“BLACK MAMBA” line racket, from VIBOR-A a brand, already with a lot of tradition in the padel, in its 2020 BLACK SERIES 1K version. Composed of a 6K carbon tubular structure, 1K carbon faces and an ultra soft BLACK EVA gum core. It has a tear shape. It has a smooth surface and glossy finish.
When you first pick it up, you get the feel of a visually well-managed racket with good finishes. The swing tends ligily to the head.
By placing the overgrips, you will be able to slightly optimise the swing towards the handle. If you fail to place more than 1 overgrip the option also falls for putting the included weights to lower the paddle balance. On the contrary if you still want to add more power, put the weights included at the top of the racket at the spot indicated on the protector. This is a very viable option for when you like a lot of all the other features of a paddle, less the swing.
At stake is a racket with a medium touch, slightly softer than its predecessor and also more comfortable, given the ultra soft gum. The sweet spot is interesting for the largima format. In terms of power, you can’t expect something like KING COBRA, but it’s not bad at all. It has a medium output tending slightly to high, which helps especially in the defensive phase.
ON THE NETWORK:
In the net trays and volleys come out with depth in a natural way. Its handling improved compared to the previous version, allowing it to react faster. Given the output to tend upwards, attention must be paid not to reach the glass. No smash will not feel that extra help of a more aggressive racket, and this version is slightly below the previous version at this point, however with the correct technique and good physical preparation you will be able to draw by 3, by 4 or bring the ball back.
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE COURT:
The background control of the court has improved in our opinion, the good output, combined with improved handling, help a lot in this field. Always important to dose the force on the lobs, to avoid the glasses. A hybrid racket, but quite interesting on the defensive field.
The weight tested was 369gr.
The surface is smooth with glossy finish.
In sound terms is a racket that has an average sound and a medium timbre.
The safety cord is simple, something that surprised us by the negative, in the face of the adjustable cord, present in previous versions of the brand.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a very solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Safety Cord Not adjustable
In conclusion, the new version of Vibor-a’s ever-expected Black Mamba, one of the most coveted rackets, continues with its well-defined DNA, with one or two slight changes. It has less power, but it also has more control and handling than the previous version in our opinion. It is a racket that serves players from both sides, mid-high level, but fits better with those who press more for control than for pure power.
It has an average hardness bump. The sweet spot is positive. In the defensive phase control has improved, becoming a serious case when it comes to defending. The swing is slightly more centered, which improves its handling, never reaching a round racket as is obvious. The average output tending to high helps in the most complicated strokes. In the net, can not expect a crazy power, but it does and the blows come out naturally deep. Attention must be paid not to reach the glass. You can, with technique and correct strength, draw by 3, by 4 and bring the ball back.
The visual part is more sober than previous versions, betting more on black than the traditional fluorescent green of black mamba, which pleases us a lot.
You will feel some vibration in the elbow given the stiffness of the 1K carbon, however less than in the previous version. Good physical preparation is recommended anyway.
An already mythical edition of Vibor-a, evolved.