
What is TeXtreme?
Onix Sports explains: “The TeXtreme surface is unique for two reasons. First, with most graphite paddles (such as the Graphite Z5) the carbon fiber strands are all a single layer going one direction. With TeXtreme, the carbon fiber strands are woven, which is what makes the checkerboard pattern on the paddle. This essentially provides a thicker and stronger layer of carbon fiber.
In addition to that, TeXtreme basically flattens the strands, eliminating the resin or plastic holding those strands together. This means when a pickleball hits the surface, it’s hitting carbon fiber and not the plastic.”
The TeXtreme reinforcement also adds very little weight to the Outbreak, meaning you get all the benefits of better reactivity and control without slowing down your game. The Outbreak only has a range of 7.8 – 8.2 oz.
The fact that Onix has kept the weight of the Outbreak in a medium range is doubly impressive when you consider that its polypropylene core is 5/8″ thick, the widest for a graphite paddle in the industry. This core allows the paddle to absorb shock, reduce jostling and offer enough power behind every hit.
Improved Graphite Technology
The Outbreak was created with the “next step in graphite technology” in mind. We’ve seen many innovations in pickleball over the past few years, particularly in the areas of composite paddles, but for a time graphite technology had been left behind in the mix. Onix tried many different options to develop just the right feel with the Outbreak, eventually settling on the TeXtreme for the best combination performance and consistency.
The paddle is a great option for players wanting a strong combination of touch and control. The Outbreak will provide great placement on dinks and noticeable feel in volleys.
It’s also a very forgiving paddle. During our correspondence with Onix, it was noted that players picked up on a difference in the sweet spot between the Outbreak and other paddles. The testers found that the Outbreak had a much better response even along the edges of the sweet spot so that they had more room on the surface to utilize.
Proven by the Pros, Loved by Intermediates
Several pro players are already using the Outbreak including Randy Zbinden, Byron Freso, Kurtis Campbell, KaSandra Gehrke and Erik Gertler.
Onix is also pleased to note that many amateur players have picked up the paddle and used it to bring out the best of their game. The TeXtreme material is an incredible addition to the world of pickleball and will allow players of all skill levels to focus on their placement and fully experience graphite’s control-centric performance.
Enjoy the combination of power, touch and precision of the Onix Outbreak today and feel the difference a unique graphite surface makes. Visit PickleballCentral to see the full list of technical specs on the Outbreak today.